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French Quarter Fest

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New Orleans has never been better.   
Sadly, i have.  Im so far off 100% that its tough not to simply stay in the room all day, but once i muster the strength to tape up the toe, pop some decongestants and hobble out onto the street… i couldn’t be happier that i did.

Jen and i have always loved…

The one with the booze and the nature.

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A desert rises ahead and falls behind on the journey to Creel. I can’t stop and see everything, to my chagrin. What I would give for another hundred years on this earth…
The route, though quickly deteriorating to remote gravel roads, is surprisingly well signed. Gotta get that infrastructure taken care of to shuttle beer in and precious metals out.…

Embracing Airlie Beach

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Before we left on our round-the-world, Australia was high on our list of must-see spots. However, four weeks into our East coast road-trip from Byron Bay towards Cairns, we just weren’t feeling it. Tired of long days of driving and exorbitant prices, we were heading North to see friends in Port Douglas, but still searching for the magic we had…

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…

Snowpocalyse

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Every few years it seems portland gets completely shut down by a light snowfall.  This might be the first year i was here to enjoy the whole thing.  Seems in the past i would always get the call when away on a business trip that snow had fallen, everyone was sent home from work and jen and a few friends…

The Land Down Under

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Australia, that enchanting land down under, where everyone has a great accent, looks like Hugh Jackman, and life is a beach. Or is it? I only recently realized in the 190-plus blogs I have posted on Next Big Adventure, only one has been about Australia, and that was simply a foto-Friday of Whitehaven Beach. Why, after spending over six weeks…

Winter Camping at it’s Best

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We are not shy about proclaiming our great love for off-season camping. Nearly empty campgrounds and open beaches bring a smile to our face and joy to our heart. Add in a full moon, mid-50′s temps and no rain (in Oregon in January!) and we were in. For the first time in nearly two years we were joined by Jim’s…

Lingering in Lovina

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Meester Jeem, Meester Jeem. Eat here, Eat here! Each night, the calls from the local restaurants followed us down the street. Wherever we travel, few can pronounce my name, but Jim seems to be universally understood. In post bombing Bali, tourists were scarce and the local businesses were in desperate shape.

 
We had come to Lovina on a lark. Although…

The way of the guey

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How to cross the border into Mexico:
Go towards Mexico. Pass the US Border. There, you’re done!
The Mexican frontier has no customs or immigration from the U.S. side, though they are hardly so lax with their neighbours to the South. Borders seem to be a one-way economic valve around here.

Crossing into Juarez is immediately interesting, not in the…

Discovering the Subtle Charm of Vientiane

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The Laotian capital of Vientiane is not a city often lauded as a tourist hub. Unlike Bangkok or Saigon, this lazy, tree-lined town is considered boring by many, and to be used only as a transit point for the rest of the country. We loved it.

 
Due to circumstances beyond our control, i.e, a week long wait to acquire…

Baja California Summary – 39 Days In Paradise For $1386

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You need three things to spend 39 days adventuring through Baja California:
1.  The AAA Map for Baja
This map showed all of the small places that a lot of other maps didn’t.  The scale is perfect for scouting your route, discussing potential campsites with people you meet along the way, and navigating your way south.
2.  Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping and/or Traveler’s Guide to Camping Mexico’s Baja…

Finding Meaning in Luxor

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The sun beat down as temperatures reached the upper 90′s. Sweat dripped off us as we hurried from shady spot to shady spot long the nearly empty streets. The heat even sapped the energy from the few, endlessly persistent touts who still roamed around looking for tourist dollars.

 
We were in Luxor, at the end of a whirlwind month…

The soft side of the ragged edge

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Cold droplets on my face wake me instantly. It is drizzling and the mosquito net is jewelled with water.
The pines are grey under cloudy morning; light seeps in from beyond the horizon where the sun has already risen. I pack quickly in the early chill, breaking my fast with single-serving peanut butter packets before setting off to lower altitudes…

Finding Solitude in India

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No, You did not read that wrong. This post truly is about finding solitude in India, an oxymoron to be sure. India is chaos personified. Everywhere one turns there are bustling throngs of people, thousands of cars and rickshaws, camels, cows, and endless shops and spice markets.

