The Great American Road Trip has made a comeback, but with a twist. With our minimalistic approach to van camping, we'll show you how to travel the United States and explore the National Parks and State Parks while making travel more affordable with a few hacks. Do more in less time, with less money.
Watch Us Add a Removable Table to the Van
Why we added a table to our Van. It is another easy, simple, fairly inexpensive improvement almost anyone with some DIY skills and a modest budget can do.
Collier-Seminole State Park, Florida
Date Visited: 12/13/2020 The dredge at Collier-Seminole State Park is a remarkable piece of engineering history. It was built in 1924 and used to create the Tamiami Trail, a highway that connected Tampa and Miami through the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp. The dredge is now a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark and can be... Continue Reading →
The First U.S. National Preserve – Big Cypress
Date Visited: 12/12/2020 This vast swamp is home to a rich diversity of plants and animals, including the endangered Florida panther, the American alligator, and the elusive ghost orchid. Here are some reasons why Big Cypress is so special: It is the first national preserve in the United States Unlike national parks, which are managed... Continue Reading →
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Top 10 Adventure & Survival Books – 2022
Our top 10 Adventure and Survival books to bring you outdoors when you're stuck at home. From soul searching expeditions, stories of survival, and stories of resilience and healing there is something here for everyone.
Why we don’t wait for retirement to travel
Looking back through our vacation videos it's evident that the progression of Kim's heart disease has not slowed down. Although statins have reduced her cholesterol, beta blockers have controlled her tachycardia, and aspirin is supposed to be guarding against that first heart attack, her blood pressure, insulin levels, fatigue and headaches continue to worsen. Yet,... Continue Reading →
Silver Springs State Park – Florida
There's so much adventure waiting at Silver Springs State Park in Florida. Kayak, hike, camp, explore, take a glass bottom boat ride. They have it all.
Most Comfortable Pants for HIKING!
Hi! Kim McGee here. Anyone that follows our travels knows that I have a problem with my weight. You've seen it go up and down by as much as 10 lbs. between videos. This makes it difficult to find comfortable clothes to hike in. That is, until I found Columbia Apparel and Shoes (affiliate link).... Continue Reading →
A Cheaper Alternative to those EXPENSIVE Portable Toilet Bags
Everyone knows inflation has gone through the roof. To make matters worse, shrinkflation seems to be a growing trend as well. While gathering supplies for our last trip we noticed the price of those nifty little portable toilet bags not only increased by almost $5 a box, but with some brands the item count decreased... Continue Reading →
Places that no longer Exist: Georgia Guidestones
Date Visited: July 2008 Making our way through Georgia on the way back to Florida from Tennesse in the year 2008, we stopped by a place known to many conspiracy theorists and tin hat wearers around the globe. Yes, I'm talking about the Georgia Guidestones, otherwise known as "America's Stonehenge". Sadly, at 4 a.m. on... Continue Reading →
Everglades National Park
Date Visited: 12/09/2020 - 12/12/2020 We saw a top-secret missile base, car eating vultures, a horde of tree snails, the largest soft-shelled turtle we’ve ever seen and a whole lot of beautiful scenery during our three days stay at the Everglades National Park. We chose to visit Everglades during the winter while the temperatures were... Continue Reading →
Blowing Rocks Preserve
Date Visited: 12/09/2020 & 12/17/2021 As we left Jonathan Dickinson State Park in 2020, we had one more place we wanted to stop on our way to the Everglades National Park. Running along the east coast of Florida is Anastasia Limestone formation. We witnessed a small portion of this limestone outcropping during our trip to... Continue Reading →
Jonathan Dickinson – The footage that wasn’t lost
As promised when we wrote the article about this state park, our follow up video has finally been posted to YouTube. You can watch it below. https://youtu.be/zE6toGbYvAI
We’re adding a Video to a Park we’ve already reviewed
Since writing the article about Faver-Dykes State Park, we've returned to the park for a weekend getaway and taken the opportunity to film a little video about that trip. You can watch it below or on our YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/bx3Ps2H_BJA This was the first video filmed with our new camera equipment. We realized soon enough... Continue Reading →