It is a fall of firsts, starting with a weekend in August that featured my first yoga retreat, first time sea kayaking, first time camping from a boat, first time to Friday Harbor, and the list goes on. The weekend involved 11 remarkable women, 6 kayaks, 20+ miles on the water, a hump back whale, lots of laughter, seals, bald eagles, mouthwatering local produce and delicious meals, a quaint BNB, a rainy night in a tent, being wet and cold, delighting in the sun, four Orcas, with a few sessions of yoga thrown in for good measure and a delightful massage to recover from it all. My only regret, the fact this was my first time to the San Juans since high school!
I am nearing the final stretch. In real time, I’ve made it to Rome from South America, spent a week in Morocco, headed to London to find my parents, back to Rome to get on a cruise with the family, spent three days in Israel and a day in Santorini, and today I am in Kusadasi, Turkey. In exactly a week I will be done and back to real life.
So how well did I do on my goals, and what do I have left to do in my final few days?
A brief post. We’re still alive, but Internet in the Galapagos is lacking (and no cell service). It has been great to be truly disconnected. After a week on land and diving from Santa Cruz and Isabela, we board the Nemo II tomorrow for a week on a boat. Everything here is surreal, the animals, the land, the water. A few quick pics from my phone, real (amazing) pics to come from La Paz in 10 days. Read more
In the next few days I will start the one-month countdown to my sabbatical. I want to make sure I do some writing and take some photos on the trip, so I am using this blog as a mechanism to make sure that happens. Using a domain name I bought years ago, and wordpress. I am not fancy like http://www.steveleavestug.com.
Next up: Why!