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Belize – A Hot Mess

Belize – A Hot Mess

Tyler and I had taken a vacation to Belize a while back; one of those all-inclusive deals.  We booked a hotel on a private island for week, all meals included, just a few cabanas in the middle of nowhere.  Paradise?  So we thought.  The island was very small and had been recently developed: 5 cabanas and a larger cabin for dining were built.  Other than that: nothing.  Just mangroves lining the shore and the open ocean. Beautiful? Yes. It took…

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Griddle Flatbread – Artisan Bread When You Knead It

Griddle Flatbread – Artisan Bread When You Knead It

Homemade fresh baked bread is a luxury not often afforded to those living in tiny homes without “normal” ovens. I love bread.  Making it.  Baking it. Eating it. The dough taking form beneath my hands, the texture changing from a loose sticky mess clinging to my flour-coated hands to a smooth, elastic, compact ball.  The heady smell as the loaf begins to rise, the light crackle of the crust as it cools on a counter, the deep crunch and puff…

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Hiking El Cocuy National Park – Finding our Happy Place in the Andes

Hiking El Cocuy National Park – Finding our Happy Place in the Andes

It was cold when we awoke, the sun still hiding behind the horizon.  We sleepily huddled over the small flame of our propane stove as we waited for the water to come to boil promising bitter coffee and warmed hands.  Faces chapped, noses bright red, breath fogging up in front of our faces as we puffed into cupped hands.   It had never felt so good to be cold.   Morning chill in El Cocuy Mountains are part of our souls.  One…

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Adios Mexico (Yucatan) – Does this mean there won’t be any more tacos?!

Adios Mexico (Yucatan) – Does this mean there won’t be any more tacos?!

Palenque was technically the final stop on our loop through the Mexican state of Chiapas.  A rather hip little city best known for the impressive Mayan ruins on the outskirts of town. We camped at a hotel on the outskirts of town and spent the first full day there fumigating the camper.  Because TICKS!  Marley, running through the jungle with hopeless abandon, sheer unadulterated joy, had picked up a whole mess of unwanted guests.  We had used the standard anti-tick…

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Chiapas Part II – Ruined for Ruins

Chiapas Part II – Ruined for Ruins

Chiapas – the Southernmost Mexican state, sharing a border with Guatemala and teeming with jungle and wildlife and ruins and revolution.  Somehow separate and different from it’s neighbors to the North.  For us it was magic.   After leaving San Cristobal de Las Casas, and speaking with the other overlanders camped there, we were very easily swayed to take the long way around Chiapas, highway 307 which borders Guatemala and loops all the way around the Southern thumb of the country.  …

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Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Ahhh bananas, the most portable and convenient of fruits and yet the fastest to bruise and ripen.  Like just about everyone, we always grab a bunch bananas on our trips to the local market or the grocery store, and after a day or two, and a bouncy ride in the truck kanoodling with our gear, we have at least a half a bunch of browned and bruised bananas…conveniently perfect for banana bread. Everyone has their go-to banana bread recipe.  This…

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Intro to Chiapas – Colonial Cities, Waterfalls, and Belching Sins

Intro to Chiapas – Colonial Cities, Waterfalls, and Belching Sins

Our first night in Chiapas was spent at Cascadas Aguacerro. A great introduction into what would become our favorite region in the country. After a short hike down some 700 stairs we found ourselves at the bottom of the canyon and walking up the river to the sound of falling water.  The sight off the falls had our jaws on the floor. Clean, clear, crisp water seeping out of the porous limestone canyon walls. it was like being in an…

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Oaxaca Part II – Back to the Coast

Oaxaca Part II – Back to the Coast

We were both 100% ready for beach time after our time in Oaxaca City.  Entirely too much time spent in a dentist chair and a mechanic shop left us both in the mood for lounging and not a whole lot else.  Looking back we also realized that we hadn’t stepped foot on a beach since Mazatlan – close to two months ago.  When you think of Mexico the first thing you probably think of is beaches, but the mountainous landscapes…

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Oaxaca City – The Best Damn Food In Mexico

Oaxaca City – The Best Damn Food In Mexico

When we had begun researching our trip – sleuthing through the endless array of information related to the countries we would be visiting.  Vaccines, border crossings, veterinary paperwork, truck import documents, etc, etc, etc – the information all at once exhilerating and intimidating, we began to accumulate a list of places we were most excited to visit.  Our individual “Must-See” lists.  As far as Mexico was concerned almost all of my “Must-See” places were located in the Southern region of…

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Almost Mexico City – Teotihuacan to Itza-Popo

Almost Mexico City – Teotihuacan to Itza-Popo

Mexico City was a blip on our radar that we chose to intentionally and pointedly ignore.  Generally speaking big cities just aren’t our thing and we had learned our lesson in Guadalajara.   That being said there were a few attractions near Mexico City (within the borders of Mexico State) that we knew we would regret bypassing – namely the pyramids of Teotihuacan and Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanos.  We headed towards Teotihuacan on a Sunday morning having just left Queretaro….

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