La Ventana, The Lord of the Wind Surf Competition, Los Barrilles and, the crew, A tour of my time in surfing paradise…

 

A brief tour of my involvement with the La Ventana/Los Barrilles Kite/Wind Surfing scene. In a word, very cool people. It all started in Ensenada with me pulling a tire across the sand.  We, Diana and I saw two surfers, one with a windsurfing board, those are like the little one person standup sailboats if you’re unfamiliar, and by the by since we are describing, a kitesurfing set up looks like a super fancy short string parachute setup with a snowboard and if you don’t know snowboarding, think a really phat skateboard attached to your feet and if you don’t know skateboarding, well, piece of wood four roller skate wheels, anyway, we saw these guys and chatted and invited them to meet us at Old Mission brewery, my watering hole of choice in Ensenada prior to a night of TEQUILA where I decided to make off with a bunch of wood for their pizza ovens so that I could have a bonfire. Let it be known that the very next day I returned with three bundles of wood and an apology card, to this day the owner hasn’t spoken to me, I still secretly think he was looking for a way to justify not donating to me after we made an agreement that he would if the beer we jointly came up with was a success…

So we met at my former favorite watering hole, had a wonderful time, did yoga the next day, went to the hot springs and basically got to learn a lot about Hood River Oregon and the quirks of professional White Water Rafting from Johnathan who was a former pro.  He told us a story that somewhere along the line the pro’s, when doing airs off rapids would throw out the “Brown Claw” sign.  Which is featured in our video here –

We were then invited to meet up in La Ventana which means “the Window” to hang out and do some surfing. It ended up that we came down as a small crew and actually met in a place called Los Barrilles that was holding one of the main wind/kite surfing competitions. We met, had a blast:

 

Jeff “Skinny Bubbles” got to go into the public hot tub naked, I got to be the one to herd him out, it was hilarious, his little skinny booty shuffling around, mumbling to himself as he looked for his shorts, after 20 minutes we realized he had been wearing pants, problem solved, got to dance for a few hours with Diana and her brother, I never would have taken him for a dancer, but rock on for sure.  We definitely were the party starters, very cool time… we stayed another night, had a big diesel fueled fire, Diana and I argued the next morning and then we moved on to La Ventana.  Our spot in Ventana

La Ventana is a sad point for me, especially as I write this after the fact and heartbreak has more or less set in, that was more last night than today, today is that time where there is just cold and grey, brought on by little to no sleep and the fact the brain can only lament for so long before it just quits and goes on about its day. At this point Diana and I parted and quite honestly, who knows if we will ever cross paths again.  This has me feeling most low of late, broken heart and what not… Jeff was going to come back for the big Burning Man Esque party, the Burning Bush, but apparently he decided to just keep on all the way back to Ensenada with Diana and her brother David. I went to some races, met a lot of people, was taught the basics of kite surfing by DJ Guacamole, met a gentleman named Charles and stayed at his Yoga retreat which was for sale as he wanted to devote 100 percent of his time to a farm in Salt Spring Island in Canada. Windsurfing race from the Very cool time there, was able to meet even more people, teach some tai chi, be taught Kung Fu by a lady who had been studying for around 30 years in China, met Kathy and Christian, owners of SUPLV [Stand Up Paddle (board) Las Vegas] in Las Vegas Nevada and worked out a sweet collaboration thing which is just beginning to start its own life… Our plan is to havce me Stand Up Paddle wherever I go and hopefully by the time the trip is coming to a close I will be able to pull out some thirty foot waves on one of those wondrous devices.  And what a great way to get fit.  The balance I noticed immediately helped me with my martial arts, I havent done it in a week and miss it already, so peaceful and serene. Kathy is even starting to do Yoga classes on them!  So look forward to some great stuff from that area of my life and of course, cant have you go without a pic of the two of us on my first day!stand up paddle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and then, without further ado, it was off to the Burning Bush…

 

The Burning Bush party was fairly epic, check that little video montage here –

 

