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About Our Family

Don’t mind me, I’m just updating my “About Me” page. Rather, I’m adding a new “About Me” page so that I can keep the old one buried somewhere in my blog. Every now and then I’ll go back to it and remember who I was at some point in time. :)
My name is Erica. On the other side of the world, I’m a newbie lawyer who graduated law school and passed the bar with a baby in tow. Here in Tanzania, I’m a stay-at-home-mama to a pretty rad toddler named Evita Pilar. My husband and I love to travel, but we don’t just want to see the world- we want to live it. Saying goodbye to Hawaii was difficult, but it has definitely been worth the experience so far.

Throwback Thursday: Mt. San Jacinto

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Today’s Throwback Thursday takes it back to when we were living in 29 Palms, CA. My mom was visiting for her last week of summer vacation (she’s a high school english teacher), and we thought it’d be fun to go up Mt. San Jacinto. She actually took me there when I was a kid so it was our second time up there together. Mt. San Jacinto is located in Palm Springs, which is about an hour from 29 Palms. The summit is about 10,000 feet up, and there are aerial trams that take you up the mountain (if you don’t want to climb that high). The tram is pretty gnarly and not for people afraid of heights, haha. It shakes and grinds and has big windows so you can look hundreds of feet down into the rocky mountain. When you reach the top there are a bunch of trails to hike and faces to climb. We sort of just explored the area, sticking to some trails and venturing off others. The last time we were up there it was completely covered in snow so this time was a very different experience. My favorite part about the scenery was all the fallen trees. I took lots of pictures with my little point-and-shoot that nobody would be interested in, except maybe fellow geography nerds, so I’ll only share a few. The view was also pretty spectacular. The mountain is known as “an island of biodiversity” and when you look around the reason is pretty evident. All that can be seen surrounding the mountain, all the way to the horizon, is miles and miles of desert.


 

About Me

Hello!
My name is Erica. I was born and raised in South Texas, on the border by the sea. I started surfing in junior high school, which forever changed my navigation in life. The ocean is my home, my playground, and my church, and I can’t imagine being without it. I have a deep passion for the natural world. Plants, animals, rocks… I want to know everything about them. This led me to pursue a degree in Physical Geography, which I earned from the University of Hawaii in 2008. Three years later, I earned a law degree from the same school. Now I’m a stay-at-home-mom to two wonderful babies: an almost 3-year-old named Evita and a 9-month-old named Damian. They are the perfect additions to our traveling family.

This blog began as a modern baby book, a way to keep family and friends updated on my pregnancy journey. It has expanded into a way to document life and hoard memories. To give advice and take advice. To say, “I was here.” Sometimes I have a lot to say. Other times I let pictures do the talking. These our adventure around the globe. These are my narratives to the sea.
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email me at mitodoblog@gmail.com