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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Driving and Equipment Tips for Baja and Central America

by Nick H-J
One of the wonderful things about Baja and Central America is the abundance of coastline, which means beaches, to see, camp on, fish on and drive on.  There is also an abundance of nasty washboard-covered dirt roads that get you to those beaches. If you are like me, both of these things sound [...]

Ramblers Interviewed :: Jimmy and Rachel

From left to right: Jennifer & Nate (ramblers from Aspen), Rachel, Nick, and Jimmy
While rambling in the U.S., I received an email from Jimmy and Rachel inviting us to visit and discuss our travels.  Since they completed their drive from California to Panama last year, I was eager to ask them questions about [...]

Rambling Tips :: Theft Prevention and Safety

After traveling on the road for over four months, there are a few choice tips I have found in regard to theft protection.  They are as follows:
F I S H   E Y E   M I R R O R :
A fish eye mirror on the corner of each side-view mirror has increased our vision drastically.  [...]

Ramblers Interviewed :: Allan and Dave

We met Allan and Dave at a campsite outside of Rosalillita in Baja, Mexico.  Allan and Dave set out for their adventure about a month ago, and are driving their Volkswagen camper van to Central America, or even South America.  Their final destination is yet to be determined.

We enjoyed sitting by the campfire with Allan [...]

Border Crossing :: San Diego, California to Tijuana, Mexico

“A donde van (Where are you going)?” the border guard asked.
“Baja,” we reply in unison.
“Y lo que más aparte del perro (And what else besides the dog)?”  He nodded toward Domino.
“Si… que?”  I say.  My Spanish was embarrassingly rusty.  “Did he ask about Domino?”  I said to Nick.  “Oh, you mean what else do we [...]

Featured Travel Gear :: Sirius Satellite Radio

Since our time in the car has already equaled to hundreds of hours, I can safely say that satellite radio is one of our best pieces of equipment.  I never considered buying satellite radio until we began preparing for the trip.  I always assumed that is was expensive, so I never investigated it.
Our system costs [...]

Rambling in the U.S. :: Rare Footage of Foolish Ramblers

We are leaving the U.S. with a jewel of a video to remember us by…
Baja, here we come!

The Food Monster writes about the Atwater Farmer’s Market :: Los Angeles, California

T H E   F O O D   M O N S T E R   B L O G
Since we are visited Los Angeles and the food monster has quite some experience eating through the food establishments of this fine city, I thought a post from the Food Monster would be appropriate.  Enjoy!
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Bakesale Betty :: Oakland, California

Since the Bay area brings such a diverse group of people into one location, the options of food and drink are endless.  Our stay in Oakland brought us the opportunity to “taste test” a multitude of cocktails, beers, sandwiches, appetizers, and entrees.  Our host, William, who is a sound engineer for Lucusfilm Ltd., is well-versed [...]

Trader Vic’s :: Emeryville, California

It’s not everyday that I drive to a bar with my friends and a valet takes the car at the front door.  In fact, I never do that. Trader Vic’s is a bar for a new drinking experience, transporting bar-goers wearied from Red Bull cocktails and Appletinis to a tropical bungalow that dates back to [...]