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Bishop, California: My Favorite Future Ghost Town

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Bishop is the kind of town where every shop is named after the person who owns it. Rusty's Saloon. Schatt's Bakery. Brock's Fly-fishing specialists. I love small towns, especially old ones with incredible vistas and a western flair. If we didn't always get the itch to leave, or think it might become a dried up ghost town, we might consider settling down here. But before I get into the sad and scary but super interesting and maybe hopeful stuff, let me quickly catch you up on daily … [Read More...]

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A View from the Heart of the Bounder

When we started this crazy trip that evolved into a lifestyle, we auspiciously gave away pretty much everything that wouldn't fit in the van, including my large and beloved book collection.  As I … [Read More...]

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Las Vegas 2.0

Las Vegas has marked many milestones in both Tree's and my life. I lost my virginity here when I was 16. Woohoo! Just kidding, it was actually very anti-climatic. (Sorry, I couldn't help myself … [Read More...]

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Breaking Bounder!

I don't know if Soleil ever felt tired of living out of a suitcase, but Tree and I definitely did. Not being able to find what we were looking for, losing one baby sock everywhere we went, and the … [Read More...]

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100 Days in the Wild

We've  decided to make a modest goal for 2015: this  year we will spend a minimum of 100 days in the wild as a family.  If Tree or I go climbing alone and Soleil's not with us, the day doesn't count. … [Read More...]

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Enjoy Life, the Whole $h!t and Shebang

The holidays were fun, but I'm glad they're over.  I think we all feel that way come January. We just want our normal lives back. Please, no more fun parties. No more sugar. No more love and lights … [Read More...]

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A Tourist in My Own Country

Since we've been back in the States, things have not slowed down. We went from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles to Hood River to Seattle and then back to Hood River, and then we flew down to San Diego … [Read More...]

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The Show Must Go On

A couple months ago we announced that we were putting the van on a freighter ship and sending it from Argentina to Florida, and that we were leaving South America. I think that shocked a lot of … [Read More...]

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Back in the USA: Family, Friends, and Pumpkin Bowling

After a three hour delay, a grueling ten-hour redeye flight from Buenos Aires to Mexico City, a three-hour layover, and then another four-hour flight from Mexico City to Los Angeles, we arrived … [Read More...]

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The Meaning of Life in Argentina

Our last month in Buenos Aires was bittersweet. As I wandered the streets of San Telmo, with one eye looking outward taking in the architecture and street art, and the other eye trained … [Read More...]

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Goodbye Sprinter, Goodbye South America

It's true. We're leaving South America. Tickets are bought. The van is gone.  The Pan-American road trip is coming to an end. Honestly, it's hard for us to wrap our brains around this enormous, … [Read More...]

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Rio Broke My Heart…But I’m Okay

I had big plans for Rio. I was going to sprawl my body out, drink in hand, on the white sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. I was going to shake my groove thing to a Samba beat in … [Read More...]

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I’m Coming Out! Culturally Ambiguous

I was walking back from climbing the other day with Soleil in the kiddy-pack, and a guy I'd never seen before crossed our path from the opposite direction. As we passed, Soleil's tiny hand started … [Read More...]

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Dear Daddy: A Letter from Soleil

Dear Daddy, Since you've been gone, lots has happened. First of all, I got sick.  Here I am in bed...suffering without you. Mom compensated for your absence by letting us watch Plaza … [Read More...]

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Update from Brazil

Yep, it's true. We haven't been updating the blog. Just caught up in the whirlwind of life. Here's a quick update from Brazil... Soleil is in full training mode... potty training that is.  Nothing … [Read More...]

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Injured Again – Serra Do Cipó, Brazil

Quick update from Brazil... It always takes us a couple weeks to really get settled into a place. On the one hand, we got incredibly lucky in Serra Do Cipó and immediately found our amazing … [Read More...]

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Rock Climbing Serra Do Cipó, Brazil

When we left Argentina and entered Brazil, our target location was Serra Do Cipó. Up until a month ago we had never heard of this place, but a friend told us it was the best place in South America to … [Read More...]

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Aloha Brazil

We left Buenos Aires on our way to Serra Cipo, Brazil knowing that we had a long 5-6 day drive in front of us, and in order to get there we were going to drive right by the world famous Iguazu … [Read More...]

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Moving On Buenos Aires

  As you can see, we haven't been updating the blog much. Things have been hectic around here... well, at least hectic for some of us. This last month in Buenos Aires went by … [Read More...]

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Gracious Goes the Ghost of Kiki

In August of 2012, we found out that Kiki had terminal heart and liver problems and was given six months to live.  (Read the post here).  She defied the prognosis and lived for nearly two more years. … [Read More...]

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Chillin in BA

Not really in a mood to say much. But here are some photos of our first week in BA. So glad my Mom is here. Soleil is loving it. Every morning the first thing she says is, "Noni, Noni". And every … [Read More...]

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On To Buenos Aires…

We just completed another uber-burly travel mission and have arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. To get here we traveled for 6 days flying from Cozumel to Atlanta and then Atlanta to Santiago. We … [Read More...]

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Goodbye Mexico, Hello Open Road!

Well, our 3 week family vacation in Mexico is finally over. That really flew by! I put together a video of the trip. Check it out below... Click here to watch   Here are the final round … [Read More...]