This camp pup. I love him so. I took this photo the last time we were in Southern Oregon during our solar eclipse trip. We had just been attacked by a dog about an hour before. Please keep your dogs on a leash--for everyone’s safety.
Gonna continue with our photo tour. Don't worry, the van is only 90 sqft so we can't post too many. Here's the bed and some of our overhead storage. Our favorite feature is our bedside table which spans the length of the bed and also opens up for some added storage. Win and win. 😁
Brunswick heads really is a slice of heaven 🙌🏻 Van update: we are currently planning, dreaming and doing lots of googling.. the van is gutted so now we have to figure out electricals and then insulate.. yay!!
Our inspiring & creative friends at @willandbear have just launched their ‘Keep it Slow’ campaign! LINK IN PROFILE 👌🏼 These guys want to develop their next range of hats from upcycled waste materials to lower their impact on our planet. We are stoked to share this inspiring campaign. Help support these guys, see link in bio! This clip featuring @dustybootsmusic new release ‘Hideaway’
#vanlifediaries supporting our community doing awesome things from the road
meet our new buddy harvey! we just got back from a 6 day trip thru northern california in this beast of a vehicle. his maiden voyage was definitely a success and we can't wait to take him out on the road again. // also, we're recovering from zero service or wifi so if ya haven't heard back from us, you will soon!
This is where Canadian coins are born, and, in fact, dozens of other country's currencies, too. It's located in Winnipeg, Manitoba (the capital city of one of our middle provinces, for you international folk), which we finally spent time in this fall. We've driven across North America three times now, and only had a chance to briefly check out the city last year. But this year we finally decided to poke around. Winnipeg is like a cool prairie-Chicago, with cafes and bars and museums and streets you can lose hours discovering. Read about all the best things to do in this sweet Canadian city at the link in our bio.
Hey everyone; as some of you may have guessed I’ve been off the road and city dwelling for the summer and fall.
I felt it was time to regroup and get some finances back in order.
In the past 4 years I’ve spent 2 of those years living out of a bike trailer in Europe, a backpack in South America and a Bus in Western US and Canada!
Even saying that makes think of how lucky and honestly brave I was to take those risks and leave normal 9-5 life behind for a chance of an adventure. But I also hope I somehow inspired others to live their own adventures. I always responded to any DMs I received and ensured that I shared my knowledge and time with others.
And that’s exactly why I’m writing this. Even though I saw a multitude of places and landscapes I’d always dreamed of visiting; It’s the people I met along the way that truly hold the closest and fondest memories of my time on the road.
If you’re unsure and you feel like taking some time to live an adventure; then make a plan, set a timeline and reverse engineer how to make that happen.
To all my #vanlife friends out there, may your travels be safe and your gratitude be plentiful.
~ It's like a lazy Sunday morning every day ~ ✨
Waking early with the sun, the girls climb down from their top bunk, and we laze around for a while, talking about the big issues, like deciding what to have for breakfast...pancakes usually win!
Things that make Greg angry: being asked to leave the van so I can take a picture, when I can't make up my mind on a parking spot, too many blankets, stinky farts, tiny cups.
Things that make me angry: clothes on the floor, a dirty sink, stinky farts, and angry Greg.
How to live tiny with the one you love and not want to kill each other five times a day: don't get angry. Talk. Hug. Ask. Play. Find a rhythm, Love on each other, Laugh instead.
Can't wait to be on the road again!
🏞🚎🗻It's funny how things change all the time... Henry and I were both so keen to stay and explore in warm areas in California for the first few weeks of our adventure as we just got out of winter before we left Australia but we've spent the first official 5 days of our adventure with NOOKI our home-on-wheels driving up to 10,000 feet mountain ranges, in full winter gear, sleeping in 3 or 4 layers of blankets, drinking tea to keep warm, and getting our hair frozen at night while star gazing in hot springs in Mammoth Lakes + Our Olive oil is frozen in the morning👏🏻❄️🐻 🌠💙⁉️ #cold#frosty
Tonight we are staying at Badger Mountain Vineyard - Washington's first organic vineyard. Its another @harvesthosts location. They even have electric hookups, which is always a treat. We got a free wine tasting, and a box of wine. Then we walked through the 75 acre vineyard. A box of wine and a place to stay for $26, can't beat it.
Our ceiling is insulated with Reflectix and R-3 Foamular board. When insulating with Reflectix it is necessary to leave a gap between the surface you're insulating and the Reflectix, this creates a cushion that increases the R-value of the Reflectix. Our gap was roughly 1". We also got our recessed LED lights installed.
Exploring #sacredgeometry while finding the perfect fit for Argo🌎Ancient cultures, including Christians, Hindus, Greeks and Egyptians, recognized that certain patterns or geometric shapes are repeated throughout nature. For instance, the cells of a honeycomb are hexagons, and a snail’s shell is a spiral.
🌏These common patterns and shapes came to be known as sacred geometry. They were further broken down into various numbers, mathematical formulas and specific symbols that the ancients believed were the building blocks for everything in the universe.
🌍Modern science supports this theory. It’s been found that the molecular shapes that form the basis of life are in fact many of the same patterns identified by ancient cultures.
