Adventure Van: Blog

Fog n’ Fun on Mackinac Island

It may be foggy out, but we're ready for an adventure on Mackinac Island. This 3.8 square mile island has ...
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Rockin’ & Rollin’ In The Hall Of Fame!

It's only rock & roll... but I like it! So put another dime in the jukebox baby, cause today we're ...
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Niagara Falls Pt 2 – Oh Canada!

Now that we've seen the falls from the American side, it's time to check them out from Canada! ...
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Oh Canada… We Do Like Your Chocolate.

Starting our day of right (at least in Canada) We're on our way to grab a quick (and sugary) breakfast, ...
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Niagara Fall Pt 1 – USA!

Everyone's heard of Niagara Fall, which is why we're making it a stop on our road trip! It's the first ...
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Zipline Adventures In Upstate New York

Hoping to zip the longest line in the United States we're here in upstate New York! Unfortunately... the lifts to ...
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Vermont’s Only Floating Bridge

Why are we at Vermont's Only Floating Bridge!?!? Because it's cool, that's why! ...
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Rock of Ages! (Not The Musical)

Ever wonder what it takes to produce world class granite sculptures? I hope so! -- If that answer is yes, ...
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All Dogs Do Go To Heaven!

Nestled in the hills of Vermont is a small congregation... not of people, but of dogs. Hang with us as ...
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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

Eroding over the course of 25,000 years as the North American ice sheet was melting is this granite pothole of ...
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Easternmost Point of USA…. and Canada

Not originally part of our plan, we're calling an audible and driving to the Eastern point in the USA! Tommy's ...
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Maine Lobster and More!

One of the first things we think of when we hear Maine is lobster! Surprisingly, not many restaurants are serving ...
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Acadia National Park 3: Bubble Rock Hike

Acadia National Park is loaded with hiking trails. Today we'll  be hiking the Bubble Rock trail. It's just a little ...
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Acadia National Park 2: Cadillac Mountain Sun Views

Ever wonder where you can view the first sunrise in the United States? Well, one location is right here in ...
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Acadia National Park 1: The Coast of Maine

Located along the coast of Maine is the beautiful Acadia National Park. We're setting up camp and getting ready to ...
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Portland Head Light – Maine

We're not in Oregon, we're in Cape Elizabeth, Maine; at the Portland Head Light! Even with all the technologies provided ...
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Visiting The “Pilgrim State” – Plymouth Rock

An evening in Boston, followed by a day in Plymouth! We're not really sure what to expect in Plymouth, other ...
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Rhode Island’s Little Italy

The last of the 13 colonies to become a state. Rhode Island covers an area of 1,214 square miles, making ...
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Marvelous Mystic Seaport

Founded in 1929, the Mystic Seaport was created to preserve the artifacts and culture of seafaring. This 19 acre museum ...
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Kingda Ka!! – Six Flags

Who's not excited to ride roller coasters!?!? I know there are some people who can easily pass on being launched ...
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New York, New York!

We're ready to enjoy some sunshine and test our driving skills while visiting this amazing city! Can you believe how ...
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On The Road Day 79 – Old Friend And A Van Repair

Mile 15,212 of our road trip!! That's a lot of miles and we can hardly believe it! Fortunately we're here ...
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The Sky’s The Limit

Today we are in the Poconos Mountains, ready to jump out of a small airplane, and plunge between 10,000 to ...
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America’s Favorite Playground – Atlantic City

Who would have known that there was another "Las Vegas" right on the beach? Atlantic City is the first boardwalk ...
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City Of Brotherly Love (or so they say…)

The Liberty Bell, Sylvester Stallone, Benjamin Franklin.... We're in Philadelphia! ...
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Hershey Park…. The Sweetest Place On Earth!

Knowing our love of chocolate and sugar, it's no surprise that we would end up going to Hershey's Theme Park! ...
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On The Battlefields of Gettysburg

The infamous battlefield at Gettysburg is arguably the turning point in the Civil War. While not the largest battle in ...
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George Washington’s First Monument

When you hear about the Washington Monument, you probably think of the obelisk located in Washington DC. While that monument ...
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Uncle Jeff’s and the Crystal Grottoes

Today we get to explore the Crystal Grotto Caves! These caves contain some of the most dense and naturally kept ...
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Walking In Washington…. DC That Is

Travelling the lower 48 states, we can't forget to visit our Nation's Capital, Washington DC! We've both previously been to ...
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Escalator Fun in Wheaton

What's more fun than the longest escalator in the western hemisphere!?!? Okay... a lot of things, but today we're settling ...
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Magically Whisked Away To Delaware!

