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The Unexplored “West End” of Montrose County

The Unexplored “West End” of Montrose County

October used to be “Moab Season” for me. At least once a year we’d pack the car with camping gear and mountain bikes and head to the desert outdoor recreation mecca that Moab has been for the past 20 years or so. With stunning red canyons, sheer...
Re-adjusting to life in the US

Re-adjusting to life in the US

After a quick trip across the US from Philadelphia (complete with stops at, yes, you guessed it, several train museums along the way) we are settling into our new community of Montrose, Colorado. We got to spend a day at Witt’s uncle George and aunt...
Our Van Build post-trip assessment

Our Van Build post-trip assessment

This post is a review of all of the systems and accessories we used in converting our van to a camper, for those thinking of building a van. Here’s what worked, what didn’t, and what we’d change. The Sparksmobile The Van Our van is a 2001 Ford E350...
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

After a few fun days in Buenos Aires, we made the short flight back over the Andes to Santiago, where our Airbnb host picked us up and drove us to the apartment we rented from him in Valparaiso. We had a very enjoyable and relaxing two weeks there, and we’re...
So How Was the Trip?

So How Was the Trip?

Whenever you come back from a trip everyone always asks, “How was your trip?” I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, trying to figure out how to answer it, and realized I can’t. When you go on vacation you and all of your friends back home...
Fun with Friends in Central Chile

Fun with Friends in Central Chile

It was over a year ago that we first met Rick and Letitia from California in Columbia. We enjoyed a Superbowl party with them in Ecuador before parting ways as we continued South. After spending more time in Ecuador and exploring Peru, they are now heading for...
The Lakes of Northern Patagonia

The Lakes of Northern Patagonia

Thanks to Debbie for the idea for the Google Maps screenshot to provide a reference of where we’ve been! I should have been doing this for the whole trip. Oh well, better late than never. This map leaves off at Puerto Pirihueico, because Google apparently...
Chile’s Inside Passage

Chile’s Inside Passage

Coyhaique is the biggest town along the Carretera Austral, and we planned to stop there to resupply food, gas and money, since not all of the towns in the region have ATM machines. On the way we found another nice wild camp along the river, and arrived in the town of...
Along the Carretera Austral

Along the Carretera Austral

Just about every traveler who drives the PanAm route from north to south has the ultimate goal of reaching Ushuaia, Argentina. It is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world, and therefore it often serves as a symbolic southern endpoint for a Pan...
Whales and Other Wild Creatures

Whales and Other Wild Creatures

We spent four days on Peninsula Valdez, camping in a remote wild camp with a few other overlanders and lots of whales. We spent our days walking on the beach and watching for whales. Sunset from our campsite on Peninsula Valdez We saw lots of these little guys running...
Touring Europe, in Brazil

Touring Europe, in Brazil

Since arriving in Mexico back in December of 2013, our Spanish has gotten to the point of being half-decent. When we entered Brazil in July, it was a whole different ball game – Portuguese! Learning Portuguese has been really difficult for us. Jen made a great...
Getting Ready to Hit the Road Once Again

Getting Ready to Hit the Road Once Again

On the day after we went for our hike we had another beautiful sunny day, so we decided to take one of the many “pirate” boat tours on offer. The highlight was a visit to a colonial fort on an island. It was a party boat with a couple of people dressed up...
More fun in Brazil — Caves, trains and beaches

More fun in Brazil — Caves, trains and beaches

With a week left before we were due at an Airbnb rental in Florianópolis, we had a few stops left to make. On our way south to our rental in Florianópolis we stopped to see the Caverna do Diabo (Devil’s Cavern) The caves are situated in the Atlantic rain forest,...
Second year finances

Second year finances

Another year and another 10 countries behind us. How time flies! For those interested, here’s how our budget worked out for the past year.  Actually, the numbers in the charts below cover nearly 14 months of expenses from 1 July 2014 through 28 Aug 2015....
Worldschooling is not just for kids

Worldschooling is not just for kids

There is talk in some travel circles about “worldschooling” or learning from the world around you. These lessons often involve so much more than learning a foreign language, about the intricacies of a foreign culture or how to use a foreign currency...