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Jed and I set out April 2012 to drive from Wyoming to the southern tip of Argentina! Join us along the way to read about our adventures as we attempt to surf the coasts, climb the mountains and speak the language of the 15 countries we plan to visit!

Trip Start: 2013-06-30 Trip End: 2012-01-01 .

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Lakes, Frey and a Bonanza

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Parrott on one of the pineballs

Tall pine trees, to the likes of which we had never seen, that stood long and straight wrapped in a thick spiky bark under an umbrella of drooping cylinder branches covered in hard green triangular leaves with softball sized cones tucked inside, and looming with the threat of a fall, within their depths; this…

A Dose of Mendoza

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We rolled in to Mendoza like we had almost every other big city on the trip, in need of a few auto parts and maintenance; in particular a new car battery.  The past couple weeks of traveling with Home on the Highway, who was also (and still is) in dire need of a new car battery had been an amusing…

Ruta 40 Norte and the Land of Lunch

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The whole way down, as we have met and talked to other northbound travelers, everyone raved about the Ruta 40 through Argentina. Ourselves, finally in to Argentina,  we were excited to see what all the hype was about.  We winded our way through the Altiplano, skipping the cities to the north, until we could meet up with Ruta 40.
Inevitably,…

To The Final One

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After finishing our journey south through the beautiful, but cold and wet, Luaca National Park with a surprise 30 minute jaunt in to Bolivia and a couple bolts shaken loose, we made the two hour drive down 13,000ft back to sea level.
We spent a few days soaking up some coastal sun and running errands in the duty free zone…

Moving on

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It has been about two months since our last post and the unfortunate events that happened to us in Peru.  Combined, Jed and I have about ten word documents saved on this computer, all attempts at trying to piece together our feelings of the attack and the events of the weeks following.  Neither one of us can quite grasp the words to…

Peru Update and Gratitude

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I want to thank everyone for the amazing amount of support we have received over the last 24 hours!  The money that has been donated towards our recovery and safe return is more than we could have asked for.  The calls to government officials and to the American Embassy in Peru have been a tremendous help to get things moving…

Nightmare in Peru

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As many people are already aware, Jed and I and my sister in law, Jenny have been through a very traumatic experience here in Peru.  I wanted to put this out there to first of all let everyone know that we are safe and recovering in Cusco.  We have suffered injuries, but we will all be able to recover fully…

Mud to Sand in Peru

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Two days on an extremely muddy dirt road through the Ecuadorian highland jungle and we were finally there; the most remote, laid back and just flat out laziest border crossing we had been to yet.  The exit out of Ecuador was easy enough and the palm tree gate blocking the bridge across the river, the only sign that this was…

Same Same but different, a journey of food in Latin America.

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Each winter for a number of years Meg and I would get the “Itch” and throw down our heavily used ski poles, sift through our dressers until we found our shorts and dig out our rock climbing gear from the back of the closet.  Maybe it was the pain of looking in the mirror day after day in those long…

Feeling the lure of Ecuador

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Usually Jed and I avoid large cities.  We tend to think of ourselves as small town folk and prefer not to deal with the traffic and herds of people that come along with city life. Luckily though, we were sucked into Quito, the capitol of Ecuador, because it was the most logical place for us to re-acquire mountaineering gear.  Otherwise…

Crossing over the Hump

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Living around the drastic scenery of the places we call home, Moab, Utah and Jackson, Wyoming you begin to take for granted the striking image of the rugged pine green, snow white and granite mountains or the tall sandstone towers protruding against the blue sky in the distance.   It is only upon leaving that you again begin to look upon…

Cruising and Climbing in Colombia

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Our climbing tour of Colombia started in a place called La Mojarra, located just south of Bucamaranga on the Mesa de los Santos.  We had read about this place on the internet and had seen pictures but when we followed the directions there, we were at first thoroughly confused because all we could initially see were lots of tobacco farms,…

Coooolombia

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We took off from Cartagena with one thing on our minds, the cool air of the mountains!  We studied the map and found the quickest route to gain some elevation.  Our shipping partners, in their supped up Jeep Cherokee, joined us on the road.  We had a three or four day plan.  We thought we would reach the mountains the…

