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Botswana: New Parts, New Friends

Botswana: New Parts, New Friends

For a desert country, it seems strange that half of Botswana’s landscape is dominated by water features. Almost all of Botswana is part of the Kalahari desert, yet it’s most famed features are rivers, a river delta, and lake beds. As we drove through the border post...
Namibia: Adventures and Animals

Namibia: Adventures and Animals

We welcomed this plan of traveling with Paul & Julie into the Marienflus Valley, because the area is extremely remote and two vehicles is better in the event of an emergency. Together, we looked at a map to figure out where to get fuel, and food. We had stocked up...
Where the Desert Meets the Sea

Where the Desert Meets the Sea

We had been in Namibia over two weeks by the time we got to Windhoek, the capital city. Our plan was to set up a base camp and get some “town chores” done. Sometimes, especially in somewhere so sparsely populated as Namibia, you can only get some services...
Madagascar, Who Knew??

Madagascar, Who Knew??

So many beautiful sunsets in Nosy Be. We came to Madagascar with few expectations, in large part because we knew so little about the country. As we planned for our Africa trip, we did try to learn about Africa. We read books and blogs, watched videos from other...
The Fun Starts “Just Now”

The Fun Starts “Just Now”

We often forget about the variety of differences between home and the rest of the world. Part of the fun of traveling is seeing just what life looks like for other people, in other parts of the world. Sometimes, the differences are hard to spot due to a common...
Homage to Portland

Homage to Portland

There are many wonderful aspects of Portland that we will miss.  One will be the bounty of deliciousness that has passed across our palates. Portland has become a hotspot of up and coming chefs to test out their skills on a public yearning for something delicious.  We...
And We’re Off…

And We’re Off…

We have a departure date!  One-way tickets to Africa are purchased and shipping for Snort is arranged.  Snort with the addition of some lights, more to come as we finish up some last additions. We are feverishly finishing up last minute details on Snort, sorting out...
Sand Dune Driving for Africa

Sand Dune Driving for Africa

“It’s amazing the number of great people I have in my life that I would have never met if I didn’t own a Jeep.” We first met Lonnie on a trail run to the Tillamook National Forest. His orange Land Rover Discovery II broke down right in front of...
Midsummer Update

Midsummer Update

  During the last year of our planning, Pronghorn Overland Gear has been one of our most excited supporters. They committed to work with us early in the process, and are always excited to hear about what we are working on to get this trip rolling. Since we...

East Oregonian Newspaper Interview

A week or so ago, we were in touch with the newspaper of Jared’s hometown and were interviewed about our upcoming trek through Africa.  We can now add print media to our collection of interviews (now two in total) and we made the front page. You can read the...
Family, Friends & 5000 Miles

Family, Friends & 5000 Miles

Driving across the U.S. was not just about breaking in the Jeep, it was about the people we would see, both those we know and those we would meet along the way.  After leaving our gracious hosts, Pradeep and Bev, in Florida our next big stop was New Orleans, Jared had...
Reunited

Reunited

On March 29th, it happened. The event we had anticipated eagerly and anxiously, that would allow us to set in motion other pieces to the puzzle of getting our Africa trip off and rolling. We got the call from Bruiser Conversions that they were ready for us to come get...

Our First Interview

We were interviewed by The 4×4 Podcast a bit ago to talk about our upcoming trek!  We had never been interviewed before and I would say were a bit nervous.  Thus, we were quite happy when the podcast was released to hear the end result.    ...
Safe Jack Visit

Safe Jack Visit

Recently we got to meet one of our sponsor companies face to face, sharing with them what we plan of doing on the trip, and connect with them more richly than can be done with just Emails and phone calls. On our recent trip to Eastern Oregon to visit family, we were...

Health & First Aid

We have never really thought of ourselves as big planners, more of the ‘play it by ear’ folk.  However, when taking on Africa with our Jeep and each other, we seem to be a bit more on the detail oriented side of things.  One of these details is health & first...