Pursuing Shorter Overland (or Backpacking) Adventures

In our opinion, overlanding is one of the best ways to pursue some of the best adventures in the world, including off-the-beaten-path adventures. But historically, we as a culture haven’t had the time to overland. And we recognize that many people don’t, or won’t have the time to overland during their next adventure. I thought […]

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Overlanding the Middle of the World

Sometimes we find ourselves measuring the distance of our journey by the amount of border crossings we have completed; other times by the amount of time that has gone by.  But there is no measuring magic, like the magic that happens when we cross that invisible territory line and are once again teleported into a different world.  […]

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A Dog’s Overlanding Life

During our journey, many have asked us, what’s it like traveling with me?  For me, our journey has been a once in a lifetime adventure.  So far, I’ve been to 10 new countries.  And I’ve connected with all sorts of different people.  My deepest connections have been with other humans like the 6-year old Swiss […]

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The Adventure and Challenge of Overlanding

It’s tempting to think about extended overland expeditions as a vacation.  But overlanding isn’t really a vacation, it’s more of an adventure.  And good adventures are usually challenging. The challenge of overlanding starts with building and learning how to use an overland vehicle. These vehicles typically aren’t simple.  Learning how to fix and maintain your […]

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The Bardo State

In Buddhist philosophy there is a liminal space in “time” called the Bardo State.  In the most basic, literal sense it is the gap of time between the death of one life and the incarnation of another.  In general terms it is what happens during any transitional state when something is still in between two […]

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost

When we set out on this expedition I thought it would be a great opportunity to go on a Tail Quest.  I haven’t seen my tail since I was 4-days old, and I’d love to be able to show it to people so they don’t think I am crazy.  I swear it used to be […]

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Oz’s Top 10

It seems like top 10 lists are cool (at least on blogs and websites) so I’ll give it a go.  My top 10 list is a bit deferent than my parent’s.  Their’s are focused on crazy adventures in the jungle and hippy dippy nature experiences involving cool birds or weird mammals.  I don’t get to […]

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Having a Vision

While in Costa Rica, I spent a lot of time with two different friends who moved to Costa Rica 25 years ago when they were in their late 20s.  Having been an expat twice (although never in a third world country) I know that there are specific challenges that expats face in each country.  And from the […]

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Welcome to the Jungle

Costa Rica is known for its diverse and rare wildlife, so we figured this would be one the best areas to focus our energy while spending time here.  Our first landing in the country consisted of exploring trails in the jungles and cloud forests of Santa Elena near the Monteverde region.  On our first excursion […]

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Planning a Trip to A “Discovered” Country

The last time I visited Costa Rica was in the late 80s.  As we prepare to move onto Costa Rica, I realized that I’ve spent more time planning our one month trip to Costa Rica than I spent planning our trip to any other country including Mexico, where we spent 2 months, and Guatemala, where […]

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Don’t Go There. It’s Not Safe. You’ll Die.

The last time we were in Nicaragua we flew in just as Tropical Storm Nate was preparing to make its surprise visit.  We arranged to have an adventure-themed wedding at the Mango Rosa Adventure Travel and Surf Resort, where we had our first adventure together.  We wanted our guests to experience Nica as we first […]

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Dogs Without Borders

Crossing the borders of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua was a little sketchy.  First, the vet in Guatemala said it would cost us $300 to get my health certification into these countries.  He told us it wasn’t really worth it.  So, I had to cross some borders illegally.  I didn’t like being stuck behind a […]

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The Real Story of Acul, Guatemala

One of the things we love the most about getting off of the beaten path is meeting amazing people with incredible stories.  For 10 days we stayed a small indigenous village in the Ixil region of Guatemala at the end of a valley in the Sierra de Los Cuchumatanes Mountain range.  While we were there, […]

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To Be Real

Guatemala struck movement in the depths of my soul, similar to the low rumble of the active volcanos that have surrounded us.  I knew that we would witness much poverty, and what many would classify as oppression.  I knew that at times my heart would feel pressed between a pair of vice grips, and that […]

