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
We made it to Glacier NP on August 25th, for our 6 year wedding anniversary. As we were headed there we knew that half of Glacier NP was literally on fire. The west side of the park was closed off to visitors. Due to the forest fires, there was a huge possibility of the east … Continue reading National Park #5: Glacier
We left the unbelievable Grand Teton NP and made our way into eastern Idaho. Looking for a place to sleep for the night can be tricky, especially when we prefer to boondock (aka camp for free). An app that we use to find BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Land is US Public Lands . Through this we … Continue reading Craters of the Moon National Monument
Fun Fact: The entrance fee for Yellowstone also applies to Grand Teton, two parks for the price of one! Thursday, August 2nd we made our way to Grand Teton from the south end of Yellowstone. We went to the Colter Bay Visitor Center to get information on the park. Jason had done some research and … Continue reading National Park #4: Grand Teton.
Before we could get to Yellowstone our route was dictated by Verizon stores. Remember Jason sat on his phone and broke it? Well, it took THREE different Verizon stores before we could get him a new phone. On one of those stops, we were also able to pick up some bear spray and bear bells. … Continue reading National Park #3: Yellowstone.