Hi. We're in Delaware.... Looking online, we have been struggling trying to find something to do in Delaware. Questioning people ...
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Jamestown – A Colony Full Of Mysteries

Jamestown, a simple English colony expanding into a new world? Or a mysterious story full of deception and suspence? Watching ...
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Monticello – Thomas Jefferson’s Little Mountain

The primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello is a fascinating visit for anyone intrigued by the man. Designed by Thomas ...
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On The Road: Day 69 – A Little Bad Luck

13,500 miles traveled so far! Today we're cruising through the Commonwealth of Virginia ...
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New River Gorge Bridge

This bridge has a very unique distinction, and that is it's the longest steel arch bridge in the United States!! ...
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Beckleys Coal Mine Expedition

Coal mining has deep roots in West Virginia and today we're going to explore what mining coal it all about! ...
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Mammoth Caves National Park

We've been above ground for far too long. Time to head underground into a "Grand, Gloomy, and Peculiar place", as ...
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Kentucky Derby Extravaganza

Saddle your horses and get ready for a ride. We're here at the Kentucky Derby Museum and ready to check ...
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National Museum of the USAF!

Doin' what we can with just a little bit of time in the National Museum of the USAF! We're in ...
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

The racing capital of the world, Indianapolis Indiana. Today we're checking out the largest enclosed sporting arena in the world! ...
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Gateway To The West – St. Louis Arch

This is one of the coolest structures we've ever visited! Seeing the arch in person is truly inspiring. The simple, ...
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Lambert’s Rolls & Mat Kearney

Catching thrown dinner rolls and a live music concert, we're headed into Missouri! ...
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Nashville’s Opreland Hotel!

Wrapping up our day in Nashville, we're looking to meet with our buddy Garry! ...
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Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a country music legend? If you have, you would know that ...
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Greek Parthenon and Goddesses, In Nashville?

The Athens of the South! Is another name given to the country music capital of the world- Nashville Tennessee. Who ...
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The Minister’s Tree House

Seeing how it's Easter Sunday, we figure it might be a good idea to go to church. What better church ...
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Ole Smoky Moonshine – C’mon Raise The Proof!

We're in moonshine country! And we hear the Ole Smoky Distillery is the place to be! This place is the ...
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Alpine Coaster Take 2….

The 2nd longest Alpine Coaster in the United States!! We attempted the longest alpine coaster in Colorado, but it didn't ...
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On The Road: Day 60 – The Smoky Mountains

Heading into Tennessee from North Carolina, we pass through The Great Smoky Mountains! ...
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Nantahala White Water Rafting!

Have you ever felt the cool breeze in your face? How about the rush of frigid cold water beneath a ...
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Biltmore – America’s Largest Home

Today we're cruising through North Carolina and making a stop at Biltmore, the largest privately owned house in the United ...
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Kitty Hawk – The Dawn of Flight

It's more than 100 years since Wilbur and Orville Wright fly the first airplane and can't imagine today's world without ...
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Fort Sumter – The War of Succession Began Here.

April 12, 1861. Just before the sun rises, a shell explodes above Fort Sumter. The War of Success has begun ...
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Patriot’s Point – Charleston, SC

On the Charleston Harbor, across from Charleston City, South Carolina is Patriot's Point, a Naval & Maritime Museum. Before heading ...
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The City of Savannah

Cobblestone squares and shaded oaks, today we're in Savannah, Georgia! Established in 1733, Savannah is the oldest city in the ...
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“The Happiest Place on Earth” – Animal Kingdom

Today is our fourth and final day in Disney World and today we're visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom! If you haven't ...
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“The Happiest Place on Earth” – Magic Kingdom

Today we are going to the most iconic park in Disney World, Magic Kingdom!!! If you haven't already checkout Day ...
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“The Happiest Place on Earth” – Hollywood Studios

Today is Day 2 of our Disney World adventure! After staying with Tim and Shelly for the night, we're headed ...
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“The Happiest Place on Earth” – Epcot

Going to Disney World is one of the most common childhood dreams. Both of us have been as children, but ...
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Bioluminescent Kayaking

There's no better way to enjoy a sunset than in a kayak at the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Not only ...
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Key West: Close to Perfect – Far From Normal

What's an all-American road trip without traveling to the southernmost city in the USA, Key West!! There isn't much on ...
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Scuba Diving: Key Largo, Florida

Located within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is the 3rd largest living coral reef in the world! Today we've ...
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Airboat Cruisin’ at Wooten’s

Alligators!!! Crocodiles!!!! Tigers!!!! Oh my!!!! Today we're at Wooten's Everglade Airboat Tours for quite an exciting adventure! We are excited ...
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#1 Beach USA: Siesta Beach

Located in the lower portion of Florida lies a gem worth visiting. The #1 Beach in the USA: SIESTA BEACH! ...
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On The Road: Day 41 – Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Mile: 8,027 Driving through Florida, and passing near Tampa, we have to take the opportunity to cross the Sunshine Skyway ...
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Visiting Kali’s Grandma

The last time Kali visited her grandma down in Florida was over 10 years ago while she was in Technical ...
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All Aboard the USS Alabama!

