When we get back from our vacation to the US, we’re hitting the road.
We figured it was a good time to take Soleil on a mini road trip to test the waters, you know, to make sure she is road worthy. It’s no picnic out there. Contrary to what a lot of people think, road life is tough. Sure, there are some bangin sunset hangs and amazing experiences to be had, but you also better be ready for dusty campgrounds, grungy hostel kitchens, and shady parking lot overnight stays.
I consider Stevie and I to be pretty competent road warriors. I’ve been living on the road full time since 2005 and Stevie has been at it since 2009. But we’ve both been wondering what it’s going to be like with a baby in tow. One thing we’ve learned right off the bat is that traveling with a baby is going to require taking more shit just about everywhere we go. A lot more shit.
But really, that’s a small price to pay to have Soleil on board.
This trip dovetailed perfectly with an incoming swell that was about to hit Punta Hermosa, so it was on. I had been skunked the week before (remember here), so I was double stoked for a little family road trip.
Below, Stevie and Sol get settled into our hostel room.
After getting settled in we set up a beach lurk and proceeded to teach Sol how to rock the Sprinter Life style…
The next day we had a nice 8 foot swell hit. Game on. I hadn’t surfed since my ear surgeries back in April (remember here). The stoke level was high.
Aside from that, it was just great to be out of Miraflores, Lima. How do you know when you’re officially out of the bubble? The street dogs are back!
Stevie’s not afraid. That’s my girl….
Punta Hermosa is a cool town. We really liked it. It’s known as the best ‘right’ wave in Peru. It’s being built up already, and in the future it will most likely be played out. Too bad. These places are running low these days.
One of our favorite things about our lifestyle is the community of nomads we meet and become friends with along the way. And how randomly we seem to run into them all over the place. We ran into our friend Lachlan who is from Australia. We met him in Tunco, El Salvador 2 years ago. He was surfing his way through Central America, and now he’s back in SA. Random. Cool.
We hung for a few days and then headed back to Lima. Apparently, while we were gone, summer decided to arrive, HA! I’m so over this town. I can’t wait to bounce. The time is near.
Just another day at the office…
One thing I’ve really been enjoying is carrying Sol around Lima in the frontal body carrier thingy. I get a lot of crazy looks. Men don’t carry babies in this country, or most Latin American countries for that matter. They all look at me like I’m nuts. Kinda like our housekeeper looked at me when she saw me changing a diaper the other day. A look of pure disbelief, admiration and shock. Then she proceed to tell my wife that I’m a “good man”. Truth be told, that’s why I really do it.
Well, this will be our last post in Peru for a while. On Friday we board a plane to LA. Can’t wait to see our peeps.