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the explorer's notebook

For centuries, explorers have kept a journal of their adventures and expeditions. We fancy ourselves a sort of modern day explorer, constantly seeking out new and exciting destinations.

Part photo journal and part guidebook, our blog is a little bit of everything that makes us who we are. It’s about our adventurous travels, love of the outdoors, our nomadic lifestyle, and our faith, which ties together all that we do and how we find fulfillment.

We hope it encourages you to pursue the meaningful things in life and inspires a spirit of exploration.


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Hiking the Beehive Trail | Acadia National Park

The Beehive Trail is a thrilling climb up iron rungs and ladders that will reward you with epic, panoramic views of Acadia. Use our guide to come fully prepared for your hike.

July 5, 2024

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Visiting Acadia National Park in the Fall | A Complete Guide

Gorgeous fall foliage, rugged coastlines, and hikes in the crisp autumn air. Visiting Acadia National Park in the fall is a dream, and we've covered everything you need to know in this guide.

June 26, 2024

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The 9 Best Hiking Trails in Stowe Vermont

Wander through Stowe's quaint outskirts, taking in the fall colors, or challenge yourself on a day hike with summit views of the village. Here are all the best trails for your getaway to Stowe, Vermont.

June 19, 2024

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A woman floating on a tube down a crystal clear river through lush forest.

Ichetucknee Springs | Tubing the Crystal Clear River

The water in Ichetucknee Springs State Park is mind blowingly clear. Tubing down the river is an absolute must-do when you're in Florida. Learn all about it with our guide.

June 11, 2024

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Hiking to Deep Hole in Myakka River State Park

Check the hike to Myakka River's mysterious Deep Hole off your Florida bucket list with our guide. This sinkhole is home to hundreds of alligators, making it one of the most unique hikes in the state.

May 29, 2024

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Myakka Canopy Walkway | Exploring Florida's Myakka River State Park

On the canopy walk you'll experience forest treetops up close, along with panoramic views of Myakka River State Park. Plan a visit with our guide to this unique Florida trail.

May 29, 2024

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A view from behind a woman paddling a kayak through an emerald green river with trees on either side.

Paddling the Emerald Cut from King's Landing

The incredibly clear water of the Emerald Cut, surrounded by lush foliage is one of the best places in Florida to paddle. Plan your visit to this one of a kind place with our guide.

May 24, 2024

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A Day at Silver Glen Springs 

Silver Glen is a wildly popular spot to enjoy Florida's natural springs. Our guide covers the best times to visit and insider tips for an unforgettable day in the water.

May 20, 2024

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The Best Things to Do on Peanut Island, Florida

Peanut Island is a tropical oasis right in Palm Beach with beautiful beaches and clear waters perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing. Here are all the best things to do on Peanut Island.

May 9, 2024

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Tent Camping on Peanut Island | A Florida Adventure

The pristine beaches and turquoise waters of Peanut Island are a camper's dream, just a short trip from Palm Beach. Plan your overnight island getaway with our complete guide.

May 2, 2024

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Devil's Den Cave | A Florida Snorkeling and Diving Adventure

A dive or swim in this pre-historic spring is an experience you won't soon forget. Plan a snorkel or diving adventure to Devil's Den Cave with our complete guide.

April 27, 2024

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Exploring Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

The crystal clear turquoise waters of Gilchrist Blue Springs make it one of the best in Florida. Plan your visit with our complete guide to this natural gem.

April 23, 2024

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Looking up the hull of a canoe at a woman paddling down river in Florida

Florida River Camping with King's Landing

The hidden river campsites along Rock Springs Run are an excellent way to see the wild side of Florida. We're sharing everything you need to know before paddling in to a primitve campsite with King's Landing.

April 12, 2024

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Snorkeling in Biscayne National Park | A Complete Guide

The best way to see Biscayne, which is 95% underwater, is by hopping on a snorkeling tour. Our complete guide will help you explore mangrove forests, coral reef, and even a shipwreck.

March 13, 2024

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Visiting Miracle Hot Springs in Idaho

Our complete guide to visiting Buhl Idaho's Miracle Hot Springs, a relaxing geothermal spring and campground.

March 1, 2024

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Visiting Rum Island Springs | Florida's Natural Hidden Gem

Our guide to the warm and crystal clear waters of Rum Island Springs. How to get to the park, how much it costs, and what activities you can enjoy here.

