Christy and Aaron Tracker

Follow Christy and Aaron on their backpacking trip around the world

I was Almost Arrested for Koala Napping

Posted by Christy in Posts on 03 1st, 2011

We drove the Great Ocean Road (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Ocean_Road) on the southern coast of Australia for the spectacular views and wildlife interactions. We were especially keen to see koalas, and luckily, we ended at a campground in a town called Kennett River with koalas living in the trees on the property.

We even got to see a koala climb out of a tree. Don’t you just want to koala nap him?!

But this had to be the cutest koala of all…



A Quick Africa Update

Posted by Aaron in Posts on 11 5th, 2010

We are starting our third week of our overland Africa tour. We have been having a great time and we are meeting a lot of nice people. We are in a camp ground in Lilongwe, Malawi right now. For the first time on our trip we have access to Wi-Fi. Due to pent up demand we are sharing our computer with the rest of the truck. Instead of being able to catch up on posts like we planned, I am just posting some pictures. I do not think we will be able to post full entries until we reach Cape Town, South Africa. Enjoy making up stories for these pictures!

Christy and Aaron with the Maasai warrior Aaron helping with a mural at a Tanzanian school Christy helping with craft time in a Tanzanian school

Aaron learning to climb a palm tree Zebras!

Christy playing cards on the truck Christy setting up our tent Christy with her Pinapple-O-Lantern

Christy on a 18 mile hike in Malawi Aaron cliff diving in Malawi



I am the Best Wife Ever… No, Really…

Posted by Christy in Posts on 09 28th, 2010

So after over two weeks in Nuweiba, we finally left our new home away from home to explore Israel. Our first stop was Ein Gedi by the Dead Sea.

When we left Petra Camp, we made no plans as to where we would spend the night when we got to the Dead Sea. Why? Well, our new friend Katja, who was another guest at Petra Camp, told us that she and a friend just camped on the beach in Ein Gedi for FREE. Well, when Aaron and I hear that you can camp on a beach for FREE and that it is safe, we are of course going to do it!

Anyway, long story short, we arrived just before the sunset, set up our mosquito net as our tent and our sleeping sheets as our sleeping bags, meaning we basically slept on the dirt. So, I pride myself on being able to fall asleep anywhere, so if you’re asking yourself whether or not I fell asleep, the answer is yes. However, was I pretty much a raging bitch the next day? OH, YEAH! (Aaron can vouch).

After our very luxurious night of rest, we woke up at sunrise and went for a dip in the Dead Sea. Now, as you probably know, there is a lot of salt in the Dead Sea. It has almost nine times more salt than ocean water. The higher salinity in the water attributes to many resulting factors when swimming:

1.) You can’t put your head underwater. I will give you one guess as to why. I will tell you that we saw a young fella make this mistake, and he ran screaming out of the water to the nearest fresh water shower. It was hilarious.

2.) There is no life in the Dead Sea. That means I could swim without fear of sharks for once. (I have no idea when this fear arose. It did not, however, help when our friend Bart went into great detail about how his good friend was eaten by a shark off the coast of Australia. Thanks, Bart!)

3.) The level of salt is so dense, it makes you extremely buoyant. The best way to describe it is imagine swimming in JELLO that has not yet quite formed to a solid. It is one of the weirdest sensations I have ever felt in my life.

So, the Dead Sea was definitely worth the side trip. If you are ever in Israel, I definitely recommend it.



30 hours on the poor man’s cruise

Posted by Aaron in Posts on 08 27th, 2010

We are almost finished with the European part of our journey. All that is left is to get back to London from Greece to catch our flight to Cairo, Egypt. The first leg to get us back to London was a 30 hour ferry from Patras, Greece to Venice, Italy. Our EuRail got us free deck passage on the boat. We were surprised to find out that we literally had deck passage tickets. There were some small uncomfortable chairs available, but Christy and I figured we would be more comfortable laying of the floor. We were some of the first people on the boat so we choose a spot by the pool and laid out our travel sheets. The cold wind from the boat woke us up during the night. We ended up sleeping in all of our rain gear to keep us warm in the wind. To make things worse, I was already fighting a head cold.

Christy camping on the deck of the ferry to Venice

When we woke up in the morning we were surprised to find the boat had filled up with other deck passengers. People were laying in every available space on the boat. The ferry, which seemed very nice when we got on (it had a pool) began to feel like a poor man’s cruise. Everywhere we walked there were people on air mattresses and in sleeping bags.

People camping on the ferry

People camping on the ferry

People camping on the ferry

Some people even brought tents.

Tent camping on the ferry

Thirty hours later we arrived in Venice. We were stiff and tired, but we could not stop to rest. We went straight to the train station to continue our journey back to London.



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.