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One day not so long ago, we were going through our usual ritual of daydreaming about quitting our jobs in the corporate world, leaving most of it behind and going on a long journey to faraway lands. What was unusual this time was that Natalie asked a brutally simple question: ”WHY NOT?” Shocked its stark simplicity, we searched for the answer using the formidable mass of “tools” learnt through our years of school and work (think SWOT) – but alas, it was all for naught. Soon, the answer dawned upon us: Why not? ”only because we’re scared” and the only thing stopping us was ourselves. And so, we’ve quit our jobs, put our careers on hold, gotten married and geared up to drive Fred, our 2004 Toyota Tacoma, from Houston, Texas to the Beagle Channel at the southern tip of the Americas. We are Natalie and Alex and we are only halfway sure of what we’re doing but we’re doing it anyway.

Trip Start: 2012-08-18 Trip End: 2013-08-15 .

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Panama

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(by NK – ie; much shorter than the last few posts) Panama was another place that we knew little about, well exceeded our expectations and we feel we barely scratched…
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Costa Rica

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(By Alex, with Nattie’s help to wrap it up.  WARNING: LONG READ) The solidly branded and well-oiled tourism machine that is Costa Rica astounds with its natural beauty, annoys with…
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Galapagos: The Veredict

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As promised (and as usually, late), a selection of the 3,000+,(no joke) photos from Galapagos: Click Here.  We’ve omitted the ones with the boatloads (literally) of old folk in goofy…
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Galapagos: Trap or Treasure?

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Or, an Invitation to Please, Please Save Beaglebound! (by NK and Alex) After running around Quito for the major portion of three days looking for a “good deal” on an…
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Happy New Year!

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Or, A short moment of weakness for a mushy post — and aided by only one single beer (by Alex) It is 6:34 pm on December 31st 2012 and we…
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Beaglebound Reaches 10,000 Miles!!!

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In a time and place that couldn’t have been planned, Beaglebound reached 10,000 miles into its journey on Dec 27 in the Huila Region of Colombia at the exact spot…
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On Christmas Eve, a Letter to My Mother

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Or, “A Reflective Ramble on My Inadequacies” (by Alex) Hola Mama!  It’s around 4:15 am on Christmas Eve, we are still in Colombia.  The conditions for sleeping in the tent…
Or, “We dare you to read this without falling asleep halfway through.” By Alex We went into Nicaragua expecting something very different to what we found.  In spite of its poverty and enormous challenges, Nicaragua is a vibrant country with … <a href="http://beaglebound.com/2012/12/12/nicaragua/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a>

Nicaragua

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Or, “We dare you to read this without falling asleep halfway through.” By Alex We went into Nicaragua expecting something very different to what we found.  In spite of its…
We hadn’t planned to do too much in Guatemala due to time constraints and safety concerns on smaller roads with Fred, but it’s definitely somewhere we would love to return to – friendly people, great food, a rich indigenous culture, … <a href="http://beaglebound.com/2012/11/21/guatemala/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a>

Guatemala

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We hadn’t planned to do too much in Guatemala due to time constraints and safety concerns on smaller roads with Fred, but it’s definitely somewhere we would love to return…
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San Cristobal de las Casas

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We arrived at San Cristobal in the late afternoon after a stopover at Xel-Ha, one of the regional waterfalls and swimming holes for a quick spray.  After our usual runaround…
(Palenque, Yaxchilan & Bonampak by NK) There’s no easy way to describe the sensation of waking up to the sound of howler monkeys.  Alex best describes it as the sound that the thing in Alien movies made (ie; not Sigourney … <a href="http://beaglebound.com/2012/11/06/the-chiapas-maya/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a>

The Chiapas Maya

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(Palenque, Yaxchilan & Bonampak by NK) There’s no easy way to describe the sensation of waking up to the sound of howler monkeys.  Alex best describes it as the sound…
Belize City, Caye Caulker and San Pedro, by NK After a very inefficient, yet friendly entry into Belize by Chetumal. Mexico, we headed directly a few hundred km south to Belize City.  The difference in the quality of the roads … <a href="http://beaglebound.com/2012/10/27/a-dip-into-belize/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a>

A Dip into Belize

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Belize City, Caye Caulker and San Pedro, by NK After a very inefficient, yet friendly entry into Belize by Chetumal. Mexico, we headed directly a few hundred km south to…
(1 day in Zipolite, 3 days in Mazunte by NK) When we finally got to the Oaxacan Coast after a very sinuous and somewhat intense but breathtaking drive through the lush Oaxacan sierra, we stayed for one night at the … <a href="http://beaglebound.com/2012/10/13/hammocks-blue-water-and-crocs/">Continue reading <span>→</span></a>

Hammocks, Blue Water and Crocs

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(1 day in Zipolite, 3 days in Mazunte by NK) When we finally got to the Oaxacan Coast after a very sinuous and somewhat intense but breathtaking drive through the…

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