Saturday, July 03, 2004

Week 1 - South Range to Santa Fe, United States

June 26 to July 2, 2004

South Range, Michigan to Santa Fe, New Mexico


Heading for Brasil....taking the long way. We left one of the most beautiful places on earth...the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - the Village of South Range.

Pulled out of the big green house at 6:43am on June 26, 2004.

Six people (Kiko, his mom and aunt who were visiting from Brasil, his brother, Fernando, and Fern's girlfriend, Jessica, and I) in a Jeep Cherokee, doing it in style with luggage high-on-the-roof - stacked 4 feet tall. Headed to Faribault, Minnesota - the city where I was see my parents and 93 year old amazing and beautiful grandma.

The clan...from left to right...Fernando, Kiko's mom, Sarah, Kiko's aunt, Jessica, and Kiko...

Beautiful (and cold) 93 year old grandma...

After 3 nights in Faribault, four of the crew left to Chicago by car. The other two (Kiko and I) stayed 2 more nights, and left by train - Red Wing, MN to Chicago, IL.

CHICAGO - June 30

In Chicago, we hooked up with more friends (Eli, Doug, Paul) to say hellos, and goodbyes, stayed one night in Chicago, then left by train to New Mexico with 7 other people (the original 6 plus our friend Joe).

Waiting for the train...


Roughly 30 hours later, the clan of us arrived in Lamy, New Mexico - to celebrate lots of stuff at the 5th annual "Refuge Party". Spent 3 nights in Santa Fe at Jen's house, 4 nights in Albuquerque at Kevin's house- tomorrow we leave the country...Mexico bound...Kiko, and possibly Kevin, and I.

Refuge clan in part...

Kevin (with the baseball cap) showing us his studio where he designs and builds canoes...

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