About Us...

About Us...
This is our travel blog... our electronic travel journal you could call it... documenting our journeys to new & different places. I called our blog, 'Tree Top Flyin'... a Jimmy Buffett reference that reminds me of traveling, & the adventures to be had with our newly acclaimed 'IFR' Pilot & his plane. We're a non-traditional family - living in non-traditional ways... and I love it that way. For the four of us life is quick & distinct... it's unique and adventuresome - but it's also very normal. We have angst, & we have laughter. We have pain and we have greatness. We're happy, and we're whole...this family, that is mine.

Down South... April - August, 2009

Sun & Study
Playa del Carmen, MX

I remember thinking when I was 19... every place I want to be is 'South' of where I am. And until I was 'South' - I wasn't at home. In college, South always meant home, heat, desert, mom & dad, and (yes again) heat. And a decade later, it still seems - every place I want to be is South of where I am. Oh - until now :)

Jim & I rented a place here for 6 months - committing to the first 3... and contemplating the last 3. It all may depend upon my learning curve (no pressure). I didn't find fluency in my two-week February experience, so I'm back for more!

The following 4 pictures are views from our new casa. And the direction you choose to face, may very well effect your mood. One direction, you're a goddess in your very own palace - the next, an every-day Mexican - coming up for air in between smells of sewage & fish.

Our landlord is a retired 1980's NBA player, who designed & built the place. He & his wife live in the main quarters, and we live in one of the 3 rental areas.
George is our neighbor below. Today he brought me a mango, and taught me the best way to cut & eat it. He speaks Italian, Spanish, & English - and gives me good advice about my studies! This is the view of our Courtyard.

This is the view from where I'm sitting now on the roof-deck. You can barely see the ocean, but it's still great right!? Our landlord said when they built it, none of these building you see were there - it was all ocean-view.

...and from the front of the house.

We've got word out on the street that we're looking to buy one of these sweet puppies, but we're still hunting. This one was a rental.
Jim will go back & forth for the monkeys of course... 7 days here, 5 in SLC with them (a whole LOT of plane tickets). And soon, he'll fly our plane here - with the idea that we'll travel to the more remote & rural areas of the country.

We visited the Island of Cozumel last weekend. It's 10 miles of sea from PDC. We took a 30 minute ferry there, and then rented a scooter for the day. It took us 3 hours to cruise around the entire island. And, oh how Jim loves my driving!

Here, we stopped at a spot where the waves crash upward through holes in the sea-rock. It's amazingly lively and gorgeous!

Is this true?
Because I've been looking for my ticket in!

To be continued... the boys come for a week in June & again in July. I MISS them.
And everyone else too!
Un beso!


Sierra said...

Wow! You live quite the life! That looks so awesome! Keep posting so I can see what you are up to down there. I think it is true, big tippers do go to heaven. But just in case, I think you should for sure keep trying! Hee-hee! Hey, what does un beso mean?

White Family said...

Hi Em and Jim- Derrick and I miss you. Derrick even had a dream about you two last night. You really don't want to know the details- just joking. We bought half the condo in Jackson so that we shared it. Derrick was wondering how in the hell we were going to pay $684.00 a month.
So funny.

Sandy said...

Em are you living in Mexico permanently? That place looks amazing! It definitely beats the snow!