Adam and Maggie are on the Carretera Austral, Chile's most scenic highway. We talk injuries and inspiration and the dampness that trees bring. Adam gets a little idea that turns into a big project. Maggie finds a new love in wood-burning stoves.
Adam and Maggie are heading north, which means treading on old ground. We talk snow, rental equipment, how we decide between camping and hotels, and of course: meat. Adam's gets into a salami argument. Maggie goes on her first-ever trek in El Chalten. Even Adam gets cold. Pro-tip: Don't ever buy the pineapple orange chicken flavor of backpacking food from Alpine Aire.
Maggie and Adam head to LA for a week with family. We talk drone drama, couples' conflicts and the many questions we got while we were home. Adam falls in love with Maggie's sister's fiance's meat smoker. Maggie reflects on LA's bizarrely effortful fashion scene. Most importantly: thank you to all for the kind wishes for Maggie's grandmother-- she is doing better, and is much more comfortable than she was.
But not the end of the adventure. Maggie and Adam reach the southernmost drivable road in South America. We talk the about our decision making around choosing a 4Runner for the trip, as well as our plans for the future. Maggie meets some penguins. Adam worries about the rooftop tent in the face of some truly tremendous winds. This is an adventure.
Maggie and Adam explore Torres Del Paine under adult supervision. We talk A+ tourism, toilet paper calamities, and geodesic domes. Pumas are spotted. Adam chews cud. Maggie finds some new role models.
Adam and Maggie battle apocalyptic winds in an effort to save the rooftop tent. Adam shares his thoughts on misanthropy, and a perverted brush with nature. Maggie is doused in gasoline. Secret compartments are revealed and Patagonia is reached.
Adam and Maggie set a crazy fast course through Chile in order to get to Patagonia on time. After making friends in Santiago, we visit a country estate in Isla Negra, drive through Valparaiso and spend some time at Pablo Neruda's house. Adam hides meat in strange places at the Chilean-Argentine border. Maggie throws her neck out. We introduce a new segment: Adam's Meat Counter.
Adam and Maggie get all their adventure juices back after visiting the Salar de Uyuni and driving the Lagunas Route. We talk Bolivia as a whole, the relative colors of flamingos, gas mileage and some tough, but rewarding camping. Maggie finds her favorite lake in the whole world. Adam has a "garage sale."
Maggie and Adam get laid low from various illnesses. Shadow has gremlins. But Sucre is great, arepas stuffed with cheese are even better and soon we'll be in Salar de Uyuni! Adam falls in love with a train graveyard. Maggie bears witness to a terrible car accident. Drive safe, everyone. No texting.
Adam and Maggie accidentally camp in a snow storm. We make friends with a very stubborn six-year old, eat at some bomb hole-in-the-wall Bolivian truck stops and visit Sajama National Park. Adam gets chased by a llama. Buddy Baggins suffers a mortal blow. Maggie has an existential realization.
Adam and Maggie have moved on to Bolivia! We talk border crossings, tourism, meat-bagging and round up our time in Peru. We follow up on last week's episode with all the advice the internet has to offer on getting unstuck. Adam doesn't pay a bribe. Maggie is ready to hit the road again.
We get stuck in the mud, in the snow, at 16,200 feet, overnight so that you don't have to. An account and some lessons learned from our first real calamity. No one presses the SOS button. Adam doesn't get frostbite. Maggie doesn't like bullfights. A long time argument is settled.
Maggie's Dad, Richard, and his girlfriend, Consolee join us for a trip to Machu Picchu! We talk being parked on active railroads, meat-bagging, insane logistics and, of COURSE, llamas. Consolee adjusts to new toilet rules. Richard battles altitude sickness. Maggie and Adam eat their body weights in Lima.
Take 2! We accidentally did this entire episode... without pressing record. But here this episode is in all its glory! Lost hikers! Hypothermia! Drugs! Police! Near death experiences! It's been a real extravaganza of drama for team Let's Not Panic. We talk high altitude hiking, strange offers and whether or not our car looks like an assassin's car.
We talk open air markets as a sole means of grocery shopping, mountain dogs who kamikaze themselves at our car, starry nights and yes, (as always) more poop sickness on this newest episode. Adam nearly crashes his drone into a car. Maggie gets bitten on the butt.
Maggie and Adam are on to Peru! We talk general thoughts about Ecuador, including one calamitous run in with a wall in Guayaquil. We visit a poultry farm, make friends with a three year old, and drive through a sandstorm. Peruvian Police say what's up.
Maggie and Adam go to the Galapagos! We talk hammerhead sharks, penguins, turtles, flamingos, sea lions and strange landscapes. Adam has opinions about how to walk in grocery stores and Maggie learns that rented wetsuits smell terrible.
Maggie and Adam are in Ecuador! We talk camping in the Cotopaxi National Park, haggling for a trip to the Galapagos and whether or not we nearly started a forest fire in a camp site full of kindling. Shadow drives 15K feet above sea level, Adam's technical corner covers solar panels, and Maggie is cold. Like, all of the time.
Au Revoir, Colombia! Or, adios? I guess? Adam and Maggie talk border crossings, bribes, new friends, violence in Southern Colombia, and do an end-of-visit country recap. They also introduce two new segments: Adam's Technical Corner, and Maggie's Self-Care Pillow Fort.
Maggie and Adam are back on the road, from Medellin to Cali with lots of stops along the way. They talk election calamity, bug bites, Colombian driving habits and the various strengths and weaknesses of the She-Wee product. Maggie takes a cry break. Adam scratches himself. They're back to their normal, disgusting selves again.
Bogata's traffic map, wearing a Christmas tree costume
We snagged an interview with Conor Flavin, of the U.N. here in Colombia. He talks travel, knowing when to quit, and potential reasons for the Peace Referendum being rejected. He's been stationed in Ethiopia, Somalia, Nicaragua and now Colombia, and he's been an incredible resource to us on this trip. Plus he's got a great radio voice, so. You're welcome.
Adam is joined in Colombia by friend of the show Jonathan Goldman while Maggie is “abroad” in San Francisco. Topics include the drive from Bogota to Medellin, the Salt Cathedral, Pablo Escobar’s hacienda-turned-theme-park, and how to find an Illuminati bar.
Richard and Ashley have been driving around North, Central and South America off and on since 2013-- and were a huge inspiration to us while we were still planning. So we're SUPER thrilled to present this interview with them! They tell us all about plans thwarted, camping next to an actively erupting volcano, and an enthusiastic cop / recreational herpetologist.
Richard and Ashley with their new friend and black mamba enthusiast near El Cocuy in Colombia.
We are joined by special guest Gale Straub of She Explores to discuss making the decision to go adventuring, traveling on your own and with a partner, building an online community, and how internet friends become real life friends.
Gale Straub with a superb example of "horizon eyes"
Maggie and Adam go in to the mountains, and find among other things: sheep, sheep shit, beautiful vistas, a very friendly park ranger and also debilitating altitude sickness. A spa is visited, but no one feels relaxed, and we discuss relative safety in Colombia and now San Francisco, where we are now to celebrate the release of Maggie's first book, Also an Octopus.
The ideal test subject.