The day after the burning bush, I was shaken awake to go to the hot springs in Santiago followed by a hike to Sierra de Santiago. The hike to Sierra de Santiago was epic, epic upon epic with some epic on the side served with a glass of Epic. tree of lifeepic tree hugging a boulderepic tree hugging a boulderVibrams at the summit

 

pool of tranquility

lifeIt was Charles and I with 40-50 pound packs on a three day 2 night hike and was it ever intense.  One and a half days of just climbing, and not merely climbing, but climbing I a continuous up and down fashion while all the while heading up, and of course down was the exact opposite…

One the way back from the hike we stopped at the BuenaFortuna Organic farm/nursery/GMO free Seed spot, and that’s where I am writing this to you from this very moment=]

After the hike, I said my goodbyes to everyone in La Ventana, but stayed another two days and then made my way to this farm and that, is a whole nother story… I guess nother isn’t a word, but we let it slide as I am on day 3 of my 40 day fast.

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Day…. ummmmm, something… La Ventana, Kite/wind surfing paradise of the World!

What a day… On one hand I am bummed to high heaven and miss Diana, and on the other, I sailed a kite today, my first time, and, according to DJ Guacamole, I am now ready to move on to the water.
Kite Surfing, never thought I would do it, learning to use the kites was super fun and insantly reminded me of the Japanese fighting kites, so powerful as well, one kite was over a meter, the other was 2-3 meters and drug me down the beach!
I was given a ride to a sweet training grond, well, it looked sweet, but upon learning what was really going on there, turns ot the “lake”, is actually the last stop for all runoff in the area, and is a healthy mix of fertilizers, acids, chemicals and no seeums for days.
I looped the kite in figure 8’s left to right and right to left, stalled the kite and saved it, drifted it along the waters edge, avoided the cacti and basically had a blast.
Now I am cooking beans, apparently adding salt to them doesnt allow for them to soften, so I will have to do some googling when I get a chance and see the truth in that.
Salsa class tonight, but, Im over it.
I just want my beans…. at least I hope to get them before the gas runs out!
What else, no real flashes of insight or deep thoughts, I mean I have had, but in all honesty, a flash of depth for me is more than likely a puyddle in your lives so why subject you to it here=]
Im tired, the winds have been between 15-30knts, thats alot, though I cannot say what it would e in Kph or Mph, the tent felt as though it was gong to come loose from its moorings and head into no mans land with me as a passenger, hopefully tonight will be tame…
Im surrounded by people but am lonely. Most conversations I eavesdrop on, dont judge, you do it as well, most of them I wouldnt care to be a part of, I saw a guy catch a scorpion last night only to toss it in the fire… That really pissed me off, but then, stupid is as stupid does and lord knows we got some stupid for dinner in America! I say that as almost everyone down here seems to e from the States or Canada.
The real esatte boom is about to egin in La Ventana for any speculators out there, you can come on down and help destroy another beautiful area, drive up the prices, increase the garage flow and make room for GMO veggies!

