Flashback: June 2018 – Yellowstone and Grand Teton

We lived just outside Yellowstone and The Grand Teton parks for over a week.  The West Yellowstone campsite was our favorite.  It was right next to a babbling brook where I could set up my hammock and read all day.  There was also plenty of fallen deadwood to use for the fire.  It was pretty much everything you wanted in an off-the-grid campsite.

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Flashback: June 2018 – Cooking in the rain

This is shot I took while trying to cook foil dinners in the rain.  Nic is hiding inside and all the furniture is stuffed under the front of the van to keep it dry.  I was determined to keep the fire going for the 40 or so minutes it took to cook dinner.  It was close, but we campfire dinner that night.

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Flashback: Big Sur and Yosemite

Big Sur and Yosemite we some highlights from when we left LA this spring (2018). We stayed at some pretty amazing spots, but they rarely had cell service. To get cell service, we stealth camped in Woodland, CA. After that we head to Napa Valley to check out the wineries.

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Low Top Van

Here is one advantage to having a low top van.  I was able to park it in a friends parking garage in LA when we were visiting California this spring (2018).  Unfortunately, most parking garages are still too short especially now that the van has been lifted and has solar on the roof.

There is a saying in the #vanlife world.  “You can live in your van or out of your van.”  My original intent was that we would be living out of the van and mostly just spend time in it when sleeping.  That didn’t exactly work out how I had intended.  We spend much more time than I had expected cooking inside, working there, and hanging out inside to escape bugs.  Still, besides having to put my pants on bent in half, I haven’t missed having a hightop.  The way the van is set up on the inside almost everything can be done from the sitting position including cooking.

Some nice advantages to having a low top van are that it is more stealthy.  That is, it looks more like a contractor’s panel van than a camper.  This is handy if you are sleeping somewhere that you aren’t supposed to.  The low top also allows for more square footage on the roof.  This means that more solar can be fit on the roof than some other vans.

For now the low top van works great, but I wonder about 15 years from now.  Will I still be flexible enough to get my pants on?

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