While nature is a ‘scape’ hard to rival, the other scape that has become surprisingly dear to us has been the people-scapes we’ve traversed. When we set off on our adventure, I imagined solitude on the ocean, swimming, wave-playing, hiking, being in nature, and having close-knitting experiences with Ted and Josh. So far, we’ve spent far more time in cities & towns than anticipated. I recall after arriving in the San Francisco Bay area that after about 3 days, I felt ready to head out again. It was just a bunch of buildings, touristas, shops, fast catamaran ferries, hustledy-bustledy. Then we met Bart on a dock in Sausalito. A concept designer who recently spent time in Vancouver, living temporarily on a sailboat, who filled in lots of interesting history and local stories. Bart was one of our first people connections that made the SF Bay go from a faceless anonymous place to one of greater depth and texture. You could read more stories and experiences into the place you were in allowing a sense of affection for the place. Unexpected, but wonderfully found in a cityscape. Several dear characters have shown up in our travels: Liddy and Bill in Tiburon: which we especially appreciate for telling Josh about the Five Year Plan (which involves leaving his parents blissfully ignorant of any errant questionable activities for 5 years) and for being super generous; Frank in San Diego who found us on the dock and saved us hours of time getting ready to head into Mexico, but best of all entertaining us with his funny stories and ‘casual’ driving style. Love you! What a great feeling to head off into Mexico with many happy memories of what open, generous, happy spirited neighbours we have!