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We are currently in: Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Authentic Stories of Travel, Retirement, Wandering, House Sitting…and Love!

Wanderlust required.  Sidewalks optional.

When we tell people that we sold our home, our cars and everything we own to travel the world as house sitters, we get many reactions. Sometimes we are treated like we are purple-haired, web-footed screwballs, but, more than often, we see the glimmer of envy in the eyes of those who behold our lifestyle.  

We realize that what we do is not for everyone, but it sure works for us. Here we share with you why we did it, how we did it, things we got right, things we screwed up, and the madcap, wacky adventures that occur daily as we live our dream.

Oh, and we're married. Pictures are by John. Words are by Anel. 

Welcome to our lives…our Barefoot Diary

Acclimation Acclimation

Acclimation

Our next house sit is in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.  Before jumping into a new culture and country, we decided that it would be best to go to the U.S. for a week to wash our salvageable clothes, take hot showers,...
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Bittersweet Farewell Bittersweet Farewell

Bittersweet Farewell

We said farewell to Vieques, Puerto Rico, on November 2nd. For us, goodbye is bittersweet, especially when it means we are walking away from memories, special friends, a weeping community and an island limping...
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Bug of the Day Bug of the Day

Bug of the Day

John grew up in New Orleans. He’s been through a lot of hurricanes and tropical storms.  He understands hurricane preparation, as well as hurricane recovery.  One of the things he tried to get me...
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What's My Line? What's My Line?

What's My Line?

We've learned so much about what it takes to be disaster/hurricane survivors.  Our friend Bill describes Viequense survival with the three R's:  resilience, resourcefulness and respect.  The people on...
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Telephone Hill Telephone Hill

Telephone Hill

We are three weeks past Hurricane Maria now. We’ve been told that full cell reception will be restored any day. Right!
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The Bare Necessities The Bare Necessities

The Bare Necessities

Last year when we downsized (sold our cars, home, furniture, business and personal belongings) to travel the world as house sitters, we thought we were trimming our lives down to the bare bones.  We kept only...
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Iguana Refuge Iguana Refuge

Iguana Refuge

Before we came to Vieques we had done our research about all the critters here on the island.  We knew that there were supposed to be a lot of iguanas here.  Either we weren't paying attention at the...
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They Call This Wind Maria They Call This Wind Maria

They Call This Wind Maria

Nothing that we went through during Irma prepared us for what Hurricane Maria did to us and the beautiful island of Vieque, Puerto Rico. We had followed the hurricane experts' predictions about Maria's path and we...
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20 Things I Learned from Hurricane Irma 20 Things I Learned from Hurricane Irma

20 Things I Learned from Hurricane Irma

Yesterday was the 7th day we had no power, Internet, or water.  We have limited cell reception if you stand in a certain place on our upper porch and hold your head a certain way.  So all of our family and...
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Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

John is a hurricane pro. I’m a hurricane rookie. As we sit here this evening and wait for Irma, I can’t help but think that this past week’s hustle and bustle and preparations here on...
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Chanticleer Alarm Clocks Chanticleer Alarm Clocks

Chanticleer Alarm Clocks

Today's solar eclipse got me to thinking about how marvelously tuned in with the universe the feathered friends that share our yard actually are. They knew something cosmically weird was going on and they shut...
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Creepy Crawlies Creepy Crawlies

Creepy Crawlies

Yesterday my younger sister Della snapped and sent us these two incredible photos of local beasties that inhabit the wily northern kingdom called Yellowstone, which is close to where she lives.
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The Legend of Mango Dump Road The Legend of Mango Dump Road

The Legend of Mango Dump Road

The house we are sitting, here on Vieques, Puerto Rico, is in a barrio called Monte Santo, which is right smack dab in the middle of the island. To get to either of the two towns on the island, we normally take the...
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Mosquito Pier Mosquito Pier

Mosquito Pier

Where else could you walk a mile over clear, turquoise water?  Where else could you swim with the turtles, and enjoy postcard perfect coastline views that will take your breath away with no crowds, no tourist...
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Monster Mango Buffet Monster Mango Buffet

Monster Mango Buffet

Today I learned a valuable lesson in proper mango management and what size vessels are needed when collecting mangos. Here's what happened.
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Mama Mama

Mama

Today we buried my sweet Mama.  I came home for a few weeks to help make arrangements and help my dad.  John stayed at our house sit on Vieques to "hold down the fort."
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El Perro Negro and the Flip Flop El Perro Negro and the Flip Flop

El Perro Negro and the Flip Flop

One of our favorite places here on Vieques Island is the National Wildlife Refuge.  It used to be a US Naval Base.  It has the best, most even stretch of paved road on the island.  At the end of the...
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Mango Munch Festival - Horses Welcome Mango Munch Festival - Horses Welcome

Mango Munch Festival - Horses Welcome

We’d heard that the horse to human ratio here on Vieques was about 1:3. One horse to every three people.  According to the latest census, the island’s population is right around 8000.  So...
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Doing the Mango Tango Doing the Mango Tango

Doing the Mango Tango

Growing up in Dallas, I can’t remember eating mangos or even seeing them in the grocery stores.  Mangos were just not on my radar. That completely changed when we arrived here on Vieques.  
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The Zapper The Zapper

The Zapper

John is a mosquito magnet.  He’s been this way since I’ve known him.  No matter how much toxic bug repellent he slathers on, they still seem to love taking a bite out of him.  Chiggers are...
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Adios Pinkie! Hola Stripe! Adios Pinkie! Hola Stripe!

Adios Pinkie! Hola Stripe!

We figured we'd take a leisurely stroll through San Juan, get an incredible deal on a new piece of luggage and then stroll back to the hotel.  A perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday morning in a beautiful city,...
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Luggage Lampoon Luggage Lampoon

Luggage Lampoon

Our plans have been to wander, as tourists, around San Juan before traveling to Fajardo then catch the ferry to Vieques. John booked us two nights in the Courtyard by Marriott  - San Juan Miramar and...
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Old San Juan Old San Juan

Old San Juan

This was John’s second trip to Old San Juan, my first.  I was amazed at how beautiful and clean it was.  Full of statues, history, friendly people and old world charm.  There was something really...
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Goodbye Dallas, Hello San Juan Goodbye Dallas, Hello San Juan

Goodbye Dallas, Hello San Juan

When you know that you have to be at a certain place, at a certain time early in the morning, it’s hard to sleep the night before. Such was our case when June 1st finally arrived.  
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Final Goodbyes – Hug. Cry. Drive Off. Repeat. Final Goodbyes – Hug. Cry. Drive Off. Repeat.

Final Goodbyes – Hug. Cry. Drive Off. Repeat.

We had known for months that the day we had to say our final goodbyes to my family was going to be tough.  Because our plane was scheduled to take off at 7am the next morning we decided to get a hotel room close...
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Pinkie & Big Blue Pinkie & Big Blue

Pinkie & Big Blue

I’m not a froo-froo girly girl.  Really I’m not.  But there are some things a girl just can’t do without…like a good pair of scissors…and a widescreen monitor to plug into a...
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