For an adventure...aside from walking the beach, renting a SUP, or a sea kayak, there is always driving. Although 4WD is not a must... I’d say it is a definite suggestion. We rented a “small compact car” at first, then decided to upgrade to an SUV. Number one for the extra clearance but secondly for the off-road capabilities. Of course an SUV in Mexico is NOT the same thing as an SUV in Utah. [ 572 more words ]
The nicest thing about coming to The Baja is the closeness and direct flights available from Salt Lake. In less than four hours, you can be digging your toes into the warm sand, sipping a salt rimmed margarita and watching the waves. It’s pretty easy to get Gandaulf into Mexico so he gets to vacation with us. He’s such a great traveler. [ 674 more words ]
The saying, “the best made plans...”, finish as you would. Our lives have taken a slight U turn. About five years ago, we made the decision to sell off All we own, buy a plane ticket to Ecuador, and “retire”. We worked really hard to save all our pennies... set up ourselves to retire with means enough to live comfortably. We put our business on the market in January 2017, started selling off the “stuff” we have accumulated over the last 25 years and started planning our escape. [ 490 more words ]
Sometimes, in the cold gray winter months I need to get away. If I can get into the sun, feel the warm sun on my bare arms and breathe clean air... I can recharge my depleted batteries with a little solar energy. Where does one go to accomplish such a task without a full on vacation? Well for me it’s a quick trip to Phoenix Arizona. [ 108 more words ]
I am on a plane. On my way to see my 97 year old grandmother. Leaving the country means not seeing loved ones anytime in the near future. At 97 that future might be shorter than others. I planned this trip a month ago. My cousin Suzie has always been afraid to drive her car across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a 3.5 mile span of bridge connecting mainland Maryland to the Eastern Shore. [ 460 more words ]
It's hard to tell a story with so many twists and turns. Sometimes the anticipation and planning is more stressful than anything I've done before. It's different when it's a long term decision. The path we choose now WILL affect the next phase of our lives. Saying that out loud really brings this into perspective. The decisions we have made in the past could be wrong... [ 304 more words ]
With the sale of our Adventure Cruzer “Lucky”, comes the next chapter in our escape plan...a camper van. Not just any camper van...one of our own creation. It took us a month to decide to sell Lucky. It was no easy decision. A year of blood, sweat, and lots of planning went into her. Bottom line... we just couldn’t stand up in her. She was great for weekend camping, getting in the back country, but for a couple of middle aged women and a corgi... she wasn’t exactly right.
We have vacillated back and forth new Transit or used Sprinter. Both were a time consuming venture. Both had their pros and cons. In the end... the Sprinter won out. The hunt was on for the perfect Sprinter for our build. Last night, we found her! More to come!
We spent the weekend in the Escalante Staircase National Monument. This is a prehistoric yet wondrously accessible desert in central Utah. If our Commander and creep has his way, this land will be mined out... selling its beauty to the evils of oil and natural gas exploration. Oil fields scattered all over this beautiful landscape. Heavy machinery traveling on the fun back roads we explore in the peace and quiet of this desert. [ 535 more words ]
I must admit the "Land of The Midnight Sun" in the Summer is the land of rain, clouds and beauty. We never saw the Northern Lights or the sky full of stars... big deal! The immense beauty of this place was reward enough. The reason I love to travel, aside from the normal getting away and holiday? Experience. Iceland did not disappoint. [ 793 more words ]