We did it! George and I actually left as planned on July 24th, packing up the rest of our belongings in our temporary rental home on wheels (thanks Lost Campers!), and drove due north. (Note: In September we will get our Sportsmobile for the rest of the journey)
It took weeks, but all of our stuff is happily in the hands of friends and dozens and dozens of people from craigslist. We realized our stuff, even really nice things, aren’t that valuable, and we ended up giving away much of our things to nice strangers on Craigslist. It was a very fun experience to give people cool things, much better than dumping it at the goodwill or throwing it away. Jenine even found a nice home for her left over christmas wrapping paper, now that is recycling!
Before we get into the first leg of our adventures, I want to answer the number one question we get asked: How did you decide to DRIVE to Argentina?? It started as a common goal George and I shared: take a timeout to travel before starting a family. We got married one year ago, and we decided that it was now or never.
We assumed we’d take 4-6 months to go “somewhere”. George asked, “Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?” My immediate response — South America — to which George replied with what would seem like a ludicrous and unattainable idea, “Why don’t we just drive there?”
When we met a young Alaskan in Los Bariles Mexico riding his bike/kayaking from Juneau to Argentina (blog), we decided we could definitely do it by car 🙂 and we decided to start getting ready!
And there you have it. Early 2013 and the seed is planted. Much to our surprise, we learned that many adventurers before us had completed the journey (major shout out to all of you that left great blogs, books, and info in your wake!). And suddenly our 4-6 month time-out has snowballed into a year-plus lifestyle change that involves living in a van and getting rid of almost everything we own. We couldn’t be more thrilled.
So what have we been up to? We made it to Oregon to spend a weekend camping with my parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew at Detroit Lake. We tested out our inflatable paddle board (so fun!!), George checked off his annual wake boarding session, and I was reacquainted with the cold water of a snow-melt lake (wish I could say I missed that cold). The weather is just beautiful here (warm nights are a rarity in SF!) and we sat around our first of many MANY campfires that are surely in our future…so happy our first campfire of the trip was with my amazing family.
Oh, and can I just add a shout-out to Aunt Tami for her campfire cooking tips, and to my Grandparents for their willingness to experiment with a new cooking method (steaks directly on coals?? say what?). It was a complete success by the way. Cooking steaks on coals
We are leaving Oregon today and heading to Vancouver Island. We plan on staying there for a few weeks surfing at Tofino and Kiting at Nitinat