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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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In a grocery store in Northern Brazil, we met a French family with 3 kiddos and became fast friends when we all realized we were traveling by VW Westfalia’s. We shared a camp together that night and in the morning we continued north and they went south. . They were pretty fresh to the road, having been traveling for a month. Shipping their van from France to French Guiana, in a week they were crossing the Amazon Delta- just as we were about to a few weeks later-but in the opposite direction. Some South African friends took a similar barge with their two kids a couple years before, and some Dutch friends also crossed the Amazon Delta by barge. Many more travelers we know second hand made safe passage across the marvelous 200 mile Amazon River Delta. . The hope of safe passage was not our reality, when heavily armed pirates boarded the barge we were traveling on. After 10 hours of being held hostage, we and our two daughters escaped atop a surfboard Adam had made (years earlier) and outmaneuvered the clan of pirates that was hunting us for 3 days. Being alive remains a baffling gift. . We are so thankful for the 5 years on the road and time spent in the Peruvian and Bolivian Amazon. Our survival was dependent on the skills and comfort we gained in inhospitable environments. . Kintsugi is the Japanese art of golden joinery, wherein a broken object is mended with precious metals. Rather than discard the broken object, or attempt to hide the damage, the cracks are gilded with gold. And in this trauma, we are embracing that philosophy. . Hard to believe already 3 1/2 months have passed since this nightmare. We are still deep in the throngs of working to regain our sense of safety and peace- with PTSD specialists using EMDR, shamans, plant allies, equine and art therapies, and within our own family. It is a road we are committed to, and have taken a lot of time away from this cyber medium to focus on, so keep sending all that love we are soaking it up.
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Muy buenos tubos 🇲🇽
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Some of you may remember our post from way back in 2015. We spotted Lesther from #Venezuela pedaling his bike with a surfboard near Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia (second pic). He was far from the sea and 20 months into an epic overland adventure. Well, I just ran into him in a remote zone in Baja, Mexico! He’s been riding his bike for 4 years now and is hoping to get a visa to visit the USA. He acquired a trailer in Central America that he now tows his surfboard on instead of having it strapped to the side of his bike. Lesther, our amigo, is a true inspiration. So glad our paths crossed again- talk about a small world! . He doesn’t have an Instagram but you can follow his adventure on Facebook under Lesther Martinez Nougues 🚲🌍❤️
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I have to say I was reluctant to accept an invite with friends on a road trip into Mexico. In the past there would have been no reservations, no thought of no thanks, no sinking feeling in my stomach. . It’s been almost 3 months since our terrifying ordeal in Brazil, but it feels like it was yesterday. . Our family has a lot of healing ahead and this will take time. For me, crossing a border into a foreign land is part of that process. . The sea is my church, and making time to connect there is of great value. Also time with friends- old and new- cannot be underestimated. . Photo: @dustinbeatty
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I met up with the homie @jamesbarkman down in Baja a couple weeks back. He’s riding south along with his two life long friends @allen_stltzfs & @thejeremybeiler on Suzuki DR 650’s loaded down with Alpine climbing gear with the objective of climbing the tallest mountains along their route. They started in Alaska where they climbed Denali and are at this very moment on the side of a volcano in mainland Mexico. In an age of fly in fly out expeditions, it has been amazing to watch their adventure unfold, many of the most memorable moments most likely along the journey, not the destination. Can’t wait until they get to South America. Give them a follow and enjoy #ThePanAmericanTrail
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Tres amigos south of the border 🇲🇽
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The road is medicine .
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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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