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Nomad family of 4- California to South America by van! On the road since 2012 contact@ouropenroad.com

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*pre-pirates* We are truly grateful to have made it out of the Amazon with the most important thing, our lives. We lost our personal belongings, including all our camera gear, and everything in our van- which is ‘supposedly’ at the Federal Police station in Macapá, being detained as part of the big investigation. Miraculously my computer was recovered somewhere in the jungle after the pirate attack- and returned to us at the hospital by local Police a day after we reappeared! So we have most of our photos from our 6 months in Brazil, and already had the last 4.5 years before that backed up on hard drives here in the US. We lost a camera with a big card that wasn’t downloaded yet, but otherwise still have it all! . We’ve decided to continue to share our story pre-pirates; Our feed here is generally not so instant, and we were over a month behind. Here we are camped out at Praia Bitingui, 2,000 miles from the Amazon delta. Emily was in Peru for work and it was just me and the kiddos on a father-daughter road trip. We were doing 500 miles over 8 days and meeting Emily in the city of Recife, where she was flying into. We camped here for 2 days eating coconuts and swimming in the sea. . Once we met Emily in Recife, we started working our way north with our compass set to California via French Guiana and Suriname. The ‘off the beaten path’ barge route across the Amazon delta is a somewhat common trip amongst the more adventurous members of the South American overlanding community. . More in the comments below
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We are donating temporary housing in our #MiniMirageCaliforniaCruiser to someone that has lost their home to these wild fires. . This is a call of action to our huge #VanLife community. If you have temporary housing available- an RV, trailer, van, boat etc. please write to us at contact@ouropenroad.com. . We are also looking for land here in California that can temporarily host people displaced by the fires. . Please repost and tag someone you think should see this. . #vanlifers #vanlifemovement #vanlifediaries #vanlifeexplores @vanlifediaries @vanlifeexplorers @vanlifeideas @vanlifers #projectvanlife @project.vanlife #vanlifeideas @dometic #thomasfire #govan @go_van_com . Thank you! 🙌🏼
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Huge shout out to @Pizzanista for donating 50 pizzas today for the first responders dealing with the #ThomasFire. Thank you to the unsung heroes at Southern California Edison Power Company getting up new power poles in hazardous conditions. Thank you to the 700 firefighters from 10 states risking their lives to save homes and our public lands. Thank you to @scottsoens & @dylangordon for feeding us intel all day making sure we got the pizzas to the people that needed them most. Thank you to @sheltersocialclub for housing firefighters at their Capri Hotel location in Ojai. . It’s my (Adam’s) 40th birthday today! All I want is for you to go do something nice for someone else. ❤️ . So thankful to be alive.
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The fires are raging here in Southern California. We are focusing our efforts in the Ventura and Ojai areas. If you are in Ojai, you can go and get free, filtered drinking water at Ojai Rancho Inn or @AzuOjai. . Wednesday , we found an individual on Craigslist that donated a storage container full of 15 gallon water jugs- so we loaded them into the van. Thursday morning we contacted Advanced Water Solutions in Oxnard (805-385-4740) and they volunteered to fill the containers for free. They use a Carbon tank filtration, thru sediment filters, uv lamp nano pleat filter and another uv lamp. If you have a container, they will refill it for free. @colby_guillory and I delivered 100 gallons to the Ojai Humane Society for animals and another 300 to Ojai Rancho Inn to distribute to locals. . Yesterday, Friday, I took a solo mission. AWS had the water containers filled and waiting on palates, so when I arrived we loaded them fast with a fork lift. I got a call from the Humane Society asking if I could deliver water to a farm up Wheeler Canyon. When I got there, the house was burned down and 40 animals including alpacas, horses and pigs were in need of water, so they got some. After I drove HWY 150 from Santa Paula through upper Ojai. Hundreds of houses gone. I delivered more water to Azu Restaurant & Ojai Valley Brewery. I have another 300 or so gallons worth of containers ready to deliver where they are most needed. If you have friends (human or animal) that are in need, let us know. . We are securing two donation drop off locations in Los Angeles and will keep you posted as to what is needed in the coming days. #ThomasFire . Slide for more imagery 👉🏼
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We couldn’t be more ecstatic to say that WE ARE ALIVE! . The afternoon of Sunday, October 29th marked the beginning of a gruelling and terrifying 100 hour nightmare. Armed pirates boarded the vessel we were on, taking our family hostage in the remote Brazilian Amazon. We escaped on a surfboard and were on the run for our lives until we chose to be spotted by a large passenger ferry on our 4th day in the wilds. Our ransacked van remains in Brazil, but we have returned stateside and are in the loving embrace of our family & friends. . As we process these traumatic events, we will be looking inward to focus on the healing of our family. . We are so grateful for all of your well wishes in these difficult times and want to relay our love for Brazil, which remains even after the hell we survived. . To the Brazilian authorities and the US Embassy for their recovery efforts and assistance in our safe passage back to the USA: our deepest gratitude will not sufficiently address the mark these kindnesses have stamped in our hearts. We bow in deepest thanks.
