Mexico to Canada and back

The day's last rays of sunshine turn the landscape red in Arches National Park: Anne Hopfengartner (left) and Anna Schmelzer stand in front of their van.
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The day’s last rays of sunshine turn the landscape red in Arches National Park: Anne Hopfengartner (left) and Anna Schmelzer stand in front of their van. © Perspectives / NH

Anna Schmelzer of Norton-Hardenberg and her partner Anne Hopfengartner have been touring America with their old van “Berta” for almost a year. Meanwhile, they are reported in the ZDF program “Terra X”, and the two run an extensive travel blog.

America/Norton – The original plan was to run Panamericana, which connects Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, from Veracruz in Mexico to Canada, and again this year to spend Christmas in Germany. But in the meantime, both of them have extended their trip by one more year.

“After about five months in Canada we had to make a big decision: end the trip on the east coast of Canada or travel further and then head south. We chose the latter. National parks in the United States and Mexico That just inspired us. There’s still a lot to see. That’s why we’re currently back in the United States and we want to spend the winter in Mexico again,” reports Anna Schmelzer.

The decision would still have taken courage, but she was really in the “travel flow” and since she works as a blogger and copywriter, it was also financially feasible. The new plan is now to go to Panama. As far as their return is concerned, they are now aiming to be back at the end of next year, but still haven’t planned a specific date.

The Globetrotters have now returned to Utah.

Looking back on the past few months since the last HNA report in April, he has experienced several other travel highlights: In the “Wild West” of the United States, he really enjoyed feeling the vastness of the landscape. He experienced a special moment in Yellowstone National Park. “It was a full moon, the sky was turning a little pink and we were driving by a lake. Then we saw in the moonlight how a deer moved very slowly into the water. The whole family followed a while later, a unique moment,” the two were excited.

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In Canada, they have had multiple encounters with bears in the wild. However, he never had to use the bear spray he took with him.

But they are excited about several meetings with other like-minded travelers, the so-called Overlanders, with whom they have become friends.

Goose Bumps Moment in Yellowstone National Park, USA: Deer in the Moonlight at Yellowstone.
Goose Bumps Moment in Yellowstone National Park, USA: Deer in the Moonlight at Yellowstone. © Perspectives / NH

The two adventurers have now covered almost 33,000 kilometers with their “Berta”. The runner must have done very well. A broken windshield wiper arm and bad brakes were the only repairs needed so far, Schmelzer reports. And, of course, you can tell that they have covered thousands of kilometers of off-road track in the meantime, so many screws have to be re-tightened.

However, Schmelzer and Hopfengärtner learned a lot not only in handling the van. Traveling and living in a small space showed him how little you really need: “Especially in the United States, we are often overwhelmed by the range in stores. We think three times before buying something: Do we really need it and above all: do we have the space for it? We associate wonderfully with our minimalist lifestyle. Our little luxuries are a hot shower and a good espresso in a nice cafe. “

But the benefits of knowledge go much further: You learn in the journey that there is a solution, even if it is difficult at times. Even in those moments when they felt a little “lost,” for example because they couldn’t find a place to stay overnight, there was always a solution. “For example, we once slept in front of a police station in Mexico, well protected,” he reports.

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And he learned something else on his travels last year: When traveling, plans are actually more “ideas,” circumstances are often completely different, or new possibilities open up that you might not have anticipated. So they will plan less now and let everything go their way.

More reports about travel, tips for preparing for this tour and information about their work as bloggers can be found here perspective.de (Rose Marie Gerhardy)

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