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We returned from Australia to the USA for the month of December 2015. Even though it was the holiday and festive season, there was still nursing to be done, nursing education points to be attained, scanning to be completed, income tax to be prepared, a storage shed to be dealt with and valuable time to be spent with our close friends.
We are DEFINITELY not in Rockhampton any more Toto!
Keith’s waiting in Pajamas to pick us up, EVEN though we had organised a shuttle!! Crazy guy!!
Night spent with the Smith’s around a lovely fire pit (only a 40 degree Fahrenheit temp difference!)
Missed these guys!
A sad daily reminder how Society really does only move as fast as its slowest member, so even though we have personal rights, being part of a society we need to have a social conscious, respect and sometimes do without what we want for the safety of others!!. We literally could have hit the shooters apartment with a rock if we threw one from our bedroom window!
World news around the corner from where we stayed for well over a week to exploit Oops, ‘tell the story’ of the San Bernardino Massacre shooters’.
The beauty of Christmas and remaining fall leaves
A little dusting of snow over the mountains! Beautiful.
Catching up with a great mate Marshall who visited us in Redlands, all the way from Central California
Playing corn hole and drinking beer! Doesn’t get much better!
Mark and Colleen hosted Matt via ‘Warmshowers’ cycling from Alaska to Mexico
Over 19 weeks of 3 –12hrs night duties a week, Jules managed to scan, name and file approx 17 THOUSAND photos and documents, with a bed only 4 feet away!!! What a BLOODY LEGEND!
Days off visiting Kathy and Jack in Huntington Beach and strolling the streets checking out the Christmas lights
Yes! the new Star Wars was about to be released!
No visit to Southern California is complete without a compulsory visit to Disneyland! with a HUGE shout out to Marcus who generously gave us the tickets!
Visited California Land as well!
Just a little publicity for the new Star Wars being released by Disney!
Selfie shot with a Storm trooper! Tick!
We’re not even Star Wars fan, but it was an interesting a fun experience.
Well that was an easy 12hrs filled in!
Next night off to the pub in Buena Park and Marcus and Sara for Christmas Party drinks.
Then to Cathy and Marv’s for a Christmas White Elephant party (always a lot of fun)!
Then it was the ‘Boys’ morning to ham it up with the kids and do a bit of ‘Manly’ painting of Xmas crafts from pinterest!!!
The circus was in town with Austin as the main ringleader, and bike stuff arrived!! Woohoo!
Christmas in Brea
Then we strolled through one of the crazy American neighbourhoods that go absolutely ‘Balls to the Walls’ with their Christmas decorations!
Absolutely ‘Off the Charts’!
Ran into the beautiful Mum Salicido! Always a pleasure!
Yes, we folded and went to see the Star Wars movie, with the Smith Family Clan
Woohoo! Sheds empty, now its time back in Redlands for Christmas Eve drink with Chuck, Mark, Colleen and Friends!
Merry Christmas!! Champagne and Croissants with each others best friend!
Time for a little tandem ride with decorations on Christmas day before work
Kens final night shift with the Redlands gang and a special photo with Dahlia, who missed the gang photo, as she was actually working!!
Jules picked me up on the Tandem and we rode down to a lovely cafe, Martha’s Green, for a celebratory breakfast.
Final night spent with Mark and Colleen, we prepared home made pizzas and enjoyed a few brewskis
Keith being an absolute trooper, chauffeured us in from Redlands, back to Orange County for New Years Eve and our last few days.
New Years Eve The Blokes The Sheilas
The Party Revelers
The Crazy Kids!
The Ocello Tribe! The Looney Bin!!!!
The photo is blurred! So was the Day! But the packing continued!
Merry Kegsmas Party
Our last Morning with the Smiths
Our last Evening with the Salcidos
We are SOOOO gunna miss all of these guys!!!
D-Day! Waiting to be picked up by the shuttle, then being dropped off at LAX. Not the same not having a Salcido or Smith with us!!!
Views of Denver Colorado at night! Soon!!
Arty Farty stuff at Airports! Why Bother??
Poor Budget, Couldn’t afford the VER!
Here we go Boys and Girls!! Its Journey Time!!
Reflecting back over the time we spent taking our break in Southern California to escape the summer rainy season in Central America was, in the end, actually very successful: Ken re-discovered his nursing profession, travel funds were topped up, approx 17,000 photos/items scanned, named and filed, new acquaintances and friends met, old friends visited, and valuable time spent with our closet USA friends…..and if that’s wasn’t enough it was all topped off with an amazing Aussie adventure to spend time with our mums, family and Aussie friends (this trip actually left us feeling more homesick then ever before).
We thank Mark & Colleen Friis, the Warmshowers hosts who kindly let us rent a room from them, lent us a car, and bicycles when needed, and for their tolerance of our ‘Vampire lifestyle’.
To the Salcidos, Smiths, Madsens, and Eric Stone for unconditionally opening their homes to us and without hesitation lending us cars, feeding and always taking care of us.
To Tom and Mary and our Aussie – We can never thank you all enough for your continued support with all our crazy endeavors!
Well, as we sit here waiting to board our flight to Cancun Mexico, we discuss how this journey can be compared similarly to that of an Ironman Triathlon, which we have successfully completed in the past.
Standing at the starting line waiting patiently (sometimes impatiently) for that gun to go off, we reflect on the preparation, planning, fitness, our abilities, strengths, weakness and mental toughness. It’s not only the excitement of the challenge ahead and ultimately crossing that finish line, however its also accompanied by plenty of anxiety and doubts, things can go wrong, we’ve done one before , we know some of what’s in store …”can we cut it…do we have what it takes”.
So now as we return to Mexico with our dream and goal, for 2016, set on the completion of cycling through Central and South America to Ushuaia Argentina, (our 3rd leg), those same feelings and emotions are present. Yes its a completely different route, with different challenges, requiring different fitness and mental toughness. The excitement and of course ‘flutters of anxiety and nervousness’ are definitely elevated at this point of time……”are we ready…..have we got everything….we’ve been on the road before and know how tough it can be”. There are many things out of our control on a journey like this, and the only sure thing we know, is that when our journey begins we are going to give it everything we’ve got together.
Weather: “Just absolutely beautiful. Cold with the occasional rain, and dusting of snow on mountain tops”
Towns/Villages: Los Angeles, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, Placentia, Huntington
State/Country: (OC) California, USA
Until Next Time Friends, Stay Safe
The Travellingfoxes – Ken & Jules