Day three, 16-17th, I moved camp from The free camp spot to a yoga retreat and had my first tai chi class this morning – 7 people! Now, the night prior, last night, I was invited with my host family to go to a handmade pizza night, very cool, all the local, nay, super uber local kite and windsurfers, it was hanging out with pro’s which is always a cool thing, to see ninjas in thier relaxed mode.
The pizza was exemplary, big brick over, crust cooked on stone and of course – VEGAN PIZZA! It was there that I met most of my Tai Chi class which I had this a.m at 8, of course NINJA!
I was then invited to go stand up paddle-boarding with SUPLV – suplv.com and, Super Ninja, we are now partnering together!
I am an official global front man for SupLv as I travel the world, I will be paddleboarding in every place I go. So sweet. I had always thought it would be easy, my last experience being in Hawaii with a retired windsurf board from the early days of windsurfing, falling off of it was actually quite difficult. This paddle-board on the other hand was light as a feather, my paddle was so light at times I was unsure it was there [carbon fiber].
So intense, so very ninja, no other way to describe it, it was sweet! Suffice to say i did NOT get any waves today, BUT, this is only day one, I will be ninja on patrol, now pedaling and Paddling for peace. I was also told by the gentleman who runs the yoga retreat that based upon my presentation of myself, he is seriously considering taking me out kiting – CHEEEEeeeeeeHHHHHOOOooooooooo! AIEEEEEEE!
If I had a dollar for every cool person who was genuinely sweet, caring and rad here in La Ventana, I would never want for cash again. Truly, this whole town is like a big family, no one steals here, Its mind bending to say the least=]
My bike ride yesterday was epic, I went to the start of the “Hotsprings” race which includes a very large stretch of offroading, and now I am reminded exactly why I love my bike.
You see, when I was at Interbike in Vegas, I had convinced myself that I needed a Salsa Fargo, and it is a very rad bike. We talked with the owner of Salsa and he was amicable enough and then, shocker, he disappeared off the map, never heard from him again. Bummer really for the simple fact he was a nice guy, bike be damned, anyway, no Fargo=]
Now, after yesterdays ride, to the hotsprings and back to the other end of town, not only was I able to beat offroad vehicles and full on trucks, you know, with dualies, big machines, with the flying mapache [specialized tri-cross, MY BIKE], but I was able to do it with a very high degree of style.
If you are looking for a rad touring bike, I may have stumbled upon, with the help of everyone who donated and helped to frankenstein it out, the ultimate road touring bike that, once in an area, you can rock n roll=]

What a day… On one hand I am bummed to high heaven and miss Diana, and on the other, I sailed a kite today, my first time, and, according to DJ Guacamole, I am now ready to move on to the water.

Kite Surfing, never thought I would do it, learning to use the kites was super fun and insantly reminded me of the Japanese fighting kites, so powerful as well, one kite was over a meter, the other was 2-3 meters and drug me down the beach!

I was given a ride to a sweet training grond, well, it looked sweet, but upon learning what was really going on there, turns ot the “lake”, is actually the last stop for all runoff in the area, and is a healthy mix of fertilizers, acids, chemicals and no seeums for days.

I looped the kite in figure 8’s left to right and right to left, stalled the kite and saved it, drifted it along the waters edge, avoided the cacti and basically had a blast.

Now I am cooking beans, apparently adding salt to them doesnt allow for them to soften, so I will have to do some googling when I get a chance and see the truth in that.

Salsa class tonight, but, Im over it.

I just want my beans…. at least I hope to get them before the gas runs out!

What else, no real flashes of insight or deep thoughts, I mean I have had, but in all honesty, a flash of depth for me is more than likely a puyddle in your lives so why subject you to it here=]

Im tired, the winds have been between 15-30knts, thats alot, though I cannot say what it would e in Kph or Mph, the tent felt as though it was gong to come loose from its moorings and head into no mans land with me as a passenger, hopefully tonight will be tame…

Im surrounded by people but am lonely. Most conversations I eavesdrop on, dont judge, you do it as well, most of them I wouldnt care to be a part of, I saw a guy catch a scorpion last night only to toss it in the fire… That really pissed me off, but then, stupid is as stupid does and lord knows we got some stupid for dinner in America! I say that as almost everyone down here seems to e from the States or Canada.

The real esatte boom is about to egin in La Ventana for any speculators out there, you can come on down and help destroy another beautiful area, drive up the prices, increase the garage flow and make room for GMO veggies!

Day three, 16-17th, I moved camp from The free camp spot to a yoga retreat and had my first tai chi class this morning – 7 people! Now, the night prior, last night, I was invited with my host family to go to a handmade pizza night, very cool, all the local, nay, super uber local kite and windsurfers, it was hanging out with pro’s which is always a cool thing, to see ninjas in thier relaxed mode.

The pizza was exemplary, big brick over, crust cooked on stone and of course – VEGAN PIZZA! It was there that I met most of my Tai Chi class which I had this a.m at 8, of course NINJA!

