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.

#55

Why we love our tiny wood stove

First of all: look at this beauty. What is not to love about a classic cast iron tiny wood stove? But we’ll, it ain’t about the look obviously, looks won’t keep us warm in 2 degree F weather.  So how are we faring with that tiny wood stove about a year in and several weeks of subfreezing temperatures? It’s awesome! ...

#54

Why we decided on a tiny wood stove

When we started the renovation Marcel came up with the idea of using a tiny wood stove as a heating source for our new trailer. Naturally, I told him that is weird and I don’t want that. But I couldn’t come up with a better idea, because all other options we’ve tried and they did.not.work for us.  The most obvious heati...

#53

Winter camping in a vintage trailer

This post contains affiliate links.  It turns out, while everyone keeps chasing those perfect 70 degree weather, we’re “stuck” in the cold more often than we’d like to admit. Well, not really stuck. We just like to pretend like these are all funny accidents, but keeping it real: We just really like the snow (well, mos...

#52

Yosemite – What we did and hikes

We tend to visit Yosemite always just a few weeks before they close the pass, which means it’s one, very empty, and two, very cold (at least the nights). With Tioga pass at 10,000 ft, and Tuolumne meadows at 8600ft, as soon as the sun sets its COLD! But until then we got to hike in perfect t-shirt weather, and - even better - witho...

#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 rather spe...

#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

[easy-image-collage id=2802] 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,...

#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

[easy-image-collage id=2833] 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 bumpe...

#46

Joshua Tree National Park, CA

  [easy-image-collage id=2887] 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...