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

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. … Continue reading Some Cock-of-the-Rocks

Medellin, Colombia

They have some great, um, pastries here. The RoadWe'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 on … Continue reading Medellin, Colombia

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 pit … Continue reading Cartagena, Columbia

Islas de San Blas, Panama

Find your beach.... Sailing to PanamaI'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. For … Continue reading Islas de San Blas, Panama

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 CanalIt was our first stay in a … Continue reading Panama City