Batten Down the Hatches, Im Turning 25!

The Independence

A quarter century on this planet, what better way to celebrate turning 25 than relaxing on the beautiful islands of San Blas while sailing from Panama to Colombia. Thats right, sailing…cause only bitches fly. I had previously considered sailing from Panama to Colombia but also read horror stories of delayed boats, terrible weather, and problems getting to Cartagena once actually in Colombia. This would really F’ up the scheduling with shipping the van across the gap as I had to be in Colombia by Tuesday to start the process, so initially I wrote this plan off. Continue reading

Turns out it’s harder to kick someone in the face than I thought

Nicaragua: Leon and Grenada; and Panama: Playa Teta and Panama City

As mentioned it was a mad dash through Central America, one which turned out to be even quicker due to a last minute plane ticket home, to see the family one more time before jumping the gap.  To the surfers, I apologize for the lack of surf content.  For one thing, when there were waves, I was in the water rather than taking pics of them, I am sure you can understand.  Second, as you can guess, there are no secret spots left in this modern world.  I hope to get pics of beautiful beaches with waves, but wont be saying where they are aside from which country, you can find that info all over the internet.  There have been countless beaches that were empty, but just as many ruined by one or more resort complexes or giant gringo homes.   Continue reading

Breakin Attempt No. 1; AKA Welcome to Honduras

Honduras: Coban Ruins, El Ceiba, Roatan

Well, the 1st 24 hours in Honduras were relatively pleasant, especially considering the reputation Honduras has, but naturally that would all change soon enough.  Land of the corrupt cops, many overlanders fear Honduras, and the only reason they enter it is the fact that it is impossible to drive to the rest of Central America (Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama) without crossing through it.  Most trip reports I read consist of people crossing at the infamous El Amitillo border crossing, and making a mad dash to freedom.  Now each persons experience is almost always different no matter what border they choose, but this crossing consistently brings about horror stories of corruption and hassles, sometimes paying fees as high as 200-400USD, nowhere near what you should be paying to cross the Honduran border.   Continue reading

Never Say Never…Never Say Never

Guatemala: Flores, Tikal, Antigua

Slideshows, Facebook “Like” links, and the email notification has been fixed, welcome to the 21st century!  I have added 450 pics of Mexio HERE, its a mix of new and old, just give the slideshow a second to load if you want to check them out.

Yes, you may have noticed a huge gap in posts between the Cancun area and Guatemala.  I was considering paying for one more week where I was to enjoy the beach life, I had also been talked into getting my open water certification on Cozumel, and SCUBA diving my way down the Yucatan coast.  It didn’t make sense to save a couple bucks waiting for Honduras diving with the amount I would miss in Mexico and Belize, so I was looking forward to it. Continue reading

Oh, it’s going to be one of those police checkpoints

Mexico: Campeche, Uxmal, Merida, and Cancun

Welcome to the Yucatan, a part of Mexico I had every intention of skipping.  For me the problem is Cancun, I hate Cancun, everything about it, and I have never even been there.  Another drawback is the heat, its hot here, so hot that on the very first day in the Yucatan the heat melted every single piece of velcro I had on my windows, leaving my windows a sticky, curtainless mess.  Well, if you can handle the heat, and avoid Cancun, it turns out the Yucatan actually has a lot to offer. Continue reading

War within a breath

Mexico: San Cristobal, Tonina, and Palenque

Chiapas is a highlight of many travelers in Mexico, so I was looking forward to seeing what this place was all about.  This is all new territory for me, now that I have passed Oaxaca my previous trips ending point, it feels like the trip is officially starting.  Turns out, I was not disappointed with what I found. Continue reading

Missing Person No. 38153729

Mexico: Oaxaca City, and Puerto Escondido

Ok, I normally don’t take this blog very seriously, but I suppose if there is a time and a place, this is it.  Thanks to all that showed concern, the list is way too long for here, but it is appreciated.   To all that emailed or facebooked me, its too difficult to respond one by one while on the road, so consider this your thanks, I do appreciate it.  Continue reading

Guero, guero, guero, guero, guero, guero, guera!

Mexico: Veracruz, and Lago Catemaco

Ok, so like a broken record I have mentioned that I am feeling like the only Gringo in all of Mexico. I knew going into the destinations I have chosen I would be in the minority, but after 2 months of it its starting to get a bit weird. There were a handful in Baja, though even Baja felt a bit empty as more and more people are scared to come to Mexico. Even Cabo lacked them, though I didn’t stick around long enough for a cruise ship to come in, the less time in Cabo the better, that place is not for me. Continue reading

If Dr. Suess and Walt Disney had a baby

Mexico: Xilitla, and El Tajin

Starting to get closer to Oaxaca, I cant help but get excited.  I am Still very far from it, but for some reason, even though this is all new territory, having stopped there makes me feel like the trip doesnt restart until I return to Oaxaca.  I also dont know what to expect out here in this part of Mexico, though so far there has been plenty to see. Continue reading

Theres blood in the streets of San Luis Potosi

Mexico: San Luis Potosi, Lago Luna Media, and Aquismon

There is a general “travelers path” taken through Mexico, which I have tried to avoid for a bit this time. I am still hitting spots others have been to, I am not discovering anything “new” necessarily, but generally people take the west coast area down and then swing through Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Mx City, ect. Pretty much what we did last time. From Zacatecas I can jump back into that path and try and find some gringoes from North America or Europe by heading south….nah, not yet. Continue reading