Knowledge of these sacred symbols and mathematical formulas allowed the construction of many historical buildings, such as the great pyramids of Egypt, the Greek Parthenon and the intricate temples found throughout South and Central America. #mindblown#nature#curious#vanlife#vanlifediaries#sacredsymbols#hippy
I dropped Baja the Bus off at my parking spot where it will sleep for the couple of months while we’re in Asia, but not before popping on a fancy new horn button. A week before we had discovered a horrible error I had made when booking our tickets...I had misspelled Natalie’s last name and left off a P. Tens of calls to China Southern Airlines and CheapoAir led nowhere. Their solution? “You will need to buy a new ticket, no changes allowed” “The Hell I will!” I proclaimed hovering somewhere in the background as Natalie spoke to them on the phone. “What will we do?” She asked, lips quivering. I wasn’t about to let a P get in the way of 2 glorious months in Southeast Asia. “I have a plan!” I exclaimed. “We’re going to kill them......with kindness”. We arrived at the airport 5 hours before our midnight departure for China, ready for battle. As we approached the counter we bombarded the agent with a symphony of bull$&it conversation from all angles. “Where are you from miss?” “We’re so excited for this trip!” “Have you ever been?” “Oh you were born the same month as me? That’s amazing!!” I secretly referred to our strategy as Shock and Awe. We would distract her and everyone else who checked her passport versus her ticket to such a degree as they would rendered helpless and want us out of there as quickly as possible. I looked over at Natalie as paragraph after paragraph of worthless chatter spewed forth and couldn’t help but feel impressed by my partner in crime. I’ve always had a knack for being a bulls$&it artist when I need to be, but it appears I’ve met my match. At the end of the day, nobody noticed the missing P, nobody missed a flight, we boarded the largest passenger plane in the world (a380) and I wrote this while sipping Cappuccino in Guangzhou while waiting for our flight to Bangkok. ✈️ 🇹🇭 🌴🏝🌎🗺🚎🌬
We stood at this spot for almost two hours, watching the vertical cliffs of the Santa Lucia mountains turn the rolling ocean waves into frothy whipping cream. Big Sur is breath taking. If you've heard of it, it's likely because it is frequently described as one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Big Sur is the name for 76 miles along Highway 1 between Carmel and San Simeon in Central California. It's so rugged that over half of it has been closed this year due to landslides. BUT we've just read that the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge has been reopened allowing access to 35 additional miles. Naturally this happened the day after we left, so now we've got an excuse to head back!
Brought Mander to the shop to get the lights fixed at 10 a.m. this morning. Even though I had an appt, they didn't even look at it until 4 p.m.! Obviously, it was nothing they could fix in the hour and half they were still open, so Mander is spending the night in the shop. Thank goodness the cats and I have my friend's place to crash at! I'm hoping this shop does better tomorrow because ain't nobody got time for this! 😬👊
Just when you think you're done with the insulating, you find another area that you wanna spray foam 😂😜...am I addicted.....maybe! Lol😂😜😂😜. Actually I was going to use the Dodge campervan' fridge in my Chev campervan reno project but I went another route and ended up selling that one. I'm gonna go with a new 12-24V DC, 110-220VAC compressor refrigerator with freezer. So I've insulated the old upper and lower exterior side vents with Reflectix and now in the process of adding spray-foam over that, since the vents won't be needed now.
One of the most challenging aspects of living in a van is taking a gamble on where you're going to sleep at night. When you're in a place like Yosemite, it can be a game of chance. So when we wanted to extend our stay in the valley, but everywhere was full, we decided to drive around the campsites and see if some kind soul would share their site. Armed with cash and beer, we were ready to buy our way to a good night's sleep, and who knows, maybe even make some new friends. The pickings were getting slim and we were growing more desperate as we kept getting rejected. As we rounded the last few campsites, we saw a clean cut looking couple pull up in their Prius with an empty spot next to them. This looked like our last opportunity to sleep in the valley, so we decided to jump on it. I smiled as I hung out the van window and said, "Hey, we are just looking for a spot to park our van for the night. We can pay half your fee and we've got beer to share! Do you mind if we join?" With his JCrew catalogue haircut and his pristine new puffy on, the guy looks at his girlfriend, looks at me, looks at our van, shakes his head and says "yeah........ I don't think so." This was a low blow, but I'm getting used to being passed off as a dirty hippie. After I succumbed to both laughter and dismay, I spotted a beacon in the distance. A van, the kind that's probably filled with dirty, beer loving climbers. This truly was our last hope, so we made a beeline. This time, we got lucky. Lesson learned: always look for the vans and don't forget the beer #yeahIdontthinkso
Our fluffs are officially in the air and in their way to us from Australia. Until I'm looking at them I'll be a nervous wreck, self medicating with whisky. 😐 I can't wait to smoosh them in to oblivion!! ❤️
Van life is not about the van, but the amazing life you can have with such a versatile vehicle. The best days are spent under the sun, next to a grassy lake, catching the meal you put on the plates in front of you. So thank you Blondie, for being so wonderful at helping us wander through this life. Thank you for bringing us this golden opportunity to not conform to what "life is supposed to be" and truly get out and experience what's important on this wonderful earth
To my two sweet children...you've endured this little Bertha breakdown spree without so much as a whimper or a bark or a whine...
You've sat patiently for hours and hours in waiting rooms and parking lots and busy roadsides and desolate dirt highways...
When we've let out a deep sigh or a couple tears, you've scampered across the van to press your face to ours.
There's not a thing in this world you don't know how to make better by simply existing.
I am so thankful for you.
📷: by my friend Taylor of @andshesdopetoo