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Author: Stephanie Yarbrough

The CamelBak Pursuit Series: Round One

CamelBak Pursuit Series: Round One A weekend filled with mountain biking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, and meeting new friends?  Yes, that’s right up our alley! What is the Camelbak Pursuit Series? When we got the invite from our buddies over at Kuju Coffee to attend the Camelbak Pursuit Series, we jumped on the opportunity.  The only thing was… what was the Camelbak Pursuit Series? This was the first event of its kind, so no one really knew what we were all getting into.  We knew there would be adventures aplenty, but we weren’t sure what else it would be. ...

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Van Life: Ottawa to Snowbasin

From Ottawa to Snowbasin in a Week We left Ottawa last week with a long trek ahead of us.  Our ultimate goal was to get to Snowbasin Utah (just outside of Salt Lake City) for the Camelbak Pursuit Series.  So that gave us a little over a week to make the 2,257 mile journey.  No sweat! Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore There wasn’t a lot on the way that we really wanted to see in particular, but we did want to drive through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  That route added a few miles onto the trip, but it was...

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Top 10 Things to Do in Ottawa

Top 10 Things to Do in Ottawa There are so many great things to do in Ottawa and the surrounding area, so it was hard picking our top 10 favorite.  But we did!  Most of these are free or very cheap to do. Adventures in Ottawa This year wasn’t our first rodeo visiting Ottawa.  In fact, we’ve been there three times and will definitely be back many more times in the future.  Our good friends Jordan and Emily live in Ottawa, so we have good reason to come back time and again.  Besides, we just love the area! When...

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Boondocking Campsite Winona State Forest New York

Boondocking Campsite Winona State Forest New York Coordinates: 43.703360, -75.976854 Main Attraction: Located in Winona State Forest of New York, the surrounding forest is great for ATVing, mountain biking, and hiking in the summer and snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and crosscountry skiing in the winter.  Great stopover when traveling on I-81 through New York. Boondocking Campsite Winona State Forest New York There are several campsites along this same road in Winona State Forest in New York.  The surrounding area is forested and has several trails running through to explore. Dispersed Camping in Winona State Forest This site is relatively small and would not accommodate a large...

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Our Complete DIY Campervan Conversion

The DIY Campvervan Conversion This is it, it’s finally done!  We can proudly announce that our DIY campervan conversion, aka Backpack 2.0, is COMPLETE.  After three months of blood, sweat, and tears (mainly sweat), we are ready to hit the road in our Sprinter. From the Beginning… So for those of you who might be new here, we purchased our 2007 Mercedes Sprinter from St. Louis, MO back in March 2017.  It had 194,000 miles on it and had previously been used as a plumbing van.  Overall, it was in good shape and a great candidate for a campervan...

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