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Vanlife Log: Perfect Pour Over Coffee 

Over the last 5 years, I have acquired a real interest in coffee.  An interest in the form of a mild obsession.  An obsession that has me craving a good coffee on a daily basis.  However, a truely good coffee that is made right, can be a bit of a treasure hunt.  Although, seeking that coffee gold, is part of the fun.  When we do find a perfect Pour Over.. Read More

Vanlife Log: Campervan Fireplace Mishap

The days of California are filled with warm sunshine.  The mornings and evenings, however, can be a bit brisk.  Before we climb into bed, The Husband will stock our Dickson Marine Fireplace with crumpled newspaper, and chips of Duraflame Log.  Come morning, all we have to do is light a match.  Instantly the van will be warm, and cozy.  Today, this method of lighting a fire in the dark, led.. Read More

Top Travel Cleaning Supplies for Van Dwellers

Travel cleaning supplies for the road

In most situations, I lean all green, chemical-free, plant based, holistic and natural.  I hold my cleaning supplies to these standards as well.  Except, when we are traveling in the van.  Cleaning supplies for Van Dwellers and Road Trippers must be at a higher level of clean.  Travel cleaning supplies need to provide a sanitized clean. Cleaning your own dirt is one thing.  Cleaning germs from someone else’s dirt is.. Read More

Vanlife Log: Seeking Sunshine

Vanlife seeking sunshine

58 days on the road.  Nearly all of which have been spent in snow, rain, and cold.  Seeking sunshine, we said goodbye to Oregon. Parked on the streets of upper middle suburbia, I began the rearrange shuffle that takes place each morning.  The first task is always folding up the Pack ‘N Play  I can either balance between our wall shelves and kitchen counter to Spider-Man myself over the pack.. Read More

Vanlife Log: Family Day Trip Ocean Air

Free Family day trip to the beach

56 days on the road.  To avoid the cabin fever that was starting to set in from too many consecutive rainy days, we geared up for a change in scenery. The site of the ocean always feels like a fresh breath of air, renewing our sense of wanderlust. Reminding us that this wandering life is good.  We decided to take a family day trip for a taste of Oregon ocean.. Read More

Vanlife Log: Rainy Day Camping

Rainy day camping in a self converted camper van

Raindrops ting on the metal roof of the van, playing a natural symphony of beauty and surprise. Everyone has drifted asleep by the warmth of our cozy wood burning Dickinson Marine fireplace. Camping in the rain has brought us a welcomed moment of idle time.

Vanlife Log: Handmade Montana Pottery and Coffee

Handmade Montana pottery

Just a hop, skip, and half a jump down the road from a Hot Springs Campground is The Coffee Pot Bakery.  If you find yourself around Bozeman MT, this is a must stop.  The building is an enchanting, refurbished 1932 log cabin.  The Coffee Pot Bakery shares the cabin with Mountain Arts Pottery.  There is an eclectic assortment of unique handmade Montana pottery to look at, while waiting for your.. Read More

Vanlife Log : Hot Springs Camping Bozeman, MT

Copper pipes Bozeman hot springs camping

Vanlife Log, day 26.  In need of a shower, (again) we pulled into a the parking lot of Bozeman Hot Springs.  The Husband had work to finish, and Baby needed a change of scenery adventure.  We left the van, and went to explore our new surroundings.  After spending the previous night at a Truck Stop,  Hot Springs camping sounded pretty luxurious. Walking in, with baby in tow, a couple employees.. Read More

Vanlife Log : Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Jackson hole wy aerial tram

Vanlife Log, day 23.  It’s morning in Jackson Hole, and there is snow that needs to be explored.  We pass mountains, and a sea of open land covered in total white, beautiful snow.  A left turn takes us into the Teton Village, and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  I don’t know what it is, or if I’ll ever grow out of it, but there is something magical about snow. Being.. Read More

Vanlife Log: Eat, Sleep, Snow Jackson WY 

Jackson wy stuffed moose

Vanlife Log, day 22.  On the road to Jackson WY!  We had been winding in and out of the states of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming for hours.  We laughed as road signs continually welcomed us into the states.  “Oh, hey, we are in Idaho again”. Jackson Hole WY vs Jackson WY It’s all Jackson Hole.  Jackson Hole refers to a 48-mile long valley surrounded by mountain peaks,  and includes the.. Read More