I scammed my way through the Erika fight, playing the odds that my lv30+ guys would deliver one-hit kills so I wouldn't have to worry much about her sleep heavy team. And now that it's over, her Gym's badge has brought everybody back in line, so no more mis-cues in battle.
Somewhere along the line, I received the Fly HM, but I haven't bothered teaching it to anyone yet. Haven't settled on who my big flier is going to be. I've used Pidgeot, Tropius, and Swellow in previous games. Maybe something unusual like that Farfetch'd? Regardless, it's too soon to bother with Fly; there's still a lot of walk/run/biking to do for exploratory purposes.
Caught a Snorlax. I've always been a Snorlax fan, so I'm probably going to put some training time into this one. His attacks aren't that great - half his move list is taken up by the slow-acting combo of Yawn and Snore - but his 150+ HP makes him a huge staller.
I wandered south to Fuchsia City, home to the Safari Zone. I don't have Surf yet, so much of the Safari is off limits, but it's still worth the $500 to visit at this early stage. Warden Slowpoke (employee nickname) is running a contest to reward anyone who can make it to the farthest corner of the Zone within the usual time limits. I'm not ready to consider that sub-quest yet. I caught a Rhyhorn, NidoranF, and two Nidorinas (didn't somebody back a ways want to trade one of those?)
I don't remember this from Red/Blue/Yellow: the Safari Zone zoo. Outside the gates are some enclosed areas with pokemon inside. It's cute, even though the cages look depressingly bare. Reading the posted signs even add the zoo tenants to your "seen" Pokedex, so you can see a Chansey, Lapras, Kangaskhan, Kabuto, among others.
Pokedex: 43 (Seen: 98)
Party: Snorlax lv33, Gengar lv35, Katamari (Meowth) lv32, Wartortle lv35, Primeape lv28, Raticate lv32