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Dog

During our travels I’ve had the opportunity to call many places home.  Home has been in villages, cities, jungles, and nature reserves… on beaches, lakes and farms.  I’ve made a lot of new friends in these places that I now consider family; humans, animals and dogs alike.  Almost every place we stay, I am taken […]

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How To Find the Right Balance Between On and Off the Beaten Path Adventures

One of the hardest things for me to do when planning an extended trip is to find the right balance between on and off the beaten path adventures.  I’m going to use the definition of on and off the beaten path that I think most overlanders use (people who are driving a rig or riding […]

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Diving Into the Deep

One of the several reasons we chose to spend some time in Belize was to get my PADI dive certification, so Karl and I could dive together in the future.  While I absolutely love the ocean, I am at the same time terrified of it.  A large part has to do with not being a […]

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Cookoo for Coconuts in the Carribean

One of my favorite things about this trip has been the coconuts.  I love coconuts!  It all started with coconut oil when I was young.  There were a lot of coconuts in Mexico, and just as many in the Caribbean.  The places we have stayed have coconuts in the trees and on the ground.  Even […]

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The Magic of Mexico

It’s hard to believe that our adventures in Mexico are coming to a close.  The time has flown by since we set off on our journey to Ushuaia, Argentina over 2 months ago.  Yet, it feels like we’ve been here forever.  Truly, time has flown by and it has stood still at the same time.  Mexico has surprised us and left us with a […]

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Traveling with Your Partner

When telling others about our year (or so) long trip to Argentina in our camper, one of the most frequent comments we heard was about spending a lot of time together in small quarters, amongst the other concerns related to the stress of traveling and its potential impact on a relationship.  We’d had enough successful […]

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Young Grasshopper

So far, this trip has been great for my overall well-being.  As an extrovert, I’m often refueled connecting with a broader community.  I also find a lot of time for myself, and for my frisbee.  I get a little “off” when we are on the go a lot, but life gets boring when we stay […]

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Beaches We Love

While we were on our way from the Oaxaca to Chiapas, we reminisced about the amazing beaches on the Oaxaca coast.  We love two types of beaches, beautiful deserted beaches and up and coming beach towns.  We found both types on the Oaxaca Coast.  Huge stretches of the Oaxaca Coast are largely deserted and we […]

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Mexico Street Life vs. Gringo Camper Life

Most of the dogs I meet in Mexico tell me that they have an important job to do: protect the property. It doesn’t matter if it’s a car, a store, a house or a beach, or all of the above. Sometimes I get this funny feeling when we’re hanging out. Like, I’m supposed to be […]

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We’re Living Like Millionares on 50 Pesos A Day

This is one of the best quotes I’ve heard during our trip so far. It came from Rafael, who was sleeping under a shade structure on a Zipolite beach in Southern Oaxaca for 50 pesos per night (we were paying 55 pesos per night to park there). Rafael is a older man who is originally […]

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Oz’s First Blog Post

I knew Karl and Leah had done something whacky when we started camping in our truck in the guest parking lot in front of our house. At first I missed my 4 beds. But as soon as we hit the road and headed south I realized how much I had needed a break from the […]

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Oaxaca Bound

We’re on our way to Oaxaca. It’s been a bit chilly in the northern and central regions of Mexico, and we’re excited to be heading to warmer climate. The small towns of Mineral de Pozos, Patzcuaro and Valle de Bravo have been charming and authentic with welcoming locals and incredible food. The roads have been […]

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The Richness of Costa Rica

In Spanish Costa means ‘coast’ and Rica means ‘rich, delicious and/or tasty.’  Costa Rica was by far a rich coast that was hard to rival.  Comparing the countries we had been to and the experiences we’d had in them had been like comparing mangos to papayas, or Tres Leches to Tiramisu.  It has been hard to pick […]

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Pura Vida

In Spanish, Pura Vida means ‘Pure Life.’  When it came to Costa Rica, this country’s motto did not fall short.  While in Costa Rica we got a taste of it.  From the local Ticos, environment, and wildlife – all the way to its coffee and food, Costa Rica served up bottomless pure life. All forms of life […]

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