Category: Van Life

Free Camping on the Gulf Coast

January 1 – 23, 2020. Sometime this past summer I found out that you could camp on the National Seashore beach at Padre Island in Texas for free for 14 days (*free if you have an America the Beautiful pass…

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“Vannymoon”

November 19 – December 7, 2019. “What’s that grinding noise?!” It was just a signal telling us that the “vannymoon” was over. Our vannymoon lasted three years and almost 65K miles. But it definitely ended on Tuesday 11/19/2019. We had…

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Journey 8.0 Begins

October 22 – October 30, 2018. This fall we begin Journey 8.0, our eighth year (!!) of wandering and our third year traveling in Ballena Blanca. Just like our sailing years, each season as we have traveled across North America…

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Sept & Oct 2018 Costs of Being a Nomad

Another 2 months of tracking expenses is finally done. This little project can be a bit daunting sometimes because, really, we spend way too much money. But it is great to see where the money goes and be able to…

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A Field of Dreams

September 24 – 26, 2018. When we left off in our last post (about a month ago – so sorry I am catching up) we had just wrapped up a week of traveling and visiting friends and family – and…

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New Orleans

December 19 – December 27. I spent a lot time in New Orleans worried about rats. Worried they would get stepped on, worried they’d play with the cats too rough, worried they’d hide food in my bed, worried they’d get…

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Basic Van Build: Third of Three

December 3 – December 13. It was starting to get cold and rainy in NC. Every project we undertook took at least twice as long as we thought it should. We were itching to travel. We decided to delay building…

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Basic Van Build: Second of Three

November 14 – December 6. If I had been working alone, my van build would probably look like some of the other “single dude” builds we have seen. They basically consist of a piece of plywood with a mattress on…

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Basic Van Build: First of Three

October 19 – November 17. Remember when you and all your friends went off to college? There was the one guy who stayed with his parents, employable, but unemployed, tinkering with some dream vehicle in their driveway. Well, I waited…

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The search for Ballena Blanca

Our first choice for a new (USED) van was a diesel Sprinter. Next were gas Sprinters, Transits, and Promasters. We wanted a cargo van with a ten foot long bed and six feet of standing room. It had to have…

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