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June 14-18, 2018: Nelson, B.C., and Back to the Island

June 14-18, 2018: Nelson, B.C., and Back to the Island

On June 14, Dirk, Shera, Danielle, and I awoke in our hotel in Revelstoke with plans of heading towards the ski-town of Nelson, B.C., where the Seeliger’s good family friends lived: the Woodwards. After packing up our stuff and enjoying a complimentary breakfast, we hopped in the Ac’ and hit the road.

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June 11-13, 2018: Back to Canada

June 11-13, 2018: Back to Canada

On June 11 Danielle, Dirk, Shera, and I awoke in our campsite in Glacier National Park, MT decently rested, with a dampness hanging in the air. We’d left our clothes to hang overnight, but the moisture stuck around. Having camped for a few consecutive nights and with clothes and souls in need of a good drying, we planned to get a hotel for the night; though we weren’t sure where. Upon some thought, we decided we’d head north, back into Canada, and see what the Canadian national parks had to offer.

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June 9/10, 2018: Glacier National Park

June 9/10, 2018: Glacier National Park

We drove north through Montana enjoying Big Sky Country towards the park, taking a riverside lunch break in one of the national forests. Because we were approaching Glacier NP from the east, it would have been ideal to take the legendary Going-to-the-Sun road, but given it was early in the season, the road was still closed due to snow. While disappointing, I didn’t let it upset me in anyway, and we instead used Highway 2 to cut across the park until reaching Apgar Campground in West Glacier.

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June 8, 2018: Yellowstone National Park, Day Two

June 8, 2018: Yellowstone National Park, Day Two

Having had an amazing and jam-packed day previously, Danielle, Dirk, Shera, and I woke on June 8th in Madison Campground, Yellowstone National Park with a bit of a debate: shall we once again wait in line to see if we can secure another night in the campground, or shall we leave the park and head elsewhere? Collectively we decided that although we could spend probably a week exploring the park, we had such a great time yesterday seeing so much, perhaps we should head elsewhere; perhaps somewhere with less crowds. That said, we weren’t sure where our next destination should be, so we decided we would have a slow-ish morning around Madison and then head towards the park’s northern terminus, stopping first at Mammoth Hotsprings and the Albright Visitor’s Centre.

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June 6, 2018: A Quick Jaunt Through Idaho

June 6, 2018: A Quick Jaunt Through Idaho

After spending the night in a hotel near Boise, Idaho, Danielle, Dirk, Shera, and I decided to drive across Idaho towards Yellowstone National Park in order to explore the park for the next couple of days. We didn’t have too much of a plan for our day aside from this, and because we weren’t in any great hurry, we figured we’d continue the theme of taking secondary highways in order to soak in the scenery, as opposed to fly across the land using interstates. Thus, once we hit the road we opted for Highways 26 and 20 to get across Idaho.

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June 5, 2018: A Quick Visit in Oregon

June 5, 2018: A Quick Visit in Oregon

After spending the night in a hotel east of Portland, Danielle, Dirk, Shera, and I planned to head up the Columbia River and explore some of the gorge. Danielle and I very much wanted to show Dirk and Shera one of our favourite hikes of all time, Munra Point, which we’d hiked in 2016. However, as we drove along the gorge, I came to a sad realization that I’d forgotten about the Eagle Creek Fire that devastated the gorge in 2017 and resulted in the closing of much of the trails in the area.

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June 4, 2018: We Begin our Road Trip

June 4, 2018: We Begin our Road Trip

On June 4th, we departed the Seeliger’s home in the Cowichan Valley and headed to Victoria in order to catch the Coho Ferry over to Port Angeles, Washington. If you’ve been following the blog for some time, you would know that in September of 2016, Danielle and I did the same thing. Back in 2016, when we arrived in Port Angeles, the first thing we did was head to a grocery store to grab groceries for cheaper than they are in Canada, do the same with petrol, and then head to Olympic National Park’s visitor’s centre a few minutes up the highway.

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Feb. 11/12, 2018: Idaho-Washington-Home

Feb. 11/12, 2018: Idaho-Washington-Home

After spending the night in Missoula, MT, Danielle and I spent the morning in our hotel with Danielle doing a homework assignment, and I doing some research and editing. In a couple hours we were ready to hit the road, and we began the trek west. Although we didn't have any stringent plans we did have a few potential stops in mind for the return journey.

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Feb. 25-March 9: Selling Bilbo and Flying Home

Feb. 25-March 9: Selling Bilbo and Flying Home

Back at the Aduana a miracle happened. As I and Fernandino sat in the office wasting time as the lady and him fussed over what to do and I became increasingly frustrated. I noticed a white guy looking a bit pissed off waiting there beside me. I asked him if he spoke English and he did. I then asked if he would be able to translate for me and he said yes. Through the Coloradan I was basically able to tell the Aduana lady what needed to happen and how to do her job. Apparently this is all she needed and all of a sudden my passport was stamped

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Jan. 29: Parting Ways with Yuki and Manuel Antonio National Park

Because of how busy Manuel Antonio gets, many travelers of my type don't particularly love the park. Nonetheless, Danielle and I had a good time, hiking most of the park's trails, and spotting a fair amount of wildlife including a deer, a bat, various types of monkeys...

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Jan. 23-28: Domincial to Port Jim and Back Again

Jan. 23-28: Domincial to Port Jim and Back Again

After arriving in Dominical on January 22nd (day 84), Danielle and I spent a few days hanging around the surf town, looking around the shops (where I finally found a suitable replacement for the hat God took away from me while on the bell tower of a church in Granada, Nicaragua), hanging out on the beach, and doing computer work a few hours each day at a coffee shop in town called Cafe Mono Congo, attempting to organize our shipping options, either to South America, or home.

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Jan. 17-22: Back to Playa del Coco, Bye Jaylor, and Heading South

Jan. 17-22: Back to Playa del Coco, Bye Jaylor, and Heading South

On January 17th (day 78) Danielle and I left Monteverde/Santa Elena and headed back to the Liberia area, with Jack and Taylor leading the way in a bus. Specifically, we were headed back to Playa de Coco in order to spend the last few days of Jack and Taylor's time in Costa Rica on the beach. Coco was perhaps the perfect spot given the close proximity to the airport.

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Dec. 29-Jan. 3: New Year, New Country and Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Dec. 29-Jan. 3: New Year, New Country and Rincon de la Vieja National Park

On December 28 (day 58), Danielle and I left Granada, Nicaragua, and drove into Costa Rica. We arrived in northern Costa Rica to find much of the agricultural land was severely flooded due to Hurricane Otto that hit the country in late November. We stayed our first night near the border town of Los Chiles at a small restaurant along a very flooded river, experiencing very heavy rains.

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Dec. 23: Selva Negra Ecolodge

Dec. 23: Selva Negra Ecolodge

We then drove a few minutes up steep roads to the coffee plantation where we were to spend Christmas: Selva Negra. The history of the plantation dates back to some of the first German immigrants to the area who brought with them coffee. Today, the plantation is run by a German-Nicaraguan couple, who run the farm and hotel with a very sustainable and Eco-conscious mentality, employing and even housing local Nicaraguans.

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