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We spent four days on Lake Titicaca. Two on the Peruvian side, checking out the islands made of totora reeds and savoring our last moments in Peru. Then, two on the Bolivian side, gathering our bearings in a new country and drinking beers at sunset. At 3,808 meters, Lake Titicaca is highest navigable body of water in the world. And at 8,400 sq km, it’s also the biggest. This rickety ferry across the lake marked our true entry into Bolivia, and we are eager to find out what this country has to offer. -Kira - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #laketiticaca #peru #bolivia #southamerica

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Thanks to an early Christmas gift, we got to spend our last two days in Peru doing things we normally wouldn’t - as was requested with the gift. So, here is how far a hundred Canadian dollars will go around here. • +Two nights in a fancy (for us) hotel, with breakfast included. +A boat tour out to the famous floating islands made of totora reeds on Lake Titicaca. +Dinner out at a very nice restaurant, with wine, alpaca steak, Cuy - a Peruvian must, and dessert (plus some street churros on the walk home). +Then if that’s not enough already, a half tank of gas that will see us 300km further south into Bolivia! • Thank you so much R&S!!! 💕 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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@Regran_ed from @adventurehaks - When we first left on this journey, I wrote a blog post called “7 Simple Bike Mods for a Hassle-Free Journey.” Now - 12 countries, 15 months, and 42,000km later - it is time for a review of these seven items. Were they worth it, did they save any headaches, and what I would have done differently knowing what I know now. If you don’t read it for the motorcycle factor, at least read it to find out what we named our new sheep. The link is in our bio. -Brendon - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica #bigtrail #bigtrailmagazine - #regrann

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The Queen of the Andes.....and some Puya Raimondi. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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Cooking dinner, playing cribbage, and drinking wine. Sometimes things get real crazy around here. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #gsioutdoors #peru #southamerica

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The Tinajani Canyon has been home to Indigenous people since before the time of the Incas. It is obvious why this area was inhabited, with so many natural features to build from. Behind every corner is another cave or tomb begging you to take a closer look. You can’t help but get lost in the labyrinth of your imagination. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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Peru is an amazing country with so much natural diversity, and sadly, our time here is coming to an end. • In a last minute change of plans, we decided to skip Colca Canyon. Sure, seeing the world’s second deepest canyon would have been cool, but following two weeks spent in the tourist hub (Sacred Valley), we felt we had spent enough on tourist sites for one country. (It is about $21US ($28CDN) per person just to drive the road through the canyon.) • Instead, we ventured off into some less known territory. And just like every other backroad we’ve taken in Peru, we were not disappointed. Welcome to the Tinajani Canyon. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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Peru gets a 10/10 for beautiful landscapes. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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We can’t understand why Rainbow Mountain gets such a bad rap. With this view on one side, and *swipe left* that view on the other, what’s not to love!? We started the hike early and only saw about a half dozen other tourists during the hour we spent at the top. All in all, it exceeded all expectations. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #rainbowmountain #peru #southamerica

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One year ago today my parents gave us the news that Kilo has cancer. The vet predicted he had months to live. It was hard to believe. But, at that time, I would have also never predicted he would still be here today, and doing well! - With the end of this journey across Latin America in sight, Bren and I spend a lot of time discussing what is next for us. We have a lot of ideas, but all we know right now is that the adventure isn’t going to stop, and no matter what it is, he’ll be with us on the next one 🤞🏻 - Thanks @grantonburbs and @penellis1 for taking good care of our boy while we are gone. 💕

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Found Christmas!🎄🎅🏻🦌🎁

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We spent many evenings this week watching sunsets from Inca ruins together. 465 days in, and we still sit in these moments and talk about how flabbergasted and grateful we are to be here. 💕

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NEW BLOG POST. - “I remember “open heart, fresh eyes,” were the words I used to sum up how I felt after those 3 days of silence, yoga, and meditation. As I blissfully floated through the first week following the retreat, I started to write about my experience in more detail. I wanted to share the breakthroughs and profound joy I had experienced. That was until I received devastating news, and fell from my cloud of joy, quicker than I had landed there. The words I wrote about the silent retreat were soon forgotten, as I plummeted into a darkness I had never experienced before. Back then, I felt fraudulent sharing about this experience, when only shortly after, I fell into a depression. And in the depths of my depression, I was to ashamed to be honest and tell this part of the story along with it. And now, here I am, one year later, ready to share with you how my first silent retreat opened me up to the greatest joy, and then, the greatest anguish, I had ever felt.” - To keep reading click the link in my profile.

