This post is just a quick update to say that we haven’t forgotten the blog and to give you a glimpse into what we are planning for next year.
We are ‘home’ right now. Meaning back in New Hampshire, back near our families and friends and driving the roads we grew up on. But home has become a different concept for us over the past year. It’s not that this doesn’t feel like home – in some ways it really does. This is where our roots are and it is quite comfortable to be here close to most of our favorite people on earth. It’s more like it doesn’t feel exclusively like home. Or to put it a different way: we don’t feel like we came home – as in we were somewhere else and now we are home. Our home is out there still, we have been home for a while, its just now we are home in New England. It’s a hard concept to verbalize, and I don’t think I’m doing a very good job of it, even now.
But so, even as we are here and enjoying every second of spending time with people here, we are still missing and yearning for our van and the life we have been carving out these past months on the road. We left the van with some good friends in Colorado (these guys) and drove to New Hampshire in a cheap car we bought on craigslist. We looked at a few cars, but in the end decided to stay German and picked up an early 2000's Audi Allroad Wagon. Although this is our "cheap beater car" it felt like a huge luxury for us having heated seats and speakers that you can actually hear over the cab noise - we could really get used to this... But this is not the end of the road. As we enter 2018, we are plotting and planning the next leg of our adventure. We have been fleshing out our plans across dinner tables, and around bonfires, and in the warm living-rooms of dear friends over glasses of whiskey.
So the plan has taken shape, moving, as all good plans do, from wisps of dreams and ideas onto the contours of road maps and the heavy squares of calendar dates. We have our sights set on Mexico. The Baja Peninsula, that great mecca of van-dwellers and dirt-bag surfers, and adventure nuts seeking warm winters and good waves and cheap beer and tacos.
We have a few weeks left here in the Northeast and then we will head back to Colorado to pick up our old friend the van, sell the craigslist car, and head south targeting crossing the border on February 5, 2018.
Baja has been done countless times by other van-dwellers and is far from uncharted territory, but still it adds some new challenges for us and feels foreign and unknown. And like any unknown challenge, it’s better to do it with friends. The vanagon community is a strong one and, once again, TheSamba.com pulled through for us: we will be joining Corwyn’s annual Baja Rally along with our good friends WeHitPause for the border crossing and the first leg of the trip in Mexico!
Our dreams are beginning to fill with visions of deserts, sandy beaches and rolling waves. If anyone is interested in following along with us as we dream about the next chapter of our adventures, some of our favorite Baja blogs and videos are:
We are also making lists and stocking up on van parts and emergency equipment we may need for rough roads and slick sand south of the border. We are making sure we have extra oil filters, fuel filters, ignition switches, a good spare tire, fuel pump, hoses, wires, etc to handle most of the basic breakdowns we might encounter. And currently on their way to us are MAXTRAX recovery tracks, some new Hi-Lift accessories, automatic air down valves, a short shovel, a handheld VHF radio, and a NATO jerry can. And we are eyeing the new Switchback rack from Rocky Mountain Westy to hold all of it… Oh yeah, and we are brushing up on our old high school spanish. Call me crazy, but the preparation and outfitting for the trip is sometimes almost as fun as the trip itself.
So as we turn the calendar over to 2018, we are not quite sure what this next chapter will hold for us, but we are excited to find out!