Home sweet Humboldt

Trip Start Sep 18, 2005
Trip End Dec 03, 2007

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Wow!!! I had a totally amazing time visiting home. I was hit with quite a bit of reentry shock in the airport on the way home. I watched a little girl learning to walk while holding onto her mom's hand. She had cute little clothes and shoes. She was the same age as a little girl that is always hanging out at the bus stop in my pueblo who is also learning how to walk...but in very different circumstances. She wears the same soiled clothes everyday begging for a piece of food or a sip of water from her older siblings. She is learning to walk barefoot along the road, which is covered in broken glass. Last time I saw her she was tired so an old woman put her in a high hanging child's hammock, rocked it then walked away. No one was around as the little girl began to cry to make sure she didn't crawl out and fall the 5 feet to the ground. It began to sink in that the little girl in the airport will never experience anything like the little girl from the bus stop experiences everyday. After that I saw the woman who played the sister on Roseanne and Charlize Therone's name was announced for a courtesy call so I headed to the bathroom to take a break from the reentry overload.

My first full day there my mom surprised me by taking me to get a massage (1 hour) then a float bath (1 hour). I have always wanted to try a float bath. You float in 10 inches of water saturated with 800 lbs. of Epsom salts (for buoyancy). It was a great way to detox both the body and mind. I have got to find a way to have one when I get back to the states!!!

I was able to see my "little sister" (close friend) graduate from 8th grade. She gave a wonderful speech about the future and career preparation. Her dad is part of the school board and was the person to hand out the diplomas. It was absolutely precious when Erin gave him a hug after getting her diploma. I was able to visit with Erin for a short time afterwards. She is so much taller than me now (haven't seen her for 9 months). I didn't have much time during my vacation with all the errands I had to take care of so that was the only time we had. I was also able to see a few teachers from Jr. High and High School. It was weird thing about how much time has passed and how much has happened in my life since then.

My mom and I headed up to Oregon to visit Crater Lake. It was so beautiful...words can't even describe it. Even pictures can't show how crystal clear and blue the water is. There was a ton of snow still on the mountain but it was warm out (for having so much snow) which was really strange. We of course did some shopping (no sales tax in Oregon) then headed down to Redding.

My best friend Jen and I drove to San Francisco (from Redding). We had the most amazing diner at a Moroccan restaurant. Soooo much good food and live music. We had a blast walking around San Francisco and even found the bagel shop we ate at two years two years ago after Jen graduated from HSU. We drove up the coast along Hwy1 (the coastal highway) and stayed in a beautiful hotel overlooking the ocean. The room had a Jacuzzi and fireplace (totally needed on the coast). We drove back to Humboldt and did a little site seeing. Checked out the science buildings (where we spent most of our time) and visited her old apartment on campus. I have visited HSU since I graduated but it was totally different walking around with Jen, especially going back by her apartment. Started to hit me how much has happened in my life in the last 3 years since I graduated.

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