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Power to the People

“Expect the unexpected, and you’ll be fine.”  This is common advice for people embarking on an overlanding expedition through South America.  It would be true for any adventure that involves a lot of driving, but it’s especially true when traveling in less developed countries where laws and regulations can be non-existent and infrastructure and resources […]

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Finding Pachamama

Sometimes we need to lose ourselves in order to find ourselves again.  This was the beautiful reminder Peru gifted us.  It wasn’t the friendly elbow reminder one receives from a forgiving stranger; it was the familiar whisper from the far reaches of the universe that grows steadily into an impatient (yet loving) KONK on the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Call

What is a call?  I consider a call to be something that one feels driven to move towards.  It typically has no rhyme or reason, but it feels that it must be paid attention to and acted upon (barring anything illegal or inhumane). I have been fortunate enough to have a strong calling a majority […]

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