Instagram Feeds

Instagram Feeds

We’ve been seeing so many incredible birds (Colombia has more bird species than any other country) and vintage cars (Colombia also seemingly has more vintage SUVs than any country) that I decided to (or succumbed to) start a couple Instagram feeds. Feel free to follow, if you’re so inclined. Birds: Balakay @balakaysbirds Cars: Vanablog @workingvintages

Some Cock-of-the-Rocks

Some Cock-of-the-Rocks

Caught a few of these Andean Cock-of-the-Rocks just outside Jardin, Colombia. Beautiful, crazy birds. The males, as you can see, have disk-like mohawks and brilliant blood-orange plumage. They head-bang and squeal (kinda sound like pigs; see video below) when courting females. We didn’t actually see any females, however. At least we don’t think we did. …

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Medellin, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

They have some great, um, pastries here. The Road We’ve hit some bad roads. Namely this one. The road from Cartagena to Medellin is near the top. Countless potholes. Ceaseless construction. Cluttered with semis. All while climbing nearly nearly five thousand feet up a windy, single-lane carretera sin shoulders. My life flashed before my windshield …

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Cartagena, Columbia

Cartagena, Columbia

Colonial meets Caribbean. Bureau-crazy! Fortunately, I had the pleasure of sharing this pain with our new best buds and fellow overlanders, Wendo, Chris, and Tyler. For two full days (8am to 5pm), in long pants and closed-toed shoes — not allowed inside government offices without them — we trekked across Cartagena through swampy heat, sweating …

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Porchi Cabano Meat Stick

Porchi Cabano Meat Stick

I’ve been on a meat stick drought lately. Not for lack of desire. But for lack of access. They just didn’t occupy the prominent locale next to registers in Central America. Hopefully — hopefully! — South America is different…. My Lovely Wife Andrea picked up two packets of the Porchi Cabano meat sticks for me …

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Islas de San Blas, Panama

Islas de San Blas, Panama

Find your beach…. Sailing to Panama I’m fascinated by sailing. Partly because I have a healthy fear of the ocean. And it’s healthy to confront your fears…right….right?! Part of that’s because it feels primordial. Sailboats were constructed as early as 4000 BC. And part of that’s because of the romance. Finding that hidden white-sand beach. …

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Panama City

Panama City

As alluded to in the previous posts, we’d reached a beach / heat / humidity / questioning whether that smell is coming off us or from the sewer by this point in the trip. We needed AC. And comfy beds. So we crashed in a Radisson. Radisson Panama Canal It was our first stay in …

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Las Lajas, Panama

Las Lajas, Panama

We spent five nights here waiting to confirm our shipping arrangements from Panama to Colombia. Beach Score: 7 out of 10 We were (and are) beached-out by this point. Thus I’m not convinced any beach of any brilliance could’ve satisfied us. Appeased us even. Nevertheless, this is a nice beach. A fútbol-playing beach. Long, wide, …

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Playa Dominical, Costa Rica

Playa Dominical, Costa Rica

Our last stop in Costa Rica. Beach Score: 6 out of 10 Not the most scenic beach. Though it’s probably because it looks like many of the other surf beaches we visited — namely Playa Grande, Playa Guiones, and Playa Santa Teresa — and thus its score suffers from redundancy. The sand isn’t whiter. The …

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The Resplendent Quetzal!

The Resplendent Quetzal!

After three failed attempts — once near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, once in Monteverde National Park in Costa Rica, and once in Santa Elena National Park in Costa Rica — we finally saw one! Four in fact. Parque Nacional Los Quetzales We decided, or I suppose I forced, we’d give spotting the quetzal one final …

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