Salt Sugar Sea

A guy, girl, baby and pup seeking more of life's scenic route in a diy converted Sprinter Van. Stories, travel tips, recipes, van conversion inspiration.

Vanlife Log : MPH vs KPH Calculation

Vanlife Log. Day 14.  It’s 10 pm, the road is dark and I’m tired.  We’ve been going up hill for a while, at a creepingly slow speed.  Curious as to just how slow, I glance over at the speedometer, from the passenger seat.  I notice two sets of numbers.  Per the speedometer, we are either going at a speed of 25 or 40. Apparently we are actually going 25 and.. Read More

Vanlife Log: KOA Night Time Check-in and Burgers

Vanlife Log. Day 12.  Since our near stranded escapade of the van not starting, we decided to move down to a lower elevation.  It was still cold, but we are talking 20 degrees cold, not zero degrees.  It almost felt warm.  Almost.  Living the Van Life in the cold is proving to be more challenging than we expected.   While we do have the wood burning fireplace inside the van, we.. Read More

Vanlife Log: How to always get FREE Late Check-Out 

Vanlife Log: Day 10.  I may throw $20 on black, once in a blue moon if we are in a casino, but we are not gamblers.  However, if you do join a casino’s Players Club, and spend some time gambling, you may end up with a few free things.  Our friend’s family dabbles in some casino time, and every year the casino sends them free nights to stay in their.. Read More

Vanlife Log: Ideas to Freshen Up on Road Trips

Vanlife Log. Day 9.  After driving long hours into the night, we woke up at another Truck Stop in an unmemorable town.  I bundled up, stepped out of the van into slushy ice, and shuffled myself to the restroom.  My purse stocked full of standard tools to freshen up.  Hoping afterwards, I would not feel like I just woke up at a Truck Stop in a van. With the addition.. Read More

Vanlife Log: Broke down in Colorado Winter

Vanlife Log. Day 8. The Van didn’t start for three days.  We’ve had some minor trouble with starting the van in the past, but being broke down in the snowy weather of Colorado winter is a different kind of trouble.  This is the most cold I have ever experienced. Each night the temperatures of Copper Mountain, had been dipping below zero.  In the morning we opened a snow dusted door.. Read More

Vanlife Log : How to Snowboard with Baby on Board

Vanlife Log. Day 6. We have been trying to figure out how to snowboard with baby on board for over a year now.  None of what we have learned is perfect, but it is possible.  You can snowboard as a new parent.  You can snowboard with baby on board! Here is how we ride…. Option 1: As a Family My personal favorite, but it’s not for everyone.    Bundle baby.. Read More

Vanlife Log : Camper Van Fireplace Test Run

Vanlife Log. Day 5. It is 6 degrees in the morning hours of Copper Mountain.  That seems like a good time to test out our camper van’s new fireplace.  We worked on installing the Dickinson Marine Newport solid fuel heater, all the way until the day we embarked on this trip.  The install is now complete, but there was no time left to give the fireplace a test run.  .. Read More

Vanlife Log : Dog Boarding while Traveling

Vanlife Log. Day 3. For our first major stop, we are headed to Copper Mountain, CO to enjoy a few days of snowboarding with friends.  We will be taking the Vanlife indoors for a few days to a little condo right by the lifts.  Unfortunately they do not allow dogs, and we are a dog friendly caravan here.  So, we need to find some type of dog boarding for the.. Read More

Vanlife Log : Staycation

Vanlife Log. Day 1.  The Van packed in disarray, we pulled out of our suburbian neighborhood to return to vanlife from a six month hiatus.  The sun streamed down in the high 70s, as if it had no idea we are in winter.  Our belongings bouncing about, we turned right, then left, and on towards the highway.   Although I am a bit insane about order, the mess did not.. Read More

Vanlife Log : Preface

Welcome to this new series of mini posts on Van Life, real time.  We are stoked to have you on our scenic route!  On the Van Life Log, you will find fresh up-to-date, daily (ish) little snippets of fun, and useful information, such as……… Quick Tips & Road Tricks Wifi Stats Good Local Food & Coffee Finds  Stories of Travel with Baby & Dog Places to Sleep and Shower on.. Read More