Hi Scott. I am also from Orange County (Newport Beach), though I have been living in Seattle, WA off and on for over 30 years (I am 68). I also was a boogie boarder - my son was the surfer in the family. I lived in Thailand for a year (Ao Nang and Chiang Mai) recently - but was defeated by the language and the difficulty of someone my age landing a decent ESL teaching gig. I am planning now to move to Ecuador in about 6-8 months, and will probably settle on the coast. It wasn't clear from your video whether you are actually planning a trip to Ecuador. I have to admit I haven't been closely following your emails since I got back from Thailand - the title of this one caught my eye. I would like to know if you are actually going - and hope you will continue to post things here about your trip! Thanks for all you do - you and JR of retirecheap.asia were my two primary resources when I started researching retiring in Thailand.
I'm actually from Miami but went to Fullerton College and lived and worked in Huntington Beach for several years.
I am going to New York April/May with my family and will work my way down to Miami sightseeing and taking photos along the way. Then I'll go to Ecuador in May or June.