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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

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia update

It seems like just yesterday I did out last budget post but alas, we’ve managed to make our way through another five countries over the past two months. We are still running well below our budget of $200/day. Over the past two months, we’ve had a few major expenses as well, shipping the truck from Panama to Colombia (required to get around the Darien Gap) and a trip into the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. From a fuel perspective, we saw

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Guatemala/Honduras/Nicaragua update.

Hi all, we’re making good time through Central America so it’s time for another budget update for Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. We’re still way under our projected budget of $200/day but creeping up on our per day averages. Guatemala was a surprise in that we expected similar prices to Mexico but things were quite a bit more expensive. Honduras looks expensive below but that is only because we spent little time in the country and had two full fuel tank

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Mexico update.

We just made it into Guatemala so it’s time for another budget update through Mexico. We’re still way under our projected budget of $200/day but with shipping to Colombia and back to the United States yet to come, that is to be expected. We ended up spending 47 days in Mexico and found the prices to be fairly inexpensive, especially hotels. With the very hot weather, we’ve been doing less camping than expected but rather splurging for a hotel when

Truck Camper: Convertible Dinette

This is the last installment in our camper build-out: explaining how our dining area folds down into Ben’s sleeping bunk.This bed is almost full-length and we (the adults) have comfortably slept on it on several occasions. As such, the camper sleeps three adults and one child.   Here is a quick history refresher: We bought a Four Wheel Campers (model: Hawk) in the shell version, which means it came empty – with only the queen bed over the cab (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

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