Category Archives: Overlanding the Americas – 2017

Chilean Christmas – Lakes District

The Lakes District of Chile is a land of blue waters, dark evergreen forests, and snow- capped volcanoes.      And delightfully funky birds. This is a black-faced ibis. It is also where Chris’ brother Greg and his wife Katherine were meeting us for Christmas and we were eagerly awaiting their arrival – we hadn’t seen anyone since October and everyone was getting slightly massively tired of each other. Long story short: we’d been talking up Auntie Katherine and Uncle Greg’s

Middle Peru: A Hidden Gem of a National Park

After a sad goodbye to Santiago, we headed south. We didn’t find many established campgrounds in this part of the country, instead spending nights at truck stops and gas stations, which is common for overlanders. Nobody slept well during those nights thanks to the loud highway noises, but the price was right. Truckstop breakfast. We headed back to the coast, spending three nice days in Pichilemu with weather that wasn’t hot but warm enough for some beach time. During the

Northern Chile: Miles of Sand and Fantastic Santiago

We’d had quite enough of high desert after the Lagunas Route in Bolivia so we didn’t tarry in San Pedro de Atacama, despite the fantastic number of activities and incredible landscapes in the surrounding areas. After our time trudging through the wilds of Bolivia, we found San Pedro to be an overwhelming (and expensive) tourist town. We ate gourmet pizza, washed our underwear in the hotel sink, and hit the road.  We didn’t make it far: we got a smokin’

Bolivia: Driving the Western Lagunas Route

After our days spent out on the flats, we were a crusty, salty mess. Once back to Uyuni, showers were in order for both humans and truck. Thus cleansed, we stocked up on more groceries, drinking water and gasoline. We were headed for the Western Lagunas Route in far southern Bolivia: a land of desolate wilderness at sky-high altitudes with few amenities along its 450km route. At the end was our penultimate country of the road trip: Chile.  The first

Bolivia: The Western Lagunas Route from Above

South of the Salar de Uyuni is a vast, sparsely-populated region of the Andes Mountains. This is the land of the Altiplano (literally ‘high plain’) and the area is rife with active volcanoes. The climate is cold, arid, and the winds fierce. Vegetation is scant to non-existent. Elevations are monumentally high; we hit a pass that was 5033 meters above sea level (16,512 ft) during our drive south towards the Chilean border. One only has to look at the aerial

Thanksgiving in Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni

Hello Bolivia!! We had some long driving days in Bolivia. The roads were in fair condition and we made good time heading south to the famous salt flats. Herds of llama and vicuna kept the scenery interesting.  Is it just me or is the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen on a roll of paper towels?! (and in english no less).  Chris makes a new friend. This little guy’s mama was the owner of our campground. He wanted nothing to do

Bolivia: Let Us In! Please?

So, Americans trying to enter Bolivia can have a tough time. This is nothing new and not particularly surprising: The United States is not known to be exactly welcoming to other citizens crossing our borders so receiving reciprocal lousy treatment is almost expected. Bolivia charges every US citizen $160 USD to enter the country, precisely the same amount that the US charges Bolivian citizens for a visa (aka a reciprocity fee). Fair enough. What is surprising is that they want

Southern Peru: Wild and Windy Deserts

The area south of Lima is quieter, with fewer people and vast stretches of barren, rocky landscape. Most overlanders leave the PanAmerican Highway, turning inland to Arequipa, Cusco, and the allure of Machu Picchu. Which are locations not to be missed! Back in 2012, we loved Arequipa: exploring the former nunnery, and venturing into Colca Canyon for sightings of condors and long soaks in hot springs. Cusco is wonderfully busy and dripping with Incan ruins and culture. Tourists in REI

Peru: South of Lima (aka Screaming towards Bolivia!)

After our adventures in the mountains, it was back to the coast for sand and cities. And we kinda fell in love with the trucks in Peru. I mean, how can you not smile at this wild mop top rolling down the street? This one has been dubbed the Jon Bon Jovi, circa 1985.  The David Lee Roth 1988.  We tucked ourselves into a small deserted rv park on the edge of the lagoon just north of Lima.  The avian

Hello and Welcome!

Ronda Kaysen of the New York Times profiled us along with several other worldschooling families in her recent article titled The New Nomads: Have Wifi, Will Travel published on April 15, 2018. Naturally we were thrilled to talk about our adventure, including the trials of living in a 70 square foot camper and our hopes for returning to Seattle. We talked with Ronda back in December 2017; since that time we’ve completed our 20,000 mile road trip from Seattle to

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