March 25th-April 16th The Blue Ridge Parkway is a magical drive. Gradient blue mountains in the distance around each bend are breathtaking. We were a bit early in the season, so things weren't as lush green as we would have hoped, but that also meant less people (which our slow moving vehicle enjoyed). The Linville … Continue reading The Mighty Mid-Atlantic
March 3rd to March 25th Georgia: 1st stop Cumberland Island National Seashore. This island is known for their wild horses, no cars, tropical landscape, and it's history. We took the ferry over to explore for the day. You can camp on the island but, it's tent camping only and you must pack everything in/out. Bike rentals … Continue reading Southern Hospitality.
February 7th- March 2nd After birthday shenanigans in New Orleans we made our way to Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi. Lizards, turtles, and alligators OH MY! Hiking may be easier (very flat, short trails) but I was constantly making sure nothing was slithering around me which resulted in lots of squeals and many jumps/false … Continue reading Florida.
Back on the road and it feels good! We left the Arizona desert and headed straight to Pie Town, NM! We got to our free campsite just in time for a spectacular sunset before we bundled up for the 19 degree temps. This highway town of 186 people has some damn good pie and even better … Continue reading New Mexico, Texas & Louisiana.
171. The number of days since I last saw my family and even longer for most of my friends. December 18th Jason and I left MichelVangelo in Arizona in the very good hands of the Schroeders and flew back to Iowa to spend almost a month back home making up for lost time. As Jason … Continue reading Home.
From Death Valley to Las Vegas, baby! Started our Vegas trip by getting kicked out of a Walmart parking lot (our first ever on this trip and hopefully the last). It's somewhat of a right of passage in the world of #vanlife. A knock on our door at 11pm sent Kate hiding under the covers … Continue reading Utah, Arizona & a dip into Mexico.
California is home to E-I-G-H-T National Parks and we were able to visit 5 of these wonders. We entered Northern California and made our way to Redwood National Park, but also Redwood State Park. It was pretty confusing to know which one was which. We made sure to explore a lot of it, so we … Continue reading California Vibes.
September 17th- October 9th We slumped our way over the Canadian border with our "squishy" breaks, broken slider door, and rain-soaked belongings. Bellingham, WA is where we spent the next two days twiddling our thumbs while MichelVangelo got a brake upgrade (along with new wheel drums, axle seals, calipers, and an oil change). Our van … Continue reading Cascades, Mt. Rainier, Olympic, & Crater Lake National Parks. Oh my!
This vagabond is feeling a little extra emotional (grateful) this holiday season. I want to say a big thank you to our parents; it wasn't the route you expected our life to take, but you've encouraged us to do what makes us happy even if you think we're nuts. To our families and friends, who … Continue reading Grateful.
Oh Canada! We left the spectacular Glacier NP to see it's beautiful Canadian sister, Waterton Lakes NP. In order to get there we needed to cross the Canadian border... in a shady white van. This was the first time we had ever driven over the border so we were definitely a bit nervous. Rolling up to … Continue reading National Parks: Canadian Edition