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  • Avenue of the Giants

    August 6, 2020 by

    We woke up to an interesting view with the ocean on one side of the van and llamas on the other. The turnout we slept at became pretty popular overnight and we were greeted with a trailer containing two llamas that had pulled over for a rest. The driver had brought the animals out and… Read more

  • Driving up Highway 1

    June 29, 2020 by

    We started our day by waking up with an oceanic view. Apparently California just gives off some type of beach vibe because this day was yet another hunt for the perfect spot. Mind you this was May 25th, so still not the best weather to be a beach bum although it was a lot nicer… Read more

  • Cali Beaches and Tidefalls

    May 9, 2020 by

    The next morning Michael and I instantly got moving. As always, we didn’t have much of a plan but we did want to see the Golden Gate Bridge. After thinking about a few different options, we decided to not actually cross the bridge since we would have to backtrack to get to it just to… Read more

  • Adventuring Around the San Fransisco Bay Area

    April 22, 2020 by

    After our eventful time in Yosemite National Park the previous day (which you can read about here) we kept with the name theme and headed towards a place called Little Yosemite. The drive to our destination reminded me of what I used to hear about California and its rolling hills, especially once we got to… Read more

  • Crossing Through the Valley of Yosemite

    February 5, 2020 by

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned to be true of the popular National Parks, it’s that parking can be pretty tricky. Yosemite is definitely one of the bigger, if not biggest, named parks and it sure shows. We arrived at the visitor center (after our second attempt at entering the park-check out my last post… Read more

  • A Snowy Lake Tahoe and Off to Yosemite!

    December 11, 2019 by

    Once we got up and moving, it was time for us to head into California. Michael and I wanted to go to Lake Tahoe since we both have heard great things about it. I’m sure it truly is a beautiful sight to see, but we’ll get to that in a second. The route we took… Read more

  • Adventures Through the Canyons

    November 13, 2019 by

    It was a cold and frosty morning in the van. Taking advantage of our close proximity to Bryce Canyon National Park, we had a slow and comfortable start to our day. After entering the park, doing our regular visitor center visit, and noticing the large rotating solar panels outside of the building, we ventured down… Read more

  • A Day at Zion and a Taste of Bryce Canyon

    October 25, 2019 by

    There was no hesitation once we woke up to head into Zion National Park. Driving in (not so early in the morning) we somehow managed to get a parking spot near the visitor center. Once we got our passports stamped and did a little shopping, we realized you could only get around the park by… Read more

  • Archways to Nature

    October 9, 2019 by

    Waking up to a hot and beautiful day in Moab, we grabbed some ice for our cooler and headed into Arches National Park. Arches became a National Park in 1929 and is mostly known for its 2,000+ natural arches. After a long geologic process spanning millions of years, you can simplify the formation of the… Read more

  • Exploring the Land of Canyons

    September 25, 2019 by

    Waking up, we immediately started our journey to Utah. The drive before the border of Colorado and Utah is one that I’ll never forget; on every side of us were mountains of red rocks. You could just watch as the landscape changed throughout the roads. One of our last moments in Colorado consisted of us… Read more

  • Hot Springs and Hikes in Colorado

    August 26, 2019 by

    Waking up in the mountains is something I don’t think I could ever get tired of. Being able to step outside and see a rocky landscape littered with trees first thing in the morning is unexplainable. We woke up not feeling the greatest due to our little endeavor the night before (aka it’s true-alcohol and… Read more

  • Backtracking in Colorado

    August 17, 2019 by

    Entering Colorado, we started with Colorado Springs and decided to head north afterwards. For a midwest girl who has only seen mini Michigan mountains and Appalachian mountains, the first sight of any mountain out west was incredible. Driving down the road, with wind turbines on either side of us, miles off in the distance you… Read more

  • Gateway to the West

    August 4, 2019 by

    After pushing our departure date back a few days, we decided it was time to get on the road regardless of if we were 100% ready (although this leads to stabbing yourself in the finger with a screw driver while trying to install hinges on the road). We packed the van up, made a few… Read more

  • Converting the ad-VAN-ture mobile

    July 24, 2019 by

    Before we get into the heart of our adventures I thought I would show you around our tiny home on wheels. We initially had a plan to reconvert Michaels old van, so we gutted that and started putting in the base of our floor. That is until we realized he was about to upgrade to… Read more

  • An Introduction

    July 17, 2019 by

    Hello! Getting back into this whole blogging business feels a little strange, but so many events have happened in my life recently and I’d love to share them with you! My name is Courtney and this story begins in 2019 during my last semester of college. I graduated with a degree in environmental science, however… Read more

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