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Hola, Mexico!

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Our first day, we eventually did make it to where we set out.

After an hour being searched and scanned we headed to the immigration and banjercito offices downtown Tijuana .  We made a wrong turn and ended up in an another hour long line in the US back in border/customs.  We turn around down the way and head to Mexico for a forth time in The Globe Trol.  Turns out that the forth time is the charm.  I asked this time “where did we go wrong, I can’t find these offices.”  The offices were closed, but we were able to get all of our paperwork taken care of right at the border.  Finally a break.   A second break, my cell phone with a new sim card also works.

We arrive at a great spot on a cliff and met another couple who are doing a very similar trip trying to get to Patagonia.  The guys chatted about the vehicles they spent months building and the girls exchange research stories.

I woke up today with only two left shoes at my door.  We put our shoes right outside our door, since there is not a whole lot of room inside the van when the bed is pulled out.  Siete is cute blonde puppy that lives here at Campo 7, who also is known to steal shoes.  I’m walking around today with two left shoes.  Gracias, mucho amor.   -tgt

The vehicle…The Globe Trol

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Our favorite little blue bungalow where our street turns into sand a block from our door.

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This is the vehicle that we converted from a family mini van into a van-haus (van-house), that will travel from San Diego to South America.  It’s almost finished and we are excited to get this on the road.  The plan starts with leaving San Diego in early December 2015 and traveling  down the Pacific Coast through Mexico, and then making our way to Guatemala.  From Guatemala on further south to possibly Patagonia in less than a year and back north to The U.S.  We were living in southeast Alaska for a few years and decided “Let’s really travel.”  First lets get warm and hang out in southern California for a bit and start planning an epic trip somewhere.  How are we going to do this?  Backpack?  Sail?  Let’s do this out of van that we can live out of!  Hours of research led us to buy an AWD small van in July.  We gutted it and then started rebuilding a sustainable small living situation out of a 1997 Astro van.

The rebuild has been anything but easy, however I mostly was the photographer and not the builder.  Christian did a lot of the work himself, I was his aide.  Friends helped along the way and we are thankful for every bit of it.  Right now we are in the Midwest visiting as much family as possible before the epic trip down thru the Americas.  Soon we will be back in San Diego in a few short weeks to finish up a handful of projects, and then we move into a van.

We quit our jobs indefinitely to travel until one of us is sick of it, or until we run out of money.  We sold all of our furniture, gave it away, and donated the rest.  We stored non-replaceable and pricey possessions back in the Midwest near family.  I am from Chicago originally and I packed up and shipped myself out for an adventure to Alaska in 2011.  I promised myself then this will be the beginning of life full of adventure, after never traveling outside of the U.S. for 29 years.  Christian was in Florida in the Coast Guard working on helicopters before being stationed in Sitka, Alaska.  We met in Alaska about three years ago.  A year and a half ago we left Alaska to keep traveling, we ferried back to the mainland and slowly drive down the coast from Seattle to San Diego.  We were in no rush since we quit our jobs to start traveling and stretched 2000 miles out for three weeks soaking in the Pacific Coast Highway all along the way.  While in San Diego we regathered and relaxed in a tiny beach bungalow a block from the beach for over a year.  It was easy to fall in love with our new temporary home in a  neighborhood called “OB” where we made great friends.  It was difficult to leave the tiny blue beach house and move just a handful of things into the van-haus.