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March Madness

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Most of march is a blur…
 
I spent 2 weeks churning out a custom order of 8 table height stools.  Hadn’t had plans for converting the barstool into a chair but it actually translated over okay.  Also picked up a nasty cold the second week, which made finishing our largest order to date on time a hassle, but we…

More Pics

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Since we’ve had lots of requests for more pictures…  It’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks.  We’ve been trying to get lots of little things done and make the place feel more like home.  Probably not a bad idea as the place is a bit industrial and could use some touches of home.
Jen has been a machine with…

Garage sweet home

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We’ve been formally living in the garage for about 2 weeks now…and we love it.  We’re far from finished, although we made a big push this last week before jen’s birthday so that we could actually host people here for the celebration.  For us, being able to entertain and host our friends is the first real sign that its a…

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…

02/07/2014 – 218 days/19316 days

I spent a few days in Chiang Mai…here’s some pictures…
First off, a flat on my nice new rear tire. The three man gardening crew that was working near me dropped what they were doing to come help. They also thought it was pretty funny how much a Minnesotan sweats when he’s trying to change a tire on a 31degC…

Back Camping again

One of the great things about getting our bikes back was also getting our camping gear back, after spending so much of last year under canvas we were missing our wee tent. This weekend saw the Capper Rally take place, a really friendly bike rally that’s being going on for years. What we missed when we were away was events like…

Sick Days, Smoking Brakes and String Theory? Guatemala Pt.1

Alarm clocks are the worst human invention. Ever.

The morning started with a pretty familiar routine. The alarm went off, Jason and Victoria grumbled about it, and I curled up tighter to snuggle under the covers. But unlike most mornings, when I’d be allowed to snooze to my heart’s content, My Family quickly jumped up and started packing. That could…

The Home stretch

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Its been a rough week.  But totally worth it!  We finally gave up on getting a contractor out to finish our bathroom.   We fought it long and hard, but once the decision was made we rolled up our sleeves and got to work.  Being that our entire bathroom is being finished like a shower we looked for a system that…

Tamasopo- Welcome to “The Shire”

The state of San Luis Potosi is full of hidden treasures and is a great state to get in some adventure travel.  The scenery is full of rugged mountains, sugar cane fields, wild orange trees, lush rivers and super tropical landscapes that just get more and more tropical and stunning the farther east and then south from Ciudad Valleys you…

Mar del Plata

As Stephanie will mention on the post she’s writing right now, we spent a couple of days in Mar del Plata. “Mardel”, as people here call it, has been the vacationing place of the Argentine middle class for a hundred years. During the summer it becomes the most crowded beach in the world, or so it seems.
For a street…

Security Updates

So yeah, our truck got broken into… again.  Read about the first time here: A Christmas Miracle in Puerto Vallarta
This time it was our drivers lock that got punched in and the cab that got ransacked.  It was in a nice neighbourhood in Leon where this apparently never happens.  This night a handful of cars got broken into while we…

02/03/2014 – 214 days/19271 miles

I left Bangkok on the morning of the 2nd…election day. There have been protests and demonstrations throughout the city, but they haven’t posed much of a problem. For someone traveling through the area and wanting to mostly avoid them, the most inconvenience I had was that some roads were closed, making taxi rides a bit longer sometimes.
So my plan…

the curse of the bathroom

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The door install gave us vision of our finished home and we’ve been longing to move in ever since.  Sadly our bathroom has had other plans.  We’ve been working long days in hope of moving in, and had tentatively set today as our move-in day.  Originally we planned even earlier- but then came the bathroom floor repour.
We’ve been rushing…

Paint and Doors

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Oh, the beautiful doors.  We’ve been switching daily between working with the door open and freezing or shutting the door and working in near darkness.  No longer will we have to make that call.
From the very beginning of our design, the largest struggle revolved around the doors.  We knew we couldn’t leave the dilapidated wooden garage door- it was…

Two steps forward, One step back

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We’ve been working really long, hard days on site at the ADU.  Usually we are up and onsite meeting a contractor before 8 and home about the same time each evening.  If i didn’t know better i would swear it was a job.  But then one of us remembers that we can simply decide to take tomorrow off if we…