September 5th, 1945, The USS Alabama leads the entire American Fleet into Tokyo Bay upon the signing of the surrender ...
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The First (and only) President of the Confederate States

This morning we're in Biloxi, Mississippi and ready to explore the home of Jefferson Davis! Say what you will about ...
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Good Times in New Orleans!

What is a drive through Louisiana without a stop in New Orleans?!?! ...It's just a drive through Louisiana. Our drive ...
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National WWII Museum

Rating as the 2nd best museum in the world (in terms of overall quality), is the National World War II ...
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On The Road: Day 37 – From Texas to New Orleans

With our new camera on it's way to Kali's Grandma's house, we're on our way to Louisiana. First! A quick ...
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The Alamo & Surrounding Missions

We're back from our cruise! and hanging out in San Antonio a little longer, waiting for our replacement camera to ...
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Liberty of The Seas: A Vacation From Our Vacation!

While we're in texas, might as well take a cruise out of Galveston!! Along with Tommy's dad, Bill and his ...
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Hanging In Texas – A Break From The Road

Here we are in Seguin, Texas! Just east of San Antonio, we're visiting Tommy's Dad, Bill, and his wife, Dana! ...
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Oklahoma City National Memorial

April 19th, 1995 9:02am. The Oklahoma City Bombing, An act of domestic terrorism responsible for taking the lives of 168 ...
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Supporting Our Troops – Thanks Janet!

While deployed, we had numerous care packages sent to us, helping to support our operations. None are as special as ...
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Greetings From Bentonville – The Walmart Museum

Ever wonder how Walmart started? How it's the world's largest retailer today? Or about the man behind its success? - ...
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Christ of the Ozarks! – Berlin Wall & Amphitheater

The largest Christ statue in North America! Located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the Christ of the Ozarks statue was built ...
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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

We're excited today to visit one of the world's best zoos. Our visit will include a walk through the world's ...
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Largest Covered Wagon in the World!

Rock me mamma like a wagon wheel 🎶... the largest wagon wheel in the world!! (Disclaimer: no wagon wheels here) ...
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Twine Anyone? – Largest Twine Ball in the World

We've been driving for a while, but we're determined to make it to our next stop before calling it a ...
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Carhenge: Sunsets and Automobiles

This evening we have to book it over to Alliance, Nebraska for the chance to see a one of a ...
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Chimney Rock: A Rock With Many Names

Chimney Rock is the most recognized landmark along the Oregon Trail. Travellers would rely on this rock to confirm their ...
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The Legend of Scotts Bluff

Scotts Bluff, Nebraska is a 19th-century landmark positioned on the Oregon and Mormon Trail. The National Monument contains multiple bluffs ...
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Cheyenne Train Depot & Museum

For some states it's a challenge to find something interesting to do... with both of us being fans of the ...
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Outlaw Mountain Coaster!

Who's ready to ride an Alpine Coaster!?!? Today, we're at the longest Alpine (or mountain) coaster in North America. We ...
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Casa Bonita – Taste the Magic of Mexico!

South Park fans might get a kick out of this one... If you have no idea what we're talking about ...
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Garden of The Gods… and a Beetle.

We're in Colorado!! Specifically, Garden Springs! And the weather is.... TERRIBLE! But that's okay... We're still going to push through ...
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Visiting Friends: A Thing Called Meow Wolf

Today we're spending time with some (somewhat) recently made friends. Meet 'n Greet Greg and Demante are the only must ...
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Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

Has anyone ever wondered where Smokey went? Well... he's dead ...
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White Sands: A Beach Without An Ocean

Surfs up! Kinda... White sands is the largest gypsum dunefield in the world! It's sands engulf 275 square miles of ...
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On the Road: Day 17 – In Arizona

Arizona has been great, but it's time to hit the road and head to New Mexico! We imagine this drive ...
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There’s No Buddy Like a Brother

Today we are visiting Kali's brother in Phoenix, Arizona! Shortly before going on this trip, we were deployed for 6 ...
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Grand Canyon: Part 2 – Hiking Up

It's an early start to our day as we prepare for the climb out of the Grand Canyon! Reviews we've ...
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Grand Canyon: Part 1 – Hiking Down

We have quite an adventure planned today! Our goal is to hike to the bottom of the GRAND CANYON!!! Reading ...
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Antelope Slot Canyon Tour

Located on the upper Antelope Canyon, we are about to embark on an adventure through one of the most visited ...
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Cliffs, Bends, and Horses

You can't go to the Grand Canyon before stopping to see the GLORIOUS view of Horseshoe Bend! Pulling into a ...
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Four Places At Once!

