Posts tagged Trail Running
Our Favorite Places in North Carolina

North Carolina is a state of great contrasts. In the west, there are smoky blue mountains and twisting mountain roads. In the central part of the state, you’ll find financial centers and the “Research Triangle.” Along the coast, are white sandy beaches and colorful condos on stilts. There’s a lot to be discovered in this diverse state. Ian and I spent a couple of weeks traveling through North Carolina in February. Here are our favorite spots!

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A Day of Free Art in Raleigh, North Carolina

When most people think of places known for art, they probably do not think of Raleigh, North Carolina. We were really surprised when on a cloudy day in February, we were able to spend a day totally immersed in art in Raleigh. The best part about it was that all of the art was free to visit.

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How to Repair Your Camper Van or RV While Traveling

Repairing your van or RV yourself can save you a lot of money while traveling. Here is a list of the steps we took when we undertook the major repair of replacing our timing chain on our Sprinter. Following these steps can make any on-the-road DIY camper van or RV maintenance a little easier and more comfortable.

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10 Essential Stops on the Southern Oregon Coast

We ended our Oregon Coast Highway 101 vanlife road trip on a high note on the southern border of Oregon. With rugged cliffs, natural arches offshore at Samuel Boardman Scenic Cooridor, 19th-century lighthouses at Cape Arago, and strange formal flower gardens that once belonged to a lumber baron at Shore Acres State Park, there are lots of great spots to discover in the southwestern corner of the state.

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4 Destinations We Love in Western Oregon

We love western Oregon. Heceta Head Lighthouse and the Siltcoos Lake Trail in the Siuslaw National Forest are great destinations on the coast. There’s a lot to love inland too! Take the Umpqua River Highway inland to spot some elk in the Dean Creek Elk Viewing area. Then get your bike out for a ride on the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway.

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Cape Kiwanda State Park and Hart’s Cove at Cascade Head

With sandstone cliffs sculpted by wave action and Oregon’s largest sand dune, Cape Kiwanda State Park should not be missed on any Oregon Coast road trip. Nearby Cascade Head and the Harts Cove trail is the perfect experience to discover a mossy, green coastal rain forest.

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Strange Trees and Secret Beaches: Cape Meares State Park

While Tilamook might be most famous for its cheese, Cape Meares is also well worth a visit while in the area. Cape Meares like many Oregon Coast state parks has a beautifully preserved historic lighthouse, and just a short walk from the lighthouse is a very oddly shaped tree called the Octopus Tree. Before we left we even saw a pod of gray whales that were feeding and breaching fairly close to shore!

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Wandering through the World’s Tallest Trees: Exploring the Redwood Forest

“We explored Stout Grove on early morning a trail run, but the tall trees in the grove beg you to slow down and truly experience the trees’ majesty. We found ourselves walking through much of the grove. Because the nearby Smith River periodically floods the grove, the only undergrowth is the large sword ferns that blanket the ground. The trees give the grove a cathedral-like feel and people visiting the grove even talk in hushed, reverential tones…”

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8 Places To Go On Your First Visit to Yosemite

Here are 8 stops we visited that any first time visitor wouldn’t want to miss on a visit to America’s first protected park land! As always at the end of this post, you’ll find free camping suggestions near Yosemite.

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17 Great Gift Ideas for Vanlifers and Travelers

With the holidays coming up and with more and more people joining the vanlife movement or just choosing to live a more minimalist lifestyle, many people are wondering what to get their nomadic loved ones. When you live in a van, bus, RV, or tiny home, you can’t have a lot of stuff. Here are some ideas that would make great gifts for van dwellers or any traveler on your list.  

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