After three amazing months exploring Northern Patagonia we’ve done something that feels very odd. For the first time in nearly 4 years, we’ve started driving North!
Originally, when we left the United States, our goal was to drive to the farthest tip of South America, and we gave ourselves one year to do it. Here we are, heading back north all these years later, and we still haven’t made it!
But we will. We were going to give it a try this year, but we got stuck in Northern Patagonia. Honestly, Patagonia is just too big and too rad to pass through in one season. It really takes two, or ten, seasons to get it done. So we have committed to come back next year and hit Southern Patagonia while tagging the tip.
In the meantime, we need a good place to post up for the South American winter that is rapidly approaching. We’ve decided that place will be Brazil. We’re on our way, although via a fairly loopy route.
First, we’ll return to Santiago where we have a flight on April 22nd to head to, of all places, Cozumel, Mexico! My father is hosting a 3 week family vacation, and we made the invite list. We’ve been on this trip twice (remember here), but not for a few years now. We’re super excited to post up behind the walls of a 5 star resort on the premier island of Mexico. It will be a good opportunity to recharge the batteries and see the family.
After we return from Mexico, we’ll drive from Santiago to Buenos Aires (BA) and hang there for 3 weeks. My Mom is flying back to South America to see us, so that’s gonna be really fun. The big city with all my girls. Stevie is adamant about taking tango lessons. We’ll see how that goes.
After BA we’ll work our way into Brazil, where we plan to spend the rest of the year surfing and rock climbing. So, there is the plan in a nut shell. It feels kinda nice to know what we’re doing for the rest of the year… or at least know where we’ll be.
In other news, I’d like to announce that my daughter is a genius.
Yeah, I know, every parent thinks his or her child is gifted. No sooner do we (parents) make this announcement when said genius child turns around and is eating his/her own boogers. But, trust me, I’m backing this up with real data.
We were counting the number of words she can speak at one year five months old. The number is 71 (59 in spanish and 12 in english). These are words that she knows, speaks, and can associate.
According to the Internet, which is always true, a toddler this age is doing average if they have 10 words, is doing well if he or she has 20, and is considered exceptional if the kid has 30+ words.
So, let me just say it again… 71 words = GENIUS.
One the one hand I’m feeling really proud. On the other, I suspect that I’m pretty f#cked. Stevie is already a chatty-cathy. With Soleil coming online at this rate, in another year or so, I’ll be lucky to get a word in edgewise around here.