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There are many approaches to overland travel depending on the person, the vehicle, and the activities undertaken along the way. The pack list can become a very controversial topic, what is appropriate for one person is a disgusting waste of space for another. Keeping in mind that there is no right or wrong will help you outfit yourself in a way that is beneficial to you. When you start talking about two people on a single motorcycle, your priorities need to be in order because there is certainly no room for extras. We have equipped our motorcycle in a way that best suits us, enabling us to be self sufficient for multiple days at a time. This means more than just the basic minimum of having food, water, and a tent. We also like to pass the time doing things we enjoy. Whether it is playing with photography or spending an afternoon fishing, writing about our experiences, or getting lost in a good book. We have made room to bring along some simple joys. Knowing that we can explore into an area without relying on external factors provides a security blanket for if and when the unexpected occurs. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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When I was a young teenager - reading thrift store National Geographic’s in my bedroom and dreaming of travel - there were always a few places that stood out to me, places that I knew I HAD to see one day. Angkor Wat was one of them, and almost 5 years ago I saw it. But as staggering as it was, I felt sad. Sad, because Bren wasn’t there to share it with me. • Machu Picchu is another one of those places, and this week I experienced it. It was all the things you think it would be: impressive, beautiful, crowded, extraordinary, exhausting, etc. But no matter what it was, it was complete. Complete, because he was here to share it with me. 💕

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We just got back from a 2 day, 42km hike. Halfway through we came across a very impressive Inca ruin. The locals call it “Ma-chu Pee-chu.” Have you heard of it? 😏 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #machupicchu #peru #southamerica

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On our way into Santa Teresa we were involved in a minor moto accident. A young motorcyclist was passing a truck around a blind corner while we were coming the other way. We almost missed each other, but he clipped our left pannier which sent him sliding across the gravel. We stayed upright. • Thank goodness everyone was okay. The boy, just a little shook-up. Our moto was unscathed, his has a story to tell. Here’s hoping the close call taught him an important lesson that day. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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We should have counted the river crossings, there must have been at least thirty! This one probably the deepest of the day, about two feet where we crossed. Normally I don’t walk them first, but when they look like this it’s a good idea. I cleared a path and found a few spots that were over four feet deep. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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From pushing our bike through the mud on a high mountain pass 🏔, to a sandstorm in the desert ⏳, to a malfunctioning fuel pump in the jungle 🌿. The last two weeks sure have been exciting! ⚡️ - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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We don’t eat like this very often, because this meal cost about the same as what we spend on a full day of food (for both of us). This meal cost about $16 Canadian. 😅😬 Was it worth it? Yes, yes it was.

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Day 450 and 40,000km! We would beep for joy, but our horn stopped working at 39,999km. #truestory - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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Not quite finished with the desert, we made our way up the ridge line of one of Huacachina’s surrounding sand dunes. With the roar of engines stopped for the night, and the laughter of tourists now far below us, silence settled in. Sitting up there - above the city lights, and below the starry sky - was one of those distinctive moments that induces a state of wonder and contemplation. • “We should go,” Bren says, waking me from my trance. “Let’s just cut straight down.” Even in the dark I can see the excited gleam in his eyes. “You’re going to run down, aren’t you?” I ask. “Of course, aren’t you?” he smiles back. A moment passed as I considered the steep descent before me. “Kira, in 50 years from now, don’t you want to say you ran down this dune with me?” Without another hesitation, he took off running. I looked out across the horizon one last time, inhaled a deep breath, and went chasing off after him. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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Didn’t want to miss another season🏂

