Galápagos Islands

Galápagos Islands

It was a picture perfect day when we landed on San Cristóbal in the Galápagos Islands. Translucent blue water, sea lions lounging in the shade, marine iguanas swimming through the surf…yes, our home for the week would be pretty awesome. I checked the map to find our hotel and, uh […]

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Montañita

Montañita

After spending several weeks exploring the Andes and the Amazon, it was time to hit the beach. I took a bus to Guayaquil, stayed one night in the metropolis, and caught another 3 hour bus the next morning. I could smell the salt in the air as we rambled along […]

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The Amazon

The Amazon

I spent my first 10 days in Ecuador living near 10,000 feet above sea level. I enjoyed the mountains, but it was time to get lower. I made my way to the bus station and used my broken Spanish to buy a one way ticket to Baños de Agua Santa, […]

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

The sun set over Miami, and when it rose again, I was in Ecuador. Modern travel is fast, efficient, and…unromantic. I would have preferred to earn my entry into South America the old fashioned way, by walking, boating, or driving my van through Central America and into the Southern Hemisphere, […]

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I’m Moving To Ecuador

I’m Moving To Ecuador

I listed 6 countries on a piece of paper and rolled a die…I’m moving to Ecuador! Let me explain… Since thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2012 I’ve been dreaming of living minimally, creating a career that would allow me to work from anywhere, and moving abroad to live in a […]

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20,000 Miles

20,000 Miles

24,901 Miles – The distance around the earth 20,000 Miles – The distance I traveled in my van around the United States in 2015 In March of 2015 I bought an old Volkswagen van and named it Tantor. Nine months later, Tantor and I had visited 26 states, 3 countries, […]

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Arizona

Arizona

I could almost hear a sigh of relief from Tantor as we slowed to a park in front of Grandpa’s townhouse. 20,000 miles in 5 months was a lot to ask of a 30 year old van, and despite a few tow truck rides, our circumnavigation around the United States […]

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Go Westy Young Man

Go Westy Young Man

Leaving Florida I had 10 days until I needed to be in Arizona for Thanksgiving. It wasn’t a lot of time, considering that I wanted to see new cities, visit friends, and get my feet dusty on a few trails, but I’d make it work. I drew a straight line […]

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Florida

Florida

I woke up sweating in a truck stop gas station just a mile north of the state line. The overnight temperatures hovered near 80, meaning I had a warm balmy night trying to sleep in the van. Yup, welcome to Florida. I awoke before sunrise to take Tantor to a […]

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Georgia

Georgia

My first stop in Georgia was Hiawassee to see Jim and Maggie, our first “Trail Angels” on the Appalachian Trail in 2012. They had met us the day that we started our Thru-Hike and told us to call them when we reached Hiawassee. It took them 1 hour to drive […]

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