Van life time-lapse

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest! We’re writing from Eel Lake State Park, a little north of Coos Bay, Oregon. Sorry for the silence; we’d spent a month in California visiting family and friends and catching up on work.

The weather is beautiful here, so we’ve brought the tent. On warm nights, we sleep outside. On cooler nights like tonight, we sleep in the van.

Want to see what’s involved in setting up camp every night? This is what we do when arriving at an undeveloped campsite where we want to sleep outside, i.e., when we have to set up everything.



If there’s already a picnic table and we’re sleeping in the van, we can cut out everything except removing the bikes and setting up the stove.

That’s one of the reasons we’ve kept the contents of Red Delicious to a minimum: leaves plenty of time to focus on enjoying the outdoors — and maybe crack open a beer!


Lake of the Woods

Spent Fourth of July swimming and picnicking in Lake of the Woods, OR


Smith River Coffee

Morning coffee by the Smith River in California


Jed Smith Redwood SP

This Redwood “nurse log” fell and now serves as the home for other plants


Rogue Cheeses

Delicious cheeses at the Rogue Creamery


Tamara Redwood



Arch Rock

Arch Rock along the Southern Oregon Coast


Pastries and Pizza

Two of our favorite things! We had to stop for their special


Oregon Beach

We saw whales from this beach



Seabirds nesting near Coos Bay, OR

  3 comments for “Van life time-lapse

  1. 2015-07-19 at 8:19 pm


  2. 2015-07-21 at 8:30 am

    Have you been using your bikes much during your travels?

    • Tamara & Chris
      2015-08-01 at 9:44 am

      Hey Robert: Great question. Not as much as we thought we would, honestly. We tend to use them mostly in two situations: 1) when we’re staying in a place long enough to use them as our primary mode of transport, and 2) when we come across a town with good, scenic bike paths. We have road bikes, so mountain biking in a state park, for example, is usually off limits. But we just got into Sandpoint, ID today and they have some bike paths that go across Lake Pend Oreille, so that’s what we’re doing this afternoon!

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