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You can’t pass through the tiny oasis village of Huacachina without doing the famous sunset dune buggy and sandboarding tour. What a blast! - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #huacachina #peru #southamerica

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Desert Storm [Part 4/4] In the morning we dumped the sand out of our boots, packed up camp, and started making our way towards the oasis town of Huacachina. The exit from the desert was much more difficult than the entry, mainly due to the heat and abundance of sand that had blown its way across the main route. In some places it had drifted up to 15 feet high, forcing us to take multiple detours through the soft, unforgiving sand. Paracas National Reserve was an experience we won’t soon forget. Although a challenge, we left this desert with a great appreciation for life in a more hospitable climate. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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Desert Storm [Part 3/4] Out of the wind, what a novel idea. Seeing as there is no escape from the wind in this desert, we picked a location at sundown and set up for the night. The moment we hopped off the bike to unpack, every spec of dust we disturbed was added to the already blowing sand. • Without the protection of our helmets, the sharp fine sand felt like it was removing layers of skin. Eyes, ears, noses and mouths, all quickly invaded by the swirling mess. We wrestled with our tent - which would make a great kite - and got everything inside, in hopes it would hold the tent down long enough to finish setting it up.....it didn’t. • I went inside the tent and laid down in starfish position, while Bren tried to peg the tent down. It was impossible. Underneath the thin layer of loose sand, it was solid. Layers of sediment and dead marine life have been packed by the ages. The pegs bent in half each time he tried to pound them into the unbreakable ground. • Every minute the tent went unpegged more and more sand filtered in through the screen and into the tent. Trying to keep the mood light, I jokingly asked Bren if he could pass me the dust buster. I tried my best to clean up the mess inside with my hands, while Bren searched for rocks to tie the tent to. By the time Bren crawled into the tent he resembled a powdered donut... - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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The Desert and I, we get along almost as well as Dessert and I do. 🌵🍰😁

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Do you think they're having fun yet? @adventurehaks trudging through freezing mountain mud in Peru. We're excited to keep following their adventures and hope they see some better roads! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #repost @adventurehaks ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica #motorcycle #motorcycleadventure #adventuremotorcycle #adventurebiking #moto #crosscountrymotorcycling #ktm #ktmmotorcycle #explore

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Desert Storm [Part 2/4] We are but another grain of sand blowing through this arid landscape. What lies beyond each passing sand dune is a mystery. Sometimes nothing but sand and more dunes, as far as the eye could see. Sometimes, a picturesque coastline, with cliffs soaring high above the water. • This barren land is the remains of an ancient seabed. As tectonic plates crashed and the Andes rose, this once peaceful seabed was torn from calm waters to be blasted by relentless winds. With no hope of reaching the other side of this desert today, we started to search for a place to camp, out of the wind. • My eyes drifted across the sugary-white sand, until they crashed into the perfectly placed skeleton of a small mammal. The sight was a harsh reminder that the beauty of Mother Nature could also be a scene of horrific death. I made a mental note to ration the 6.5L of water we had, just in case... - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #desert #peru #southamerica

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This week we have been exploring a desert on the southern coast of Peru. It’s fun and exciting to be on some new and unknown terrain. This is our first time in a desert of this magnitude and desolation.

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Desert Storm [Part 1/4] In a stark contrast to the high mountain passes, we have come to a vast coastal desert. It took two long days to cross the seemingly endless expanse. The scene was reminiscent of a Mad Max film, as we climbed the windswept dunes and crossed the barren landscape. All the while keeping a close eye on the terrain. No road to follow, only the confusing awareness of tire tracks cutting this way and that. The objective, keep a southern heading, and avoid the soft sand. This was very foreign terrain compared to anything else we’ve been through. Our limits would be pushed and our patience tested. What mysteries lie in wait, you will find out.. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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Pretty much our ideal property. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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OUR STORY Over our 10 years together we have merged our individual backgrounds to form a life of adventure. • Brendon has been behind the wheel his entire life, his first solo expedition being at just six years old. He has a passion for anything with a motor. It doesn’t matter the season, you can find Brendon outside twisting a throttle or stomping a pedal. • Kira’s passion has always been travel and photography. For her, capturing an image to share with the “inside” world has the power to change mindsets. Kira is certain she will travel to every corner of this beautiful planet and spark an interest in others to do the same. • So, the wanderer met the horse, and Adventure Haks was born. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan

