As the days get shorter, leaves turn yellow and frost threatens, it's time for me to get out before it gets too cold and the snow starts to fly. I am on my way to Panama City for a week and then on to Cartagena, Colombia where I will join Madventure for my third overland. We leave Cartagena October 8 to drive down the west coast of South America to the southern tip at Ushuaia, Argentina and then up the east coast to Rio de Janeiro in time for the carnival February 9, 2018.
It was not easy leaving today. I had the privilege of looking after Nico a couple days a week this summer and I fell in love with him. He is so fun and cute and happy and cuddly and curious and smart and..... Just plain awesome!
He's 18 months old and will be a completely different boy when I get home in 6 months. I'm going to miss him! Thank goodness for FaceTime!
We're into the final week of this adventure. Four months have truly flown by but life in the big orange bubble is not reality and so must end! We had an early start, leaving at 6 am but we spent an hour driving around the city looking for 3 passengers. Eventually we found them and were on our way. I don't know if it was the 5 am wake up call or what but I slept most of the day, inspite of the beautiful scenery-
This is one of the few fields of summer fallow I've seen. They get 3 crops/ year so crops are at all stages from just coming up to harvested. I've only seen one small tractor cultivating a field. I think most work is done custom and it's also possible to rent equipment. Farms are owned by huge companies and the workers live in dingy houses on the farms. Soy is a huge crop because they use it to make gasoline -
The size of the storage bins is incredible-
We camped behind a highway restaurant. They are quite popular in Brazil: food is served buffet style …
My parents picked me up at the airport and after a stop at Costco, we were on our way to North Battleford. Jane and Nico had appointments with their doctor so they were in town and met us at my place. It seemed strange walking into my condo after almost 6 months away. Paxton, the woman who has been renting from me, appears to have taken excellent care of my place, so I'm happy about that. You never really know. After lunch, we visited and then my parents went home. They like to drive in the daylight and try to avoid rush hour in Saskatoon. Jane, Nico and I headed out to their house where I spent 3 days. The first day was beautiful so Nico and I built three snowmen-
Nico is a lot of fun, a great talker for a "just 2" year old and very affectionate! I am lucky! Day 2 we got a storm-
The wind was howling and the snow falling. It was a good day to be inside. Today was beautiful- well, for March in Saskatchewan: the sky is blue-