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Let's say you have three days to spend on Prince Edward Island.  What do you do with your time?  We

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I'm not going to lie to you.  When the first thing you see when arriving in Shediac is a 16ft

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As we rolled up to the customs window at the Canadian border between Maine and New Brunswick, we tried to

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A red-eye flight from Buenos Aires to Miami brought us back into North American life literally overnight.  As we sat

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It has been almost three years since the truck pulled out of our driveway in Canada for the last time

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Update: After spending a year in South America and beating on our gear we wanted to give an update on

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This post is a continuation of Buenos Aires, Argentina - Part I.  Here we get a chance to step outside

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With our truck enjoying its four to six week Atlantic cruise, it was time for us to settle in for several weeks

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Driving north from Ushuaia on RN3 was really just an exercise in keeping ourselves entertained.  3,094 kilometers to Buenos Aires

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Upon leaving Puerto Natales we realized that literally within several days we would arrive at the end of the road: Ushuaia, Argentina. Despite

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A friend of ours sent some cash monies our way with some advice, “Spend it on something you normally wouldn’t.”

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From Parque Patagonia we continued to the Argentinian border.  This border crossing was tiny, just a little house in the

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After grubbing up in the wilderness for three days we booted south to Puerto Varas for a much-needed shower and

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From Argentina's Lakes District we popped back over the border to Chile.  An adorable white lab inspected the back of

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Yet another border crossing took us from Argentina into Chile.  Our next destination was the infamous and well trodden Torres

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My Grandfather became ill in October (we were in Peru at that time) and was hospitalized for four months.  He was

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We had some chores to take care of in Santiago before Richard's mom arrived for a visit.  Santiago de Chile

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From the Paso Internacional Los Libertadores (Argentina/Chile border) we snaked our way downwards from 10, 500 feet, completing the 29

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We had been dreaming about Bolivia’s Lagunas Route (also known as the Southwest Circuit) for, well, years. Except it was

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“We’ll meet you at the Train Cemetery on Saturday night.” I admit, this is not the most common phrase you’ll

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After negotiating a rate for some sweet Bolivian gasoline and subsequently filling our tanks, it was time for us to

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After arriving in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile it was time for a legitimate American/Canadian Thanksgiving dinner with Jenine, George,

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We made a quick stop in Bariloche (the largest town in Lakes District) to stock up on groceries and sample

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An hour after we rolled into our campsite in La Paz, Chris, Mallory and Ellie invited Richard, George, Jenine and

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Upon entering the outskirts of La Paz, we navigated Little Red through a ton of road construction, detours, and dust. Luckily

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We always feel a bit hesitant but excited before crossing the border into a new country. You have these pre-conceived

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Our original plan was to scope out the Colca Canyon before heading to the colonial town of Arequipa.  I'm going

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This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. One of the highlights of our trip. The most impressive ruins

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The Sacred Valley of the Incas, formed by the Urubamba River, runs through the central Andes of Peru from Cusco

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We left the big city of Lima and headed to the Paracas National Reserve for some epic cliff-side ocean views

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After two weeks in the Cordillera Blanca we regretfully headed towards Lima.  Regretfully, because we did quite a bit of

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We decided to spend a couple of days in Huaraz stocking up on food and fast wifi, and attempting to

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From the Peruvian Coast we headed inland along the infamous Cañon del Pato (Duck Canyon), a 45 kilometre stretch of

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Descending from the mountains of Peru to the coastline, the scenery changed dramatically.  Everything dried up.  Sand dunes appeared.  Our

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If you're not hip to  Sackwear / Cruiser Shirts, here's the lowdown.  Tim McGrath (the brainchild behind the brand) has

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We spent almost a week in Vilcabamba, Ecuador at the Izhcayluma Hostel doing free yoga, enjoying cheap massages, visiting the health

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Cuenca (pronounced "kwenka") was the only location in Ecuador that we parked the truck and loaded our suitcases and toiletry

