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Road Trip to Mexico, Central America, and South America: What to Take with You, What to Leave Behind
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Road Trip to Mexico, Central America, and South America: What to Take with You, What to Leave Behind

As an American, we’ve been socialized to believe that we need a lot more stuff than we really do (for travel and for life). It’s part of our culture to place faith in our things to get us through tough situations, but as a general rule, it’s best to travel light. The value of being mobile and carrying very little rates high for us when we’re traveling. It doesn’t matter whether or not you have a cool gadget ...
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Baby Duckies in Fairbanks, Alaska
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Baby Duckies in Fairbanks, Alaska

There's nothing cuter than baby animals. In 2014, Lydian and a friend traveled with us to Fairbanks, Alaska, playing gigs with their travel guitar and bass along the way in pizza places and coffee shops. We towed a pop-up camper behind us and stayed at the River's Edge RV Park in Fairbanks, AK where we found these duckies.Traveling from Nebraska to Alaska is not the most exciting thing we've ever done ...
Driving to Mexico: Petrified Forest National Park
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Driving to Mexico: Petrified Forest National Park

On our way down to Tijuana, Mexico, we decided to stop at the Petrified Forest National Park. We used to strive to visit all the national parks in the United States, so we figured it might be fun to check out the petrified forest.Related Posts: ...
Driving to Mexico: Dateland, Arizona
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Driving to Mexico: Dateland, Arizona

On our way to Tijuana, Mexico from Phoenix, Arizona, we passed through Dateland. In this video, we spot a grove of date palms alongside the road.Related Posts:Driving to Mexico: Petrified Forest National Park (video)Talking About the FJ Cruiser in Arizona (video)Driving to Mexico: Driving Along the Mexican Border (video)Driving to Mexico: Lydi Driving Through a Wind Farm (video) ...
Driving to Mexico: Driving Along the Mexican Border
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Driving to Mexico: Driving Along the Mexican Border

In this video we're driving between Dateland and Yuma in Arizona on our way to Tijuana, Mexico. From our car we can see the Mexican border.Related Posts:Driving in Mexico: Driving Along the Mexican-American Border (video)Driving to Mexico: Dateland, Arizona (video)Driving in Mexico: Driving in Tijuana, Mexico (video) ...
Lydian Sits in the Front Seat
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Lydian Sits in the Front Seat

After a rant about the backseat of the new Toyota FJ Cruiser, Lydian sits in the front seat and acknowledges that she needs to communicate about her needs.Related Posts:Driving to Mexico: The FJ Cruiser Underculture (video)Driving to Mexico: The FJ Cruiser That Didn't Wave (video)Driving to Mexico: Lydi Driving Through a Wind Farm (video)Talking About the FJ Cruiser in Arizona ...
Talking About the FJ Cruiser in Arizona
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Talking About the FJ Cruiser in Arizona

While John talks about the FJ Cruiser underculture as we're driving through the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, he and Lydian get into an argument about what's good and what's bad about the new Toyota FJ. Their differing views lead to some conflict.Related Posts:Driving in Mexico: "Offroading" in the FJ Cruiser (video)Lydian Sits in the Front Seat (video)Driving to Mexico: The FJ ...
Driving to Mexico: Lydi Driving Through a Wind Farm
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Driving to Mexico: Lydi Driving Through a Wind Farm

After getting the new FJ Cruiser, Lydi got to learn to drive in a different vehicle. In this video, John talks about how to handle gusty winds as we drive through a wind farm in California.Related Posts:Driving in Mexico: "Offroading" in the FJ Cruiser (video)Talking About the FJ Cruiser in Arizona (video)Lydian Sits in the Front Seat (video)Driving to Mexico: The FJ Cruiser Underculture ...
Driving to Mexico: The FJ Cruiser That Didn’t Wave
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Driving to Mexico: The FJ Cruiser That Didn’t Wave

After talking about how most FJ Cruiser drivers wave at each other when they see each other, we saw a fellow FJ driver ahead of us. Jennifer taped the situation, and noted that the driver of the Toyota FJ didn't wave back (like they usually do).Related Posts:Driving in Mexico: "Offroading" in the FJ Cruiser (video)Driving to Mexico: Lydi Driving Through a Wind Farm (video)Talking About ...
Driving to Mexico: The FJ Cruiser Underculture
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Driving to Mexico: The FJ Cruiser Underculture

On our way down to Mexico through Arizona, John talks about his thoughts on our new FJ Cruiser. He notes the apparent underculture that all FJ Cruiser drivers seem to share where they wave at when they pass each other.Related Posts:Driving to Mexico: The FJ Cruiser That Didn't Wave (video)Driving to Mexico: Lydi Driving Through a Wind Farm (video)Talking About the FJ Cruiser in Arizona ...
Denver International Airport: Buddhist Monks
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Denver International Airport: Buddhist Monks

Lydi gets excited about seeing some Buddhist monks with "pointy hats". It was the first time that she'd seen Buddhist monks in-the-flesh, so it was a pretty big deal to her. In the days following this encounter, we saw a LOT more monks. And over the years, Lydian has seen different types of monks in different settings. She doesn't point them out anymore. ...
Sunrise at Denver International Airport
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Sunrise at Denver International Airport

This video shows the sun rising at DIA in 2011. ...
Sunrise at Denver International Airport: High Speed
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Sunrise at Denver International Airport: High Speed

This video shows the sun rising at Denver International Airport in 2011. ...
Denver International Airport Shuttle: Introduction to Our Beijing 2011 Trip
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Denver International Airport Shuttle: Introduction to Our Beijing 2011 Trip

In this video, we board the shuttle train at DIA to get to the S-Gate. Lydian was required to know where we were going and how we were getting there. We wanted to teach her how an airport "works" (though they're all different). At the end of the video, she introduces our 2011 Beijing trip. ...
Denver International Airport Shuttle: On the Way to Beijing
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Denver International Airport Shuttle: On the Way to Beijing

In this video, we ride on the shuttle at the Denver International Airport to get to the S-Gate. ...
Denver International Airport: On the Way to Beijing
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Denver International Airport: On the Way to Beijing

In this video, we're walking back and forth near our gate, getting ready for our long flight to Beijing. Since we knew we'd be sitting for hours and hours, we kept moving until the last minute, in the hopes that we'd be able to sleep and relax on the plane. ...
Digital Nomad Lifestyle: What It Looks Like to Work Remotely Part II
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Digital Nomad Lifestyle: What It Looks Like to Work Remotely Part II

None of us work in our pajamas. And we've never taken our laptops to the beach (that would be stupid). But we do get to have our two cats, Garfield and Babylonia around us all the time, which is nice. There are lots of perks to  being a digital nomad, like getting to choose your company and whether you do your work at a desk or sitting in your favorite recliner. Still, the digital nomad lifestyle isn't ...
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