We were prepared to get searched at the border of Mexico… or at the very least questioned. So did our buddies from Wandrly who we are planning to spend our entire time with in Baja. Not only did we not get questioned nor searched, we didn’t even talk to a border agent. We saw a green light flash and drove right into Mexico with no issues. Our first stop was to get tourist visas for us all since we are planning to be in Mexico for more than a week. We filled out a form at the INS office, got our passports stamped, handed over $25 a person and we were off! Well, Wandrly got pulled over by a cop within 5 minutes, the cop didn’t speak English and they didn’t speak Spanish so they were waved away… and then we were off!!
After nearly 8 years of traveling in our Airstream across United States and Canada, we are finally ready to expand our horizons a little wider. If you’d asked me 6 months ago, I would not have guessed that this would be our plan. Our summer in Alaska was literally a life changing event. It brought our world to the proper perspective and made us realize just how little we have seen. We don’t know how many more years we will be living this way but we are striving to explore and discover our world wider and further before we are done.
For the past month, we have been working on building a smaller and more nimble adventure mobile. Starting in January, we are making our way south into Baja, Mexico and spend our winter there. What happens after that is still unknown but our options are to either continue heading south until we can go no further or roll everything on to a freight ship and push forward on another continent. The uncertainty is both exciting and scary but we can’t wait for this next phase to begin.
Before we head to Mexico, we headed into the California desert for a few nights. When we leave the desert, our Airstream will not leave with us. It will stay there in storage for the foreseeable future. The next phase of our travels will take us to places that will just be easier if we didn’t tow a trailer. We have no plans to sell her. There are too many memories made in and around it and we do think one day we will be back living in her again. Until then, she will be snugly tucked away safe and sound.
Say hello to our new Adventuremobile. It’s a 2016 Four Wheel Pop-Up Camper Grandby model in Silver Spur trim that sits on a 2016 Ford F-250 long bed gas truck. We will start blogging real-time from Mexico (while still catching up on our summer in Alaska). More details on the set-up to follow as we start our adventure.
(First two photos courtesty of the lovely Catherine Abegg)
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Summer is coming to an end. We can feel it in the air. The fireweeds are all gone and some of the trees are changing color. We know we have to leave but we are just not ready to admit it. Today we are driving to the town of Valdez and you know what? The one way drive in and out is super beautiful. Best drive yet.
During our stay in McCarthy, we ventured into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park twice, once to explore the town of Kennecott and once to walk on Root Glacier. In order to get to the town of Kennecott, we took a van crammed full of people up a 5 mile dirt road. Luka thought it was a good idea to point and scream “long day, suckas!” to everyone on board. That’s his way of saying “see you later, suckers!”. Which, btw, I have NO IDEA how he learned that phrase. I’m sure he wouldn’t have repeated it a million times if it wasn’t for all the giggles.
After exiting the tunnel in Whittier, we drove past Bird Point on our way to Anchorage to check out the bore tide. Dan got to surf the bore tide at the start of our tour through the Kenai Peninsula a month ago and he was hoping to the same again today.
After our stop in Hope, we passed through the Portage area once again in order to get to Whittier. In order to get to the tiny town of Whittier by land, you have to drive 2.5 miles through the longest tunnel in North America. It is a one-way tunnel shared by both directions of traffic and a train.
On our way back north from Homer, we had to stop in the teeny town of Hope for one last visit. Our last stay a few weeks ago was way too short for our liking. This time we lucked out with the prime spot for the week.
Every city we visit on the Kenai Peninsula becomes our favorite and Homer is no different. We ended up at the Elks Lodge for a night before we headed down to the Homer Spit.
Last night we spent the night at a Walmart, tired from trying to decide where to go. In the morning, with fresh coffee in hand, expensive (Walmart) groceries in the Airstream and even more overpriced cheap beer in the shower, we headed to campground that was one way in and one way out, Discovery Campground at Captain Cook State Recreation Area. We were trying to give our buddies Kerri and Tim some space but you know what? For a huge state, Alaska is one small place. Haha. Hello again, neighbors!!
On our way out of Seward, the sun decided to finally say hello, making our stop at Cooper Landing a more pleasant one. Our littlest, Luka, immediately grabbed a “fishing pole” and got down to business. Come and get it, salmon!
Seward, Alaska is a bustling port town and the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Back in 1964, the Great Alaskan earthquake of magnitude 9.2 immediately sank the entire waterfront of the town. The town decided to not rebuild on the land that makes up the new waterfront.
Let me tell you something. Hope, Alaska is as cute as it sounds. It’s located on the northern end of the Kenai Penninsula and sits just across the water from where Dan surfed the Turnagain Arm bore tide a couple days ago.