Best Place To Stay Near Zion | The Western Star

Our family took a quick break from Vanlife and checked out this incredible vacation home only 35 minutes away from Zion National Park and almost just as close to Bryce Canyon and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon! 

The Western Star is a two bedroom two bath western themed vacation rental with a TON of personality. And then right next door is the Star Garage, a Route 66 themed studio that was soooo cool to stay the night in. You literally get to sleep in the bed of an old truck!

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Best of Joshua Tree National Park! | Van Life Family Vlog

Join our family vlog as we show you the very best of Joshua Tree National Park! The best campground the best hikes and the best sights! There are lots of things to do in Joshua Tree, but these are a couple of our favorites! Hope you enjoy our Best of Joshua Tree National Park Vlog!

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Sleeping In a Camper When It's Cold! | Van Life Family Vlog

Sleeping in a camper, van, or RV, can be an adventure in good weather, but what about in the winter when it's COLD!? Our Class B Roadtrek Camper Van get's put to the test as Mikey spends the night buried in snow in below freezing weather. We talk about our RV heater, reflectix window coverings and more! Subscribe to our Van Life Family Vlog for more episodes of full time family travel!

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Selling All Our Stuff | Full Time Travel Family Vlog 1

Selling all our stuff so we can Travel Full Time! In the first "offical" vlog of our "Daily Vlog" series (we will use that term loosely), We battle the daunting task of selling or getting rid of everything we own. Why? We will be moving into our camper-van to experience the joys and woes of VanLife, full time family travel, and a simpler way of living. Want to watch us sink or swim in our endeavors?

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Trouble Shooting Your RV Furnace! | How To Fix RV Heater

One thing we stressed about was making sure we could stay warm enough in the van during colder nights. First step in doing that was getting the furnace functional!!! Here is how we did it!

Get a detailed overview of how a typical RV furnace works and how to troubleshoot and fix your own RV heater. Mikey pulls out our Suburban NT-16se RV heater and gives a beginners guide to how the furnace works and how to diagnose which aspect of your furnace might be failing. We ended up having to replace our module/motherboard to fix ours.

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Van Life With A Baby? | Our First Night In The Van...

 

Our first day of Van Life was quite the adventure. In today's van life family vlog we spend our first night altogether in the van.

Get ready for a candid, real life van life vlog, as Mikey shares his hesitations and fears about traveling full time as a family.

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Best Free Camping Near Joshua Tree National Park!

On our maiden voyage down to Joshua Tree National Park, we wanted to do our best to save money when possible. (The Roadtrek is a major gas guzzler)

So we tried out two epic free campsites very close to Joshua Tree. Both are situated on BLM land and have no services or amenities.

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1996 Roadtrek 210 Popular Remodel - Chalk Paint

 

Chalk paint is the way to go! It is the paint of the future! Well I am sure people have been using it for a long time, but, we fell in love with how easy it is to use during this remodel.

The best part about it...NO SMELL! Thats right no noxious fumes from the paint, meaning we could paint in our small van without feeling sick to the stomach. Some other things we loved about it? It dries really quick, like in a half hour, so we could do two coats easily in one day. It is easy to clean up mistakes. If you mess up, just use water to wipe it off (this only works before you put the wax on.)

Granted there is the second step of putting the wax on, but for us it beat sanding and priming the surfaces of the faux wood in the van. Chalk paint works on pretty much any surface without any prep work. All we did was clean the surfaces of any dust.

Now just because you can clean mistakes easily, still use painters tape to mark off any areas you don’t want to get paint on. It doesn’t take that long and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of clean up!

We decided to take everything off the hinges, unscrew all the knobs and paint those parts outside of the van. It a tiny space with lots of drawers, cupboards, and hinges this took a while but was totally worth it to be able to access all the nooks and crannies with paint.

Make sure you keep track of which hardware goes with which door/drawer. It just makes it so much easier to get it all back together.

I hope this post and video helps you get started on the chalk paint project of yours. Let us know what questions you have and we would love to answer in the comments!


 

Cascade Springs, Heber Valley UT - Post Thanksgiving Magic!

Sometimes my wife has to push me into doing things that I think are a great Idea, but honestly some days I just feel a little bit lazy. Whenever this happens I rarely regret following her lead. 

This Thanksgiving day was one of those times it was a good idea to just go with the flow. 

We spent the day at cascade springs after Thanksgiving meal. Cascade Springs is a large artesian spring, in Heber Valley UT, where mineral deposits from the flowing water have been left behind creating natural terraces and pools of water. It is magnificent! Usually after such a meal I would curl up under the covers in front of a show and enter a food comma. :D This year I was so grateful to get outside and hike around the springs. 

As I stood on the bridge looking up at the water rushing and cascading over the moss laden rocks, everything else went quite. How could something so fierce bring such calm and serenity into my life? The answer was simple for me. I spend so much of my active hours trying to control and manage everything that goes on around me. That is just something I do, and am working relentlessly to undo. Watching the water pounding the rocks, splashing randomly reminded me that I can't control nearly as much as  I am trying to. The rapids of life will rush on, carving ruts in some areas, leaving mineral deposits  behind in others. Yet there is beauty in letting go and letting life be life. My higher power has his hand in all things, and today I say it in the springs.