A Day on the Sylamore Scenic Byway

When we left home late Friday afternoon, we knew we were headed to the Ozark National Forest.  Beyond that, we were going to decide the specifics of the trip while we were on the road. We ended up on the Sylamore Scenic Byway which starts at Calico Rock, Arkansas in the heart of the Ozark […]

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Alum Cave Bluff in The Great Smoky Mountains

Hiking to Alum Cave Bluff in the Smoky Mountains was an adventure, just like many of our hikes.  The beginning of this trail is flat and goes through and old hardwood forest. Following the Alum Cave Creek for about a mile, we bragged about how easy the trail was and how fast we were going […]

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The Stanley Mountain Trail

The Stanley Mountain trail head is located at the top of Berthoud Pass on Highway 40 in the Arapaho National Forest. After the first mile, we were hiking above timberline. What a great way to enjoy the amazing mountain views of the Continental Divide in both directions! The most difficult section of our hike was […]

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Yellowstone National Park

We spent several days in Yellowstone National Park this summer. Our goal was to experience as much of the park as we could while there. This meant each day we arrived to the park early in the morning and left late in the day. We learned quickly arriving early to the park has its advantages. […]

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Our Hike In Medicine Bow National Forest

Just off I-80, East of Laramie, Wyoming is a section of the Medicine Bow National Forest called Pole Mountain.  After driving the prior evening and all day from Kansas City, we were ready for an activity. We decided to stop since we could see Pole Mountain from the highway.  It turned out to be a […]

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TEAM USA Women’s Slow Pitch Softball

We had the exciting opportunity of watching TEAM USA Women’s Slow Pitch Softball Border Battle XI Tournament this past weekend against Canada and other competitive woman’s teams.  The games were located in Midland, Michigan, which is 12 hours from our home. Although, it was a long drive for us over a short weekend, we decided […]

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The Pelican Valley Trail in Yellowstone National Park

On our last day in Yellowstone National Park, we opted to exit the park out of the east entrance. We got an early start that day and decided to have one more hike before leaving. We chose the Pelican Valley Tail. Over the course of the prior three days, we had visited most of areas […]

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Carhenge of the Prairie

Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska might be the poor man’s version of the prehistoric and more famous structure in England called Stonehenge. For sure, it’s the American version of a mystical alignment of cars that may chart the sun and moon phases. More likely, it’s just an artful pile of classic automobiles that is sure to […]

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10 Tips for a Successful Road Trip

Are you planning a long road trip to your favorite destination? We have a few tips we have learned on how to make traveling more fun. 1. Planning for the Road Trip If you have read other posts on this blog, you know that we advocate for traveling slow through the countryside. The challenge with […]

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Dr. Seuss Wisdom

You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way! ~ Dr. Seuess

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Fitness Life By Design

When we started our Van Life By Design website and blog, our mission was to write about and photograph our travels in our Sprinter van Alice and other travel related topics. This is still true. Gail is also interested in writing about exercise and fitness, healthy eating and other lifestyle topics so we have launched […]

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Spring in the Smoky Mountains

We visited the Great Smoky Mountain National Park recently when the forest in the lower elevations of the mountains was coming to life. The week we were there, the renewed plant life in the forest introduced me to more shades of green than I had ever seen in one place. It’s interesting what one notices […]

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Take a Detour

“The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.” ~ Sir James Jeans

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