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.

#39

Washington (Seattle, Olympic National Park)

After our longer-than-planned stop in southern California we pretty much sped up the coast to get to Washington and pick up our visitors. We made way more miles than normally and it felt rushed but also liberating. We were free to move at last! We stopped at Lake Shastina for a little over a week, and then Bend for maybe 10 days. L...

#38

The year of the mechanical breakdowns

We would've thought our budget for mechanical repairs was exhausted for this year. I mean, with a new rear axle and getting the new trailer and car ready. And we did have some fun, finally being able to leave Yuma, AZ and heading up the US395 into the southern part of the eastern Sierra Nevadas. We made the trip to Death Valley Nation...

#37

Death Valley aka Photodump

I wasn’t so sure what to think about Death Valley before heading there. You kinda get the feeling that every inch  had been photographed a million times, which gives you the false impression of already knowing that place before actually heading there. We decided not to take the trailer since the road going in from the west is na...

#36

American Girl Mine and Trona Pinnacles

We were stuck in Yuma, AZ for way too long, actually since our Axle broke. But still we decided to stay at American Girl Mine just outside the city for a little longer until everything found its place in the new trailer and we felt at least remotely at home. What we actually did: Everyone got sick and we spend nights with puking fever...

#35

Sand

After Borrego Springs everybody headed to a boondocking spot close to Yuma, about 20 miles west. Everyone except us. We were stuck in a hotel with no car or home. So when everything was settled, all our stuff brought into the trailer, all the maintenance done, we headed back into the desert. Well, by now everyone but one family has le...

#34

New Years

We started the new year on the wrong foot. Or, to be fair, it started going downhill on day 5. That’s when we left the party at Borrego Springs and the start of a long trip. But first things first. Christmas After an awesome week at the Joshua Tree Dry Lake Bed with friends we traveled to Joshua Tree South to hang out with...

#33

Almost a video a day 2015

This was by far the most exhausting year we ever had, but also the most rewarding. We completed our move to the states and into a motorhome, welcomed our newest family member and traveled from the east coast to the west coast. We met amazingly wonderful people and found out what we need to be happy. Music by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ...

#32

Joshua Tree Dry Lake

Staying at the Mohave Desert was great, Mittry Lake was fun but the Joshua Tree Dry Lake Bed was awesome. I think the pictures may be better at describing how awesome it was. We pretty much kicked the kid out in the morning and shooed her in in the evening. The dust was everywhere and after we left we had a day at the Laundromat and t...

#31

Solar

The decision to actually finally get some solar was made in one evening. We’ve been boondocking the last weeks and always had to leave because our batteries were drained. That hurts, especially with the campgrounds being $50 and more in this area. We do know how to conserve, but we still have to charge everything every 5-10 days, depend...

#30

Mittry Lake

I’d say we always planned on/wanted to boondock but hey, we did pretty much nothing else the first 10 months. Only that we didn’t stay in those fancy nature spots but at Lowes or Walmart every single night. Florida is not known for being rich in nature boondocking possibilities and the few are a real pain midsummer. It’s like you ca...