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We're back!

Hello!

It's been a while, so we just wanted to check in and let you know what's been happening recently. After almost 2 months in Guatemala, we went home to spend some quality time with fam and friends and to attend Sebastian and Diane's wedding in Santa Barbara (congrats!)! 

In the beginning of May, we flew back to Guatemala to pick up our car where we left it (at an auto shop called ARB Guatemala) and had a few new things installed: an awning to keep us cool/dry/bug free, and a new battery charger! Gracias Humberto!

Then it was off to El Salvador! We met up with our friends Taisa and Ernesto (www.overlandtheamericas.com) and have been driving around El Salvador for the last few weeks with them. A video update about this small but amazing country will come eventually, but for now, here are some pictures and short vids to keep you entertained :)

Enjoy!
Ash+Liv

 

 Congrats Seb and Diane! Thanks for including us in your big day!

Congrats Seb and Diane! Thanks for including us in your big day!

  Double family dinner at San Ysidro Ranch!

Double family dinner at San Ysidro Ranch!

I got a drone! First flight in Carpinteria. This is going to be fun... 

Surfing at the famous right hand point break of El Sunzal at Playa El Tunco in El Salvador. 

Volcán Ilamatepec (Santa Ana) and Volcán Izalco in Parque Nacional Los Volcanes El Salvador

So many familiar faces!

After a month on the road with little more than ourselves, the last 2 weeks have been filled with familiar faces! Here are some highlights. 

 Eating a mountain of nachos with Rachel and Jordan in Cancun!  We got lucky - they had just landed and we were about to hop on a plane to the Caribbean. 

Eating a mountain of nachos with Rachel and Jordan in Cancun!  We got lucky - they had just landed and we were about to hop on a plane to the Caribbean. 

 We left El Chapulín in Cancun to cash in on some family time in Antigua (Caribbean) - so rare to get us all in one place. Congrats Anu and Trav on the engagement!!!!!

We left El Chapulín in Cancun to cash in on some family time in Antigua (Caribbean) - so rare to get us all in one place. Congrats Anu and Trav on the engagement!!!!!

 Met up with the wonderful Phillips family (Lee, Camille, Courtney, and Marla) for a relaxing day at El Pez and a tasty dinner at La Zebra in Tulum. Thank you for wining and dining us!!!

Met up with the wonderful Phillips family (Lee, Camille, Courtney, and Marla) for a relaxing day at El Pez and a tasty dinner at La Zebra in Tulum. Thank you for wining and dining us!!!

 Also randomly bumped into Hayden (Liv's friend from SF) and Justin (our new friend!) at a restaurant in Tulum and then spent NYE with them on the beach! Cooked them dinner out of the back of our car and danced the night away on the playa. 

Also randomly bumped into Hayden (Liv's friend from SF) and Justin (our new friend!) at a restaurant in Tulum and then spent NYE with them on the beach! Cooked them dinner out of the back of our car and danced the night away on the playa. 

 And now, back to Ash, Liv, and El Chapulín. Here we are camping on the shore of beautiful Laguna Bacalar, one of our favorite campgrounds so far. 

And now, back to Ash, Liv, and El Chapulín. Here we are camping on the shore of beautiful Laguna Bacalar, one of our favorite campgrounds so far. 

¡Mexico!

Hola!

We crossed the border into Mexico about a week ago and (almost) everything has been amazing since! Next time we have good internet we'll post a new video, but until then here are a few pics!  

 

 Our first stop: climbing mecca El Potrero Chico

Our first stop: climbing mecca El Potrero Chico

 Making new friends in un pueblo magico near Monterrey - thanks for being such amazingly hospitable hosts Diego, Angel, and Manolo! 

Making new friends in un pueblo magico near Monterrey - thanks for being such amazingly hospitable hosts Diego, Angel, and Manolo! 

 Redefining street food - just made a last minute lunch "on the road"  in Ciudad Valles

Redefining street food - just made a last minute lunch "on the road"  in Ciudad Valles

El Chapulín

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We've been on the road now for 5 days and our home, El Chapulín, is treating us so well! Here is the trip, so far, by the numbers:

 0: Flat tires or car issues (I know, it's only the beginning)

1: Shower

1a: Tarantula sighting in the desert

2: Green smoothies made in our Magic Bullet blender

3: Times I've changed my underwear

4: Cups of camp coffee consumed

5: Nights slept in the car on our gymnastics mat (so cozy!)

6: Vegetarian meals made using our refrigerator, gasoline-powered stove, and swing-out bumper with foldout table

7: Miles hiked in Joshua Tree

8: (x100) Miles Ashwin has driven

9: (x100) Total miles driven

10: Times Ashwin has gone in and out of the roof box for our gear (thanks, babe. i'll drive more.)