A red-eye flight from Buenos Aires to Miami brought us back into North American life literally overnight.  As we sat at the airport in Buenos Aires, we talked about how strange that moment was -- in a mere 9 hours everything was going to change.  The culture, the food, the climate, the people, the language.  Our trip was about to change fundamentally.  We wondered how it would affect us and how we would adapt, looking into the unknown

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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 IN THE WOODS.  WASH YOUR SPIRIT CLEAN." -JOHN MUIR We are constantly amazed at how little of the Pacific Northwest we've seen.  Lucky for us Overland the Americas and Vanderlust Americas live in Seattle and always invite us on microadventures!  This time we pointed the truck southwest to the Olympic Peninsula.  As usual, a lack

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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 in the North Cascades National Park before this past weekend.  Ernesto and Taisa from Overland the Americas invited us down to meet their friends Nate and Danielle from Vanderlust Americas and we couldn't say no. Months ago Ashley had posted a link to the 20 Places To Go Camping Before You Die and Ernesto had seen #3 The Sahale

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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 trip.  Traffic at the border and along Highway 2 added a couple of extra hours to our journey.  We rolled in at 6:50pm, just in time for our 7:00pm presentation and finally allowing the organizer, Ray Hyland, to relax. This event was well planned with plenty of activities to do throughout each of the days...

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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 about the little things, such as not having any camping gear whatsoever.  We were able to borrow an old classic Coleman campstove from Richard's Dad, put some kitchen gear in a cardboard box, grabbed our sheets, pillows and a blanket and then hit the road.  Our first stop in the US was at Fred Meyer. 

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 “I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” - Steve McQueen We planned on meeting up with Song of the Road in Orange County.  We when got in touch with them on Friday morning they said they were on their way to the 2013 SoCal Mountain Rendezvous put on by American Adventurist.  Since we were relatively close in Santa Barbara we detoured slightly East to the San

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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 didn't stop in, but were so glad that we did!  You know it's going to be a good place to stay when it costs $10 to camp on the beach at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. We pulled onto the hard packed sand of the beach and headed south to the camping area.

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  After the mountains of Yosemite it was time for us to head back to the coast.  We put in a moderately long day of driving and ended up in Monterey at the Veterans Memorial Park camground.  This campground is right in the middle of the city, but felt like it was in the middle of nowhere.  Unfortunately we ended up with some heavy duty fog at low elevations... but we had some sights (other

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After a great day scoping out San Francisco, we figured it would be a good idea to head out to Yosemite (remember, that random guy told us the National Parks were open and we based our decision entirely on that).  By the time we rolled into our campsite (after 6 hours of driving) it was well past dark and we had driven around the park half hazardly without a map (par for the course), attempting

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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 said budget.  This is how we did it in San Francisco. 9AM :  Golden Gate Bridge - FREE We took the last exit before the bridge and drove to the second viewpoint.  Perfect photo op if you crop the rest of the tourists out of your photo. 10AM :  Parking near Fort Mason - FREE

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After an amazing hot shower and sleeping in a real bed, we left Petaluma and took off for the Napa Valley.  It offered us everything we needed – gorgeous sunny and hot weather, a campsite with hiking close by (and with showers and free wifi), and WINE TASTING!  We spent three nights in the area where we checked out some local wineries, did some hiking, and walked around downtown Napa and Sonoma.  Traveler’s tip: stop

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We never seem to acknowledge big life changes until all of the little things add up over the course of a day or two… or a week.  “Oh yes!  We are going to quit our jobs, and move out of our condo and into a truck!  Instead of sleeping in a bed, we will sleep in our roof top tent and drive and see amazing things and have a great time, and everything will be

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"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin" - William Shakespeare   We couldn’t pass through northern California and miss the Redwoods!  Almost immediately after crossing into California from southern Oregon, we entered Redwood National Park.  Lucky for us, this park is both state and national so it was open for business.   Driving through some of the world’s tallest trees was truly amazing!  We had never seen trees as vast, and laughed at

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Our first stop in Oregon was a no brainer.  Portland.  We went straight to Hawthorne Blvd. to refuel our bodies with lunch.  Immediately after lunch some guy sees us and pulls a u-turn to ask about our Cascadia roof top tent.  Even after only a few days on the road this is commonplace.  Bobby should send business cards with every tent, because people ALWAYS ask about it! We decided to get out of town and

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We decided to head south from Kelowna and threw away our original plan of heading to Alberta, and through Montana and Idaho before crossing over Oregon to the coast.  Frankly, we are both just wusses in the cold and weren’t interested in freezing our butts off in our tent.  No problem, heading south suited us just fine.  We definitely didn’t regret our decision after heading through the central Northern section of Washington State – which

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