the family journal

We’ve been on the road for a while now, and we’ve seen quite a bit. We haven’t yet scratched the surface of what is out there though, so we keep exploring. Sometimes we can’t sit still, sometimes we don’t want to move. Sometimes we cover 1000 miles in a month, sometimes barely 50. But we are moving and we are exploring, one mile at a time.

#51

The three week Sprinter van built

  Our priority for this built wasn’t that picture perfect home that presents well in pictures but a) won’t withstand two little kids and a dog for longer than a week and b) will take time off our six month trip that we’d rather spend watching reindeer in northern Norway than building a pretty van. And, naturally, we’d ...

#50

Current status as of April 2019

It’s about time his blog got an update of where we are - about once a year it seems. I’ll probably maybe eventually do a recap of the last year, but for now we hopped continents and will be exploring Europe for the better part of the year. And since the shiny trailer didn’t make it in the cargo hold (yes, we seriously considered shi...

#49

South-East Utah and Page, AZ

We planned on a quiet week at the beach until the Ford F-350 dually pulled up next to us and unloaded his construction generator and two beach buggies. There goes the neighborhood. So we were eager to explore a more quiet area rather than sit on the beach after work. Thanks to our neighbors (the nice ones, not the ones with the ATVs)...

#48

South-West Utah and Zion

Looking at our travel map of the last three and a half years it looks likes we’ve gone great lengths to avoid the state of Utah. It wasn’t like this. At least not great lengths. Just every spring when we planned to head into Utah we were so damn tired of the desert that we skipped right to the trees and mountains and meadows. And ever...

#47

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

After spending way too much time in the Las Vegas area already we had to come back to order and pick up our fridge. We’ve used that cooler with the “Do not use as a fridge” label for way longer that expected and we’ve realized its limitations with Joshua Trees’ 100 degree days. So fridge got bumped up on the priorities list ...

#46

Joshua Tree National Park, CA

  We’ve spent some time at Joshua Tree two years ago, still with Betty and fairly new to this whole traveling/boondocking/meeting friends on the road thing. It was still one of the most epic groups/camping experience we had so far and we were not expecting this trip to top the experience on that dry lake bed. It didn’t. But we go...

#45

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Some words ahead: Do not do the math and add together how long we’ve been here vs. the stay limit. Just so we’re on the same page. Lake Mead was the perfect place to get some furniture built, spent Christmas and New Years and build some more. We pulled in with the Bend cold still in our bones, still a little bit lost without our...

#44

What the hell are we doing?

    Wait, weren’t we supposed to settle down in Idaho?! Well, nobody said we’re people who stick to plans. Quite the opposite actually. ( I just realized I never actually blogged about that whole North Idaho Homestead Winter Experience Extravaganza. Maybe later) And so we are resuscitating our more-than-ever bea...

#43

Wyoming (Yellowstone National Park)

  Yellowstone should have made it easy to be liked. We should’ve have been in awe, mesmerized and unwilling to leave. Instead we left after mere 48 hours without the feeling to have missed out on anything. Without even visiting the southern part of the park, where Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic are. Basically where all...

#42

Camping inception

Since we’re camping fulltime, going on a camping trip is somewhat weird. You’re feeling like you know what you’re doing, but you’re don’t. And it is super weird to go to a campground without your house. We were tired of the crowds of tourists. And we had a bad day. A oversleep-forget-the-camera-baby-throws-up-in-the-c...