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We actually first drove by Volcano Chimborazo while making our way from the Ecuadorian coast to Banos and just couldn’t believe the

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When we were in La Paz, Bolivia, we met Ian from Burns Lake, Canada. Richard immediately recognized his white Mitsubishi

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You may recall from our last post that Volcano Cotopaxi was threatening to blow, the Pan American Highway was closed

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One thing we love about Ecuador are the FREE National Parks! All we had to do was roll up to

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After leaving Otavalo our next stop was The Equator.  We camped in Valentin's garden for a night before heading to

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After 10 days, we reluctantly left Finca Sommerwind and headed for our next destination: the market town of Otavalo. We

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Richard We have been using our simple plywood platform and Rubbermaid totes for the last 10 months on the road.

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Our first South American border crossing experience was incredibly un-stressful. In fact, we weren’t 100% sure if we had completed

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As we entered Southern Colombia our next destinations would teach us a bit more about the history of the country,

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We rolled into Manizales hoping to set up camp at a popular coffee finca called La Hacienda Venecia.  The property

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You see Colombian police everywhere on the side of the road. Every couple of long driving days we end up

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Have you ever spent time in Tim Burton's mind?  If you haven't, but you'd like a good idea of what

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What is the best part about touristy towns/cities?  The food and drink!  For us, in Villa de Leyva our favourite

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We rolled into Sogamoso looking for a little rest and relaxation after our time hiking in El Cocuy.  We camped

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El Cocuy – The Town The town of El Cocuy is where we prepped for our visit to El Cocuy

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From the Colombian coast our plan was to head south, and then east to El Cocuy National Park.  We needed to

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From the mountainous coffee region of La Tagua we headed north to the coastal town of Taganga.  The small tourist

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By Richard Panama City, where a 5 km drive takes two hours.  The stop and go traffic in 34C temperatures

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The shipyard in Colon, Panama is not exactly the most comfortable place we’ve been.  Really the only place we (especially

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Our introduction to Panama City began with the wrong GPS point entered for our hostel. This was after a six-hour

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On the first leg of our trip we had 20,000km of trouble-free driving, but after we picked the truck up from

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Hiking is one of Boquete's main attractions, with many tours and guides providing mountain and jungle excursions for visitors.  Normally

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"Jungla de Panama Wildlife Center is a safe haven for injured, abandoned, or surrendered animals indigenous to the cloud forest region of

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Two days of driving took us from the coast of Ecuador to a green cloud forest filled with evidence of

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We headed to the Panamanian border and decided our next stop would be the mountain town of Boquete.  That meant

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"We all define home in different ways. To a lot of people it's a specific city; for others, it's their

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As the truck was now in order and our hotel room was becoming much too comfortable, we set off for

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Just as Ashley was mentioning how well our flights from Vancouver to Houston to Costa Rica were going, our connecting flight

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We get asked this question a lot so we'll do our best to answer and give some tips. First things

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"KEEP CLOSE TO NATURE'S HEART... AND BREAK CLEAR AWAY, ONCE IN AWHILE, AND CLIMB A MOUNTAIN OR SPEND A WEEK

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THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING AND I MUST GO. - JOHN MUIR   After a weekend out of the mountains I was

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MICROADVENTURES, A REFRESH BUTTON FOR EVERYDAY LIVES - ALASTAIR HUMPREYS   After five days of working in the city we

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The Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm are only a few hours away from Vancouver, but we hadn't even stepped foot

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To be honest, our first month home was a bit of a whirlwind.  Within a week we had found a

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  The best camera is the one that's with you. - Chase Jarvis   One of the most common questions

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Our 2014 NW Overland Rally experience started about 10 minutes before we were supposed to talk about our Vancouver to Costa Rica

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So, what do you do on your first weekend home with a new truck?  You go camping, obviously. We didn't worry

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By Richard I have an addiction.  There, I said it.  I like these old Toyotas.  What's not to like about