I was then invited to go stand up paddle-boarding with SUPLV – suplv.com and, Super Ninja, we are now partnering together!

I am an official global frontman for SupLv as I travel the world, I will be paddlebaording in every place I go. So sweet. I had always thought it would be easy, my last experience being in Hawaii with a retired windsurf board from the early days of windsurfing, falling off of it was actually quite difficult. This paddleboard on the other hand was light as a feather, my paddle was so light at times I was unsure it was there [carbon fiber].

So intense, so very ninja, no other way to describe it, it was sweet! Suffice to say i did NOT get any waves today, BUT, this is only day one, I will be ninja on patrol, now pedaling and Paddling for peace. I was also told by the gentleman who runs the yoga retreat that based upon my presentation of myself, he is seriously considering taking me out kiting – CHEEEEeeeeeeHHHHHOOOooooooooo! AIEEEEEEE!

If I had a doallar for every cool person who was genuinely sweet, caring and rad here in La Ventana, I would never want for cash again. Truly, this whole town is like a big family, no one steals here, Its mind bending to say the least=]

My bike ride yesterday was epic, I went to the start of the “Hotsprings” race which includes a very large stretch of offraoding, and now I am reminded exactly why I love my bike.

You see, when I was at Interbike in Vegas, I had convinced myself that I needed a Salsa Fargo, and it is a very rad bike. We talked with the owner of Salsa and he was amicable enough and then, shocker, he disappeared off the map, never heard from him again. Bummer really for the simple fact he was a nice guy, bike be damned, anyway, no Fargo=]

Now, after yesterdays ride, to the hotsprings and back to the other end of town, not only was I able to beat offroad vehicles and full on trucks, you know, with dualies, big machines, with the flying mapache [specialized tri-cross, MY BIKE], but I was able to do it with a very high degree of style.

If you are looking for a rad touring buike, I may have stumbled upon, with the help of everyone who donated and helped to frankenstein it out, the ultimate road touring bike that, once in an area, you can rock n roll=]

5 DAYS…

TIME MINUS 5 DAYS…

I have been in Ensenada for 10 months and I thought I was going to stay a week or two at the most.

Whats happened since my arrival…

I learned that as much as i like to think of myself as a hardcore albeit novice surfer, I am in fact nearly scared of cold water with or without a wetsuit.  No worries, its why god made warm waters… patience…

I was able to enjoy the benefits of having pets, and learned a massive lesson about procrastination with other sentient living beings through the loss of Blackie, the family dog…  If you want to hold off on places, or things, great, when it comes to beings, live as though now is it….  It all seems very easy, and yet in practice, well, good luck with that…

I got to see a place from a true insider perspective, a place that is damn near vilified by US Media.  I got to see the wall from the other side.  The US is an aggressive nation, oil wars aside, take time to travel and live in another country, see whats really going on, dying ignorant is perhaps the saddest thing that can befall another human…  Especially if there is no reason other than nationalism and self imposed fear…

I am good.  Actually, pretty damn near rad if i do say so…

For the best intentions of people, there will be a world of situations that do not make sense.           No matter how benevolent the organization, group or individual, do your research.  I thought the problem was specific to the US, the problem of non cooperation and selfism.  Not so, apparently having a common cause and goal is no longer motivation enough to enable positive change.  We have about a million help the planet organizations and it appears that they only work with each other if the money is just right.  The planet is not the bottom line, money is.  Many of you may say, well of course, that makes sense, to which I say, youre idiots.  The whole reason they exist is to make positive change, to do things differently, any ass can think up a company and use resources to continue bringing money to that company, BUT, it takes a heck of an organization to actually do something different.  I have yet to find any blatantly strong examples, of course we will continue looking…  If you want to donate to a Mexican organization, so far the only one that I have found to be of repute and willing to work with others is Haciendo lo Necessario.  Give your money to them.  They have learned the value of cooperation, united we stand, divided we fall.  Rock on Haciendo!

