Wednesday, August 31, 2011

the stars at night, are big and bright

when lp and i got to puerto escondido 
one of the first stops we made was to visit gina 
at the tourist information booth.

and she told us that if we were lucky
we would have the opportunity to see bioluminescent plankton
at laguna de manialtepec. 

it happens only a couple of times a year -- 
the lagoon is flooded with ocean water,
and the plankton come in to breed. 

and they make the water shimmer. 

and you can swim with them. 

and you can shimmer.

yes please.
times a million.

but, she said,
they aren't here yet.
come back in two days. 

we went back.
not yet. 
come back in two more days. 

so we went back. 
and gina was so excited to tell us: 
they are here.
go see them shimmer. 
go swim with the plankton.
it's one of the coolest things in the world. 

so we went. 
we called up lalo 
and he picked us up
and drove us out to the lagoon. 

but we got there too early; 
it has to be pitch dark to really see the plankton.

so he took us on a little tour of the lagoon at sunset.

and as we drove around, 
it got darker
and darker. 

and the stars came out. 

like i have never seen before.

first it was the brighter stars, 
but soon there were so many stars 
it was unbelievable. 

and we saw both bands of the milky way. 

and maybe i decided i was going to make up some constellations,
(like the spider)
while looking for real constellations. 

because i'm a rockstar, 
i totally found some real ones: 
scorpio and sagittarius.

(and the big dipper.
but whatever, 
that is so old news.)

and it was amazing.

(this picture does not do it justice. at all.)

and then we saw the plankton. 

and the water really did shimmer. 

as we are about to jump in:
"are there any crocodiles?"
"no no. don't worry, 
there aren't any cocodrilos."

so we jumped in.
and we shimmered.

and it was PHENOMENAL.

(i wish i could describe it, 
or that my camera could have worked, 
but it was spectacular.)

so we swam,
and we shimmered.

and as we are climbing back into the boat,
"just kidding, 
there are crocodiles."


there is a good chance that this was the best night of my life.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

las olas

 look at the size of this sucker.

and there were a million more of these bad boys.

which is why playa zicatela is one of the best beaches in the world for surfing.

and why i was sitting out on the beach at 7 am --
to watch a surf competition.

Monday, August 29, 2011

las playas de oaxaca

playa san agustinillo

playa zipolite

playa zicatela

this is a sign saying you can't swim on this beach 
because the waves are too flippin' huge 
and you may die. 
crazy pants. 

playa marinero y playa principal


playa manzanillo

playa angelito

playa carrizalillo

this is the beach lp and i hung out on for two weeks.

we could sit in our chairs and have food delivered to us. 
ice cream.
piƱa coladas.

it was rockstar.
times a million.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

el andador

in puerto escondido there is this awesome walkway 
that leads along the beach to a lighthouse. 

i couldn't walk the whole way
(it was broken, and i was pretty sure i was going to be swallowed by a wave)
but it was crazy beautiful.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

las tortugas!

maybe the best part of my mexican adventure: las tortugas!
they are so freakin' cute. 

i just want to put them in my pocket 
and take them home with me.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

happy july 4th y'all

so we ran into some americans on day two of the mexican adventure,
and they were really into the idea of buying some fireworks. 

so we did. 

and we bought a lot of them.

but they were crazy awesome. 


it's like a real fireworks show. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

i went to vermont and ended up in a lesbian domestic partnership

since my life has hit the chaos train recently
i decided to take a small break and visit cv in vermont. 

we didn't really have any plans, 
but she had 2 days off 
so whateverz,
let's play. 

we kind of went crazy domestic.

like 1950s domestic. 

in the heart of hippy granola vermont.

and it was fabulous.

we went blueberry picking. 

and then we went raspberry picking. 

and then we came home and made a blueberry pie. 

(um, hello gorgeous. get in my belly.)

and then we decided to make raspberry jam. 

i'm pretty sure we are adorable. 
times a million billion.