Charge Up!

It’s time to recharge those batteries. Literally, after a weekend on a mountaintop we need to charge up! We decided to transition from an eastern mountain range to a western mountain range that was just a little bit closer to work so the drive in on Monday morning wouldn’t be as long. That transition takes…

The Mountain and the Sky

The Mountain and the Sky (Check out our Instagram @otter_mayhem for some video of the vast landscape!) The first weekend of Vanlife has been very relaxing. As you read in the prior post it’s been a rough start with personal health and sudden changes in our finances, but we’ve made it through to the other…

The Motel is Not a Hotel

The Motel is Not a Hotel Only a couple days in to Vanlife and I have fallen ill. We expected that this would eventually happen, but I had no expectation it would happen so soon. Oh curses I say to you! You have failed me, inside and out, body of mine! But alas, it must…

One Eyed Meanie

One Eyed Meanie So far our first Vanlife problem has only been a headlight. We rolled into gas station on our way back from Spokane and found that our headlight was out. A headlight. Sweet, just a headlight. It’s not a real story of heroics or clever spontaneity to get us out of a tight…

First Road Trip

First Road Trip I am a Washingtonian. I love cloudy days, cold rain, and a perpetual temperature of around 75 degrees fahrenheit. The Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful place in the country. I haven’t been to Alaska or Hawaii, but I’ve been pretty much everywhere else. JC and I decided to spend our first…

It Begins

Its been some time since I last posted. For that I apologize. And now I’m offering a future apology because you’re about to see many more posts, perhaps too many, we shall see. Life has been crazy hectic these past few weeks.  In this moment we are officially living in the van fulltime. As my…

First Breakdown

It’s happened. One month in and I’ve used the Roadside Assistance button on my Progressive Auto-Insurance app. Buying a Vanagon that’s older than me was always going to yield breakdowns and stalls. You don’t go into #vanlife thinking that it’s always going to be smooth sailing. I will admit I thought it’d be a little…

Out of Gas

The Vanagon as of this time is unnamed. We haven’t found one that has stuck with us above all others. We’ve made a casual joke that maybe it’s like the Pacific Crest Trail, you get your name once you are out there. JC and I are not mechanical people. I would say we are educated…

#VanLife 6 to 10

VanLife – it’s blowing up your social media platforms. It’s the constant notification from a friend to your inbox about some news story about people forging their own path. It is for many a pipedream of a simpler life as they try to escape the chaotic and hectic reality of their day to day. And…