chip wiegand


Welcome to my blog and website, I hope you find your visit interesting.

Once people knew how to live in harmony, now the silence of nature reaches few.

-- Chief Dan George

Me I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.
Me

Chip Wiegand

I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.

Cheryl is here now, and all of our stuff

Saturday, 15 July 2006

I flew back to Seattle to move all our stuff down to Tucson. Got in on friday night, late, then spent saturday loading the moving truck, and left sunday morning. It was a busy weekend. I drove the rental truck most of the time, my son Austin drove it some as well (though he drove the car most of the time). Cheryl drove the car when Austin was driving the truck.

We drove I-5 south through WA, then through OR. I was surprised by the Siskiyou Mountains. I didn't expect them to be as big as they are. The freeway has some good sized climbs, more than I'm used to in the WA Cascades. They extend into northern CA, and are very beautiful. We spent our first night at Redding. The next day we were up early and headed out south and switched over to Hwy 99.

Hwy99 takes you through central CA all the way south, and is a nicer drive than I-5. We drove to Barstow and spent the night there. The Mojave desert - beautiful, yet stark. From here we went to Joshua Tree National Monument. If you've never seen a Joshua Tree check out the pics in my photo album. There are very unusual, and are not actually a tree, they are related to the Lily. They grow only in southern CA, AR, NV and UT.

From Joshua Tree we went east on I-10 towards Phoenix, but before getting there, we turned south on Highway 85, then east on I-8 to Gila Bend, the east to I-10 again, then on to Tucson.

One thing most noticable about this area, southern AZ - no matter where you are, you see mountains in every direction. I love it - desert, cactus, and mountains everywhere.

We took Austin around town showing him some of the sites including the Desert Museum and Saguaro National Park. We drove to Tombstone, Sierra Vista, and visited the Coronado Cave, in the Coronado Mountains. That cave is a large cave, not developed in any way, no lights, nothing. You hike about 3/4 mile up hill, to the mouth, which is almost hidden in boulders. You climb over the boulders and down into the cave. There are two main rooms, about 70feet wide and 20 feet high, 600 feet long overall. There are several small crawl-ways, some stalagmites and stalagtites and not a whole lot more. Pics in my photo album.

Austin is back at his 'home' in the Seattle area where he will finish at the community college. Cheryl is here and we're getting settled in to our apartment. Next on the agenda - get started on the house project.

Return to the list

Me

Chip Wiegand

I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.


FacebookLogo.png   LinkedInLogo   rss icon   

Expat in Colombia   ExpatsBlog.com - Where Expats Blog

X

To make a transfer via Western Union (do not use Moneygram) send it to my wife -

Name: Sandra Milena Cabrera Vargas

City: Barranquilla

State: Atlantico (may not be necessary)

Country: Colombia

Then be sure to send me an email with the MTCN number.


Free counters!


CNN.com - RSS Channel - Regions - Americas

09/26/2017
Habla español? Visit CNN en Español for all the latest news and updates in Spanish.
09/26/2017
See photos from the Caribbean after Hurricane Maria devastated the region.
09/26/2017
The grim, relentless job of digging through rubble in the search for earthquake victims continued Monday in Mexico.
09/26/2017
Days after Hurricane Maria pounded the island of Puerto Rico, killing at least 10 people, authorities are starting to see firsthand the scope of devastation that left the US territory off the grid.
09/26/2017
09/26/2017
Millions of Puerto Rico residents continue to reel from Hurricane Maria as the National Weather Service says the storm could bring "direct impacts" to the US East Coast in the coming days.
09/26/2017
Martin Mendez spent 17 hours trapped beneath the ruins of a six-story building in Mexico City before rescuers pulled him and three others out of the wreckage.
09/26/2017
Puerto Rico grappled with damages and deaths caused by Hurricane Maria on Friday as the storm hurtled across the Caribbean and slapped the Turks and Caicos Islands.
09/26/2017
Hiram Navarro had reasons for hope and despair Friday as rescuers hunted for his brother and dozens of others who were feared to be in a Mexico City office building that collapsed in this week's magnitude-7.1 earthquake.
09/26/2017
Days after a deadly earthquake battered the small market town of Jojutla, collective shock and fear have already given way to the gritty work of cleaning up and moving forward.

Unable to open RSS Feed $XMLfilename with error HTTP ERROR: 404, exiting