February 19, 2024

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The Absolute Best Things to do in Hanksville Utah

Hanksville is home to some of Utah's most remarkable landscapes. We have the guide to hiking, off-roading, and camping while exploring these epic views.

February 14, 2024

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A dramatic landscape of sheer cliffs lit up by early morning sun and endless badlands

Finding Moonscape Overlook | Utah's Most Otherworldly Landscape

Our guide to finding Moonscape Overlook has everything you need to know about this unforgettable Utah destination and its otherworldly views.

February 5, 2024

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Factory Butte | Hanksville Utah's Most Impressive Rock Formation

In a state full of extreme landscapes, Factory Butte is one of the most stunning. We have everything you need to know about this incredible rock formation.

February 2, 2024

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The Full Cost of a Van Conversion | Our Breakdown & Shopping List

Considering a DIY campervan conversion? We're sharing the total cost of our van build with a full breakdown to help you plan your own.

January 29, 2024

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A woman stands on a flat hill top looking out towards a towering red rock cliff in the distance with green shrubs in the foreground.

Hiking Little Sugarloaf Summit | Sedona's Most Underrated Trail

There's no shortage of amazing trails in Sedona, but nothing beats Little Sugarloaf Summit when it comes to a quick hike with a beautiful view at the top.

January 24, 2024

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Visiting The Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park | A Complete Guide

Everything you need to know about the enchanting Hoh Rainforest, a beautiful temperate rainforest right in the heart of Olympic National Park.

January 16, 2024

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A sharp black rock formation called Long Dong Silver dramatically rises up from the surrounding desert landscape in Utah with cliffs in the background

Long Dong Silver Spire in Utah | Weird Name, Incredible Hike

It's one of Utah's best hidden gems. The Long Dong Silver rock formation isn't easy to find, but we have everything you need to know in this guide.

January 8, 2024

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A woman lounges in the back bed area of a campervan while working from a laptop with the rear doors open to a tropical view.

Van Life Tour | Our Ford Transit Van Conversion

Have a look inside our campervan and get all the details on our conversion! We've been living in our van full time since the beginning of 2023 and spent over a year turning it into the off-grid adventure mobile that it is today.

December 12, 2023

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Starlink 12V Conversion | Powering Your Starlink Setup Efficiently

Save precious battery power with a Starlink 12V conversion. We'll guide you through the steps needed to power your Starlink more efficiently.

December 11, 2023

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A woman in a red swimsuit floats at Kirkham Hot Springs in a large pool made of rocks with a river in the background.

The Complete Guide to Kirkham Hot Springs in Idaho

Everything you need to know about Idaho's Kirkham Hot Springs - how to reach the waterfall, when to go, and what to pack. We've got it all covered in our in our complete guide to Kirkham.

December 1, 2023

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A man sits in a hot spring pool along a rocky cliff and looks down towards a river in a wooded area of Idaho

A Complete Guide to Pine Flats Hot Springs

Pine Flats Hot Springs is one of the most unique places to soak in central Idaho. Follow the tips in our guide for making the most of your visit.

November 27, 2023

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A woman in a red swimsuit approaches steaming hot spring pools among large rocks on the bank of a river.

Exploring Sacajawea Hot Springs in Idaho | A Complete Guide

If you're looking for a tranquil yet adventurous getaway in the Idaho wilderness, our guide is here to help. Come explore Sacajawea Hot Springs, where nature's warmth meets the wild heart of the outdoors.

November 8, 2023

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A woman in a red swimsuit and black beanie sits on the edge of a natural hot spring soaking tub with her back facing the camera looking down the Salmon River

A Guide to Sunbeam Hot Springs in Idaho

Visit Sunbeam Hot Springs' unique riverside soaking tubs and experience the history of Idaho's thermal springs with our complete guide.

November 1, 2023

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A walking path through the woods leads toward rising steam and pine covered mountains at Bonneville Hot Springs in Idaho

Bonneville Hot Springs | Idaho's Hidden Gem for a Relaxing Soak

A private soak shack in the forest and pools of hot water along a scenic creek. Need we say more? Discover why Bonneville Hot Springs is one of the best in Idaho.

October 30, 2023

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31 Thoughtful Campervan Gifts | 2024 Van Life Gift Guide

Our list of campervan gift ideas is all the inspiration you'll need. We rounded up the best gifts for vanlife and covered everything from practical to luxurious.

