Friday, August 13, 2010

Just Flew In From L.A. and Boy Are My Arms Tired

We’re happy to report that we arrived safe and sound back in Mali yesterday morning.  A few of our flights were delayed, but there was enough transition time between our connections that we didn’t miss any flights.  All of our luggage also made it through without incident.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You Are Clear for Take-off

We’re off to the airport on our return to Africa.  Our time in California has gone by so quickly and it feels like we were just getting started and now it’s time to go.  So we bid farewell to 500 TV channels, the sound of police and fire truck sirens along with helicopter and jets constantly overhead.  We’re looking forward to the slower lifestyle in Mali.  But we will certainly miss California.  Thank you to everyone for making this trip such so enjoyable.  We enjoyed seeing so many people, visiting some beautiful and fun sites, and gaining 15 lbs. each during our summer restaurant binge tour.  We were also blessed with some wonderful times of rest and relaxation.  We truly felt like we were “lying down in green pastures beside the still waters.”

Our first flight leaves LAX today at 2:35 pm.  Four flights later, we will finally land in Bamako, Mali on Thursday morning at 5:35 am.  We’ll check in again when we’re on the other side of the ocean.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Life is a Beach

Beach Party 2010 We had a wonderful farewell/Birthday beach party last night.  The beach was a lot more crowded than we expected so we were not able to secure a fire ring.  But despite no fire, we still had a fun time.  Thankfully there were sandwiches to make up for not being able to roast hot dogs.  We also want to apologize for the parking situation.  Again, with the crowds parking was very difficult.  Thank you to everyone for braving the crowds to come to the party…and to those who didn’t make it all the way, thank you for your effort.

We watched a beautiful sunset over the Pacific which will long serve as a reminder of the wonderful time we’ve had in California.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Beach Blanket Bingo

Wow…it’s already time for us to say good-bye to California.  We will be having a farewell beach party/birthday party for Cole this Saturday at 6:00 pm.  We hope you can join us.  We spent yesterday scouring the coast looking for a good location.  We were really hoping to be around the Huntington Beach pier, but the U.S. Open Surfing Championship is happening this week and Huntington is a absolute zoo.  We’ve decided to party next to the Balboa Pier.  Newport is the first pier and Balboa is the second pier on the peninsula and home to Ruby’s Diner.  It is opposite the Balboa Ferry Landing on the other side of the peninsula.  We’ll be at the fire rings just to the left of the pier as you’re facing the ocean.  Click here for a Google map location.  There is a large pay parking lot at the pier.  If you have ANY questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 714-618-1184.  Everyone is invite and we hope you’ll be able to join us.  Be sure to bring blankets, beach chairs, and other beach gear.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

In all the hubbub of our trip, we just realized we needed to get our vaccinations updated.  Thankfully we were able to get into the OC Public Health Travel Clinic this morning without an appointment.  Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B, and Yellow Fever were the plat de jour.  Our arms are all a little sore – and so is our wallet - $600 not covered by insurance.  Ouch!