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Parking Lots in Parque Nacional Tayrona

In Colombia, Hiking, South America by Dane + PennyLeave a Comment

Tayrona National Park, where the rocky Northern Colombian jungle meets gorgeous Caribbean beaches and the cost to get in will nearly bust an overlander's daily budget. Our first day there we hiked and explored the many beaches at the park until our feet were sore and our thirst grew beyond comfortable levels from the intense heat. But, it is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and well-tended parks in all the Americas! Unfortunately, as an overlander, there are only a couple options if you want to stay with your rig within the park: the parking lot next to the trailhead ...
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Discovering Sayulita’s Secrets

In Hiking, México, North America, Surf by Dane + PennyLeave a Comment

Once it was a quiet little fishing village. Now Sayulita's a bustling tourist town known for its beachfront surf and sandy shore. After Ben and Chica continued on down the coast, we had a couple days to kill before Dane's brother, Rhett, and his buddy, Chris, would meet us here to catch some waves and consume copious amounts of fish tacos and cold cervezas with us. So that we wouldn't be tacoed and touristed out before they arrived, we decided to explore the surrounding area. After some scouting, we found the areas a short drive North or South made our ...
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Just a Taste of J-Tree

In California, Hiking, North America, United States by Dane + Penny4 Comments

The Flinstones must have been from Joshua Tree. You know, before the roads were paved. Now, the roads are perfect. Smooth, with beautiful corners that anyone who loves the freedom of a motorcycle would go crazy over! As you cruise down that perfectly paved road, there are giant boulders stacked upon each other, some of them with ropes and lines attached for rock climbing, bouldering or slack lining. You see the free climbers walking around looking like Sponge Bob with their square crash pads strapped to their back. Meanwhile, 50ft overhead, slack liners are praying the evening wind eases up ...
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Meandering Through the Mojave Desert

In California, Hiking, North America, United States by Dane + PennyLeave a Comment

It was dark as we drove down the Saskatchewan-straight highway into the Mojave National Preserve. A well-known "no-no" for overlanders; we vowed we wouldn't drive after dusk once we crossed the border further South. The full moon had risen over the hills somewhere between Bakersfield and Barstow and now we shared the road with only one other set of headlights. It was surreal peering out the window into the desert after waking up in the icebox that was Yosemite in January, surrounded by snow, sequoias and mountain faces. Now, some hours later, surrounded by cacti, tumbleweeds and sand. We spotted ...
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In the Face of Giants at Yosemite

In California, Hiking, North America, United States by Dane + Penny3 Comments

We left the coast, writhing with anticipation of our mountain escape and curious if Yosemite would live up to all of its' hype. We cruised through California’s rolling farm lands with the windows rolled down until we came upon a closed road. Flooded. Detour. Obviously, we had to take a look. Dane, eyes glazed with excitement and full of  confidence in our van (with newly equipped snorkel), was ready for the challenge. While others were turning around, we made the crossing with one long-haired, leather-backed motorcycle rider fist-pumping us on. We passed through gold rush towns with worn wood false ...