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Recently Emily flew to Peru for work, while the girls and I went on a 500 mile 8 day road trip from Salvador de Bahia up the coast to Recife, Brazil. . It was a big challenge being the driver, navigator, solo parent, peace keeper, & chef- all in a foreign land, but it was a time I will never forget. We had a chance to bond on another level that I am truly grateful for. The first day we made it to the "hippy village" Arembepe where the likes of Janis Joplin and Mic Jagger spent time back in the day. Then we visited Projeto Tamar Sea Turtle Conservation Center. . Then we got stuck in the mud.
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500+ photos from Chapada Diamantina & the magical city of Salvador de Bahia went awol after a transfer. 😶 Thankfully we had some phone video, which much better captures the power and grace of #capoeira. . The last bad photo mishap was in 2004 Adam shot 18 rolls of film on our winter hitchhiking adventure in Japan. Snow monkeys, Mount Fuji, sacred shrines & parties in Tokyo... all gone. It was the point where he went (mostly) digital. . So, to have only lost a handful of the many thousands of pictures of the last 5 years on the road feels like quite an accomplishment.
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ROOTS BAR Lençois, Bahia, Brazil 🇧🇷
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A unique hub in the middle of a vast wilderness, the charming town of Lençois was founded during Brazil's diamond boom during the 1840's, before Namibia and South Africa gained a stronghold 30 years later. Lençois means bedsheets, which is what the small tents made by miners of yonder year looked like from the surrounding plateau. . Art Deco & Beaux Art details in slow decay, cobbled streets and fading candy colored houses. To meander in smiling discovery, no agenda except to etch the layout of this small piece of Earth into our hearts. . #SlowTravel #fulltimefamilies #ParqueChapadaDiamantina #exploreSouthAmerica
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We haven't seen too many #overlanders in our 5 months in Brazil until these French folks in their #LandRover 110 TDI
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Poço Azul- what a gem! 💎 . Inside a cave, sunlight streams in through a narrow entrance, illuminating the perfectly clear water. The bathymetry ranges from 30-100 feet, swimming above the peaks and valleys of turquoise and cerulean transport you to another world. Finally found a place where there was no age restriction, so we all rinsed off and hiked down, down down. . We were sure Colette would love it, but we weren't so sure about 3 year old Sierra. She surprised us by bravely swimming in an underwater cave with zero protests, only excitement! What an epic afternoon! . Scroll for more 👉🏼
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The concentration of natural wonders in #ParqueChapadDiamantina has astounded us. This inland journey on our coastal route of #Brazil is a highlight of our time here. . No sunscreen is allowed, so as to protect the clarity of the water here. With swimsuits and protective swimwear, we swam in an open expanse of sparkling water, where translucent fish darted around our legs, to the girls' delight. No kids were permitted in Gruta Azul, so we choose solidarity (and financial restrain) and skipped it. Rumor has it there's a place we can all swim in a crystalline cave!
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