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End of the World

End of the World

The ferry spit us out onto the other side of the Strait of Magellan, where we drove along the flatland watching the golden grass sway, all while trying to keep the truck under control from the powerful gusts of wind.  Driving along, I spotted something in the ocean. ...
Patagonia in”spire”s

Patagonia in”spire”s

We bid farewell to our new friends and hopped into the truck, ready for yet another border crossing.  No more than ten minutes after we entered the aduana building, we were leaving Chile, both of us stamped out of the country and the truck’s permit cancelled.  Why...
Ruta 7- The Careterra Austral

Ruta 7- The Careterra Austral

After disembarking the ferry, we skirted North up the coastline towards Parque Pumalin, Chile’s largest private park founded by Doug Tompkins, former owner of The North Face.  It didn’t take long for the nicely paved road to turn to bumpy gravel.  With the afternoon...
Chile’s Lake District & Chiloé

Chile’s Lake District & Chiloé

Another border crossing under our belts, we followed along the switchback road to the Pacific yet again.  We bounced South along the coast for a few days before returning inland.  We were ready to gain some headway, so we hopped on Ruta 5- one of the nicest, three...
Nuevos Amigos & Mucho Vino

Nuevos Amigos & Mucho Vino

Since crossing into Chile, we have been loving the frequent “real” grocery stores.  We spent more money on food and cheap wine at the grocery store than we had in weeks in Peru!  However, we were ready to hit the road to Argentina.  Not wanting any of our precious...
My Mom is Tougher Than Yours: Part 2

My Mom is Tougher Than Yours: Part 2

After camping in the mud for a night in Cusco and stocking up on snacks for our hike up Machu Picchu, we packed the truck once again and made our way to Ollantaytambo.  There, we planned to take the train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. The...
My Mom is Tougher Than Yours: Part 1

My Mom is Tougher Than Yours: Part 1

When I asked Nate what we should title this blog post, he immediately shot back, “My mom is tougher than yours!”  Offended, I retaliated the most mature way I know how… “Oh yeah?? I’m gonna tell her you said that!” “No, no, no” he replied,  “That’s what you should...
Meandering Northern Peru

Meandering Northern Peru

When crossing the border from Ecuador, things immediately feel different.  You are overwhelmed with the sites of poverty, trash and abandoned mud huts.  There are miles of wind blown sand dunes as far as the eye can see and loads of Peruvian police everywhere.  Which,...
Where’s Brady??

Where’s Brady??

At this point in our travels, you are all probably wondering where our rambunctious, playful and loving pup, Brady, is. Here is the DL. When we decided to go home for the summer and leave our truck in Costa Rica in a long term parking area, we flew Brady home with us....
Baños, Beer and Boobies

Baños, Beer and Boobies

Although loving the wintery weather in Cotopaxi, we were ready for the temperate climate of Baños.  Baños is a small tourist town famous for it’s thermal pools.  Although we didn’t visit the pools, we explored much of what Baños has to offer.  Walking around town, you...
Grand Markets and Mountains

Grand Markets and Mountains

Papers in hand, we were ready for our tenth border crossing.  In a matter of fifteen minutes, all three of us were officially “checked out” of Colombia and on our way to Ecuador.  Just as easily as we left Colombia, we entered Ecuador except for one minor hitch. ...
Tatacoa to Las Lajas

Tatacoa to Las Lajas

After a two day drive from Zipaquira, we ended up in the mysteriously beautiful Desierto Tatacoa.  Stopping for a roadside lunch of strawberries and ham & cheese sandwiches, we enjoyed the dry, warm air and talked about where we would camp for the night.  We found...
Don’t Go “Braking” My Heart

Don’t Go “Braking” My Heart

Leaving Villa de Leyva was a bittersweet feeling.  On one hand, we were leaving such a relaxed town and the beautiful Hostel Renacer but on the other hand, we were in for more adventure.  Browsing the map, we spotted a little town on Laguna Guatavita which would make...
Colombia’s Gem

Colombia’s Gem

We woke up to a beautiful morning in the town of Villa de Leyva, Colombia.  We had just spent about a week driving to get as far away from Cartagena as possible and needed to relax. We put the coffee on, set up our chairs and discussed what we would do for the day. It...
The Devil Drives a Corolla

The Devil Drives a Corolla

As we drove off the scales I could see it…real roads! I could almost taste that sweet dirty pavement.  Just one last person/police officer to talk to and Truck was a free girl!  Of course the officer wanted to ask a bunch of questions, tell me about what diesel to...
The Great Shipping Debacle (part 2)

The Great Shipping Debacle (part 2)

After an hour and a half flight, we stepped off the airplane into Rafael Núñez International Airport in Cartagena, Colombia.  This was the first time since we started this trip that we had crossed a border without driving through it.  It felt different.  Easier,...
The Calm Before the Storm

The Calm Before the Storm

With shipping the truck heavy on our minds, we booked it to Panama.  The border was about three hours away from where we were staying so we woke up early to get a head start- but not before stopping at Soda Nanyoa in Dominical for a top off of our coffee mugs for the...

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