Southbound Hound: Oregon to Panama - May 1, 2009 to Feb. 14, 2010
Sometimes the greatest adventures aren't the ones you plan.
I had planned to spend a little over two months driving down to Costa Rica with my dog Nota as my co-pilot and documenting my experiences and what I learned along the way in order to write a book so that others who are also planning on traveling south with their pet could gain some insight and knowledge before setting out on their journey.
Things definitely didn't go as planned, but it was an adventure none the less and one where I learned a great deal more about life south of the border and traveling through Mexico and Central America with your dog than I ever could have if things had gone according to plan. It ultimately ended up costing me everything I had to make it down to Costa Rica and then into Panama where I sold my truck and flew Nota and Myself back to the States where I had a loving and caring family who not only supported me on my endeavor but would provide a roof over our heads and basic food, ensuring that I didn't end up destitute in a third world country.
Unlike other books on this subject in which the author(s) chronicles their journey and inject bits of practical advice and information leaving the reader to discern what is relevant and useful to them, I have chosen to focus primarily on presenting the reader with valuable advice and information while injecting my own relevant experiences. I also include a summery of our trip and the the route we took as well as the places we stood.
UPDATE (Jan, 2012) - The book is still in the works but don't think it will be completed in the near future. Until then, please feel free to contact me with your questions.