Here’s the video that Elvis shot when Julia and I were on the Mind Eraser at Six Flags!
Fireworks from the 4th of July:
Well, I guess it should say we went camping…but that’s a song they used to play on WTLR in the summers when they had updates from Camp K…
Anyway, Elvis and I left to go to Tuckahoe State Park on Friday evening. We got there without getting lost, thanks to Philip. 🙂 (Somehow I left the printed directions on my desk here at work.) We set up the tent (thanks Matthew) and got a fire going. We forgot the gas tank for the stove, so we ended up cooking over a fire all weekend which was fine and not very much more difficult, thanks to my training at Krislund!!! After eating a lot of food, we played Luisa (a Guatemalan board game) and cards and went to sleep.
We were awoken very early on Saturday morning by a bunch of boys who were camping in the next spot over, so we got up and made breakfast, then left to hike towards the lake. The hike there wasn’t too bad – saw a lot of toads and some rabbits. Once at the lake we rented a canoe – Elvis’s first time ever – and set out to fish. While we didn’t catch any fish, the canoeing experience was quite enjoyable – especially the first hour when we were the only 2 on the lake! We saw a whole lot of turtles, but not much else.
We decided that we would continue to hike instead of returning to the camp ground and then back to the trail…The first trail we were on was really well marked and was quite enjoyable. I can’t say the same for the second trail, however. Somehow we got turned around and backwards, but we made it back out to the road where some guy and his daughters picked us up and took us back to the lake. According to Elvis’s step counter, we walked about 9 miles or more. We made it back to the camp site, ate lunch, showered, played more card games – (I taught Elvis how to play war – what a mistake!!!), and relaxed. Both of us were exhausted after the hike and early morning! After all that relaxation, we were hungry again, so we made dinner and relaxed all evening! 🙂
Sunday morning we were able to sleep in slightly longer (I guess the boys next door were also tired). We got up around 9, made breakfast, tore down camp, and left for Sandy Point State Park for the fifth time this summer! We were there until about 2, when it started to thunder and everyone had to get out of the water. It started to DOWNPOUR not too far from the apartment which was NOT fun to drive through, but we made it back safely (gracias a Dios). We went grocery shopping and vegged on the couch all evening. I fell asleep around 9 pm and was back at work bright and early this morning. It was a fun birthday weekend, though!
So I decided to start a new blog, basically to use up some free time and as a place to write down the random thoughts that cross my mind daily and to update people on what’s been going on since I moved to MD.
Everyone who reads this probably knows me. (If not, you should probably get to know me. Haha.) So I won’t waste time on introductions here.
Last weekend my friend Julia (who I met in Ecuador) came down from Baltimore on Saturday. We went to Greenbelt National Park (http://www.nps.gov/gree/) which is less than 4 miles from the house. We hiked the perimeter trail of the park (a little over 5 miles). It took quite a long time, but there weren’t any huge hills we had to climb. We did see a bunch of deer in different places (no more than 3 at a time) and a tree fall. Yes, we heard a huge crack and saw a huge tree that fell right in front of us! This park is pretty cool. It’s about 1,100 acres of “wilderness” plopped right in between a few major highways and office buildings. Some parts of the trail were pretty close to 295 and the peace and serenity of nature was interrupted by blaring ambulance and fire engine sirens for a few minutes, but it was a great time, especially since I hadn’t seen Julia for a little while and we had a lot of time to talk.
We returned to the house and relaxed in the cool air for awhile (it was like 95* outside). Then we went to get groceries with Elvis to have a cookout in the backyard. While there, we saw Milo and Gerson, two of Elvis’s cousins and we invited them to come over. 2 hours later, we had 12 pounds of meet on the grill as well as ears of corn, tortillas, watermelon (not on the grill) and drinks (also not grilled). 5 of Elvis’s cousins, plus Elvis, Julia and I made for quite the evening gathering in the back yard. Unfortunately the batteries on my camera died, so I don’t have pictures from Saturday…
Sunday Elvis, Julia, Marlon (another cousin) and I went to Six Flags America (http://www.sixflags.com/America/). It’s only about 20 minutes from the house, but we spent 2 hours sitting in traffic waiting to get into the park. We played in the water park, went on the log flume (which Elvis and Marlon both swear their hearts stopped on and they will never ride again) and the River Rapids (which were incredibly boring). Julia and I went on the Mind Eraser. We both loved it. The boys didn’t go on and they just kept repeating how brave Julia and I are for going on it. It has a whole bunch of loops and corkscrews and is a lot of fun! Elvis took a really good video which I might try to upload next week. After we ate, we went to the Gotham Arena to see some amazing artists! We had a rough time getting in because of the 100,000 latinos that were there, but in the end, we got to see Jorge Celedon, a Colombian singer who’s song “Que bonita es esta vida” I love and Elvis Crespo – one of my absolute favorite latino artists!!! He sings mostly merengues. Both of them put on amazing shows! Afterwards, we took another quick dip in the pool and headed home.
Now I’m almost through another week at work. Yesterday we had a happy hour which was really cool. Everyone was supposed to bring food from either their country of origin or a place they’ve recently visited. We had quite a variety of eats. Elvis and I made pupusas (cheese-filled tortillas with a cabbage salad and tomato sauce on top) which were a hit! Everyone loved them! (Unfortunately I think this means we have to make them for every gathering here on out. Elvis came and met my coworkers and their spouses, so that was great! Almost everyone speaks Spanish, so he felt pretty relaxed and enjoyed himself, also good.
Better close this window before I get in trouble…I will probably update after our camping trip this coming weekend!!!