Montana to Chilean Patagonia in a 1994 GMC Safari Van


The interior of the van is coated with a thick layer of dust. It creeps along the makeshift kitchen area, entrenches itself into the worn floor, and sinks deeply into the weathered upholstery. The chalky substance isn’t just from the rutted dirt road we’re currently bumping down; it has been accumulating over a year and a half. It’s dust from 11 different countries—from sandy Baja beaches and sea-bound shipping containers to bridge the Darien Gap, to the wind-battered roadside camps of Patagonia.

Jess McGlothlin

With each road bump, dust puffs up to coat the van’s driver, Zach Lazzari, and his co-pilot, Shale. The 11-year-old dog serves as traveling companion, nighttime guard, curious conversationalist, and convenient icebreaker: She’s an impossibly fluffy red mutt whom Lazzari found a decade ago in a Montana animal shelter. There, in a…

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