Category Archives: North America

Days 41-45: Mainland Mexico

  We took an overnight ferry from the Baja Peninsula to Mazatlan on the mainland. According to TripAdvisor, it was going to be a terrifying experience, filled with hordes of people, vastly overdue boats, and sub-par meals. One review in particular was particularly grim as a mid-week ferry had been cancelled so they simply loaded all the people onto a later crossing: two people for every assigned seat; eight people for every four-bed cabin. It was pandemonium; they ran out

Cabo Pulmo – Southern Baja

A few years ago we spent Christmas with my parents and a friend in Cabo Pulmo, a tiny hamlet located north of Los Cabos on the Sea of Cortez side of Baja. It’s a national marine park and the only coral reef in the area. We visited in December 2014. The diving was ok (we saw a few big schools of fish) but it was right after a hurricane and both the visibility and the reef were pretty poor. There

Days 29-40 : Southern Baja

No good adventure is complete without a few things going wrong. In the last post I alluded to a string of hot nights in our camper that left us tossing and turning, with nary a wink of sleep to be had. We have two solar panels and two batteries but the system was badly struggling to run both our fan and fridge. We learned this after the milk in the fridge turned into yogurt. Ugh.     Running one’s batteries

Day 28: The Whale Sharks of Bahia de Los Angeles

  Someday I’d like to come down to Baja during the grey and humpback whale migration. That typically occurs December through March and it’s supposed to be a magical experience. The town of Guerrero Negro is an ideal jumping-off point for these excursions. I was rather bummed that we’d missed the whales and was lamenting to Chris about our poor timing as we drove into Bahia de Los Angeles. “Say” he said, “isn’t it whale shark season?” Whoa!! We tried

Photos from Above

You’ve probably gathered by now that we purchased a drone. I love aerial photography; back when we lived in California I worked as an environmental scientist. Part of my job involved studying historical aerial photographs, some of them taken fifty or sixty years ago. It was fascinating to see how towns evolved over the course of multiple decades; some sprang up overnight from orange groves, others grew more organically as populations expanded.  So getting a drone was pretty exciting for

Days 21-23: Baja, Mexico!

We eased into Mexico in the best way possible: by staying with friends at their home south of Ensenada. Gary was a coworker of Chris’ back when we lived and worked in Southern California. He and his wife Carol now spend much of their time south of the border – and now we know why! They were steps from the beach and an animal rescue organization was practically in their back yard, which basically kept the kids entertained for the

Days 11-20: Southern California

We are in Southern California and hopefully crossing over into Mexico tomorrow. Yikes. Things are gettin’ real, peeps! We had grand plans to be fantastic bloggers but we’re finding that spotty wifi and no down-time are conspiring against us. It’s doubtful that it’ll get better in Mexico but we’ll do our very best. We’ve been zigzagging our way across California. Nights have been a mix of wild (free) camping, paid campground camping, cheap motels, and crashing with friends. Here is

Days 1 – 10: Washington, Oregon, and Northern California

Hello! Sorry for the radio silence. We are alive and well and still talking to each other! We’re counting that as a success. We are currently in California having a little R&R at a Sierra Club lodge near Truckee. This is a place I’ve been visiting since I was a kid and it’s a bit weird not having my parents here with us. I keep expecting to turn around and see my mom charging up the trail or my dad

The Beginning of a New Adventure

  We have some news!   At the end of the June we’ll be packing our truck camper and hitting the road for an extended year-long adventure.     The Plan We’ll begin by driving into Oregon and California and if all goes well (a big IF, given that we’ll have four people living in a house smaller than a parking space!) then we’ll keep driving south into Mexico and Central America.   And if things go fantastically well then

Family Activities in Anchorage, Alaska

Note: This travel post is part of a 12-day trip that departed from Seattle and included Canada, Fairbanks, and Deadhorse, before ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Our kids were ages 2 and 5. Part 1: Complete Trip Itinerary Part 2: Driving the Alcan (Seattle to Fairbanks) Part 3: Driving the Dalton Highway (Deadhorse + Prudhoe Bay) Part 4: Driving the Parks Highway (Fairbanks to Anchorage) This post –> Child friendly activities in Anchorage Anchorage. I love this city. The traffic isn’t too bad, there

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