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Off-Season on Orcas Island

Off-Season on Orcas Island

This week’s post is a throwback. It’s not Thursday so let’s say it’s a Memory Monday post. That’s a thing, right? Orcas Island is part of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state. Visiting this region was on our PNW bucket list for years. We finally got around to it shortly before leaving on our long-term travels. We spent Christmas on Orcas Island last year and it was exactly the relaxation we needed after the busy holidays….

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7 Reasons to Visit Moab, Utah

7 Reasons to Visit Moab, Utah

Of all the places we visited last year, Moab, Utah was by far one of our favorite. Yes, even with Utah’s watered-down grocery store beer, we still loved it here. We spent more time in Moab than anywhere else—10 full days—and could’ve easily stayed a month or more. The most striking thing about the area is the land, but the city also offers tons of activities and a laid-back creative atmosphere. Imagine a colorful busy little city set in a…

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How to Spend 2 Days in Arches National Park

How to Spend 2 Days in Arches National Park

Arches National Park may just be the most iconic place in Utah. Delicate Arch particularly gets a lot of limelight and is even featured on the state’s license plates. It’s just one of the astounding formations in this surreal park that has the highest concentration of arches in the world. I’ve seen a bunch of 1-day itineraries for Arches. While it’s a small park compared to some of the giants like Glacier or Yellowstone we think that you need at…

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Top Vanlife Gear Gift List

Top Vanlife Gear Gift List

9 Awesome Things for Living in a Van Down by the River (or really anywhere outside) Last week we shared our favorite outdoor gear. This week we’re focusing more specifically on vanlife gear. You don’t need to live in a van down by the river to appreciate these items though. Many of them are perfect for any outdoor adventure. This isn’t an exhaustive list of vanlife gear essentials. Instead, it’s a list of our most used and valued items. We’ve…

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Top Outdoor Gear Gift List

Top Outdoor Gear Gift List

9 of Our Favorite Things for Outdoor Adventure I know. I know. A list of stuff is pretty contrary to all our talk about minimalism and letting go of things. However, even a minimalist needs some things and we’re big proponents of thoughtful purchasing. We research the crap out of outdoor gear before buying and expect it to last. See #3 below for an example…and see us totally date ourselves. We use outdoor products on a daily basis and have…

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A Story of Sand and Snow – Great Sand Dunes and Rocky Mountains

A Story of Sand and Snow – Great Sand Dunes and Rocky Mountains

Sand and snow are the themes of our next two National Parks. No, I’m not talking about children born out-of-wedlock in Westeros. After spending a warm long weekend in Cortez, CO and Mesa Verde, the next stop on our eastern journey was Great Sand Dunes National Park. Wolf Creek Pass The Great Sand Dunes are located in southern Colorado about smack-dab in the middle of the state. To reach them, we must cross the Great Divide. We get a tad…

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Cities of the Ancients – Hovenweep and Mesa Verde

Cities of the Ancients – Hovenweep and Mesa Verde

The main attraction in Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks are natural rock formations. After visiting Canyonlands and Natural Bridges it was time to start exploring some human created formations. We headed to Hovenweep National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park. These sites (along with many others in the four corners region) contain the ruins of ancient civilizations. Specifically, Ancestral Puebloan communities that built large elaborate villages near canyons and cliffs. Hovenweep National Monument Hovenweep includes six different villages spanning the…

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Canyonlands and Natural Bridges – Exploring the Land of Rock

Canyonlands and Natural Bridges – Exploring the Land of Rock

We made it to our last Utah National Park—Canyonlands. It’s Utah’s largest park and has some of the most challenging and remote terrain in the nation. Canyonlands is part of the Colorado Plateau—a large region known for canyons, buttes, mesas, and other dramatic rock formations that have been carved by water and erosion over millions of years. The park is divided into three sections by the Green and Colorado Rivers: Island in the Sky The Needles The Maze Canyonlands gets…

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What Not to do in Arches National Park

What Not to do in Arches National Park

Our last few posts have been informational about Utah’s national parks so we thought it was time for a travel story. This is a tale of a series of bad decisions and what not to do if you find yourself stuck in a thunderstorm. Hope that you learn from our mistakes and enjoy this story about hiking to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. The Iconic Arches Arches NP is one of the most iconic places in Utah. It has…

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7 Reasons Not to Miss Capitol Reef National Park

7 Reasons Not to Miss Capitol Reef National Park

We weren’t sure what to expect at Capitol Reef National Park. It’s quite literally Utah’s middle child of National Parks. Bryce and Zion are found in the west, while Arches and Canyonlands lie to the east. Many people pass over this park in favor of the more visited ones but we think that they’re missing out. And that’s not just middle child syndrome talking. While some of Utah’s parks have an abundance of a specific formation type (Hoodoos in Bryce…

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