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  WHAT IS THE DELORME INREACH? While your average smartphone is great in places where people drink lattes (the 10%

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We spent the our last few days in Jaco at the Kangaroo Hotel prepping the truck for 11 months of

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The Nicoya Peninsula.  Possibly one of the greatest drives of the trip.  Fast dirt roads give way to water crossings

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We get it Costa Rica, you're beautiful.  You have lush green rainforest, white sand beaches, bright blue oceans, and deep

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By Ashley YES!  FINALLY!! We ran into the notorious "crooked cops" we had heard so much about throughout our travels in

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So... we're flying home to Vancouver, BC on May 14.  What then?  Other than saving money for the next portion

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By Richard “When we get to Leon we should go volcano boarding!” Ash said to me. As usual, I was

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After leaving Somoto we made our way to the town of Esteli in search of information about a possible homestay. 

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After our escapades at the Honduras-Nicaraguan border we didn’t have much daylight left to make it to the Somoto Canyon. 

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We cruised from D&D Brewery on Lago Yojoa towards our tentative campground in the National Park just north of Tegucigalpa.

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Let us start off by saying that we are mere visitors to these wonderful Latin American countries.  We can't comment

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The next stop for us was El Porvenir, where we would be situated for a week volunteering with the Muskoka

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Many overlanders decide to drive straight through Honduras and complete two borders (El Salvador and Nicaragua) in one day.  The

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By Richard We almost skipped El Salvador because we were in a bit of a rush to make it to

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A Facebook message from our friend Sarah suggested that we should climb Volcano Acatenango as part of our stay in

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By Ashley A switchback-filled, steep, pothole-ridden road led us (very slowly) to the town of San Pedro La Laguna.  We

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Chichicastenango is a cute town in Guatemala, famous for its Wednesday and Saturday market which is said to be the

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We arrived in the mountain town of Nebaj hoping to find a place to camp for the night.  After wandering

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We said our goodbyes to Breena and Spencer and our Toyota convoy (The Suisse, Us, and Wilson/Sarah) headed over the

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We made our way from Tikal to Rio Dulce, where our friends Breena and Spencer from Straight Six Straight South

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After our adventures in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve we made our way down the mountain into the town

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What do Canadians do after spending some good quality time at the beach?  Head into the mountains, of course!  From

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We (Richard, Ashley, Wilson, Sarah) were sitting down to dinner at Backpacker's Paradise when Wilson proposed the unpaved Coastal Highway

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We honestly didn't know if we were going to head to Caye Caulker or not.  The island is a fantastic

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Yes, we did it.  Funny blog post name about Belize:  Check!  We spent 4 months in Mexico and, although we

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After leaving the jungle in Palenque we started on the long trip to Playa del Carmen.  We had a few

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We stopped at a great little campground (Rancho Camping San Nicolas) in San Cristobal de Las Casas where we met

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Our plan after Mexico City was to head to the colonial town of Puebla to try the famous mole poblano

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After our trip to the amazing pyramids in Teotihuacan, we parked the truck at the RV park and hopped on

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The ruins of Teotihuacan were the first that we saw on our trip. Finished in 100AD, the Pyramid of the

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The Muskoka Foundation in their own words: Mission Our vision is to create a fleet of hundreds of modern day

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A 5 hour drive north from Patzcuaro took us to the Unesco World Heritage Site and colonial town of Guanajuato.