 
We had two items on our bucket list for our months in…

Savoring Santa Fe

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I have always been a bit fascinated by the Southwestern United States. Although I had traveled through the area several times as a child, for some reason my parents never found the area interesting enough to actually spend time in. When Jim and I decided to take an extended road trip around the U.S. a couple of years ago, we…

A Place of Dry Water

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Africa, a continent of magic. Often referred to as the “Birthplace of Humanity”, it is a land that has drawn me back again and again. Of the many fascinating regions of this vast continent, one of the most compelling is Etosha National Park, set in North-central Namibia. Etosha means “place of dry water”, an excellent description. The semi-arid savannah, full…

the photographs

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I have added a link to my photography site in the menu at the top of the page, and will be adding galleries to it with images from each country en route.  Until then it shows mainly pictures from recent travels to Morocco, Paris, Barbados (all in 2013), and Malaysia (2012).
Below are a few of my favourites:

paris

barbados

moddergat |…

Happening Halong Bay

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You Sing! You Sing! The karaoke microphone was thrust into Jim’s hand by the cheering crowd. Thick smoke circled the room, becoming increasingly worse as the passing tobacco bong was alternated by chain smoking cigarettes.. I sat silently, waiting to see what he would do. Singers we are not, but faced with such enthusiasm, it would be hard to resist.…

Cape Lookout in Pictures

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We have been busy getting the Black Dog Chronicles up and running in the last week or two, but I wanted to get a brief post off showing a recent weekend at Cape Lookout in pictures. A more detailed post will follow but for now- enjoy the perfection of fall camping in Oregon.

 
 

 
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Finishing the Toyota Build!

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Finally time for a quick catchup! We’re already on the road heading south (stealing wi-fi in Florence, Oregon) but thought I should work on catching up this build a little bit!
The new engine was dropped in about 5 weeks ago, was broken in, and then dropped off at Disturbed Industries for a valve adjust and oil change. Since we…

Images of India

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Rajastan, India.  A fascinating, frustrating, amazing part of the world. The exquisite workmanship and carvings make for a photographers delight.

 

How I wish I was there now!
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Living Well in Luang Prabang

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Luang Prabang is a place I loved, and yet am unsure if I ever want to return to. A UNESCO World Heritage Site of around 50,000 residents, the town sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. What makes it so appealing may also lead to it’s inevitable downfall, as more and more travelers flock to it’s…

A Unique Day in the Country

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My traditional krama scarf kept only some of the dust out of my nose and mouth as my motorcycle driver raced along the packed dirt road and I was soon covered from head to foot in the fine, grey powder. Jim and his driver had taken an alternate route out of town and were nowhere to be seen. I was on…

Renewing our Spirit in Kochi

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Traveling in India is tough. It’s chaotic, challenging, intoxicating, gorgeous, disgusting, fantastic. The one place where I have felt more alive than any other, all senses on full overload at all times. It can inspire and invigorate, but it also often leaves you lying, helpless, in the dust, thinking, how does this strange and amazing place even exist on the…

The best paths, like the best stories, are passed on only by word of mouth

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I’m done in Page. Strike gold in the breakfast buffet – today they have a bacon tray. And I’m off.
From the desert rise strange forms and images to occupy my mind with questions as I ride towards Flagstaff.

I’ve been fortunate to find myself invited to Arizona’s airy heights where Lost will gain a new heart and kick her…

Used Camera Drive – Muskoka Foundation

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 ”If you want to influence your family,you can lead the way through your own actions. They are not going to change their worldview by something you repost on Facebook, but when they see you following through on your big dreams, they can’t help but notice.”
-  Chris Guillebeau
We are holding a used camera drive with the Muskoka Foundation to…

In Sepia: Timothy O’Sullivan and the American West

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Timothy H. O’Sullivan was one of the most important American photographers of the nineteenth century.  An influence on men like Ansel Adams – who personally discovered a two-foot long, linen-lined, leather-bound portfolio of images taken by O’Sullivan in the late 19th century, immediately recognized their cultural and historical significance, and shipped them to New York’s Museum of Modern Art for…

The Joy of Long-Term Friends

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We recently spent a long weekend with our friends, Ron & Dario and Dave & Anne. Having camped solo so far this year, it was an excellent reminder of the joy of camping with friends. Shared meal preparation, good food and wine and conversations around the fire made for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. We’ve known all of these friends…

The Imperial Citadel of Hue

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Hue is the former capital of Vietnam, situated nearly in the center of the country. It is an easy city to get a hang of, split down the middle by the Perfume River, boarded by an appealing boardwalk.  The weather is infamously bad,  with the Truong Son Mountains seeming to bring in frequent drizzle, but it is a relatively pleasant…

Peace in Nature

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The sun shown brightly overhead as I swayed in my hammock. Fish jumped for flies and the only sound was the whistle-like singing of the birds in the trees. Dappled sunlight reflected off the water as I soaked in the beauty of the lake. And I remembered why I love backpacking.

 
Pamelia Lake was it; the destination for our…