We headed out to Isla Del Sol for my 39th birthday, as noted in our last post, (remember here).
I have to admit, birthdays have always been a big deal to me. I’ve always taken them very seriously. They were a time to reflect on where I was in my life. What was I doing? Where was I going? Was I happy? And most importantly, how was it that time was going by so damn fast? I was always surprised that I actually made it another year. (Yes, I’ve had a near death experience about every year that I can remember. Here is this years, remember here).
Before I was with Stevie, I spent my birthdays alone. This was a solo day. It usually consisted of being alone, in the mountains, and almost always high on mushrooms. As I said, it was a time for reflection.
Throw back photo, self portrait, first time shared, birthday #31
On milestone birthday years, I always embarked on a solo mission. Por ejemplo, on my 14th I skipped school and biked across the Willamette Valley. On my 30th I soloed the Leaning Tower in Yosemite. Check out some more crazy throw back photos here… Leaning Tower Solo
Always searching for purpose. Always searching for meaning. I mean seriously, god damn, we only have one lap through this show. What’s the purpose? How do we measure it? What does it all mean? If you don’t stop to ask these questions, well then, you may as well just be dead right now.
Ever since I’ve been with Stevie, birthdays have changed.
Birthday… it’s a shared day now. It’s a different type of reflection. No longer do I spend the day alone, questioning. Where am I? Am I on track? Am I happy? Those questions are answered. The answer is in this photo below.
So, that’s probably more information than you needed. Let’s move on.
We arrived on the Island and rented this little hut for about $9 a night. It’s crazy how cheap Bolivia is, even compared to Peru. I could get stuck here.
Yeah, sure, the hut looks small in the photo, but check out the wicked view of Lake Titicaca and Llampu, the 4th highest mountain in Bolivia. Cha-Ching.
This island definitely has an Aegean feel with the aqua blue water and view of the Isla de Luna.
Not a bad hang for my big 39th! I really can’t think of a cooler spot to be, nor could I imagine being with three better beauties. Stevie, Sol, and Kiki…. thanks for an amazing day.
Although I was pretty content to just sit on our little deck and drink beers, there were some things to see. So we packed the family up and went to explore the island. Below Stevie puffs up the famous “Inca Stairs” (13,000 ft altitude).
It’s was pretty embarrassing to struggle up and down the island’s slopes while being passed by 90 year old locals carrying loads on their back. But hey, I’m 39 now. Those hills are steep!
Our main target for the big hike was the famous Inca ruins located on the southern tip of the Island. We were making really good time and enjoying the views.
That is until we got here. Some genius entrepreneur decided to put a single table with two chairs RIGHT on the trail to the ruins. And he was selling cold beer. This guy needs investors.
Ok, we didn’t make it to the ruins. The math was quite simple for me. In the last few years I’ve seen thousands of thousand year old piles of rocks. But this was the first trail-side-beer-stand-complete-with-stunning-view-hang that I’ve encountered. Game, set, match. Bring me another, Maestro.
We didn’t really need to see another set of ruins anyway. We had way more fun getting to know the locals.
Side note: It’s pretty funny to be traveling in remote places like this. The morning we left people were looking at us all funny as we boarded the boat to the Island. I’m not sure what they were most shocked at, the fact that we had a tiny baby, the fact that I was carrying a fluffy groomed dog down the dock, or the fact that Stevie was wearing her high black leather boots and her fancy knee long Patagonia down coat. We seriously must look like a circus.
I love this photo of my three favorite ladies. How lucky am I?
This photo all but sums up Spinter Life these days. A sunset hang. A bottle of wine. And a dirty diaper.
It was a great couple days. We’re getting ready to head out on the road again. We’ll check out the mountains to the east before working our way to La Paz. We haven’t been able to get our GPS to work in Bolivia, so it should be an extra interesting drive. Nothing tests a relationship like navigating a 3rd world country with an outdated paper map. Trust me.