It’s been a while. Sorry about the silence. I finally want to give you a brief overview of what happened, where we are and what’s about to come.
We’re still traveling and we’re still liking it. And we’ll get blogging going again.
In the beginning of September we were still in Canada checking out Banff and Jasper National Park. Winter kicked in and we had some nights around 0 degrees celsius. Somewhat surprised, we started driving South. Drove a whole lot, almost every day and everywhere we arrived we were told: “This is the last week. Snow will be here in 2 weeks.” Campgrounds were preparing to close, cafes, bakeries, everything. A couple of times Winter almost got us with freezing temperatures. Our poor water tank, pipes and tubes were scared as hell and we dug through our truck for scarves.
We hopped from one National Park to the other: Glacier NP, Yoho NP, Banff NP, Jasper NP, Waterton NP, Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, Chaco Canyon NP, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP.
In the end we’ve cut off a part of the planned route and a couple of National Parks to not go crazy with this driving – Park exploring – driving – Park exploring – madness.
Next to driving a lot, I was busy with editing the Zero Waster’s Travel Companion. It’s a great Travel Guide for Zero Waste City Travel, you should definitely check it out! Over 30 Zero Waste Bloggers shared their knowledge about cities around the world. The front cover image was taken by my friend Christine, check out her amazing blog Snapshot of Simplicity. The book was finally published but the work didn’t end there. We have to promote it and I’ve started translating it to German and we’re already working on the 2nd Edition with many more cities.
We finally reached our San Diego camp spot were it was warm enough that we could stay a while to get our ‘final errands’ done before we would cross the border to Mexico. We got new tires, new batteries, locks for everything, new credit cards and a million other things.
End of October we crossed the border in Mexicali and spend one month in Baja California.
I’m just rushing through the route here to catch you up on where we are now. There will be more details in following blog posts. Promise!
Baja California was great for us: Beautiful, lonely beaches where we could just park next to a palapa, where we met a handful of amazing travelers, where we swam with whale sharks and went snorkeling and kite surfing. Unfortunately also where diarrhea got me and it took me a while to recover.
End of October we took the ferry to Mazatlán, Mexico Mainland and from there we went South along the coast and then went inland to Puerto Vallarta. What was supposed to be only a quick one night stop turned into an 8 night stay because Mika was sick with bronchitis and diarrhea number 2 got me. You won’t believe it but in the following 3 weeks diarrhea came back twice.
We celebrated Christmas with three German travelers: Manfred and Rosita and our friend Jo at Lago Chapala close to Guadalajara. And we’ve spend New Years at San Juan Benito Juárez where we had a great time with a lovely Canadian family with 3 girls and a huge Rottweiler .
Right now we’re in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.
So, to summarize, the reasons why not much happened on this blog are: driving madness, book publishing and sickness. But we’ve started a new year and blogging here will come back into full swing. And I don’t intend to do another round of diarrhea because I’ve shed all my surplus weight and it ain’t fun, no no!
If the above sound horrible for you, don’t worry. We do have a great time traveling, we enjoy meeting so many cool people, eating new things, learning new words, seeing so many cool animals and we definitely enjoy the fantastic weather. Just check out Bastian’s office in Mazatlán…
Alright then, that’s it from us for now. What are your plans for this year? Any exciting adventures planned?