Be a part of our adventure as we drive from California to Costa Rica, creating art, and discovering the language of laughter!
What Language Do You Laugh In?
Who We Are
Liz, Jahsiah, and Timmy are first and foremost dreamers and artists. Having traveled to over thirty countries combined, they are always looking for the next great adventure, the next life-changing experiences to fuel their artistic creations. This trip is a launching point in their careers for creating bodies of art, both large and small, to share throughout the Americas. The goal is to unite people from different lands and cultures through art and a common language of love and laughter.
Liz, Jahsiah, and Timmy have always been cool, but this December they’re going to take coolness to a whole new level. Timmy and Liz met back in 2007 and first bonded over Timmy’s bottle of Tropical filled with Costa Rican sand. Timmy had visited Costa Rica years prior on a surf trip. Liz had traveled there twice by then and had spent a little time in Guatemala, as well. They instantly connected over their shared passion of Central America. One year later, when Liz and Jahsiah met, it didn’t take long to realize they had similar ideals and goals: to see as much of the world as possible, and to help make it a better place.
Jahsiah is a hot-sauce master with a background in music, painting, and is a self-taught graphic designer. Timmy has been sketching, drawing and painting with oils for as long as he has been surfing, windsurfing, sailing, snowboarding, and traveling. Liz is a travel writer who loves to explore the world, take photos, and create mixed media collages. They are all three thrill seekers, who can’t get enough of art, love, and laughter, all inspired by and motivated through travel.
What We’re Doing
We are driving 3,842 miles, give or take a few, from Oakland, California to Manzanillo, Costa Rica. Passing through California, into Arizona, we will cross the border into Mexico and hug the Pacific Coast, as we make our way south to Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and finally arrive in Costa Rica. Liz has been dreaming of this trip for over ten years. Wanting to explore Central America more intimately than can be done by bus or backpacking. The three modern day explores will drive through the Sonora Desert of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico, with temperatures ranging from the low 30's to highs exceeding 120 degrees. Crossing the Sierra Madre Mountains, they will climb 11,000 feet in altitude, as they continue down into Guatemala, encountering some of the 37 volcanoes that dot the country. They will explore the rugged highlands of Honduras, into the heart of the ancient Mayan city of Copa’n. In Nicaragua, they will encounter the two largest fresh water lakes in Central America, Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua. Their final stop will be Costa Rica, a country that is home to approximately 5% of the planets’ species, acting as a bridge between the worlds of North and South America. Here they will be immersed in the jungles and cloud forests that are home to some of the world’s most unique and treasured species. Throughout all these experiences, they will be creating art, made of, inspired by, and in tribute to the land, the people and the culture.
Why We’re Doing It
In 2009, Liz, Jahsiah and Timmy traveled to Costa Rica. Each of them wanting more from life, they were searching for something, but they weren’t sure what. After realizing what great travel companions they were, they decided they needed more than just two weeks aboard; they wanted to have an adventure. Liz and Jahsiah have been planning this drive for the past three years, honing the skills necessary to complete such a task. Timmy has been living in Indonesia, working for an English newspaper, and upon his return to California, the three decided the time for their grand adventure was now. Eager to explore the varying landscapes, from desert to coasts, jungles, to mountains, cloud forests, cities, and marshlands, they long for interactions with people from the six different countries of Central America. They want to speak with the mestizo populations throughout the region, to cook with the Garifuna, Creole, and Miskito of the Caribbean, to hear the stories of the Maya of Southern Mexico and Guatemala, and to understand the culture of the Bribri of Costa Rica.
How We’re Doing it
Liz, Jahsiah, and Timmy will be driving in their 1999 Yukon, along with Isabelle and LaDainian, their dogs. They will be camping and staying in hostels. Connecting with friends of friends as they go, they will find themselves in a variety of environments and settings, testing their abilities to survive and learn through challenges.
Our Art Work
Here are some examples of our art work. You can expect to receive pieces of art similar what is featured below.
Laos, Photograph, Liz 2006
African Sunset, Spray Paint on Canvas, Jahsiah 2010
Smoking Man, Indonesia, Ink, Timmy 2011
Pencil, Digital Design,Jahsiah 2012
African Water Jug,Acrylic, Photography, Glue, Liz 2012
Sand Dunes, Acrylic, Jahsiah 2010
Lone Tree, Ink, Timmy 2009
Angkor, Cambodia, Acrylic, Photography, Glue, Liz 2006
Tiki,Oil, Timmy 2009
Ancient Galaxy, Spray Paint, Jahsiah 2010
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There are a great many challenges that a trip like this can pose. Our vehicle could break, we will get lost, miscommunications will occur. Each one of us is valuable asset to this project for different reasons. Liz speaks Spanish, so she will act as the groups main translator, but this will be difficult for Jahsiah and Timmy as they will be limited in their abilities to communicate through language.
Some of the countries of Central America have difficult pasts, wars and conflicts of which the effects can still be felt today. Jahsiah and Liz's knowledge of the current political situations in each country will help them be sensitive to issues they will encounter. Liz, Jahsiah, and Timmy have all three spent time in parts of the world considered by some to be dangerous, less developed, and not quite on the tourist track, such as South Africa, Cambodia, Laos, and Guatemala. Despite time aboard, the three realize they will be faced with poverty, economic disparities, and the remnants of war. This will be one of the main challenges that they will face.
Another challenge will be spatial. As the three of them primarily live out of the Yukon, cohabiting with two dogs, they will be creating art in a traveling studio, packed to the prim with survival supplies, and art supplies. As they have all lived, worked and traveled together before, they are confident they will be able to work around their limited space, but it will be challenging nonetheless.
Despite these challenges and other unforeseen obstacles the three are sure to encounter, they are confident that their experiences as travelers, artists, dreamers, and friends will allow them to complete their common goal.
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Nov 1, 2012 - Dec 1, 2012 (30 days)
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We will tell all the wonderful people we meet along the way about how great YOU are! Your name will be known throughout Central America for being so kind!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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We'll send you a custom made postcard from our trip. It could be from any of the countries we are exploring, but it will be beautiful!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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For this generous pledge, we'll send you an 8inx11in print of a trip photo. Again, this could come from any country or stop along the way, so be prepared to be surprised!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013Add $2 to ship outside the US
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Jahsiah will make you a painting. Size will be approximately 11inx17in. Since we like to create art from a variety of materials, we're not quite sure yet what the painting will be on, but it will be either acrylic or spray paint.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $2 to ship outside the US
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Liz will create a mixed-media collage in your honor! Again, this will be approximately 11inx17in, depending on what goodies we discover along the way. Each one will be unique and made just for you!Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Add $2 to ship outside the US
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You will receive a large, one-of-a-kind, painting by Jahsiah. Inspired by the people we will meet and the smiles we will share, you can expect this to be the size of a poster, about 20inx30in.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Add $2 to ship outside the US
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Timmy will make you your very own travelouge. A three-five page graphic-novel type description of our journey, with illustrations of what we have seen so far. Your own personal diary of our trip!Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Add $2 to ship outside the US
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Our top tier donors! For you, we will send a little bit of everything! A photo of the trip, a mixed-media collage, and a personal painting. Liz and Jahsiah will collaborate to create a very special thank you package. A pledge this size will allow us to spend one more week on the road, gaining inspiration!Estimated delivery: May 2013Add $2 to ship outside the US