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So yeah, our truck got broken into... again.  Read about the first time here: A Christmas Miracle in Puerto Vallarta This

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We weren't mentally prepared for the freezing temperatures of Patzcuaro's 7000 foot elevation at night.  We also weren't prepared for

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"CVT is not a faceless company from some place you have never heard of. We are a family-owned company. Live

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Our last stop before heading inland was Chacala.  We didn't have time when originally passing by to check out this

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So what do you do on the road during a holiday?  You invite your new friends over for a party,

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La Penita Market 8am-Noon every Thursday We were told by more than one person that we had to go check

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We love Rincon De Guayabitos.  So do the Mexicans.  Tourists from the inland cities poured into Guayabitos and covered the

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December 23, 2013 - 9:00 p.m. The night watchman arrived by surprise at our door.  He rattled off a string

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Lo De Marcos is a sleepy little coastal Mexican town (pop. 2000) that we would have driven right past if

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We arrived in Mazatlan fresh off the boat, and with no map we made our way through town to the

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Our final task in Baja was to get on the ferry and head to the mainland. Essentially there are two

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You need four things to spend 39 days adventuring through Baja California: 1.  The AAA Map for Baja California This

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It took four weeks for us to get to the very southern tip of Baja after crossing at Tijuana into

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By Ashley After a long day of driving around the port city of La Paz attempting to find a Fed

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It may sound weird to our friends and family back home who are dealing with the rain, snow, and sleet

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From the palm-filled oasis of San Ignacio, we continued to Guerrero Negro, a town on the Pacific side of the

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We opted for a dual battery installation after we purchased our ARB 37 Quart Fridge Freezer and Samlex America 1000W Inverter

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Between the Bay of L.A. and Bahia Concepcion we mad a quick overnight stop at the oasis of San Ignacio.

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The first thing you need when going clam digging is knowledge and experience on the subject.  Since we didn’t have

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Before the race even started I knew I wanted to come back to Baja for the 2014 Tecate Score Baja

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We drove south from San Felipe assuming that we were going to stop in Puertecitos for a few days before

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We headed out early and took highway MX3 from Ensenada towards San Felipe. The windy and potholed road took a

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After La Bufadora we drove north to explore Baja’s wine country.  It was Monday… and apparently most of the wineries

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It has been just over 4 weeks since we departed on our journey from Vancouver, BC and made our way

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Fish Tacos.  (R:  My mouth is watering right now just reading this.) Day three (we didn’t move from the beach

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There was one thing we couldn't get out of our mind... Lobster burritos.   Erica from Song of the Road

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After our adventures in the mountains at the SoCal Mountain Rendezvous, we had the great pleasure of being hosted by

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 “I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” - Steve McQueen We

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 "There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." - William Butler Yeats Pismo Beach was another town we almost

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  After the mountains of Yosemite it was time for us to head back to the coast.  We put in

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After a great day scoping out San Francisco, we figured it would be a good idea to head out to

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It's probably obvious that we're on a budget.  We also want to experience as much as we can on this

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After an amazing hot shower and sleeping in a real bed, we left Petaluma and took off for the Napa

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We never seem to acknowledge big life changes until all of the little things add up over the course of

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"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin" - William Shakespeare   We couldn’t pass through northern California and

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Our first stop in Oregon was a no brainer.  Portland.  We went straight to Hawthorne Blvd. to refuel our bodies

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We decided to head south from Kelowna and threw away our original plan of heading to Alberta, and through Montana

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The week leading up to departure day was all a blur.  Rich’s last day of work was on a Thursday,

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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

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"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have limited time on earth - and that we have

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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

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"Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -

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"Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it, and so it goes

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We leave on what will hopefully be an epic adventure in 75 days. We still need to: 1.  Rent out

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“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair

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Disclaimer - Despite how it sounds in this post, we are truly grateful for our jobs.  We enjoy them most

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http://vimeo.com/67620343 We finally got started on the build of our truck. The first thing to do was to gain a

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"Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien Well, this will obviously not our first time travelling.  You're

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We just counted the days until our proposed departure date of October 1. 126!  Yes, that's only four months.  That

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This is our new ride. Why did I end up choosing a Toyota Pickup for our journey?  Reliability was the

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"How do geese know when to fly to the sun?  Who tells them the seasons?  How do we, humans, know

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With a simple text message conversation our short-term life plans were about to change.  At least there isn’t going to

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