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…

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?…

Promaster Party in South Dakota

When you wake up and see another Promaster parked next to your rig, you know it’s going to be a good day. I noticed it first when nature called bright and early. I opted not to tell Colin because I didn’t want him to get all excited and energized when I wanted to go back…

South Dakota: It doesn’t suck – a revelation by Colin and Lisa.

Hear me out; South Dakota is awesome! I know it’s hard to take my word for it, but I’ve seen it with my own eyes and I’m here to say: South Dakota, it does NOT suck (Colin concurs). THAT’S what their license plate should say. THAT should be the state slogan. #southdakotadoesnotsuck (it’ll catch on)……

Oh you Bad…lands.

Whenever I heard “South Dakota”, this is what I thought: Sure, this photo WAS taken in South Dakota… but it’s not indicative of the time we enjoyed there. My mission, here and now, is to change the South Dakota stereotype. I hope that the following photos will help change the general perspective.  We were in the…

An Interlude in Illinois

Ever have plans change? Happened to us. Originally, we thought we were going to be in Illinois for 3-4 weeks: come in for wedding festivities, see family and friends, get back on the road. Then, we decided to remodel Colin’s Naperville apartment and get it listed before leaving. It sounded quick in theory: new floors,…