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The past few weeks …

Written by Raenelle on Saturday, December 6, 2008

We have found our way to Northern Argentina. Internet (and paved roads, for that matter), are somewhat few and far between, so we are a bit behind in our website updates. This wordy post with lack of pics will have to suffice (for now) as a summary of the past few weeks!

We’ve had a wonderful, exhilirating, and exhausting few weeks! After leaving Peru behind (at long last …), we found ourselves in the heart of Bolivia … or so it felt! A brief stomach bug (Raenelle), some new tires on the truck (a long story), and we jetted off to the Amazonian basin … leaving our truck and dog with a total stranger for 4 days (shudder!). The Amazon trip was amazing … truly amazing … and we met some wonderful people along the way.

Back in La Paz (with truck and dog in tow … phew!), we headed to southwestern Bolivia to the salt flats. We managed to get ourselves very, very, stuck in the salt flats … to the point where we thought we may have to leave the New Cruiser in Bolivia forever. Alot of luck, a few dollars, and some assistance from some locals, and we were on our way again (phew!).

We’re now in Argentina … it’s a breathe of fresh air after the past few months. Food, people and scenery are great so far. We are running short of time. We’re hoping to see some of Patagonia, but it’s a helluva long way from here. We will follow our nose south as far as we want, as quickly/slowly as we want, and then turn northwards. Destination: Santiago, Chile. Hopefully we can secure a shipping company to send our truck back home! Fingers crossed … it’s going to be a hell of a ride. Love to All, R&R.

Comment by Dad
December 6, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

boy are you in for culture shock when you get home to wet, grey BC…Brown Cat says where the hell are you??

Comment by Sylvia
December 7, 2008 @ 2:44 am

Really glad to hear from you guys, I always wonder where you are in the gaps. Wonder where you’ll be when we send out birth announcements, hopefully in about three weeks…x

Comment by Brady
December 8, 2008 @ 10:14 am

Glad to hear the Cruiser will be making it home too!

Good luck to you both (and Sylvia!) in the coming weeks!


Comment by Teeny
December 8, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

When will you be home? We miss you!!

Comment by Landrovers Rock
December 8, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

You should stay longer. You probably smell bad anyway, having not showered in so long. Peee-ewww

Comment by Janet
December 9, 2008 @ 10:59 am

I’ve been lucky enough to share an office with a brilliant and funny Chilean PhD student. If you’re looking to ship the New Cruiser home from the Santiago area, she suggested taking a look at any of the 40 or so companies listed under “transportes marΓ­timos” on http://www.amarillas.cl She was also going to check with a family friend in immigration to see if there were any recommended companies. Sounds like you are having a great adventure – good luck with the rest of it!

Comment by Leseen (Raenelle's sister)
December 14, 2008 @ 9:07 pm

Hi Parker People πŸ™‚
Thanks for all the news πŸ™‚
You guys are in the right place –
ie. we woke this morning to find it
snowed last night πŸ™‚ It’s -2 degrees
here πŸ™ Brrrr. I like the snow.
Had a relaxing weekend.
Went & bought some Christmas lights
and did some baking. Eric did some
carpentry work.
That’s all our oh so great,
exciting news πŸ˜‰
Hope you’re both having fun πŸ™‚
Keep Safe.

Comment by Noreen
January 2, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

Northward in the home stretch – 2009 awaits you !!
Hi Loca – love Mom

Comment by Helen Stephen
January 3, 2009 @ 7:50 am

Hi you two,
Granny Stephen will be interested in this that leg of your journey in particular as she lived in Chile as a teen. Looking forward to seeing you both back here in the frozen north – well north of the Malahat!
love, Auntie Helen

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