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Crete 2 – Greece – 2/2014

Crete 2 – Greece – 2/2014

Tearing ourselves from an idyllic camp near Elafonissis on the far southwestern tip of the island, we headed through the mountains on a tortuous highway that looked like a snake going crazy. Are there any straight roads on Crete? Our next stop was Chania...
Crete 1, Greece – 2/2014

Crete 1, Greece – 2/2014

OK, my long Mexican 70th birthday adventure is over except for my memories. Now, as I promised, we are picking up with our Trans-Eurasian Odyssey, which will eventually take us through 26 countries and over 40,000 miles, across impassible deserts and over 15,000-foot...
Gary’s Birthday 7 – 1/2015

Gary’s Birthday 7 – 1/2015

It’s been a long birthday celebration, but I hope you have enjoyed the mini tour of some of our favorite places in Mexico. There was one more area we had to visit on our way home, so bear with us. Our first stop was Pátzcuaro in the State of Michoacán on the lake of...
Gary’s Birthday 6 – 1/2015

Gary’s Birthday 6 – 1/2015

Tearing ourselves away from our beautiful guest stay in Ajijic, we headed southwest into the “dangerous” state of Michoacán, once famous for its “Sinsemilla” marijuana. Today, it is known for Lake Pátzcuaro, the Tarascan Indians, and the stopover for as many as 60...
Gary’s Birthday 5 – 1-2015

Gary’s Birthday 5 – 1-2015

Chapala. In its heyday Chapala was a place where the rich and famous came to vacation. The waterfront is lined with mansions. The lake is certainly not the most beautiful in Mexico but Chapala has the charms of a small Mexican town, and for me, it holds some of the...
Gary’s Birthday  4 – 1/2015

Gary’s Birthday 4 – 1/2015

We could have stayed in Guadalajara for a week, but other adventures called. Tequila!!! It had been years since Monika and I had been to the town of Tequila, a short drive northwest of Guadalajara. Tequila is a regional specific name for a distilled beverage made from...
Gary’s Birthday 3 – 1/2015

Gary’s Birthday 3 – 1/2015

Now we’re getting to the real birthday celebration and some of you may be thinking, “You must be crazy going to Mexico, yes?” Despite all the horrible warnings from the State Department about where not to travel in Mexico, if you had to go, the worst places were...
Gary’s Birthday 2 – 1/2015

Gary’s Birthday 2 – 1/2015

So now you’re looking at news with a slight time delay. Following our visit in San Diego and with our truck and car safely stored at our friends’ home, the next day we found ourselves sitting in the waiting room at the Los Angeles airport. What a zoo, except no...
Gary’s Birthday 1/2015

Gary’s Birthday 1/2015

Okay so we’re a few months behind, but really, news is only relevant to whether you’ve heard it or seen it previously, so before we return to Greece and onward to our 40,000 mile expedition across Asia, following the Silk Road, we have to tell you a little bit...
Japan 6 – Snow Monkeys – 12/2014

Japan 6 – Snow Monkeys – 12/2014

Let the truth be known, one of the main reasons Monika and I wanted to visit Japan was to see the amazing Snow Monkeys. In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga-Kogen (Highlands) near Nagano, the site of 1998 Winter Olympics, are thermal springs that have been...
Japan 5 – Hiroshima – 12/2014

Japan 5 – Hiroshima – 12/2014

At 8:15 AM, August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber carried out the World’s first atomic bombing. The bomb was about 3 m, (9.8 ft.), long and weighed about 4 tons. It was called “Thin Man” at first because of its long thin design. When the actual bomb turned out to be...
Japan 4 – Parks & Temples – 12/2014

Japan 4 – Parks & Temples – 12/2014

In case you never get to visit Japan, we wanted to give you a quick glimpse of some of the amazing parks and temples we saw. While every big city in the world has beautiful parks, those of Kyoto were spectacular. It seemed that almost every leaf and twig and branch...
Japan 3 – Food – 12/2014

Japan 3 – Food – 12/2014

Food is such an important part of traveling to new countries. While we do most of our own cooking in our self-contained camper, we never miss the opportunity to try the local specialties. Wandering through the market place in Kyoto, without a translator standing next...
Japan 2 – Geisha – 12/2014

Japan 2 – Geisha – 12/2014

Whatever images might come up when we think of Japan, Toyotas, Nikon cameras, Sony TVs and Sushi, the beautiful and mysterious Geishas should be included. When Monika said she wanted to go to Japan to see the Snow Monkeys, I immediately imagined going to spa and...
Japan 1 – Kyoto – 12/2014

Japan 1 – Kyoto – 12/2014

With The Turtle V safely on its way back to California, we had a little time to burn. One of the countries we had always been interested in visiting was Japan. Being so close to South Korea it was easy to take the overnight ferry to Osaka and the “bullet train” to...
Overland Expo 2015

Overland Expo 2015

It was 4:00 in the morning. An angry wind buffeted the side of our truck. I peeked out the window and it was snowing. What the ???!!? Glancing at the outside temperature gauge, it was a bitter 33°F. Inside it was a toasty 65°F as our Espar Airtronic purred away in its...
South Korea 9 – 12/2014

South Korea 9 – 12/2014

Coming to the End of a Great Adventure is always a little sad. We headed south toward the megapolis of Busan. With a growing population of 3.6 million, we had no reason to drive into the city center, and in any case, we probably would not have found a parking place...
South Korea 7 – Food – 12/2015

South Korea 7 – Food – 12/2015

If there is one thing that makes travel in foreign countries exciting it’s the food, and Korea has some of the most interesting dishes we had experienced in the 22 countries we crossed to this point. We always like to taste local cuisine. In Korea it’s...

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