The following are our 10 favorite posts, not necessarily yours, nor necessarily the most popular.
#1. The very first blog post...
We had sold our house and 95% of it's contents. We quit our jobs. We had bought a used motorhome and we had absolutely zero experience with RV'ing. We were always tent campers! And we were taking off on a 14,000 km (8,700 mile) road trip!!
Sherman in North Bay, Ontario. Our first day on the road in October of 2007.
#2. How could that have happened...?
We had been boondocking on the beaches of Baja California, Mexico with our friends Glen and Steve. They were experienced RV'ers, and we were not! Although, I guess we did have two or three months under our belts at this time. We were using an old sewer dump station and had a little accident! In hindsight, it was very funny. Not so much at the time!
Our motorhome Sherman and Harry (our friends motorhome!), boondocking on the beaches of Baja.
#3. We made a wrong turn...
And it was one of the best things we ever did. We ended up with a gorgeous campsite by the river and we met a young rural Mexican family who have turned out to be lifelong friends. We ended up staying eight days and we were officially in a Mexican wedding.
The day we met our friends Mary and Alfredo, and their baby Nataly.
#4. Our son, the baseball player...
This won't mean much to many of you, but our son played college baseball for 4 years in the United States. That's a big deal for a Canadian kid, and it was a big deal for his parents. We followed quite a lot of his college games while traveling in the motorhome, and we were there when his college team played against the Minnesota Twins rookie squad. One of the most memorable moments we have of our son's baseball career.
Alex, up to bat against the Minnesota Twins rookie squad.
The closest our son came to the major leagues!
#5. The birth of our first grandchild...
Quite a few sad life events took place during the past eight years of blogging. Ruth's mother passed away. My father passed away. Our dog Whiskey passed away. That day was the saddest day of my life. Thinking about it still brings tears to my eyes. It is hard to believe that the passing of a dog can be harder to take than the passing of a person. I don't know why it was, but it was.
But there were also happy life events! And the best one was the birth of our grandson Cameron!
Grandma and grandson!
#6. Learning how to make Mezcal...
One of our favorite things is to learn the culture of the places we visit. See how the locals live and how they do things differently from what we're used to. This particular day, we went into the mountains of Jalisco, Mexico to see how they've been making booze for the past 200 years or more. A gorgeous part of the country, and friendly people. This is typical of the kind of day that we love...
A mezcal distillery in the hills of Jalisco, Mexico.
#7. The best hike ever...
We love hiking, but this was pretty extreme. The Tatra Mountains of northern Slovakia are a hiker's dream. Fantastic scenery, well marked trails, and some of the scariest hiking routes we've done without needing mountain climbing gear!
Don't look down!
Yes, one of our most read posts ever was from the day we got mugged in Zacatecas, Mexico. We learned a lot in that 15 seconds, and it sticks on our minds as one of the most interesting days in all of our travels!
The bad guys, running with Ruth's backpack. Dummies. Apparently they didn't get our camera!
#9. Overlooking an erupting volcano...
One of the most fascinating things we have ever experienced! Words cannot explain it...
Standing on a dormant volcano while watching another one erupt down below!
#10. The hippos on the Namusasha River Lodge boat trip...
We had a lot of very interesting experiences in Africa. And of course a lot of them involved the wildlife. But we never expected to be so thrilled by the hippos! Amazing...and very dangerous creatures!
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