Top 3 in 3 and more barfing

We’ve been on the road for three months and have settled in nicely. Not that we don’t have our challenges which mainly revolve around the damn iPad and normal “raising kids” issues. Other than that, things are going relatively well.  Admittedly, there have been mentions of missing friends at home.

Here are the ABCD Top 3 memories for our first 3 months on the road. If you ask us tomorrow, we  may have different answers because there have been so many wonderful experiences.


  1. Reaching the summit of the 15,000 foot pass with my three boys on the Lares Valley Trek en route to Machu Pichu (Peru) (See photos)
  2. Water sliding in Mindo (Ecuador) (See video)
  3. Watching our kids become more independent by running back ‘home’ by themselves in whatever city or country we happen to be in.


  1. Spending five nights on the Santa Cruz II cruise ship in the Galapagos Islands with my parents: Eating great food; swimming close to the animals; and, not making any decisions where we would go, sleep, or eat. (Ecuador)
  2. Seeing the smile on the boy’s face after paragliding in Lima (Peru) (See video)
  3. Swimming in Semuc Champay (Guatemala) (See video)


  1. Eating, playing with other kids and swimming close to the animals on the Santa Cruz II cruise ship in the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) (See video)
  2. Eating, hiking, and sleeping at Sacha Lodge in the Amazon Rain Forest (Ecuador)
  3. Paragliding in Lima (Peru) (See video)


  1. Paragliding in Lima (Peru) (See video)
  2. Hiking up to Machu Pichu and then seeing the ruins (Peru)
  3. Swimming in Semuc Champay (Guatemala) (See video)

Of course, if we had to rate our worst times, today would hit the list. Decker got hit with a stomach bug this morning and threw up in Peru then walked across the border and threw up in Bolivia. While standing in line for our visa, the bus started to leave. Fortunately I was able to get our luggage off before it took off. I said to Decker, “It’s been a rough day hasn’t it?” And he responded, “It could be worse, at least it’s not raining.

We took a short taxi ride into our final destination and are now resting comfortably. Colin was a trooper and helped a lot. My hardest border crossing ever.

However, this pails in comparison to what so many others went through 16 years ago.

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  • Days on Road – 93
  • Countries – 6
  • Flight (Miles) – 9,774
  • Flight (Hours) – 30′ 51″
  • Bus (Hours) – 69′ 55″

Bryan Gillette

Bryan Gillette is the founder and principal consultant for Summiting Group focusing on Leadership and Organizational Development. He has traveled extensively for both work and personal reasons visiting almost 60 countries and 40 United States. He is an avid runner and cyclist and ran 200 miles around Lake Tahoe in 76 hours as well as cycled across the United States. He recently spent one year traveling the world with his family.

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  1. I remember a backpacking trip with the kids when they were young. We had just climbed up Matterhorn Canyon in Yosemite, climbed up and over “Cardiac Pass” (lovingly nicknamed by Harlan) and down into Slide Canyon. A little early to stop for the day, but no clear stopping spot until we climbed Burro Pass (even higher) to the next canyon. Family decision time. We turned to Gary, who was observing his 8th birthday that day, and said, “It’s up to you Gary. What do you say?” And he responded, “Let’s go for it!” And we did, and we had some tired but proud kids. I know what you’re talking about! Your kids will come back mature way beyond their years. Good going.

  2. I believe that it is normal behavior to act out, misbehave, have a melt down or throw a tantrum at this age. Kids learn how to handle their emotions in time and if we dont respond to the bad behavior. I loved what Skeeter would do, she would say “I didnt raise you to be this way” and would walk away. I think yo8ur kids display far fewer challenges in their behavior than most children their age. IMHO

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