Brazil - some wildlife around Lencois, Bahia
Some of my other photos from the Brazil trip are on a new photo service called flickr which you can get to from here... http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlmyhill/sets/868316/
A blog I started whilst on a GE "Bubble" assignment in Nevada. I'm back in Cambridge (UK) now but still miss the desert and my friends out there.
With 8,000km of coastline, Brazilians seem to like to swim. Swimming around Lencois was something altogether different though. The swimming is in rivers and pools with many additional features such as waterfalls and natural rock slides. The water is always very dark but as Roy Funch explained in his guidebook, it is from organic matter not from minerals, he says you could think of it as a bit like tea.
We stayed a couple of days in Salvador, which was our first experience of Bahia a large region of Brazil with strong African roots. Salvador is pretty huge, with miles of coastline and a huge bay.
An early start to my vacation with an 8am flight from Reno to American Airlines hub in Dallas. Kathryn started a bit later from London but both of us faced a long trip to Sao Paulo. Jetlag was a bit odd with me going back in time 4 hours and Kathryn going forward in time.
Had a lunchbreak mountain biking in the Pinenuts (local hills that extend from here to infinity). Fantastic other part of the playground I'd not seen. Singletrack is everywhere and is pretty fine dust under tyre, which is ok if you are on the compacted track and stops you very quickly if you stray too far onto the edges. There don't seem to be many maps of that area and it looks like a maze but you can pretty much just head North or South back to the road, depending which part of the main road you start on.
Off to Brazil for a couple of weeks, we should be fun. Arrive Sao Paulo then Salvado on Sunday and then Lencois. Meeting Kathryn at Sao Paulo - :-)
Kathryn seemed to mull over in a curious and positive way, the possibility of total baldness. So, whilst enjoying a can of Old Milwaukee I gave the matter some serious thought. I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out whether I did it or not!
Learned a great new saying today, "there is no WE in TEAM" - quite a nice counter to the horrible manufactured saying, "there is no 'I' in TEAM".
Vas swung by my cube on the way home (we were both working quite late) to say hi. I'd been meaning to ask him about an Indian restaurant he'd recommended before. Instead he asked me to dinner at his house the next week, when I said I'd be on vacation he said, "how about now?"
Blockbuster only seems to have the first X-files series so I had to watch something else instead. Decided to educate myself about Fahrenheit 9/11.
Helped Dave move his hot tub today to his new house. My expectations were that this would be handled with some proper engineering and I wasn't at all disappointed. I was a bit concerned that we didn't have enough people to shift it given that someone estimated it to be 1,000lbs but in the event, 6 people plus the additional help from Holly the dog and one of Dave's sons was enough.
The company's adventure club is always pretty active and today they had organised a kayak trip on Lake Tahoe. Kayaks were pretty impressive sea kayaks made by Tsunami (140s i think). Seats and other fittings were very adjustable and the boats seemed quite stable, though the lake was mostly pretty flat.
Apparently several Basque families settled Minden. We ate in 100 year old restaurant tonight. Kinda strange. As we sat at our table, they brought out a big pan and said, 'here's your soup'. Which was minestrone or something nice and veggie looking. Red wine was provided too (also unasked).
Went for a 4 mile run at lunch with Scott. This is the first run I've done in the midday heat. Even at 9 minute mile pace it was quite tough. But good to get out and see a bit of wildlife too, some jack rabbits and ground squirrels.
To me, a 3.5l Chevy seems like a big car but I am amazed how often I am sitting at the traffic lights looking at the bottom of the door of another 'car'. You would think a 3.5l Chevy would be easy to spot in the airport car park too. Not so. I had to use the little button on my remote keyfob which makes the car horn sound so you can find it (I wonder if these are only on small cars like my 'little' chevy?!