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Vanlife Log: World’s Largest Hot Springs Pool

Glenwood springs worlds largest hot springs pool

Vanlife Log, day 16. Steam rises above the huge outdoor pools.  People sit, and wade sporadically around the warm waters.  Snow covered mountains make up the back drop in this beautiful Colorado experience.  This was an epic view to take in as we soaked in the natural healing waters of these mineral springs.  Glenwood Hot Springs claims to have the world’s largest hot springs pool, with a length of 405 feet!.. Read More

Vanlife Log : MPH vs KPH Calculation

Vanlife Log, day 14.  It’s 10 pm, the road is dark, and I’m tired.  Baby is sleeping, so we are trying to make up some road time.  This route has taken us uphill for what feels like forever.  The van is moving at a creepingly slow speed, due to how much gear we have it loaded down with.  (Skip to the bottom for MPH vs KPH Calculation) I became curious.. 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.  Although, I Wouldnt claim to be a gambler.  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.. Read More

Vanlife Log: Freshen Up on Road Trips

Vanlife Log, day 9.  After driving long hours into the night, we woke up at another Truck Stop.  We were in another unmemorable town.  I bundled up, stepped out of the van into slushy ice, and shuffled myself to the restroom.  My purse stocked full of the standard tools needed to freshen up on road trips.   I had hopes that afterward, I would be filled with more positive energy… Read More

Vanlife Log: Broke Down Sprinter in 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 never for longer than a day.  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.  A broke down Sprinter in winter is not a good time. Each night the temperatures.. 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…. 5 Ways to Snowboard with Baby on Board Option 1: As a Family My personal favorite,.. 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 new camper van 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 Tips for Travelers

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 VBRO vacation rental right by the lifts.  Unfortunately, this VBRO does not allow dogs, and we are a dog friendly caravan here.  So, we need to find some type of dog.. Read More

Vanlife Log : Vanlife 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.  Vanlife staycation is fully in effect. Although I am a bit insane about.. Read More