Project 366: January 8th-14th

January 8th
January 8th: Nostalgia Consumed

January 9th
January 9th: Warming to Mexico

January 10th
January 10th: Abandoned Aviary (Home)

January 11th
January 11th: View From Atop

January 12th
January 12th: Seas So Blue

January 13th
January 13th: Tranquility

January 14th
January 14th: Couldn’t All Be Sunshine

The weather in Mexico was beautiful. Sunshine, mid-80s, just enough humidity to rehydrate our dry winter skin. Every day we traipsed through forests, swam in the sea, and lounged on the beach and by the pool. We enjoyed evenings on our deck and mornings with the slightest of chill in the air. A few afternoons, a gentle rain broke the humidity and reminded us to get out of the sun for a little while. Perfect.

And then, just as we loaded our luggage into our rental car to drive back to the airport, it began to rain. On the hour and a half drive, it began to pour. And pour. It rained so hard, there were several inches of water on the highway. We drove cautiously; luckily, we’d left with plenty of time to spare. When we realized we were moments away from the car rental office, where we’d have to get out and do the walkaround car inspection, we pulled over. We foolishly hoped that the rain might ease so we wouldn’t have to get drenched before our long flights.

We waited on the side of the road with other drivers. An old VW campervan was in front of us, a giant tractor trailer truck behind. After a while, we looked at each other.

“It’s not going to stop, huh?” Nope. The car rental agency representative who drove us to the airport did not have the same trepidation about the weather that we did. He sped down the flooded roads, sheets of water obscuring the view through the windshield. He wove in and out of traffic, beeping at other cars that slowed him down.

By some luck, we made it to the airport without incident, though getting out of the airport would be a different matter. Nearly every flight, including ours, was delayed because of the rain. But still, if you have to have a rainy day when you’re on vacation, it might as well be the day you’re leaving anyway.

Project 366: 2012 in a Photo a Day (January 1-7)

I have undertaken, for the umpteenth time, to participate in Project 365 (which, thanks to Leap Year, is Project 366 in 2012) and take one photograph per day. I have no delusions about this mission. I do not own a fancy camera, I do not live a glamorous life, and I am rather prone to laziness and absurdity. My year in photos will probably be pretty boring to everyone who isn’t me. But I’ve taken a photo every day for these first 17 days of 2012, and have already really enjoyed looking back on the days. Of course, being on vacation for 9 days helped — traveling brings photo-taking to front of mind, and usually provides many a subject. But, I hope to go forward and continue taking at least one photo every day, and sharing them here.

I’m planning to share the photos every week, en masse, with only the titles for 6 of the photos. If I’m feeling chatty, I’ll tell the story behind one of the photos each week. I’ve also added a link to my Flickr PhotoStream, where I’ll be uploading them all, to the sidebar in case you’d like to follow along in real time.

And without further ado, the photos!

January 1-7:

January 1st
January 1st: Cozy/Wary

January 2nd
January 2nd: Family

January 3rd
January 3rd: Before the Tree Came Down

January 4th
January 4th: Miscellanea

January 5th
January 5th: Preparing to Leave/Be Left

January 6th
January 6th: Storybook Lands

January 7th
January 7th: Far/Near

For this post, I’ll refrain from telling one of the photos’ stories, since I already blabbered on at the head of the post. I’ll post the photos from the 8th-14th of January this week to catch up, and will plan to post photos each Wednesday as the year unfolds.