Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Coming Back to the U.S.

The boys wrote these a few days before leaving El Salvador....we have since flown home and are now back in the Uinted States, enjoying all of the things they were looking forward to....

Current location: San Mateo, California, U.S.A

Hi again; J.P. here! Me and my family are taking a trip back to the United States! I’m looking forward to the food there that I can’t get here in El Salvador. One thing is there’s ice cream that I can’t get here. And we will have a freezer to save ice cream! I’d also like to go back to McDonald’s. Another restrant I’d like to go to is Burger King. A bad thing is they don’t have papusas.
One other thing that I’m looking forward to is my cousin’s dog, Jackson. I’m looking forward to playing with him, feeding him, NOT picking up his poop, racing him and playing catch with him. He also does this thing I like to call treat circle. You just hold a treat over his head and he’ll do circles!
Another thing I’m looking forward to is the weather. It is REALLY hot here!! There’s also nice rain in the States. Rain water is good to drink. There’s also rainbows there!

We have 15 cousins back in the States. Our uncle’s pool is nice. I also would like to visit all of their houses. Here’s some examples; the Buccinio’s, Uncle Pat’s and Aunt Susan’s, Nana’s, and Jerry’s house. Well, guess  I’m done now!  Bye!

J.P. Doolittle

Going Back to the U.S.

By Mickey Doolittle
We are going back to the U.S. for the summer. I am looking forward to Twain Harte. Every year my twelve cousins and I go there. Every day we play mini golf. It is the most awesome course ever. Also, we go to Twain Harte Lake every day;  swimming, sand castles, snacks and the best ice cream in the world (except Baskin Robbins). It is a neat place!
I am also looking forward to Giant’s games. We are going on the 28th! We are going with a few family members. Weeeeeeeee!   But my favorite part of Giant’s games is joining the crowd and slapping random people high fives when they score a run.
I am most looking forward to seeing all my friends and family. I haven’t seen them for 8 months. I also used to spend every day with my P.E. teacher, Ms. Pam. So I can finally hang out with her.
The food in the U.S rocks! There is a chicken called Orange Chicken and it has this sauce. It is a little spicy, but is really good! McDonalds in the U.S. has the 2 cheeseburger meal. 2 cheeseburgers with fries!!! Bingo! I guess that’s it! I will enjoy.

We'll have to trade in our dinghy for a car for a while.....

Rush hour traffic may be a little different too!

No more riding in the back of pickup trucks either!

We will miss our house on the water....

It's no McDonald's play structure, but hammocks are way cool!!

The view is better than McDonald's, too!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Current location:  Bahia del Sol, El Salvador
By J.P. Doolittle
Hi again; J.P. here! Me and my family went on a trip to Santa Ana for a volcano trip. We went to a good hotel and a bad one for somewhere to stay. First, we went to the bad one. There were a lot of cockroaches! We were excited because there was a T.V. There were nice cushioned beds, but a little bit small. There was even a hole in the bathroom.  That day we went to the rainforest and when we got back we went to the good hotel!
It was nice and big! There was big T.V. with lots of channels. There was good internet. There were two beds that were also cushioned. There was a restaurant and a breakfast buffet. There were no cockroaches!! There was also a big pool! We spent the night there. After we woke up, we had breakfast then left for the volcano!
The volcano was covered with green!! We had a tour guide help us and show everything to us. When we started the walk around the crater, it was very green. There were massive trees! It was nice and cold. There were yummy berries off the plants. We didn’t use a vehicle because there wasn’t any.
When we got done, there was BIG FOG! You couldn’t see a thing! Me, Zach, Ben and Mickey walked in and out of the fog so it was like we appeared and disappeared. After that we went on three busses to the marina. That’s all for today!! Bye!

