One of our first campsites in Ecuador. Ideal spot after a long day of driving; cold temps at high altitude, no one else around, easy cobblestone road to the lake. However, the next morning our drive down the other side of these mountains tested our nerves and our vehicle. We have arrived in Ecuador at the start of rainy season, and while the highways here are spectacular, the dirt roads can be almost impassable at times. Happy to say we made it down, and our new front shocks are preforming exceptionally!
We’ve wrapped up this chapter of our journey and sold our campervan to a lovely couple from the UK! 🇬🇧 What a great time this has been. So grateful for all of the memories♥️ Now onto the next adventure! 2 days til Thailand! 🇹🇭 #travel#newzealand#campervanlife
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[ #tbt end of 2015] Over the years we've upgraded our "adventure-mobile" from a '98 sedan, to a mid-sized SUV (pictured here), to our Sprinter Van where we currently dwell. Although the vehicles have changed, the motive has remained the same: to be out in nature as much as possible! Our van helps make that a reality. *Click the link in my profile for the full tour*
One of the cliffs towering over the valley had caught my eye. The map showed some "roads" in that area, so I decided to go exploring.
Now Little E can make it a lot of places, but as I turned down a small path that supposedly led to my destination it was readily apparent this wasn't one of them. No worry. I parked, gathered some gear, and hopped on the mountain bike to continue the last few miles.
The sun and temperature dropped quickly as I made my way up the Jeep trail, pausing frequently to catch my breath, take in the views, and carry my bike up some sections that I am seriously impressed any vehicle can get over. I didn't quite make it up in time to catch the best part of the evening, but the expansive views of the otherworldly landscape were still incredible.
I'd planned on biking down in the dark and brought lights, but hadn't anticipated how difficult route finding across the dark and homogeneous slickrock would be. After a number of wrong turns and time spent slowly exploring the edges of large rock expanses looking for where the trail continued, I eventually arrived back at the van.
Experiences are always more rewarding when they're challenging, and the comfort of my van home felt like a five star hotel that night.
Sleeping in a parking lot doesn’t seem like the best situation ever to many. But, when I look out at the parking lot and see 20 rv’s, vans and custom homes filled with people who see life as more than a weekend, it only makes me happy. Life is made real with others. To be surrounded with people who live life to the fullest, experience nature, and community on the road is amazing. Sometimes I wonder... What more can we ask for than friends, family and community?