Visible Progress on the ADU/Garage conversion

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Things have been hectic to say the least.
We spend long days onsite at the garage conversion, wishing our new tiny home was ready for us but plugging away so that it can be sooner rather than later.  We got the final inspection signed off, and even while jen took off for a few days to Montana (for a delayed…

A brief tutorial on hill-descent control

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Truck and SUV manufacturers are incorporating more and more technological gadgets into their vehicles with the goal of enhancing off-highway performance and safety. One that is becoming nearly universal is hill-descent control. I was dubious of the system at first, but after driving several vehicles equipped with it, I have to say it does a better job than I can…

2013, the year in Review

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We were invited by a friend to attend a party for the AONC crowd last week.  For those of you who don’t know the AONC (we didnt), the Art of Nonconformity is a book (and website and now large following)  focused on how to change the world by achieving personal goals while helping others at the same time.
Its odd…

the waiting game

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we hit a bit of a pothole in the building process.
Its funny that it would happen right as we are listing our bus for sale as it means we have ample time to sit and think and stew on the whole if it…but of course that’s whats been thrown at us.
It’s now been two weeks since we first…

Farewell to an overlanding dog

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If you’ve done much exploring around the backroads and four-wheel-drive trails of Arizona in the last few years, odds are you’ll remember at some point noticing a silver Jeep Wrangler being led by a black lab mix with a white chest patch, either trotting along at a good pace on a dirt road or scrambling up a 4+ obstacle. This…

Solid Foundation

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Work continues at the garage.
We continue to meet/hire contractors and make difficult decisions.  The largest of which so far have been surrounding the floor.  As you know, garages typically have concrete floors.  They tend to be cold and damp- not exactly the living surface we picture in our future warm and inviting tiny home.  Our floor also has a…

Embracing the wheel

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Filming Samburu blacksmiths in northern Kenya.For years and years I refused to use rolling luggage for airline travel. My personal creed went something like, If I can’t carry it, I’m carrying too much. I made month-long-plus trips for magazine assignments carrying nothing but a medium Filson duffel, a rucksack, and a Lowepro Omni Pro Extreme camera case inside a…

Rules, rules and more rules

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All part of working with government i guess.  We were featured a few months back on the Tiny House blog, which showed off the bus as our tiny home on wheels.  Very cool, and also opened our eyes to the fact that there is a movement underway across the country of people who are building and living in tiny homes…

Malawi

Malawi – “The Warm Heart of Africa”
Malawi’s currency – There is an image of a Defender on their 50 Kwacha bank note; I like it here already!

From the border crossing, we scooted straight to the capital, Lilongwe; and stayed at the Golf Club, which offered cheap food and drinks at the clubhouse. Camping includes the use of all their…

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 |…

Alarm!

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Last week, while sitting in our living room, off we heard a car alarm go. Surprised we ran down to the parking garage. And yes, as we had it Suspected our Landcruiser. But .. no car thieves as far as we could see. Because the car had stood still for a long period and Because we forgot to turn off a light, the car battery…

Firepower: how to make stovetop pizza and créme brûlée in camp

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by Roseann Hanson (co-director, Overland Expo; camp cook; and pyro)
In camp, one achieves happiness through superior firepower. And the best source of firepower, hands-down, is the Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch.
I first saw this little 5.5-inch wonder put to use on a beach in Mexico. In preparation for our customary evening campfire gathering, a couple of guys had…

The blue vinyl table is dead!

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A few years ago on a long road trip, Roseann and I opted for convenience over our usual preference for solitude, and stopped for the night in a developed campground: picnic tables, barbecues, flat sites, perfectly symmetrical pine trees—actually quite nice as such places go. That evening an enormous motorhome inched carefully into a nearby slot. The driver emerged just…

Jupiter’s Travellers

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Travel with Purpose.  
Wow.
When we first began our little adventure, im not sure we could have even told you what “Overland Travel” meant.  We were simply looking to change our current lives and mindsets, and couldn’t think of a much better way to do that than to remove ourselves.  We set out on a bit of a walkabout…

Moremi Game Reserve

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Elephants. Not just a few – many. Not just one herd – many.
It is funny how some places appeal to you, and some don’t. Moremi really appeals to both of us. It is a lovely mixture of forest, grass, plains, and water – both river and water holes. It is a peaceful park. Although there are other vehicles around…