The Other Side of the Wall


We spent a night in Laredo at a lakeside state park, before waking early and hitting the border just a few miles down the road. Nada que declarar—but that didn’t matter, they wanted to see us anyway. Fortunately, our check didn’t look like this. We opened up one cabinet door, … Read More

Sick Kid and Truck


Sort of a random week. We were hustling to leave Corpus by Thursday. Our new awning came in and was installed on Monday, but they ran into problems, so we had to bring it back out again on Tuesday. Not a big deal, but a bit of a pain in … Read More

Airstream Home Again


It’s been a pretty crazy month for weather in Portland. Snow the day we arrived. An ice storm. And more snow when we left. Kids, of course, find all the changes to be interesting and fun. Adults, not so much. This old Chevy has been sitting in this very spot … Read More

Puppies and Stingrays


After leaving Mazatlan we went to a nice little campground in Celestino just fifty miles or so to the north. A swimming pool, fun play areas for the kids, and a completely abandoned beach full of driftwood for fires. Talking with the owner he told us that we were the … Read More

Goodbye Mazatlan


The other day I took Ouest out on a little lunch date downtown. We hit our favorite taco stall at the market—a place we’ve been eating tacos together since she was three. We drank horchata, fed pigeons, and just strolled around. She makes a good date. There is always some … Read More

More Maz


Even we need to set aside “beach days” now and then. Well, not really, but occasionally we do have to take ourselves to a different beach than the one right outside our door. Down on the south end of the malecón there are always kite sellers. They make the kites … Read More

Stone Island


My mom was supposed to visit this week, but in a blunder that we are certain could only happen with this family, she thought the trip was for March 14th, not February 14th. We set up her visit, airlines, hotels, and all, so that’s partially to blame for the miscommunication. We waited … Read More



We’re winding up some things in preparation of leaving, yet we’re still finding fun things to do in Mazatlan. Every evening the kids hit the beach. They boogie board the “sand dunes”—the little hill of beach sand next door, and then hit the waves. The city park. We were happy—and … Read More

Their Normal


Some days Ali and I just sit back and marvel at how vastly different our kids’ lives are from our own growing up. Not in a judgmental way, but in a genuinely amazed way—amazed that we’re able to live this life that we lead. The simple fact that our kids … Read More

Carnaval on Repeat


Fortunately for us, after having missed the floats at the first parade, there is a second Carnaval parade two days later. It’s a reverse of the first, and this one started on our end of town, so we were sure to see some parade floats this time. This young boy … Read More

Around Mazatlan


Mazatlan is a good place to simply hang out in. There is plenty to do. We can just hang here on the beach out front, we can surf the white-water, we can take the bus to centro and visit the market or feed the pigeons, we can visit any of … Read More

The Mazatlan Mood


Settling back in here on the beach in Mazatlan. So much of this coast has become like home to us over the years. We always seem to come back to the same haunts, eventually. Those are frozen blueberries. I’ve really no idea how he manages to make this big a … Read More