Archive for July, 2008

El Ojo

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

  I went down to the market and sat down on the curb.   I asked around about who was holding but no one was talking.   Click here for the rest of the story: .

Sweet Sixteen

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The air was so thin our breaths came in deep, raspy gasps.   The wind whipped us with frigid blasts direct from Antarctica.   The sun was setting.   We knew then we left our base camp too late.   We’d already climbed thousands of feet but were short of our goal.   We were ...

Updated Route Map

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I updated our route map to include our camp sites from 2008-04-20 to 2008-07-23. To look at a particular area of our route use the zoom control in the upper left corner of the map. Click and drag on the map to position it. To view information about a camp site, click ...

The Room of Wakes

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

  For 391 years no outsider walked the passageways.   For 391 years no outsider touched the walls.   For 391 years no outsider saw the interior.   Click here for the rest of the story: .

Just Ask

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

  10:15 AM I was sitting at the table outside the gas station using their WiFi to finish our monthly finances when I first noticed it.   It was something on the underside of the truck. It looked like we picked up a branch somewhere and it hooked underneath with the end towards ...

La Tirana

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

  Every year there is a festival at La Tirana, Chile.   La Tirana has about 250 full time residents.   Over 10,000 people come to La Tirana for the festival.   This year, we were two of those people. Click here for the rest of the story: .

Fuso Units at Work

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

  We visited the world’s largest open pit copper mine at Chuquicamata, Chile today.   While we were there we had the chance to see the trucks referenced in the post “Fuso Units” at work.   The mine uses 94 of these trucks. 60 are Komatsu and 34 are Liebherr. Click here for ...

DG 080

Monday, July 14th, 2008

  Prior to departing for South America I collected a set of GPS waypoints from prior overlanders. They included service locations, fuel stops, points of interest and, most importantly, camp sites.   We like to find our own places, make our own discoveries and generally have our own adventure rather than follow ...

Fuso Units

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Those of you who remember the post “How Big is Big” will remember that we try to express size in units other than arbitrary measures such as meters or feet.   Today’s example uses units of Fuso.   Yesterday we found something that was at least two Fuso units high. It made ...

The Shrine

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

You approach as any new pilgrim would after a long, long journey across the dry, dusty desert.   You approach with trepidation.   You approach with wonder.   You approach with reverence.    Click here for the rest of the story: .