Welcome to BlueVanGo! This will be the **official** blog for our travels and will hopefully help us keep in touch with everyone who cares about us. Our rough plan is to head south from the Seattle area in early November 2017 and continue through Central America and South America. Spanish learning is high on the list, but so is an attempt at seeing a different part of life in these places that may be more accessible through independent overland travel.
We are traveling in a blue van that as of November 2017 does not have a name – only known to us as 1999 GMC Safari AWD. We have worked to make it more habitable – removing the rear seats, ripping up carpeting, installing insulation, a bed, shelving, a 2nd battery and solar panel, awning, roof vent/fan, curtains, etc. Along the way we tried our hands at some auto mechanics – messing around with the front brakes, ball joints, control arms, transfer case – and supported the Kitsap county auto repair shop industry and Seattle area junk yards with transmission and differential rebuilds, engine and suspension work, and A/C repair. This has left us with a fairly comfortable, hopefully reliable, rather non-descript blue van to help us go on some adventures!