A Stop in Death Valley

Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” Anonymous “So, you brought this wet weather.” Outside, rain was falling on the driest and hottest National Park in the United States. When we told the ranger at the visitor’s center we were from Seattle, she blamed us.  Yeah, we’re used to it. When I was […]

An Unplanned Stop

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Every cloud has a silver lining John Milton Our world is full of so many great places that it’s impossible to experience them all in a lifetime. On Friday, we would have driven by one such great place—except that our Subaru broke down in Yreka, California, just over the border from Oregon.  We had it […]

A Season at Home

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Travel Update, United States | 12 Comments

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Six months before we set out on our adventure living a life on the road, my father was diagnosed with incurable colon cancer. We almost delayed our hike across Spain, but my parents insisted we set off. We […]

North to Alaska—Finally

Laurie and I were born and raised in Washington State, the state closest to Alaska. But we’ve never made the trek up north to visit the 49th member of these United States. Something about cold and mosquitos kept it off the top of our list. But we’re currently on a ten day “scouting trip” up here […]

Gastro Chile

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Chile, South America | 4 Comments

The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside Mark Twain  Confession Time: When we started our hike across Spain in April of 2016, we expected the cuisine to be very similar to Mexico. Boy, were we ignorant. Where the food in our just-south-of-the-border […]

Santiago and the Path of Seven Crosses

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Chile | 3 Comments

In our travels we’ve often seen artists take a common sculpture and put their own unique spin on it—often as part of a fundraiser. In Seattle artists decorated pigs made in the image of the bronze “Rachel” piggy bank at the Pike Place market to raise money for the market foundation, in Chicago and Zurich […]

Seven Fascinating Things about Santiago

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Chile, South America | One Comment

Laurie and I spent four full weeks in Santiago, Chile as students and visitors. The capital city of the skinniest country in the world  has 7+ million residents—more than ten times the population of Seattle. While there we picked up some interesting things about the city and country, many good, some bad. 1. The Metro […]

A Visit to Brazil: The Family from Ipanema

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in South America | 6 Comments

Rio is an energetic, vibrant place, full of beauty and nature. But we face the kinds of problems any developing metropolis does – with pollution, traffic congestion, poverty. Eduardo Paes Rio de Janerio is a city blessed with amazing beauty and scenery. It’s also a city in a difficult struggle. After completing four weeks of […]

The Street Dogs of Santiago

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Chile, Just for Fun | 2 Comments

One of the first things that stands out about Santiago, Chile, is the large population of stray dogs wandering the streets. By and large these mutts known as “quiltros” seem happy, well fed, and are peaceful. The people of Santiago feed them and provide water. In the winter they provide them with coats and kennels. […]

Escape to Summer: A Season in the Skinniest Country

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Chile | 6 Comments

Love is so short, forgetting is so long. Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet, diplomat, and Nobel Prize winner Imagine carving out a new country on the west coast of North America. This new country is long, but skinny. It starts out near the southern tip of Mexico—just south of Guadalajara. It runs north and ends just […]

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