Saturday, June 30, 2012

The End is Close

Baja Walk UPDATE June 30, 2012 - Just wanted to send a quick update. We had received many emails with ideas and suggestions for getting home, and thank you. We were not too concerned about hitch-hiking, although we could tell from the emails, that many of you were. So, we are pleased to set those of you at ease. I guess we got a little comfortable after walking the Baja over nearly three months, that hitch hiking back just seemed like a natural to us.
However, many of you will be pleased to know, we no longer have to hitch home, but rather have a ride the entire way. When we returned to La Paz to the home of our new friends Wiley and Carol Stagg, it turned out they were preparing to drive to the states on Saturday and wanted to know if we would to join them. Of course, that's a no-brainer. They are a fun couple, full of life and a little spice, just our flavor. Plus, they have lived here in La Paz for nearly 20 years, and spent the last 30 years roaming the Baja; definitely our kind of folk. So, now we have a ride home, and more time to get to know them.
In addition, Gene Jensen, our Baja dad, as we like to think of him, is driving over to meet us in Ensenada at the Super Walmart, where we can all stock up on supplies before heading home to San Felipe (which will probably have it's own Walmart, too soon). We sure missed him and were bummed to have missed his birthday while we were walking, so seeing his big smile when we pull into the parking lot, will be terrific.
We had also heard that there was a mix of emotions and comments related to our going on this walk, that some have said we just up and left without regard, or thought. That we had burdened people, or were reckless. That we walked away from our magazine, our business. Let me set the record straight.
The summers are our slowest period, and we couldn't think of a better time to do it. Rachel and I were working ourselves to death, every day all day, and were not getting ahead...we needed to stop, breath, and get focused.
In fact, not only did we train and prepare, but we knew exactly what we were doing. Our only two missed calculations, were not thinking the injuries of my youth would come back to haunt me, or that bringing our dog Cai was a good idea (but, what can we say, we love her and always want her with us). Everything else was perfect. We will be home on Sunday!
Thank you all again, we miss you all and look forward to seeing you all soon. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West
John & Rachel Pack