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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

After I got my Junior Ranger badge from the Grand Tetons, we headed back up to Yellowstone National Park! Mike decided to bike from Flagg Staff in Grand Teton to Grant Village in Yellowstone. We were originally going to meet at Old Faithful which is a little further than Grant Village. However, I drove there and was beyond overwhelmed with the sheer number of people and madness. It felt like I was at Disney World. So, I drove back a…

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

We entered Grand Teton National Park from the North entrance which meant we had to do a quick drive through Yellowstone first.  Woof…. both these parks are poppin with thousands of people. Luckily, this helped remind us to get back into our good system; early evening activities, sleep a little, and get back at it around sunrise. Best way to avoid the crowds! When we arrived, we stopped at Flagg Ranch first for information. From there, Mike biked to Colter…

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

I didn’t know much about this park and wasn’t expecting much because…. it’s North Dakota. Boy, did it surprise me. For hours, during our drive there, it was the typical mostly flat plains, grassland, farms…. your basic midwest scenery. I was definitely not getting excited for Theodore Roosevelt National Park. But then BAM! We drove over an itty bitty midwest hill and it hits you. It’s a rugged landscape, full of badlands type rocks under all these open hills. It’s…

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

We’re back at it! After about 7 months of grinding and saving in Fort Collins, we are off to finish this thing! The plan is to head northwest up to Alaska, hitting up the parks we haven’t done yet along the way. We tried to visit South Dakota a few times while we were in Colorado since it wasn’t a bad drive, but the weather always foiled our plans. Thus, Badlands National Park became our first stop in Adventure: Part…

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How to Actually Afford Van Life

How to Actually Afford Van Life

“How can you afford this?” is one of the questions we’ve gotten most, after “ew, how do you take showers?” and “how do you not kill each other?” (see this blog for answers on that one!).  When we started thinking about this adventure, I turned to the never ending wisdom of the internet and social media van life accounts. I quickly became frustrated (and quite frankly, continue to be) on how many people, van lifers and others, claim to fund…

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Dog Blog: Cinco

Dog Blog: Cinco

Dear Diary, I’ve been with my hoo-mans for FIVE years now. They keep saying cinco to me, “to celebrate” which is a little annoying, but I’ve been obliging them because I’m a very good boy. I was first adopted by another family, right from under Mom and Dad’s noses, but then that family brought me back because “I wasn’t good with kids.” (Total lie, I’m the best with kids – I just had lots of energy as a pupper). My…

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Day in the Life of a Lobsterman

Day in the Life of a Lobsterman

As Mike and I are stuck in Maine, waiting (and waiting and waiting…) for our van to be repaired, I decided to cross something off my bucket list; work on a lobster boat!  Spending my childhood summers in Maine, I always felt that this was something I needed to do – a rite of passage will you – to feel like I really could call myself a Mainer. And lucky me, I got the opportunity from a family friend a…

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True Life: Van Relationships Are Hard

True Life: Van Relationships Are Hard

Meet Mike. He’s my husband of one year, but we’ve been together for about six years. We’ve obviously had our ups and downs, like everyone does, but for the most part… it’s been pretty easy for us as a couple. There has only been one huge screaming fight, about six months in of us dating. But overall, when we disagree or frustrate each other, we tend to make up pretty quickly and easily.  Now, when we decided to do this…

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Friend-venture Week

Friend-venture Week

I have quite a few friends in metropolitan cities that I wanted to visit while we are traveling through the East. However, Mike is not quite a fan of big crowds so as you can imagine he was not in love with the idea of going to some of the largest cities the East Coast has to offer. Soooo…. This week was a solo adventure for me! The original plan was to have Mike hike some of the Appalachian Trail…

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Dog Blog: I’m exhausted

Dog Blog: I’m exhausted

Dear Diary, I am exhausted! The last couple weeks I went HARD AF. Reminded me of when I was a young pup, raging on spring break.  Lots of going to the bathroom in places I shouldn’t, lapping up human alcohol, starting fights, humping, and running around ALL DAY! So, we’re back in this big mansion.  As king of this castle, I went in and found my lair immediately and rested my weary bones for the last 48 hours. As well…

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