Four Men Head South in a Suburban

$1,142 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 27 months
Elliott Finn  CORVALLIS, OR
Dear Friends and Family,

       We’re driving to Panama! And… we would love your help! Brian, Elliott, James, and Josh are trying to make it to the southernmost country on our continent. If you want to pitch in and be part of our journey (cue hyperlink to our site), we would ecstatic. We have all been saving for the past year for this trip but realized that we might need some help with car repairs and miscellaneous happenstances (ransoms?) and any assistance that you would be interested in offering would be extremely appreciated!

      On the way down we will be writing about and photographing our experiences at We want to share the cultures, sights, and people that we encounter with YOU, our friends and family. We sent you this message because we think you might be interested in hearing about our journey and maybe even helping us fix a fuel pump in Acapulco, Mexico, a serpentine belt in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, or a tire in Puntarenas, Costa Rica- any little bit helps!

      During the holiday season we're asking our friends and family who might be sedning us a gift to rather, send us a donation here for our trip south. If you donate, we would like to have you r address so that we can send you a postcard during our trip. We will also have a couple drop points where people can mail trip saving provisions in the coming weeks! Thanks so much!

Donate Today!

Donor Levels:

($0.50)   “Ceviche Taco Donor” (while waiting for car fix)
($3)          “Gas Cap Donor”
($10)       “Spark Plug Donor”
($50)       “Fuel Pump Donor”
($200)    “Carburetor Donor”            
($????)     “Radiator Donor”


       Five years ago four strapping young men settled into McNary Dorm on the outskirts of the Oregon State University campus. It was in this dorm, on the fifth floor where a goofy, long-legged hometown boy first connected with a fiery, bleach blond product of Scappoose, over camping in the beautiful Cascade Mountains. These two boys met a gangly rock climber from the depths of the Appalachian Mountains (pronounced with hard a’s, not those garbage soft a’s northerners prefer) who befriended a scrawny Seattleite with a mop of curly hair.

       Together these four boys became good friends and eventually (arguably?) men, together, sharing a multitude of adventures- driving cross-country, shushing down steep slopes, climbing ridiculous routes, backpacking tough trails, disc golfing on sunny afternoons, and drinking IPA at local watering holes.

     A year and a half ago after a few (many?) northwest nectars (IPA), someone suggested that we drive our butts to Panama. While most booze-induced ideas evaporate in the bright sun of the morning, this seriously far out idea grew into a serious thought, and grew further into a serious plan. Please think about donating!

Basic Facts:

Who?        Brian Verwey, Elliott Finn, James Teeter, Josh Courtney
What?       We are driving to Darien, Panama.
When?      We plan on Departing on January 3rd, 2014.
Where?    We will be travelling through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
Why?       Because we enjoy eachother and the outdoors.
How?       We are in the process of outfitting a beautiful rig for a four-month trek into the great unknown.

Thank you for all that you have done to support each of us already!

With Love,

            The Crazy Crew

James, Brian, Josh, and Elliott

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Update 1
Posted by Elliott Finn
27 months ago
Wow! Thank you so much for all your support!
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$1,142 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 27 months
Created December 15, 2014
Anita Bockmon
25 months ago

I hope you're all learning lots and having a good experience.

26 months ago
Lana Cook
26 months ago

Good luck Josh. Be safe.

Marcella Henkels
26 months ago
27 months ago
27 months ago

Have a blast fellas, and BE CAREFUL! "changes come around real soon make us women and men"

27 months ago
Matt Kaylor
27 months ago

Pretty jealous of you boys. Way to make this trip happen. Buy a couple rounds on me.

Anita Bockmon
27 months ago

It seems like a great adventure and hopefully you won't really need any ransom money...eek!

Allen Dean
27 months ago

A gas cap and a round of tacos from your old RA!

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