When deciding to support a non profit, I have just learned a key thing to look for… How well are they able and willing to cooperate with others. This is much more important than you may have taken the time to realize! FYI of course, united we stand, divided we fall. Make sure your non profit of choice is not merely pimping out an idea, a piece of land, a plot of sea, and using it as a means to make money instead of making real change!

 

 

 

 

 

I get so bored with writing these days….  maybe Im becoming boring=]  So many things I could be writing about and yet, i just dont want to.  The Lagoon Clean ups, the wine Diana my partner on the ride and possibly my partner in life is making and the grand party we will be going to for its unveiling, time spent in some of the most beautiful and exotic wineries I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying, pinatas for my birthday, Dia de la Muerta and painting my face properly, discovering barefoot training, teaching classes of kung fu, vegan cooking, tai chi, speaking at my first schools outside the US, burying a family pet, growing hemp, having a donation Chinese medicine clinic, hotsprings, Baja 1000, peacemaking trips with my parents, watching my list of actual friends shrink to nill… being happy it did so…, making gardens, watching sponsors and donors disappear and in some cases they dont even speak to me anymore, watching as others you never expected to help out suddenly extending thier hands with donations and help we never wouldve guessed at….  So much to write about and yet….  Even our Mega going away fundraiser at the winery, replete with capoeiristas, belly dancers, a full on rock band, wine, first wine tour in the Guadalupe wine valley, the Dr. who took the tour and gave me his thoughts on my journey…

And yet, here I am touching on everything but not writing deeply….  well, it is what it is.  Im going turn of Kid Cudi to go back to reading my latest and greatest by Neal Stephenson – The Diamond Age and then to help Diana bottle her wine, all 60 gallons of it!  Enjoy your day and Aloha!

Couchsurfing.com

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how best to describe it…  Its like facebook searchable by region with an endgame of potentially allowing you to spend time at a complete strangers house anywhere in the world.  After using it across the United States and now in Mexico, I cannot tell you how stoked I am that it exists.  Even if I was a zillionaire with money to burn, I wold still use couchsurfing as the cast of characters it has added to the movie of my life is indispensable.  They are all truly wonderful and I have learned so very much!  I can only recommend this fully and wholeheartedly.

Wahine project – Monterrey, California

Huge thanks to Dionne Ybarra of the Wahine Project for taking care of our wheel issues, setting us up with so many great people to speak with and letting us be surf teachers for a day!  Mahalo for all your good work in helping to not only get young ladies out there riding the waves but expanding their minds by facilitating cross cultural exchange and fantastic trips to Mexico, something that will help positively shape and mold these young ladies into brilliant rays of light for the future!

Ensenada on bicycle with ninja sensibilities in tow…

Where did I leave off, was it before I started ” Reflections on the Art of Living – A Joseph Campbell Companion” selected and edited by Diane K. Osbon.

Fantastic book, read that in conjunction with “I Am” by Howard Falco and you just may be a whole new person=]

I just finished a piece of homemade banana bread, baked by my recent very good friend and yoga instructor Diana.  putting me through the paces with Ashtanga Yoga, something I have not had to this level before and am very glad I can do it now.  It’s rare I walk away from activity completely drenched in sweat, like I walked into a shower with my clothes on type of sweat.

I am not taking tonights class as my feet are thrashed from following the mad urge to paddle out at San Miguels during an epic swell.  Not only were the waves double over head and at times higher, getting out, that was the tricky party, so tricky that I found myself, pushing back into the moment as i went from sea level to peering over the lips of waves that were higher than my second story window from childhood.

Barnacles, sea urchins, rocks covered with algea, broken shells, anenomies, you name it, I crushed and smushed my way to the sea, by the time I got on my board and started paddling, I was already semi broken and bloody.  Thats why I had trouble focusing on the epic waves I was amongst and too scared to drop in on, making half hearted attempts at paddling and then realizing that the waves were so powerful and I was so out of shape from paddling, even at full tilt boogie I was having trouble even getting to the point where I wanted to bail!

