As farmers we will be married to the soil, and spend our lives learning the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the land we cultivate. Becoming this entwined with the environment leads to a knowledge of how to support a healthy farm ecosystem that is intimate, invaluable, and almost forgotten. However, it also leaves little room for travel. With this in mind, we decided to continue our WWOOFing journey and devote one more year to travel before digging in for the long haul.
As this year will essentially be our farewell to travel (for a while anyway) it was hard to decide where to go, so we just decided to go everywhere. After a brief visit to friends on the west coast, we begin our journey in Hawaii, where we will be staying for a month. Next we’re off to New Zealand, where we will be for two months (just in time for kiwi season). Then we’re heading up to Thailand for just under a month, and from there we will travel to India for a month. After a brief stop in Istanbul for a few weeks, we’ll be spending what little (if any) time and money we have left traveling around Europe, hopefully visiting northern Africa while we’re in the neighborhood.
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Before leaving North America, we took the opportunity to say hello to some friends and family we hadn't seen in a while along the west coast. We left from St. Louis, flew into LA, and made our way up the coast to San Francisco, southern Oregon, Portland, and finally Seattle.
|The view of our friend's backyard|
|Randy vs. giant ground sloth|
|La Brea tar pits|
|Pokin' at tar|
|San Francisco's colorful streets|
|Brief farming interlude at Full Bloom Farm|
|Fun times at an arcade in Seattle|
|The Fremont Troll|
With crocuses blooming and spring on the way, we were looking forward to getting our hands dirty again. Next stop: Hawaii!