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February 24, 2004
5:09 PM

So here's the deal people!! Basically, I don't care about anything. Well, I do, but I don't. This is not a bad thing. It's a good thing. I need to realize there's no time to stress about stuff. There's no desire to try to win! Does this make sense? Just because you are winning, does not mean you are right is my motto! This is what being in Mexico did for me. Hanging out with my friend Rick for the last 6 days, camping on the beach, being in paradise, seeing shoooting stars, beautiful sunsets, whales spouting water high in the air, being welcomed by Mexicans (though I speak no Spanish), riding the waves on a surfboard, eating delicious organic vegetables, being around no tv, no news, no nothing!! It was so relaxing.

What I'm trying to say is that life is way too short to worry about what others think or to stress about things that are out of your control, so I'm gonna try my hardest to live up to this idea and just go with the flow. I should just grow my hair long and be a hippy.. Hmmm... Well, maybe not, but I do need to put things into perspective and realize what's truly important. I am eager to travel. I want to see the world. I want to experience different cultures and believe that people are generally good and that the universal smile will work in all countries.

Ok, so here's the run down of my trip. I leave San Jose, California in stormy conditions and arrive in Los Cabos, Mexico with not a cloud in the sky as tears started to swell as I just wasn't aware that it would be this beautiful. Mountains flourishing with green in the background. My friend Rick picks me up at the airport and we head off to Todos Santos and the goal is to get another surfing session in as it's best waves of the year according to Rick, so the drive of around 1.5 hours gets us to a beach caled Pastora. Rick gives me a board and says let's go!! So, I say ok.... But the thing is I'm just a beginner.. I'm still trying to figure things out. The waves are 10 ft. and I swear I almost drowned the first day. I just continually got slammed by waves as about 6 came back to back as I tried to stay afloat. So my first 10 minutes in the water consisted of me trying to survive and get back to shore. Oh god.. Close call.

I just sat there in the sand with Ricks dog TOPO and said "Topo, I almost died". And he just looked at me with his tongue wagging. Well, Rick eventually came back in and we went into town to get some food to cook. We got home made tortillas, breads, vegetables, tofu, and we cooked an amazing feast. In fact, we cooked every meal and it was so delicious. Ricks house wasn't finished yet, so we camped. There was no shower, no toilet, and a small sink with one faucet for water to clean with. Pretty amazing. I didn't shower for 6 days, but felt fine. Just salt water. Sounds kind of gross, but it didn't feel bad at all.

Shooootzz... I know if I get into detail I'm gonna write forever, so I'm just gonna end this with minor details. Basically, I was in paradise, I ate great, met amazing people, had great conversation, drank beer, and got super tan. I can't wait to go back. I can't wait to travel the world. I want so badly to go to China, Hong Kong, Phillippines, Vietnam, India, Turkey, everywhere!!

Peace always, Mike Park