Freedom51; a journey of life

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  1. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    I just summon the BIG MAC gods and you appear :imaposer

    I'd thought I snuck that one past you my friend hehe

    Good to hear from you in no matter what capacity
  2. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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  3. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    It's time to really go home.

    And I must say that it was not nearly as sad or depressing as I had thought or was told by many travelers

    It was actually a bit comforting .

    My Cousin who I went to see in Cabo was at Cultus Lake for the weekend and invited me there. This area has significant childhood memories as many families went here on the weekends. Things have changed in 40 years when it was a dirt road to get here but the close ties never fade. It was a perfect place to rejoin society and the most important reason was that this was the area where we put my Mother's ashes 2 years ago. A very special moment for me in so many ways and a comfort zone.

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    A VERY special weekend and homecoming for me

    The pictures (not in proper context) doesn't tell the story to you but they are significant to me.

    The weather was cold but the companionship gave me warmth

    :kumbaya

    As I write this, It's my Mother's birthday in a couple days.
    A perfect trip with a perfect ending
  4. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    I guess I should mention the border crossing from the USA to Canada...

    Well I pulled up to this sexy border attendant gal and I watched as she looked at the screen. I could see her eyes bug out, and she said "how long have you been in the States?"
    I quickly said "not very long. I spent most of it in Mexico"
    She smiled and began to ask me about my trip.
    Of course she asked what I was bringing back and I just said a few trinkets.
    She was more interested in my trip than anything else.... YA BABY IT WAS COOL

    I won't get further into details, but she handed back my passport and said "welcome back"

    GIANT FOR A DAY :queenie

    a bit more to come...
  5. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town... Supporter

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    Welcome home.
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  6. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Thank you very much

    One day hopefully we can meet

    I hope you had a great journey in Baja
  7. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town... Supporter

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    Be careful what you ask for.
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  8. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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  9. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile Supporter

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    Welcome home dude!
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  10. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Yes I was at Ake ruins.
    If it's the one I'm thinking of.....I actually stayed in the town a few days. Boy there was a seriously bad outdoor meat market there and flies like I've never seen before.
    The ruins were small but very cool that they were right in the town square and incorporated into the city. The Spanish built an attachment to it as well. Some great stucco masks there protected by a large roof. Do you think I could find a morning coffee there? NOPE grrrrr And finding booze was no easy feat either. Towns like this are VERY Catholic oriented. NOt really my cup o tea haha BUt still cool.
    And that area is literally littered with many ruins sites.... very impressive
    Not a bad Maya museum in Merida but really nothing too special. My favorite display was of the Dresden Codices.... (copies of course)

    It would be great if you could visit those ones in El Salvador and send me photo's.
    Ima little pissed I didn't know about them when I was only an hour from the border GRRRR
    That's the last time I listen to people's advices.... and for some reason my google searches gave me nothing but the rubble ones. I have to say it's really tough locating ancient Maya ruins on the web.... it really takes many attempts and searching in so many different areas. I'd like to make up a comprehensive map one day.


    Thanks ma maan
    It's pretty decent being back... but Winter is already starting to scare me haha
    Damn the fires and smoke are really bad around BC
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  11. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile Supporter

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    Kuelap is close by, come down and join! It's currently 79 degrees here in Zumba, Ecuador. Crossing into Peru tomorrow...… gas you bike, go to Air Canada and warm up a bit! A little "Inca" exposure might do you good! :D

    First night of beers are on me..... :freaky
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  12. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Oh you are making it so tough on me to say no to all your invitations.
    And right now I know several people traveling in the region where you are and I know we'd all have a great time together.
    It's a little weird being at home and having friends still out there enjoying the good life.
    No matter, I know I'll see y'all again somewhere on the road

    You guys are all more interesting than watching the TV news because it's real adventure news :*sip*
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  13. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Cultus Lake is a beautiful place but my heart lays in the past when it was much simpler and a dirt road.
    Now it's an overbearing tourist destination.
    But... being with immediate family brings all those good memories and good feelings back again.

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    This RV park holds many memories of my youth and chasing girls and fishing and spending some of the best times of my youth.
    Damn it's been so long since I've swam in this pool, that I had to go in and let my mind drift through time.

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    The next evening was another well spent day and finished with BBQ n drinks and sitting by the fire again.

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    And then it's back to the big city and see my Mother's one and only Brother and my Aunt

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    This may all seem boring to you, but the reality is.... this is all very much important to me and must be included in my journal of life

    There's still more to come...
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  14. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi old enough that I should know better Super Supporter

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    No man, not boring at all...

    Great to see you with your uncle and aunt.
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  15. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Thanks buddy
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    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    "My uncle has a country place
    That no one knows about
    He says it used to be a farm
    Before the Motor Law
    And on Sundays I elude the eyes
    And hop the Turbine Freight
    To far outside the Wire
    Where my white-haired uncle waits"


    :hide
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  17. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Yeup
    Neil wrote that just for me :drums
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    ONandOFF more off than on

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  20. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Super cool Grynch and many thanks for posting this. That is definitely in the typical known face of Pacal.

    Looks like a few new discoveries at Palenque
    When I was last there INAH had found something in Pacal's burial temple but I haven't found out what
    Palenque is a superb place with many more structures uncovered. Some are bigger than what can be seen now.

    To this day, nobody knows why the ancient Maya or the world of Mesoamerica fell into decline.
    But I have found out that the city of Teotihuacan had great and far reaching influences throughout Mesoamerica all the way down to Copan Honduras during the Classic period.
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