MEXICO HERE WE COME! Some technical difficulties leave us stranded in San Diego for a hot second. We may or may not get scammed at the border. Spoiler: we don't make it to Mulegé. But we DO have some Baja love to share. Adam does some minimall field repair. Maggie battles a hat trick of discomforts. We confirm that Trip Advisor is bullshit.
On the road again! And on the mic. Thanks for your patience with our VERY long hiatus-- but we're back on our bullshit, and back to our heritage: recording podcasts in strange and new locations, and talking about poop. We talk traveling with a puppy, Yosemite, and some prowling coyotes. Maggie deals with Taco on a particularly bad day. Alone. Adam has a run in with some fiber gummies.
STOP EVERYTHING: TACO IS HERE. Adam and Maggie's puppy comes home, and *spoiler alert* he's a perfect angel baby and the world's greatest mammal. We talk life changes brought on by a puppy, Adam's new requirements for Shadow and Maggie's need for your ghost stories. Seriously. Tell me your ghost stories.
Adam and Maggie get new van inspo from a San Francisco couple generous enough to show us around theirs. Maggie signs a couple of book deals. Adam's love of bacon finds new purchase in soup. The puppy countdown is less than a week!
We're undeniably settled now, with an apartment that is mostly furnished, and a doggo on the way! Puppies are met, and puppy prep books are read. Adam takes the term "throw pillows" a little too literally. Maggie dives in to NaNoWriMo.
A full month of normal life has passed by in the blink of an eye, and Maggie and Adam struggle to describe it. Mad Sweeney is forcibly ejected from the Let's Not Panic fleet. Adam finds a new van candidate with some strong features. Maggie gets malaise-y. We introduce Radagast the Green.
Maggie and Adam are settled in enough to throw a housewarming party, which Adam could really do without. We talk going off the beaten path, the differences between a Sprinter and a Ford Econoline van and a super cool pair of listeners embarking on their OWN adventure now. Maggie indulges in some stupid lady-treatments. Adam gets to know Mad Sweeney.
Season 2 is officially here! And we've changed it up to celebrate. Welcome to the new segments: The Build, Maggie's Writing Nook and the 3 D's. Maggie and Adam sit shiva for Maggie's late grandfather, Monty. Maggie gets excited for puppies of an auspicious litter. We introduce Mad Sweeney to our fleet. There is a pillow conflict.
For real and for actually this time. Adam and Maggie talk end of trip thoughts, do a round of the year's B's and lay out the cards for what's to come. Maggie is still salty at one Directora Gomez of Santa Marta. Adam forgets to press record.
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We field a wide array of questions from YOU guys! We talk perioding in nature, our favorite places, the places to which we'll NEVER RETURN and talk very briefly in Spanish. Fun fact: You can also WATCH us record this episode on our YouTube channel, complete with bloopers and dirty looks.
Adam and Maggie are getting settled in a whole new life... which doesn't feel that new? We talk change as a norm, FAQs after finishing our trip AND our brand new Let's Not Panic stickers! Be sure to send in all your questions about the end of our trip to www.letsnotpanic.com/contact or via Instagram so we can talk all about them next episode.
Shadow, Maggie and Adam share a total eclipse of the heart, which they left in San Francisco. We talk Solar Fest, ham radios, and the end of our apartment hunt. Adam makes meat pals with an actor. Maggie gets stuck in an elevator.
Shadow has made her triumphant return to San Francisco! Maggie and Adam talk wild camping in Tahoe, delayed emotional reactions, and the perils of coming-home excess. Adam's job interviews are grueling. Maggie visits an apartment that's pretty much in a Mexican restaurant.
And by "It" we mean his stuff. Adam and Maggie are headed down the West Coast, and things are starting to look a lot like home. We talk Adam's newfound habits, Maggie's fondness for playing search and rescue with 3 year olds, and always and forever the importance of fine snacks. Adam thinks about defensible safe spots for potential apocalypse scenarios. Maggie gets writing.
Adam and Maggie are on the home stretch, with a stay in Seattle and now in Vancouver, BC. We deep dive into what wild camping actually means. We're starting to panic as the necessity of assembling a normal life looms large on the horizon. Maggie loves dogs even if they don't love her back. Adam may or may not look a bit like Edgar Allen Poe.
Adam and Maggie explore some National Parks in Montana and Wyoming. Adam feels the burn of his own misanthropy while driving through heavily trafficked sections of National Parks. Maggie finds a new and creative use for a baseball cap. We name our Least Valuable Player.
Maggie and Adam head into Canada for equal parts family and swarms of bugs. We talk devastating forest fires, questionably illegal camping in the Canadian Rockies, and elk (they're jerks, who knew?). Maggie doesn't know what a tricorder is. Adam treats and sees some results from last week's technical corner. Maggie may or may not be accidentally picking up a Canadian accent. More and more of our equipment bites the dust. RIP our stuff.
Adam and Maggie make their way west, by way of Chicago, Minneapolis and the Dakotas. Shadow suffers her first breakdown, leaving us stranded on a rural highway in South Dakota. Adam battles a failing fuel pump. Maggie reflects on living bravely. Both of us wonder at the sadness and absurdity of the Wild Bill Bar not serving whiskey.
Maggie and Adam are bouncing back and forth between the USA and Canada, and seriously starting to wonder... is San Francisco a scam? We talk Montreal cathedrals, Ann Arbor book twins and some incredibly persistent bugs. Hardship strikes when we try to give up coffee. Adam eats dog food. Maggie gets patriotic.
Shadow makes her triumphant return, and she's back on the road again! Maggie and Adam are strangers in a strange land in the Deep South. We talk strange tow truck drivers, unwanted hitchhikers and some pretty extreme culture shock. We honor a fallen fellow road warrior with a moment of silence. Adam eats more ribs than is healthy under any circumstances. Maggie finds the ultimate roadside attraction.
Maggie and Adam make it to some amazing sand dunes, before getting some sad news from home. We talk tough logistics, the madness that is the Addis Ababa airport, and share some stories of a pretty fantastic lady. Adam tears his pants from balls to back. Maggie drops some mad spotted hyena knowledge.
Adam and Maggie drive into Namibia, and also (technically, and only for a night) into Botswana. We talk Etosha National Park-- the crown jewel of Namibia's National Parks-- hyena sightings, waking up before dawn and the ubiquitousness of zebras. Adam falls in love with braai culture, Maggie has some thoughts about lion's mating habits.
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Team Let's Not Panic is in South Africa! We introduce Mr. Wednesday, the burly Land Cruiser we've rented and compare him with Shadow. After a visit to Kruger National Park, Adam and Maggie have some strong opinions about animals. Adam has a very scientific hierarchy of animals. Maggie introduces a new segment.
Maggie and Adam struggle with a million feels after putting Shadow into a shipping container headed for Miami. We talk ratings in Argentina, dubious propane shipping practices, and the surprisingly sentimental feelings we've developed for our equipment. Adam takes note of some friendly chauvinism. Maggie tries not to cry in a shipping yard.
Pals of the show Nick and Rebecca join us for a deeply indulgent week in Buenos Aires. We talk tango, jam boys, Recoleta Cemetery and renewed culture shock. Adam does some light trespassing. Maggie finds an unusual venue for embracing her Jewish heritage. We introduce the Cognitive Biases That Rebecca and Nick are Arguably Unqualified to Explain but Are Going to Explain Anyway Corner.