After spending a few weeks at home with Dylan and Stephanie (thanks you two!) catching up with friends and attending to various matters that are more difficult to do from the road, we’re leaving town again on February 2 (coincidentally, the same date as our wedding in Paraguay way back in 1984!). We have sold our truck (sigh…), and this time we’re taking only what we can carry.
We truly loved exploring our country last year, and there’s much more we want to see and do here, but we plan to spend most of 2018 abroad. We’re taking our backpacks, tent, and new hiking boots so we can continue hiking as much as possible. But we’ll also be looking for places to stay awhile—generally three to six weeks—as volunteers. We hope this will allow us to learn a bit more about some of the places we visit than would be possible as casual tourists passing through. There are several organizations that help connect hosts and volunteers–our daughter Elise did it through WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) over a decade ago. We found our first opportunity through www.WorkAway.info.
We have updated our website www.BobandLorrie.xyz (thanks Hans!), and I’ll drop a pin on the map on our home page to mark our stops. We will also continue to post pictures and blogs from time to time. We always love hearing from our friends, so please stay in touch. And let us know if our paths will cross or you would like to join us for a few days or more. We’d love to see you!
At this point, our plans are open-ended, and we have only sketched in the first few months:
First stop, Argentina. We’ll spend a few days in Buenos Aires, where it’s sunny and warm, before flying to southern Patagonia to go hiking and camping in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. We’ve seen friends’ pictures, and are very excited to hike in these places ourselves.
By February 17, we need to be in San Rafael at the southern end of Mendoza province, where we’ve signed up to work for a month on a farm/vineyard/orchard in exchange for meals and a place to pitch our tent. This is grape harvest time, so we expect to be very busy while getting an up-close look at what goes into all that Malbec wine we’ve been drinking.
We’ll leave San Rafael in mid-March in order to make our way overland to Cusco, Peru by April 6 to join a guided multi-day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We have been talking about doing this hike for over three decades, so we’re super jazzed! We may do another hike in the Peruvian Andes, and we’ll probably look for a volunteer opportunity in Peru as well before re-crossing the equator into the northern hemisphere in time for summer.
As we did last year, we’ll follow the sun. This time we’ll be in Europe, most likely Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece into the fall. After that, who knows? Any suggestions? Care to meet us somewhere?
Best wishes to all and please keep us up-to-date on your news and ideas.