And there it was, the thought of getting out, always harder for me than getting in, and since the waves had increased in size since I had come out….oh geeze.

At last the sheer cold of the ocean broke through my rashie and board shorts (everyone else had full wetsuits and booties, booties of course because of the barnacles, sea urchins or Vana and, well, you know), it was time to go back.  Even rad waves and the menace of further foot surgery could not shake the cold which had seeped into my marrow, I never understood that line in books, “it had seeped into my marrow”, never got it, until that moment when the cold had seeped in.

So, to paddle back, that was a treat, and by god, I made it, I have finally gotten good enough that I can read waves, and, ergo, understand sets, I may not be able to surf ’em yet, but I can avoid the brutal part…. at least until I want to get better, but that is for another day which you will read about much sooner than I wish to think=]

The most brutal part was a telling testimony to life, its always darkets before the dawn, I could see the shore and yet there I was being washed over rock, barnacle, vana (sea urchin), I could feel the slices being laced into my knees. hands, chest, feet, like a thousand blades aimlessly culling the ignorance out of a paper doll….  welcome to San Miguel Mr. Bornstein, we do so hope you had a nice stay, dont forget us, and next time come a little better prepared, a little braver, if you dont plan on surfing the waves, dont be silly and paddle out!

The real fun came walking back home, walking over the dirt and rocks, if I lingered in any one spot for too long I would leave blood in the dirt or on the cobbles of the road…

He who fights and runs away….. verdad?

Soon, very soon I will be practicing my Chinese medicine and cranio-sacral therapy…  I did my first treatment today.  Smashing success, it appears the hiatus I took made me stronger…..  yay for me.  Thank you Marc for teaching me=]  Thanks NATSTA (NATSTA.org)!

I have spoken the last two days in a row at Unifront, a private school that ranges from kindergarten to highschool, I believe I have spoken with 70 of the school so far.  Absolutely rad people, all of them, the Grounds Crew, the Faculty and the Staff, the Principles, the Directors.  Mahalo!  Muchas gracias for the kindness!

I found it so very interesting that as I spoke to older and older children, the response, the ZEAL, at which they responded to saving the lagoon outside of town declined through aging.  I am not sure what this means.  It would appear that as a person gets older, they are less inclined to care about saving thier planet, now, this is not a personal attack, it needs to be looked at, what is it that causes, at least in this cross section of individuals, this dramatic result?

I am making this assuption, positing this theory based soley on the responses by the children, the younger ones would openly cheer, beside themselves that they had the chance to make a difference and save nature and birds.  As they got older, th response lessened from outright cheers to excited whisperings and talk of who would ride with whom to the Cleanup on November 13th.  Once i got to the highschool, it was a very reserved response.  It was still positive, but very reserved, they have all said they would show up, make no bones about it (where did that saying come from?), they all gace me hope, and perhaps it is nothing more that maturity which would allow for the more somber response, and yet, they can still cheer, they do it when thier favorite futbol (soccer, though football is popular in the northern territory) team scores, what changes what they cheer for, what about society changes where the joy is placed?

I will be putting a garden in at the school as a teaching aid to the children, help them understand the true – NATURE – of things.

I was speaking with the owner of Milpas, the local health food store, been in business for 30 years now, he told me about a study that was done in France.  Where they had children in the first grades draw different things, such as “a chicken”.

Do you know what they drew……..

They drew what you would buy in the super market and were astounded in a subsequent visit to a farm.

Of course, being a European country and not an American one, they were immediately shuttled to farms and ranges and a law was put into effect countrywide!

In America i think we are actually dong the opposite, right, we want people to think it comes from the store…  ?  No?  Not sure, fill me in on that one…..=]  Its your world, dont blame anyone else for what it looks like, especially when it comes to children, that is the future of our SPECIES.  Help them out!

