6 months into our trip!
On Friday, March 13, our friend Alan dropped us off at the US boarder just south of San Diego…and we walked into Tijuana. We were scared, nervous, bewildered, and any number of other adjectives that one can use to describe confusion and fear of the unknown. But we were excited too. The world awaited and our time had come to go out and discover it.
Six months is significant for one reason and one reason only. It was our minimum. Six months was the amount of time we decided we´d force ourselves to meet. Once we´d been gone six months it will have been worth it to quit our jobs and make ourselves homeless. If we came home after six months, well, at least we gave it a good shot.
We´ll be home in November.
But in December we will fly to South Africa where we will begin the famed Cape Town to Cairo overland trek. Sure, we may have to fly over a space here or there but we´re going to Africa and that is exciting in itself.
To tell you the truth though, travelling like this has been hard and we plan to write a couple of posts in the near future talking about that. We are very much looking forward to our trip home to see our friends and family and hope that many more will follow in the footsteps of Poncho and Leah and join us along the way. Most importantly, thank you to all of you who have helped along the way with messages of support and reminisces of home!
I’ve been reading your posts for months now, as an avid follower and insanely jealous of your trip. I’m a bit confused though, because it sounds like in this post that you guys are cutting your two year journey short and coming home after 6 months, but then also mentioned your Cape Town to Cairo trip in December.
I hope its not over, and that you are continuing. Living vicariously through you has been a lot of fun.
You need to let me know if you are nearby so that Al and I can come and visit you! I love reading your blog! It makes getting up for work so much better.
Nan Maurer says
Hey Brother Dan. I read your postings every day. Looks like you and Jill are having a blast. I wish I had the money to meet up with you two. Stay safe and keep on going!!!
Kristan Trugman says
Congrats on meeting your minimum goal! Did my hat make the cut when y’all went home last? Remember: I am awaiting an answer at the end of your trip as to the “most recommended” place for me to visit. Nothing like having first hand knowledge. Have fun and be safe. Kristan Trugman (from Belize trip). I too am living vicariously through y’all still, but I don’t think I will be eating Guinea Pig anytime soon.
Meridith Bickford Oram says
Congrats on meeting your minimum! I’m so happy to hear that you’re continuing on though because I enjoy this blog so much, I don’t want it to end! Keep on trekin’!
Abbey Stitzer says
Yay! Congrats! I can’t believe it was six months ago you two left our condo and starting on your adventure. Time sure does fly! Love and miss you guys!!
@Abbey, I know it feels like yesterday!! Miss you guys!!!
@Meridith, Thanks!!! How are you doing? Hope everything is going well! happy anniversary (thanks facebook!)
@Kree- oh the hat! I´ve been meaning to email you. Unfortunately the hat did not survive the rainy season in Central America. It tried, but the downpour-wind-no way to dry combo eventually got the best of it. I miss it like crazy though, if you look at our Colca Canyon pics I had to buy a god awful safari type hat… ugh… the whole time I was missing ¨kree´s hat¨. We´ll be in DC the beginning of December, any chance we can meet up-no cuy I promise!
@Kim, you do realize that we think London is nearby right? Hehe!
@Ian- No worries, we are continuing our trip, just stopping home for a few weeks between South America and Africa to see some family. Glad you are enjoying the blog!
Jenny O says
yay. and congrats. i know there are plenty of people in dc…but i hope you’ll let me know if you’ll be in town…you can just force steveo to have a party at your old residence and cross like 10 of us off that “to-see” list with one dinner. or i’d be happy to host. 😉
London is sort of nearby…
Even if you are in Europe I’d consider that nearby! Let me know anyways!
Eva & Jeremy Rees says
Congratulations to six months on the road! I remember being worried about how we would fare our first two weeks out. And then things got easier… and easier… travel just became a way of life. I’m so happy you’re enjoying it.
Love that great shot of you at Machu Picchu!
Eva & Jeremy Rees says
I’m insane! I read this post months ago 🙂 Hope my crazy ill-timed reply finds you well