Most people would love the ability to be two places at once. Today we're going to be in four! Looking ...
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Arches: Part 3 – Campsites & Entry Signs

We're spending two nights in Arches! Today is day two! Despite the weather, our first day in the park was ...
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Arches: Part 2 – Hiking Delicate Arch

This evening we're hiking to the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park! After talking to the rangers, they explained this ...
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Arches: Part 1 – Colors In The Angle of The Sun

The Highest Concentration of Arches in The World! Arches National Park is home to over 2,000 natural stone arches, hundreds ...
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On The Road: Day 11 – Zion to Arches (Taco-tastrophe)

This morning we're packing in the campsite at Zion and hitting the road for Arches National Park! It's about a ...
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Zion: Part 2 – Water and Waders (The Narrows)

The main reason we're in Zion National Park is to hike The Narrows, one of the most popular hikes in ...
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Zion: Part 1 – Enchanting Sandstone Cliffs (Angels Landing)

Are you looking for an adventure on one of the most dangerous hikes in the world?? (according to several outdoor ...
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On The Road: Day 9 – Las Vegas to Zion

We're off to Zion!! While it's been nice living in luxury the past few days, it's time to pack our ...
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Las Vegas – Secret Pizza & High Roller

It's Vegas Baby! It's not the first time we've been to Las Vegas, and definitely not the last. So with ...
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Hoover Dam

The Largest Dam In... Nevada. We're spending a couple nights in Vegas, so we're taking one day to visit Hoover ...
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Welcome To Death Valley

It's a hot one here in the valley! Actually... it's not too bad. Today's high is 88°F... which is pretty ...
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On The Road: Day 6 – Mojave & Baker City

It's early when we leave Potwisha Campground in Sequoia National Park. Our destination this evening is Death Valley. We leave ...
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Through the Redwoods of Sequoia

With our adventure in Yosemite behind us, it's time to look forward! Our plan is to pass through Sequoia National ...
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Yosemite: Part 2 – El Capitan Is The Man!

Day Two in Yosemite First! Check out Yosemite part 1!! This morning we wake up early. Our plan? Half Dome! ...
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Yosemite: Part 1 – We’ve Arrived!

"The mountains are calling and I must go..." Yosemite is gorgeous... it's very hard to describe it apart from that ...
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On The Road: Day 3 – Drive to Yosemite, Big Trees, & Gold Nugget

Sunrise Drive To Yosemite Yosemite here we come!! Our drive starts with an early departure from Tommy's Aunt's house. An ...
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A Sunny Day in San Francisco

The City By The Bay While visiting Tommy's Aunt, we take a break to visit some local landmarks. California offers ...
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On The Road: Day 1 – WA to CA and Crater Lake, OR

Well... WE'RE ON THE ROAD! A few nights ago we said goodbye to Kali's family before visiting Tommy's Mom. This ...
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Van Diaries 9 – Things Are Coming Together

With not much time before our trip, it's time to start wrapping things up and call the van ready! 😎 ...
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Van Diaries 8 – External Power Plug

External Power Plug A while ago, we tested sleeping in our van during winter. Fortunately, we had a portable heater ...
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Van Diaries 7 – Revisit Electrical

We're back!... from our overseas trip. And now it's time to start frantically preparing our van before we leave. We ...
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How We Save On Gas

It takes a little effort, but every cent adds up! I'm not sure we've ever actually dedicated significant time to ...
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Van Diaries 6 – Sweet Shelves & Storage

So to recap, we're done with the bulk of the furniture and are ready to look more into storage, shelves, ...
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Van Diaries 5 – The Counter Part 2: Countertop

* Disclaimer: If you haven't figured it out by now... we're still learning how to blog effectively... 😛 Planning phase ...
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Van Diaries 4 – The Counter Part 1: Framing

Framing of the cabinets is our focus today. We sat in the van for quite a while... convincing ourselves how ...
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Van Diaries 3 – The Electrical & The Mirror

The electrical in the van was pretty straight forward ...
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Van Diaries 2 – The Bed

Today, we built the bed... A bed is critical to any good camper van (Do I even really need to ...
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Van Diaries 1 – The Van and The Fan

Time was running out, and the van was far from ready... I'm not sure how we waited until June to ...
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