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Greetings from the Kalahari. #totothelandrover #kalahari #centralkalaharigamereserve #botswana #botswanaisbest #landrover #defender110 #landroverlife #onelifeliveit #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #womenoverlandingtheworld #alloyandgrit #landroverphotoalbum #defenderdisciples #venturesomemore
This is Botswana. Steve and two complete strangers fixing Toto, who had two rear bushings improperly installed, resulting in the entire back axle shifting forward. We started two years ago with the kindness of strangers and we end that way. This is typical of the kindness and character of Batswana. Not only are they helping fix the truck, they said “my home is your home.” #botswana #botswanaisbest #payitforward #totothelandrover #kindnessofstrangers #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #botho #roadsidemechanic #landroverlife #landroverdefender #defender110 #onelifeliveit
After two weeks in the shop, major parts replacements, and more money than we should have spent, we spent our 18th anniversary swapping the brake pads that were improperly installed and trying to fix the bushings that were brand new as of yesterday. Posted up at SOS Children’s Village thanks to the kindness of a Motswana who spent his ENTIRE afternoon under the truck with Steve. Tomorrow, we start over. #happyanniversary #kindnessofstrangers #rollwiththepunches #landrover #defender110 #africaoverland #overlandafrica #overland #torothelandrover
We left Gabs this morning. Our farewell tour of Botswana begins as do many of our trips these days - with Toto on the side of the road and Steve with a wrench and manual. #landroverlife #cliche #landrover #defender110 #roadsiderepair #noreallyitsfine #readthemanual #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #totothelandrover

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It started innocently enough – the first time we traveled abroad on our own, we stepped off a red-eye into a sopping sponge of an Irish winter day, and plunged our rental car headlong into rush hour Dublin traffic. We cashed in my dad’s reward points at a Holiday Inn and wrote to our families before melting into jet lagged comas.

We wandered around the island counterclockwise for ten days, exploring narrow back paths, poking around ancient ruins, connecting with far-removed relations, hiking the soft and grassy hills. We both understood separately, yet simultaneously, that we were discovering not only the world, but ourselves.

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Julie always says, “The world is amazing.”

We have been privileged to wake early with friends on a still morning in a vast Utah wilderness, to slurp noodles in a sweltering Singapore hawker center, to hear the rooting and grunting of hippos in the midnight Botswana bush, to encounter the Pantheon at dawn in the Roman summer, to warm our hearts at the hearths of our families in Massachusetts, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Colorado, to hear the burps of the earth in Yellowstone.

In short, the more we see of the world, the more we want to know the rest of it.

We’ve been taking pictures, writing stories, and planning new adventures – and that’s where MTdrift comes in.

Our goals are to see as much of the world as we possibly can, to share those experiences as well as we can, and to inspire your own adventures, whether they’re close to home or a world away.

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No matter how far and wide we stray, we are always been drawn back in a long ellipse to the American West, to Montana. We may drift, but we’re not unmoored.

 

 

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