Only first class for Yota

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We entered Panama with pretty much one thing on our mind; shipping our car to Colombia. So we headed directly to Panama City to start figuring out the process.  Arriving on a Thursday we sent out a lot of emails and made some calls asking for pricing and departure dates.  However by Friday we had only received one response and…

One Morning

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Leaving Central America behind, we had lot´s of moments and places that we consider to be our favorites.  Rather than list them out for you I wanted to share a writing of Jed´s that I think sum´s up our feelings:

The day starts with my morning surf session that allows me to watch the sun rise slowly between two volcanoes, turning the…

A Vacation from Vacation

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We picked my mom up from the airport just outside San Jose with the intention of heading out to Lago Arenal, a beautiful lake just below one of the world’s most active

volcanoes, Volcan Arenal.  We had found a great little cabin to rent starting the following day and decided that we should go ahead and buy groceries while in…

Obnoxiously Cheap in the Rich Coast (Costa Rica)

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After finally finding a place to refill our propane tank outside of Granada, Nicaragua, Jed and I decided to head back out to the coast to a well known surf destination named Popoyo.  We were at first discouraged by all the people in this area after primarily camping on empty beaches the past two weeks, however we decided to give…

The lung of the Americas

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Couldn’t of said it better myself!

Leaving El Salvador we were up for our biggest day of border crossings to date. We had decided to just drive straight through Honduras in a day as we were on the Pacific coast and all things interesting in Honduras were on the Caribbean coast. Word had it that the Honduras borders are the…

Guatemala- check! El Salvador- check!

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After mastering the Spanish language in just two weeks, Jed and I were off to conquer the rest of Guatemala.  First stop was to be the beautiful Chemuc Champay.

We took back roads north from Lago Atitlan and were surprised to find that they were mostly all paved.  Nevertheless, the ride still felt remote, and the views were gorgeous as…

Lago Atitlan, Guatemala

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In reaching Guatemala, we officially reached our first real border crossing (Mexico didn’t really count as they simply just waive to you as you drive in to Baja.) and everything went very smooth for the most part.  The whole ordeal took under and hour and the only idiots we had to deal with were ourselves.

Never really knowing what to…

Mainland May-He-Co

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The ferry across to Topolobombo, mainland Mexico was an interesting experience!  It was mainly full of truckers, who we decided must love it when they get a delivery route to or from Baja.  The ferry basically had two areas to hang out in during the 6 plus hour ride, a movie theater with tight uncomfortable seats or a bar/lounge with…

Baja Sur

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Having decided to head to Baja Sur for some warmer weather, white sandy beaches, easier surf and supposed Palm Trees (now known to be barely existent anywhere in Baja) we headed out of Guerro Negro on the afternoon of May 1 towards a well renowned surf spot, San Juanico (a.k.a Scorpion Bay).   On our drive down through the desert we…

Baja

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Well one thing I can say for sure is that it has definitely been an adventure so far. With some highs… and some lows!
We spent three days in San Clemente, CA last week looking around the area for the best surfboards to purchase.  There wasn’t a lot out there for sale  in the “funboard” realm, which is what we…

A desert tour

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It is an amazing country we live in and each time I drive through any area of the desert southwest it never ceases to amaze me.  Growing up far far away from the deserts I always had this idea of barren, flat, dry and ugly.  While there are some areas that do fit this picture there is way more beauty  and…

And we’re off…

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It has been a crazy two weeks of packing, prepping, partying, playing and a little more packing! But I think we are finally there!  Ready to hit the road…Whew!
Our last week in Jackson was spent in a haze of trying to move out of an apartment and in to a camper.  This consisted of organizing materials in to “come with”, “storage…

A first glimpse at our Phoenix Camper

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Today we got the first glimpse of our new Phoenix pop-up camper and it is AWESOME! Almost too good to be true! In fact, we won’t actually believe it’s ours until we get to load it on our truck and drive away.

Phoenix Camper getting some finishing touches in the Coyote RV warehouse

Coyote RV has been hand building our…

Pan-Am Tour

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Hello Friends, Family & World!
Jed and I will be leaving this March 2012 for our drive along the Pan-American highway.  We invite you all to join us along the way as we explore the countries of North, Central and South America and attempt to speak their language, learn their cultures, climb their mountains and surf their coasts (which should…