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#Repost @adventurehaks (@get_repost) ・・・ [Part 2/3] Here is what you see: a couple of motorcycles on a slightly muddy road, passable by Granny and her walker. Here is what you don't see: the reality of the scene… • We were close to 15,000 feet above sea level, and the temperature was hovering barely above freezing. The rain had turned this high mountain plateau from hard clay, to greasy mud, heavy and sticking to everything. It clumped to the bottom of our boots, and the front tires were so caked they could not spin. On both sides of the road lay a thick bog. It was only an hour till dark, and there was not enough fuel in the tanks to turn around and traverse the 3 hours to the village behind us. • The only option was to press forward, and worst case, pop up the tents at nightfall and continue on in the morning. So we trudged on through the endless muck, the girls walking beside us, our back tires spinning while the bikes slid side to side. All the while pushing the motionless front tires like wooden skis through a sea of glue. Did we make it? Or did we spend a freezing night in the soggy clouds?…. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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The one reason we came to Lima: bike maintenance. • Finding parts these days is a big challenge, so we’re pretty happy to finally work on some long overdue items.. • Round One: Brakes, fuel filters, and a new chain, guide, and sprockets - with a gearing change for the steep Andean roads. • Round two: Valve inspection, spark plugs, air filter, and tires. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica #ktm

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[Part 3/3] Sucess! Tired but determined we passed the worst of the mud before nightfall, and began our descent through the fog of the high Andes to find the quiet village of Vichaycocha. We could faintly make out the house lights through the mist, calling us like a beacon at sea. • It was the difference of thirty minutes spent in the mud that saw us laughing over a beer instead of making coffee beside a frozen tent. Either scenario would have been acceptable, but this one preferred. • In the morning the bikes got a quick splash in the river to remove the mud before searching out the gas station. Luckily, there was one. The kind Peruvian shop owner was more than happy that we cleaned out the rest of her barrels. They were my words, but she agreed, this was the best gas in Peru! …Thank goodness for the pre- filters. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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@Regran_ed from @2wheels_offroad - @adventurehaks [Part 2/3] Here is what you see: a couple of motorcycles on a slightly muddy road, passable by Granny and her walker. Here is what you don't see: the reality of the scene... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We were close to 15,000 feet above sea level, and the temperature was hovering barely above freezing The rain had turned this high mountain plateau from hard clay, to greasy mud, heavy and sticking to everything. It clumped to the bottom of our boots, and the front tires were so caked they could not spin. On both sides of the road lay a thick bog. It was only hour till dark, and there was not enough fuel in the tanks to turn around and traverse the 3 hours to the village behind us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The only option was to press forward, and worst case, pop up the tents at nightfall and continue on in morning. So we trudged on through the endless muck, the girls walking beside us, our back tires spinning while the bikes slid side to side. All the while pushing the motionless front tires like wooden skis through a sea of glue. Did we make it? Or did we spend a freezing night in the soggy clouds?... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica #2wheelas_offroad #bigtrail #bigtrailmagazine - #regrann