October 7, 2023

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A woman in a red bathing suit stands under the hot waterfall at Kirkham Hot Springs in Boise National Forest and holds her palms up as water pours over her

9 Amazing Hot Springs Near Stanley Idaho

Our guide to the best hot springs near Stanley Idaho, the gateway to the Sawtooth Mountains, is all you need to plan a trip that's adventurous yet relaxing.

September 15, 2023

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8 Terrific Things to do in St. Augustine | America’s Oldest City

Saint Augustine Florida is full of history, food and fun. If you're planning a visit or just wondering if it's worth visiting, use our guide to plan the perfect itinerary in America's oldest city.

August 9, 2023

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A Guide to Driving Cathedral Valley Loop in Capitol Reef National Park

Trying to decide if you should drive the Cathedral Valley Loop in Capitol Reef National Park? Want to know what you'll see along the way and how to prepare? We've got everything you need to know in this guide.

August 2, 2023

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Insulating and Installing a Campervan Floor

Everything in a campervan conversion starts with a solid base. Use our guide to learn the best methods for insulating and installing a subfloor and finished floor in your van build.

July 26, 2023

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A sunset view of Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park with tall grasses in the foreground the still water of the lake and mountain peaks in the distance

Three Day Hiking Itinerary in Rocky Mountain National Park

Plan your visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, learn about the best trails, how to prepare for elevation, and experience three days of unmatched alpine hiking.

June 29, 2023

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Layers of forested blue mountains in Shenandoah National Park at sunset

The Best Hikes to do in Shenandoah National Park

Looking for the best hikes in Shenandoah National Park? You’ve come to the right place. This guide will give you the details on all the best trails, so you can make the most of your time in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

June 20, 2023

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Three Perfect Days at Arches National Park

Three days exploring one of our favorite national parks. From viewing the Milky Way over Delicate Arch to hiking Devil's Garden, find out everything we did in Arches and plan your own trip to this iconic Utah destination.

June 15, 2023

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How to Find Boondocking Sites | A Guide to Free Camping

There's free camping all around. Realize the full potential of being a nomad by learning to find boondocking sites anywhere. 

June 7, 2023

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Prepping a Campervan for Conversion | A Short Guide

Converting a campervan on your own can be a daunting task. Follow our step by step guide and find out exactly what you need to do in the prep phase to ensure your van stands the test of time.

May 24, 2023

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How to Choose the Best Van for a Camper Conversion

One of the most exciting things about a campervan conversion is choosing your vehicle, but it can be a little overwhelming. Find out all the factors you need to consider before choosing what to convert for your van build.

May 24, 2023

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A golden sunset lights up vegetation covered sand dunes with a wooden boardwalk and stairs leading down to a trail through evergreen trees

A Guide to Indiana Dunes National Park

Thinking of visiting one of America's newest national parks? From what beaches to see, how to get around, where to stay and where to eat, we've put together everything you need to know about Indiana Dunes.

April 27, 2023

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A lake surrounded by bright fall foliage and an historic train station on the far side of the water in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Visiting Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Learn about the unique history and significance of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in our guide, along with the best things to see and do. The most popular sights and trails, along with a hidden gem or two. We've covered everything you need to know for your visit.

April 21, 2023

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A woman sits on a rock and looks off toward an historic lighthouse on the coast of Lake Eerie during a golden sunset

8 Fun Things to do on the Lake Erie Shores and Islands

Uncover some of the fun to be had along Lake Erie's Shores and Islands in this list. Quiet strolls along the beach, historic landmarks, and a world class amusement park means there's something for everyone.

September 11, 2020

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Summer Road Trip into Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Even with its pristine freshwater shorelines and untouched swaths of forest, northern Michigan is sometimes overlooked as a destination for nature lovers. Follow along on our summer road trip into the Upper Peninsula, where we unlock this natural hidden gem.

August 3, 2020

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A Snowy Weekend Retreat into Hocking Hills at the Gladiola Tiny House

We'd been in need of a relaxing escape. A few inches of snow gave us even more of an excuse to stay put in the Gladiola Tiny House and enjoy our winter getaway in Ohio's Hocking Hills.

July 20, 2020

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BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizzas

Looking for a quick and easy but delicious meal? We love putting together these mini pizzas using flatbread and a few simple ingredients. They practically make themselves and they taste amazing.

January 11, 2024

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Cheese Tortellini with Spinach and Crispy Chicken

A pasta dish that checks all the boxes for home cooking on the road. Quick, easy, and delicious. Find out what you need for this meal that can be made in one pot with only one appliance and give it a try for yourself.

January 11, 2024

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