Inland Travel
The other day we went on a big trip to the volcano in Santa Ana. There were two options for hikes; a four hour hike up the volcano or a 45 minute hike around a crater. Our friends left the hotel at 7:00 a.m. because Aaron, Nicole and Zack took the four hour hike. We left at 11:00 a.m. because we took the 45 minute hike.
When we got there, it was foggy and warm. It was up in the mountains. Me and my family walked up to a tour guide and he said, “It will be a contribution for a tour guide.” It was a fair deal so we took it and started. Halfway through it was glorious and the trees started to get bigger as we walked. We were getting into the older part of the forest. When it was done, I met up with Zack, Aaron and Nicole and headed back to the hotel. The trip was very fun.
When we got back to the hotel, I flopped down on the couch and started to play with my new IPod Touch!  Our room had clean bathrooms and air-conditioning. Also a flat screen T.V., Wi-Fi, power, HOT showers, pool, and a restaurant. To me it was like heaven!
The next morning, we got on a bus and headed to Apateca, a town near a rainforest. We took a hike up to a lake and had pupusas for lunch. I watched the locals play soccer and swim. On the way down, we caught a ride on a truck. Apateca was a nice town.
Finally, it was time to catch the bus back to the marina. We took the direct bus; it took about 7 HOURS to get back. At one point, I looked over to my mom and whispered, “I am so ‘beepin’ HOT!” But after 7 hours of sitting, we made it. As soon as I saw the pool, I took off my shirt, put down my bag and I was wet in half a second. Well, I better go eat lunch.
Hasta la bye-bye!
Written by
Mickey Doolittle

 Cerro Verde means Green Hill.

At the National Volcano Park

The bad hotel with cockroaches.

We found this baker making pan dulces. They were warm and good! 10 cents each!

The cathedral in Santa Ana.

The lake we hiked to near the rainforest.

A lady had a pet racoon on a leash.

There was a stormtropper in the hostel in Apateca.

The Volcano National Park. The fog rolled in.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Soon, we will have to say good-bye to our good friend, Zack from Panache as he sets sail across the Pacific Ocean. The boys decided to write him a good-bye poem to send him off with well wishes.  We will miss you Zack!!!

We Loved Hanging Out With You Zack
By Mickey and J.P. Doolittle - s/v Knee Deep

 We loved hanging out with you, Zack.
We wish we could return to The Shack!
Those corn dogs and burgers were really good,
we would go back there with you if we could.

We loved hanging out with you Zack.
“Angry Native” the ocean is yours to attack.
It was really fun crossing the bar,
Panache was going as fast as a car!!

We loved hanging out with you Zack.
You are as funny as Jack Black.
It was fun singing with you at karaoke.
When we met you we were full of glee!!

 We loved hanging out with you Zack.
At the Baja party we gave you a whack.
As Jedis, devils, princess and Wookies,
We all set sail for the high seas.

 We loved hanging out with you Zack.
We will miss your jokes and giving us flack.
Please keep in touch with us,
but if you e-mail do not cuss!

Jedis slaying the devils at the Kick-off Baja Ha Ha Party way back in San Diego.

Roaming the streets of Huatulco, Mexico.

Visiting a coffee plantation in Chiapas, Mexico.

 Rafting up with Panache in Barra Navidad, Mexico.

"The Band is Breaking Up" good-bye dinner in Bahia del Sol, El Salvador.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Acapulco Divers

Current Location:  Bahia del Sol, El Salvador

Ooops! We found an old blog entry the boys wrote back a few months ago when we were in Acapulco. Enjoy! We have one more video to post...but will do it tomorrow....slow, slow internet here!

Hi everybody! I went to Acapulco Diver's Show a few days ago. The divers walked through the crowd and jumped into the water. They climbed up the cliff and split up. Then they dove off like crazy freaks!!

We stayed at Acapulso for a few days so we also got to go to Starbucks. Starbucks is a coffee shop, but the BEST one! They have air conditioning, lemon bread, everything! We stayed there for a while and then we went to Burger King.

Then we went back to our dinghy at the dinghy dock. The guys that looked after our dinghy charged us something like 200 pesos! So we paid up. I love Acapulco!

Written by Mickey Doolittle

The Acapulco cliff divers were really cool. They jumped off about 100 foot cliffs. It was about a 30 minute show. They did all sorts of flips. Normally, when there is one diver, he does a flip. When there are 2 or 3 divers, they dive. The last diver jumped off the top of the cliff. He did a flip and it was AWESOME!! Cliff divers are really cool!!

Written by J.P. Doolittle

Video of the cliff divers climbing stairs, harnesses or anything!!!