Christy and Aaron Tracker

Follow Christy and Aaron on their backpacking trip around the world

The adventure begins

Posted by Aaron in Posts on 05 31st, 2010

We are in the Columbus airport, getting ready to get on our flight. The Columbus Crew soccer team is sitting by us. A fitting way to transition into Europe. A mixture of excitement and nervousness is within us, but mostly excitement. Goodbye United States. Hello world.

Christy and Aaron in the Columbus, OH airport



So Long, San Francisco

Posted by Christy in Posts on 05 24th, 2010

I know this is late… Sorry!

As I begin this new chapter in my life, I can’t help but look back on the previous one and become just a little bit sad.

San Francisco was one of the best times in my life. Great scenery, great job (most of the time), great adventures; but most of all, great friends.

My San Francisco friends are some of the best friends I have had in life. I will always look back at this time and not remember the golden gate bridge or the steep hills, but the friendly faces I saw everyday.

So cheers to my San Francisco pals, who I shall miss dearly. Don’t forget about me, because I will certainly never forget you.

Love you all.



SPOT GPS Tracker

Posted by Aaron in Planning on 05 22nd, 2010

Before leaving I quickly connected our SPOT GPS tracker to our website. I was pleased to see the tracker is working properly. The location described on the right is accurately updating. We can now be tracked in real time without needing a Wi-Fi connection!

I know the formatting is not good, so I will work on customizing the location information when I have some free time in Ohio.



Driving through the American West

Posted by Aaron in Posts on 05 22nd, 2010

We have been on the road for 2 days now, headed east to Ohio where Christy and I grew up.

The first day of driving lead us across California where we camped in Tahoe National Forest. We were not near Lake Tahoe, but we were next to Lake Boca, a beautiful alpine lake. We got a later start than expected so it got dark while we were driving. Despite the darkness we could see snow on the Sierra Nevada mountains as we drove by. When we got to camp it was a little chilly, but I prefer camping with a little chill so I can get into the sleeping bag. As the night went on it got colder and colder. I put my coat on our dog Homer to keep him warm. Within our sleeping bags it was warm enough, but we could tell it was getting colder and colder throughout the night. When we woke up at sunrise I was surprised to find our tent covered in frost. It was so cold we decided to skip sleeping in and get on the road as quickly as possible. The scenery was beautiful, but we were too cold to enjoy it.

Camping in the cold at Boca Rest

Lesson #2: Be prepared for unexpected weather conditions

The second day of driving we went across Nevada and Utah. We were supposed to camp outside of Salt Lake City, but after the cold night in the Sierra Nevada mountains we decided not to camp. Fortunately, we got a room at the Motel 6 in Evanston, WY that was dog friendly. When we woke up in the morning we were really glad we did not camp. Our car was covered in snow.

Snow covered car in Evanston, WY

Today we will drive across Wyoming and Nebraska. Hopefully we will get some warmer weather for camping, but I have never seen snow in May before, so it is kind of fun.



Our Adventure Begins!

Posted by Aaron in Posts on 05 22nd, 2010

Goodbye, San Francisco. Hello, World.

Christy and I officially started our trip on Thursday, May 20th. After many busy days of cleaning, packing, and goodbyes we finally made it to the road. Our 2 door Honda Civic was packed full with all of our possessions. We sold or donated the rest of our stuff.

We headed east toward Ohio, where we will visit friends and family before flying to London on May 31st. As we drove over the Bay Bridge we learned our first lesson of the trip:

Lesson #1: Keep the camera accessible.

Our camera was packed in a bag out of reach. Without the camera, we had to hope the emotions and images of the moment would be permanently saved in our memories. As the skyline faded from the rear view mirror we focused our attention forward to the journey ahead of us.



Skype

Posted by Aaron in Planning on 05 9th, 2010

We signed up for our Skype subscription today. Our subscription will allow us unlimited pc to phone calls to the United States. We are hoping that this will be enough for us to talk to our friends and family back home without the cost of international phone calls. As long as we can find a wifi connection we will be able to call back to the United States! The subscription is only $2.99 per month. If we find we want to be able to call to other countries we can upgrade to a $13.99 a month plan.

One other option we thought about was was to get an international cell phone. After talking with a couple of couch surfers who were traveling the world for a year, we decided not to get an international cell phone. Jerome and Morgane bought SIM cards in the first 3 countries they visited, but they ended up using very few minutes. In the fourth country, they decided to skip the cell phone to see how they would adjust. They found they did not miss the cell phone at all and had not purchased SIM cards again. They felt they wasted a lot of money early on for a service they did not use. Based on their experience, we are going to try to travel without an international phone. The good news is we can always buy a phone if we feel the need for one.

Hopefully with our Skype account we will be able to stay connected and we will not need the extra expense of a cell phone. It is going to be weird to not have a cell phone for the first time in 10 years.