Riding my bike here has become of a dream like quality, it is zen in motion at this point.  Truly, I believe it goes against most of the rules as set forth by most bicycle enthusiasts in the states and definitely against any rules of the road as posited by authorities…

Riding the wrong way in traffic, cutting lanes infront of BUSES, gauging things and subsequently acting based on what you want to happen not what seems like would or should be happening.

Saving the lagoon is coming together, so thankful, thankful for everything thats going on.  The teacher who I am staying with who basically let me move into his place while I get my things sorted, I may stay at a hostel and work the front desk in exchange for a bed and a shower=]  Hugo Gomez.  Hugo is one of the more interesting individuals I have met in a very long time, one of the very few people that I absolutely do not seem to be able to read.  I am always wrong in what i think he may be thinking and he always surprises me, he may very well be the Buddha, if it wasn’t for his high cheese and meat diet, I would most assuredly think so=]  Thanks be to you Mr. Gomez=]

What else…..

I’m a ninja…. right, no zombies, even if there were, I’d still be a ninja, unless they were ninja zombies, that’d be something, I think the zombies would be enough, but would I sit there in utter shock and disbelief like in the movies…  I dont think so.  My reasoning is this, I reckon the governments of various countries are already working on some twisted for of biological warfare or super soldier program or nano technology something or other, so, I think I would be good to go.  Unless they were like those zombies from 28 days later, they were a definite bummer to my survival of a Zombie Apocolypse…

Zombie Haiku, you can get it at Amazon and bookstores than sell books, one of the best books I have read to date, in my LIFE.

And to anyone who makes movies – I cannot stress enough how great and idea Zombies VS Ninjas would be.  You have no idea, its like Pnit Budda and Double Chocolate vegan cookies, YOU HAVE NO IDEA!

I should drop the Aloha for the time being, time to go, here it comes….

 

Aloha=]

Magic?

This will be part diatribe, good one, and part bike journal.  Where to begin…  My last few days, my last week has been so full of magic, no other way to explain really…  My time with Candice was absolutely delightful.  Super cool 23-24, took me winetasting for two days straight all over wine country….

Then, Baraks friend Travers came through with the HUGE hook up of a beach house for two days in Cayucas.  Plenty of surfing done thanks to a friendly price for a wet suit rental.  I must admit that my cough which was starting to leave me definitely feels deeper since my immersion in the waters.  So cold, a cold beyond cold.  My feel and hands whcih bore the brunt of the chill were numb so quickly that they barley bothered me, so cold that if I managed to kick one of the few rocks in the sand, I would have to check to see if I bled as I could have kicked it off and not known, but, there is always that fine line where they start to die off, then I quickly scurry out of the water to  the hot shower=)

When I first surfed in Monterey, I could not even stand due to the cold, now I can do fairly well, though I do not know where my feet are exactly, I have enough of a balance that it no longer matters, a quick check to see that they are flat on the board and off i go.  Further, the extreme cold has allowed my “pop” up faster than ever, and as we know, the “pop” is half of it!

Candice was super sweet, finally a princess whom I could simply hang with, no thoughts of anything but having fun, THAN YOU!

Waking up to the waves in Travers family’s home was epic.  Waking up to that, nothing like it, and I have the rest of the the world and my life to do it….  Thats why the magic, even though my head is so stuffy I can barely think, I’m tired, etc, the sun is shining and life is most assuredly good.

Oh, biking, fantastic.  People ask me over and over what is my favorite part of the trip, finally I have an answer, as for now, the Big Sur heading South part is most beautiful, as for the best people, my answe remains what it always has been, they are ever where and the more I grow up in this adventure each day, the moreI seem to meet=)

I get to go to an Indian Buffet tonight and then to the couch of a guy who was working the register at a smoke shop that I went in to ask questions at…

So how is everyone?  I sent word to everyone I know in Japan today, all is well…..  Please take some time to think about them, wish them well, while you sit there in rush hour traffic cursing the gods, take a moment, step back, THE ONLY REASON YOU CURSE IS BECAUSE IT IS A LIFE EASILY LIVED.  Do not forget the gift of life…..

Aloha from San Louis Obispo!