East side of the island

Liz and I headed to Mexico at the end of January to pay our respects to Liz’s dad, Paul. He enjoyed going to Isla Mujeres in the winter to fish for sailfish, and his wish was to have his ashes scattered on a similar trip. So this was a trip for his kids, Scott and Liz, and Becky to spend some time together, and to honor that wish. It was also a new place for Liz and I as I’d never been to Mexico (except perhaps as a very young child) and Liz had only really spent time in the touristy areas of Cancun, so we spent 7 days there overall.

Isla Mujeres is certainly also touristy, but still has the feel of a small island and being in-country (a little).

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It’s taken me a long time to get to writing this, but it’s finally here! Liz and I took a trip to Sweden in July of 2017, were graciously hosted by our friends Rob and Annrika, and we had a blast!


This is the word I’d use to describe our trip in general. I found Sweden to be friendly, safe, similar to “home” in many ways, and easy to get around. Granted, we had our guides for the whole trip, but it wouldn’t have been hard to get around otherwise for someone who spoke little to no Swedish. Continue reading “Sweden”

El Camino Updates 2

elky004I’ve actually made some good progress on the El Camino since my last update. It was my daily driver for two years, so I’d say the updates went well.

I had plenty of minor electrical issues, rebuilt the carb with Rob, worked on fixing the brakes at least five different times until I realized it was the combination valve, had the hardest time finding a large vacuum leak on a temperature control valve on the air intake, and overall had tons of small issues that took plenty of troubleshooting.

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Welcome to Ada Jane!

Goalposts ... if her arms aren't in front of her face, they're still nearby.
Goalposts … if her arms aren’t in front of her face, they’re still nearby.

In early July, we had a little girl: Ada Jane McLauthlin. She weighed in at 7 lbs 7 oz and measured 19 1/2 inches, and everyone is healthy. As of a few days ago (just over 4 weeks old), she was up to 8 lbs 10 oz and starting to outgrow the newborn clothes!

I wanted to have somewhere to share some pictures with folks that wasn’t Facebook, so here we are: Continue reading “Welcome to Ada Jane!”