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Going home!

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Yes, we are going home – after two years on the road our trip will end in a few weeks from now, when we leave New Zealand. These news are probably quite a surprise for some of our followers, since we had originally planned to go to South America from New Zealand. But plans have changed. Let‘s explain why….
We…

UP ~ A Love Story

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Two young kids, longing for adventure, meet up in an abandoned house, the lone members of the “Spirit of Adventure” club. They grow up, marry, and dream of traveling to Paradise Falls in South America. But, reality intervenes, and each time their savings jar is filling, a problem occurs, a broken down car, a hospital visit, you know, adult stuff.

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Snowy Days to Relish

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Snow days. A rarity in Portland. Having grown up in small town Minnesota, I am familiar with bad winter weather. It’s a big part of the reason I no longer live there. Here in Oregon, where we are quite famous for our dreary, rainy winters, and any real accumulation of snow is a bit of excitement.

 
It felt like…

An Enemy named Time.

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To be more accurate, my enemy of late is named the lack of time. Recently I wrote about finding balance and was starting to feel I was on the right track. Then Jim and I both got sick AGAIN, as in for the fifth time since early November. We spent the days after Christmas coughing constantly, sore all over, and simply done in…

Meeting Dorothy Inglis

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As the woman in front of us at Costco talked to Jim about her love of the memory foam pillows we were purchasing, I was fading in and out, thinking of what needed to be done when we arrived home and what to make for dinner. My fragmented mind suddenly heard the words “in my Roadtrek camper” and my attention…

Happy Birthday Porter!

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One year ago today, we went to the Humane Society and brought home our sweet boy Porter. Still reeling from the loss of our beloved Maddy, we knew that having a new fur face would help heal our hearts and bring life back into our house.
 

He quickly became the new heart and soul to the house, proving to…

Beauty in Nature at Timothy Lake

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Mist swirled above the lake, alternately framing and shrouding the fisherman’s boat. It was early morning at Timothy Lake, and the sun was trying to break through, highlighting Mt. Hood in the distance.

 
 
I will never get tired of this place. There are many spots in the region that we enjoy camping at each year but Hoodview campground…

One year on the road – and this is not the end

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Exactly one year ago, on May 2nd, 2012 it was the day of our departure – we were finally ready to leave. We originally had planned to leave one month earlier, but all the preparations had taken longer than expected, and the last nights before we left we hadn’t slept much.
But now we were standing there with our motorcycles,…

Changing Plans – Exciting Next Big Adventure News

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It might have been inevitable. Even as we purchased our Palomino Pop-Top Camper two years ago, the question was there; “Is this really the right camper for our long road trip south?” Logan & Brianna of PanAm Notes were completely supportive, being in mid-trip themselves with the exact same camper. Others now on the road, such as Ken & Anaka of 30forThirty, are…

Puerto Vallarta – Almost Like Coming Home

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Some places call to you, fill a place in your soul, and make you feel like you’ve come home; sometimes even if it’s the first time you’ve been there. I’ve had several of those experiences over the years; Vernazza, Italy on the Cinque Terre, Istanbul, Turkey, and Chiang Mai, Thailand, but the one place we’ve been to more than anywhere…

Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital

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Dove Lewis is, as the staff purports “The place you hope you never need but are glad it’s there”. That was exactly our experience when it was time for Maddy to leave us; although everyone dreads the idea of having to take their beloved pet to their final vet visit, it was a huge blessing to us that they are…

Group Travel-So You Think it’s not for You? Think Again.

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For this post, and several more to come, I am going to talk a little bit about my employer, Grand European Tours, and the tours Jim & I have experienced with them. Yes, this is a bit of a deviation from the normal content, but never fear, I’ll still be talking travel!
I started with Grand European Tours in 1997…

Timothy Lake & Celebrating 22 years together

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Last weekend we celebrated our anniversary at Timothy Lake, one of our favorite camping spots in Oregon.
 

We met in our friend Ken’s living room. It was one of those random moments in time that changes your life forever. Jim & Ken had been best friends for years. Ken and I had met the year before at college. When…

The Difference Between the Life You Live and the Live you Choose

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On our quest for a life less ordinary, we are always searching out those who inspire us, whether it be fellow travelers, authors, or even movies. We thrive on others who are CHOOSING their life, rather than following the path of least resistance.
Over the course of our journey we have received a great deal of support from friends and…

A new beginning also means parting

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All the excitement around our trip, the wedding, the anticipation of new things to come has pushed other feelings aside. But now that the date where we are actually going to leave is drawing closer, and as we start to feel changes happening in our lives, other feelings suddenly surface: a little melancholy, a little sadness and also a little…

Time to reflect

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Christmas – suddenly it’s there. We somehow missed the whole Advent season – there were too many things going on and stuff needed to be organized. Not only logistically quite challenging, but also emotionally. So, there wasn’t much time for reflection.
We both don’t really care about Christmas (anymore) – neither for religious nor for social reasons. The whole consumerism…

I have to tell you a story…

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I have to tell you a story. It is a romantic story. It is a happy story. It is a story with coincidences. It is my story. And it is now our story.
… and a lot of it is the fault of two people: Grant and Susan Johnson from Horizons Unlimited.
Prologue
During the last few years a lot…