Stranded in Provo and the Moose’s Mating Call

We never planned to spend a week in the Provo/Salt Lake City area. Heck, we didn’t even plan to spend a few days there. Vaniel, however, had other plans in mind. He had been experiencing some electrical issues so we got him into a Dodge dealer ASAP while he was still under warranty. His “progress”…

City of Rocks: Where we met some amazing van lifers

Rule #1 of Van Life: Nobody shits in the toilet. Rule #2: Avoid weekend crowds at all costs. Rule #3: There are no other rules.  With only two rules, you’d think we’d have this locked in by now. For the record, Rule #1 remains unbroken. *clasps hands above head* We’ve had a few close calls,…

Returning to Smith Rock one year later

Smith Rock State Park, a picture-perfect climber’s paradise in central Oregon. It’s a unique place with views all around, beautiful water surrounding the rock, and some very enjoyable climbing. It’s also quite special for us as it is the first place we ever returned to with Vaniel. The first time we were in Smith Rock (September 2017),…

Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, and scary lava tubes

Stratovolcanoes, lava tubes, blue skies, and sunshine. Sounds like another round of adventure with Vaniel! Ape Caves: The third longest lava tube in North America. Ape Cave was formed nearly 2,000 years ago from lava streaming down the southern flank of Mount St. Helens. (Thanks, WTA.) Here’s the thing about caves: turns out, I’m not a fan….

Hiking the Enchantments and more Washington adventures

Almost a year after we packed up our van and moved out of our tiny micro studio in West Seattle, we finally returned to Washington. We had a long checklist of everything we wanted to do and people we wanted to see and no plan whatsoever. #methodsofsuccess While we didn’t get to everything on our…

Grand Teton National Park… quite grand indeed

Within one week in Grand Teton National Park, we hiked 40 miles and biked 18 miles (or 26 miles if you’re an overachiever like Colin). We didn’t see everything, but we sure gave it our best. This blog will focus on our hikes because I’m not half as talented with a camera when I’m on…

Cook all the meals. Eat all the food. Save all the money.

It’s been over a year since we left Seattle and started living in a van full-time. That’s A LOT of meals, especially when you consider the fact that we try to cook as much as possible in order to keep costs down. We also try to keep it healthy. As such, a little creativity goes…

And so begins our mountain biking journey…

If you asked me a year ago if I thought I’d be mountain biking, I would have said, “Probably not.” But hey, I had just quit my job to move into a van, so maybe I really would have said, “Anything’s possible.” And so it is. I have a bike. Colin has a bike too…

The National Park to rival all National Parks

Well I’ll be damned. We’ve been in Colorado for six weeks now. As per usual, this was not in our original plan (we expected to be here for 2-3 weeks). In our defense, there’s just SO MUCH to do here. There’s climbing, breweries, hiking, mountain biking (that’s new for us!), and did I mention breweries?…