Tunnels, Alice and the Blue Ridge Parkway

After spending several days in the Great Smoky Mountains we were looking forward to driving from the mountains to Asheville, NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I had been on the Blue Ridge Parkway in northern Virginia growing up so being back on this parkway was very special.  We stopped to take a picture by […]

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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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Monument Rocks

Unlike anywhere else in Kansas that I know of, the Monument Rocks are chalk towers that rise imposingly from the otherwise flat prairie. Located about 25 miles south of Oakley on Highway 83 and a few miles east on a gravel road, the formations sit on private land. The public is welcome to visit the […]

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Elephant Rocks State Park

One thing Gail and I have learned during our travels of the United States is how rich the country is with interesting and unusual places to visit. Some of our destinations are cultural stops that highlight the vision, the creativity and the expansion movements of the country and its people. Other places highlight mother nature’s […]

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Arapaho National Forest Colorado Trip

We love Colorado and have been there many, many times over the years. Our problem is, we can’t decide what season we love the best in the Rockies. Summer is beautiful with all the mountain flowers and sunshine. Fall is magical, especially when the Aspens are changing colors. Winter is wonderful for skiing….we love to […]

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Aspen Season in Colorado

As luck would have it, we scheduled a trip to Colorado in mid-September. While we were planning the trip we didn’t even consider the fact this was peak season for the colorful turning of Aspen leaves. My, were we surprised and awestruck when we arrived at our destination near Georgetown. This was a perspective of […]

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Apostle Islands, Wisconsin

Apostle Islands has been on our list of places to visits for several years. We lived in McFarland, Wisconsin (just south of Madison) for 3 years and we spent our weekends traveling to many different parts of this beautiful state. However, we never made it all the way up North to the Apostle Islands. This […]

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A Waterfall Hike in Arkansas

Arkansas is a beautiful state to seek out waterfalls and is a destination we frequent a few times each year. A four hour drive from Kansas City sits the town of Jasper which is surrounded by some of the most scenic landscapes in the midwest, if not the country. Hiking trails are plentiful in the […]

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From Boat Life to Van Life

A year ago, we were discussing our lives as boaters as we seemed to be at a crossroad. Twenty eight years earlier we had purchased our first boat when our kids were young and the new boat was something all of us enjoyed doing together. The question at hand a year ago was, what should […]

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