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South America Campsite Log

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We have compiled several camping logs from other travelers and we are posting it to get some beta from potential users and share this compiled document.  Keep in mind, this is a work in progress and we still have…

Questions from Kindergarteners

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A while back, we were approached by a friend who teaches Kindergarten.  He told his students about our journey and they were very curious about the fine details.  He sent us this list of questions, and it was so much…

365 Days On The Road!

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Remember when we used to write a blog? 
Oh you forgot about our blog. That’s cool, so did we…

Well much has happened since Guatemala and our last blog post. As a matter of fact, we’ve officially been on the…

Volcano climbs and eruptions

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After our last wedding guests left town we still had some time to kill while the 4Runner was getting some surgery.  We met a couple of fun German backpackers, Fabian and Puck, while hostel-hopping and they had convinced us to…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

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Another month has passed along with another long period of silence on our end. We’ve since crossed several borders and it’s hard to believe how much has happened since we left our little bubble of peace in Lake Atitlan.  For…

Fellow Travelers

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Once we started searching, it was amazing how many similar stories we discovered online.  We're obviously not the only folks who decided it would be fun to drive the Americas…

We have found so much inspiration through their stories. Facing…

Our Wedding Day

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We’re married!

Even though we had been engaged for a year, we didn’t actually decide where our wedding was going to be until about three months before the actual event.  After seeing photographs of Lake Atitlan and getting confirmation from…

Overland Advice: To Drive, Or Not To Drive

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This post is the first in a series of advice, geared towards those of you who are preparing to embark on your first big trip.  There’s obviously more than one way to see the world and I won’t pretend we…

Guanajuato Fred

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Chances are, if you’ve spent any amount of time in Guanajuato, Mexico you’ve probably met our dear friend Fred.  You may not have realized it, and you probably don’t even remember it, but I’m willing to bet you’ve bumped into…

First Taste of the Mainland

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We arrived in Mazatlan early the next morning and spent about half a day exploring the city before heading south to San Blas, Nayarit.  It was nice to finally make it to mainland Mexico and switch from desert to lush…

Heading to the Mainland

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Maybe it’ll be my job (Shannon) to bring the audience up to speed when we’ve had a lack of blog writing.  It’s been a while so I’ll have to thumb through some pictures and journal entries to remember it all.…

Mexico Campsites

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Rooftop camping on top of a hostel

We have published a Google map showing all of our campsites to date.  We will try to keep it updated as we continue.  Please feel free to use the information, but don’t forget to…

Gettin’ Raw On Baja

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After getting our fix of sand and sun, we decided our best bet for avoiding the Semana Santa crowds was to head inland.  We’d heard really good things about Loreto and it sounded right up our alley.

While trying to…

Bay of Conception?

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“Grade to Hell”

On our way to Mulegé, we passed thru Santa Rosalia which has a unique history.  This place is very different from any other town you might see in Baja, thanks to a French company that built a…

San Ignacio, Baja Sur

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After relaxing in Laguna Ojo de Liebre for a couple days we headed inland through Southern Baja.  As the sun was quickly dropping beyond the horizon, we rounded a bend and approached the charming small town of San Ignacio.  A…

Shifting gears in Baja Sur

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After 6 kilometers of slow paced driving across vast salt flats and hard-packed, corrugated sand roads, we finally reach Laguna Ojo de Liebre.  We idle up to the kiosk and pay the security guard 65 pesos ($5 US dollars) for…

What about Shady???

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You might be asking at this point what happened to our dog.  Well we did not quarter her into lean tacos and she has thankfully not yet succumbed to a tennis ball-induced heart-attack (not that we know of at least). …

Shannon’s Two Cents

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Brenton is usually the one writing the blog updates, and that's fine with me, but I figure every now and then I'll throw in my two cents and let you know what I'm thinking about this epic adventure of ours. …

The Last Straw

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How we’ve been feeling lately

Technically we were on the road, but we still felt completely unorganized and overpacked.  Thankfully, my brother cleared out his garage for us.  Finally ANOTHER chance to re-organize, de-clutter, do some work and get…

Wrong turn at Albuquerque

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Finally hitting the road, we decided to make a drastic detour.  Due to the unexpected arrival of Brenton’s sister back to the US and the fact that his best friend, Jordan, was getting married in one week, we decided to…

Watch that first step…

Holy smokes the past two weeks have been rough.  Roughly twelve months ago, we decided that we would hit the road approximately January 29th, 2012.  Oh, that's cute…well it's nice to have goals, isn't it?

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How did I get so lucky?

Traveler in training

A common question has been "how do you find such a cool chick to travel and camp with you?"

Well that's a question that I often find myself asking…"self, how did you get so lucky with this…

Suspension Attention

WARNING:  this post will be long, boring, and possibly confusing…This is for the nerds out there that enjoy the vehicle specifics of trip preparation.  Proceed with caution.
When I originally bought the 4runner it was in surprisingly great shape for a…

How Can You Help?

We've had several friends ask how they can help us prepare for our trip and keep us traveling. We're not asking for handouts or sponsorships but we've come up with a few options if you really want to help.

Buy…

Our dirty little secret…

It's official, we're leaving Texas and we will be moving in January.  There, I've said it out loud and it feels pretty good to get that off my chest.  Today I turned in my official letter of resignation and it's very hard to…

When’s the Date?

I can't tell you how many times I've been asked this question. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind at all. Problem was, I didn't have an answer. Until now…sort of.

After several ideas and fun talks about where and…

Bargain Hunting at REI

Hello my name is Brenton, and I'm a gear-aholic….

I like to walk around REI aimlessly looking at what's the latest camping gizmo. The next thing I know, I'm at home testing out the new stove that I didn't know…