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[Part 2/3] Here is what you see: a couple of motorcycles on a slightly muddy road, passable by Granny and her walker. Here is what you don't see: the reality of the scene… • We were close to 15,000 feet above sea level, and the temperature was hovering barely above freezing. The rain had turned this high mountain plateau from hard clay, to greasy mud, heavy and sticking to everything. It clumped to the bottom of our boots, and the front tires were so caked they could not spin. On both sides of the road lay a thick bog. It was only an hour till dark, and there was not enough fuel in the tanks to turn around and traverse the 3 hours to the village behind us. • The only option was to press forward, and worst case, pop up the tents at nightfall and continue on in the morning. So we trudged on through the endless muck, the girls walking beside us, our back tires spinning while the bikes slid side to side. All the while pushing the motionless front tires like wooden skis through a sea of glue. Did we make it? Or did we spend a freezing night in the soggy clouds?…. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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[Part 1/3] Not every road can be gauged on map. We had just completed a narrow mountain pass over 16,000 feet, easily and successfully. Once we turned back onto the “main” highway, everything went downhill from there, figuratively. Literally, however, we were going back up, way up. • The only person we saw on this desolate path was a local and his cow. We pushed on in hopes that we would descend again soon. It was cold, foggy, raining; and the road was progressively getting worse. • We were stopped for a break, after a particularly steep and muddy spot, when we saw the most peculiar thing coming out of the fog towards us. We had to do a double take - were we really seeing a hummer driving towards us? It pulled up beside us and the driver rolled his mud-covered window down and said, “feo arriba” (ugly up top), as he dragged his thumb horizontally across his neck. • In hindsight, the amount of mud on his vehicle should of been a clear foreshadowing of our future. Instead, we thought the famous last words, “how bad could it be?”... - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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Did I hear ‘Adventure?’ Alpaca my bags.

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There are times when taking the wrong turn pays off. A few hours into an unplanned detour we saw our first wild Andean Condor. The picture does no justice to how massive this bird is. It has a wingspan of up to 10feet, making it the second largest flying bird in the world (The first is the Royal Albatross). - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica #andeancondor

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Exploring our first ancient Inca city, Huánuco Pampa (circa 1460). - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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For obvious reasons, we decided to take another pass through Huascarán National Park. It got reaaal cold. ❄️ - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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A day late because Bren’s costume took me a long time to finish. It’s good though, right!? Happy Hallowe’en! 🎃 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica #alpaca

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Huascarán National Park - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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Sometimes we like to get real fancy with our camp cooking. All that was missing was some real Canadian maple syrup. @gsioutdoors - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica #gsioutdoors

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Wishing the captain of this expedition, and my heart, a very happy 31st birthday. • Tonight we are capping off a 4 day glacier tour in Peru with pizza, wine, and new friends. I don’t want to speak for him, but I’d say that’s a damn good birthday. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica #birthday

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Peru is alright.😍😍😍

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Sometimes you need to take a moment to look back and appreciate how far you’ve come. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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Nothing better than finding a perfectly flat dirt road in the middle of nowhere. This was better than the highways we’ve been driving. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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Guacamole, anyone? 🥑 At .40cents for 3, we might never come home! - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #peru #avocado

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Once we decided to call it for the day, we pulled off into a turnout to find camp. That night we stood on the cattle trail outside our tent, looking off into the pitch-black of the canyon, while brushing our teeth. It wasn’t until our eyes adjusted to the darkness that we noticed the hundreds of fireflies that filled the dark space. Bren came and wrapped his arms around me and we stood mesmerized for a time. I was snapped out of my hypnosis when Bren leaned down and whispers the lyrics to our song in my ear, ‘strange and beautiful are the stars tonight..’ I squeezed his hand and we watched a moment longer before crawling into our tent and drifting off to sleep just as the rain started to fall. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #peru

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Today we had a good laugh when we heard that Canada legalized marijuana yesterday. Yesterday was our 420th day on the road. 😏

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What can we say, Peru is an amazing country. It took us three incredible days to drive the length of the PE-12A, and it’s no small thing to say this is probably the most scenic road we’ve ever driven. From thick jungle to high mountains, then ending in a desert valley. A heart stopping single lane for most of the drive, with drop offs that you wouldn’t live to tell about if you went over. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #peru

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Blog Update - Isla de la Plata, Ecuador - Link in my bio. 👍🏻

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If want to see some booby pictures, go check out our recent blog update. Link in our bio. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #isladelaplata #ecuador #southamerica #bluefootedbooby

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