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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USS Alabama Battleship

During a family trip to the Florida panhandle, we happened to pick a week when the weather was less than ideal for hanging out at the beach. For this reason, we began to seek out places to visit in the area with our grandkids where the rain would not hamper our fun. One day, we […]

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Convert or Buy a Van?

The Van Life culture is a growing movement that lures in people of all ages and income levels. The free spirit mindset that this lifestyle embraces is an indicator that people want freedom and simplicity in their lives. The inevitable question everyone asks is, “how can we do this”? There are many things to consider […]

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A Daily Dose of Hiking

Gail and I generally hike somewhere every day. Granted, if we are going through the neighborhood on our 3-mile route, we will call it a walk. Some might say it’s an Urban Hike. I call it putting one foot in front of the other. Getting outside and trekking makes me feel happy. It’s good for […]

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Our Bicycle Upgrade

Gail and I have been bicyclists throughout our marriage. We have always liked riding together but we don’t always agree on what constitutes an excellent riding experience. For the past 15-years we have each owned 2 bikes (total of 4). We both have road bikes for tooling around the streets of Kansas City and cruising […]

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