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Beach day and brushing up on our Spanish with Lingo Cards.

With our van build far enough along we decided to take Saturday off from building and take her out for a beach day. We use to love backing up our Airstream to a waterfront camp site because of the wide panoramic windows at the back of the trailer. It made us feel like we were floating on the water. We’ve not had that since we downsized to the truck camper and the Casita did not have such nice views.

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Selling Our Ford F-250 and Four Wheel Camper

Ford F-250 & Four Wheel Camper

Ok so our Casita went up for sale 2 days ago and now it’s the truck camper’s turn. We spent today clearing out our belongings and gave her a deep clean. Huh, now that it’s empty and clean, we might just keep her! I wish… If we could keep her and still buy our overseas rig we totally would. But we can’t justify letting her sit here while we are gone for a year or two. Here she is in all her glory.

Asking Price: $49,000.00

Sold as package. Will not separate. (Decals on truck doors can be removed)

Our Casita trailer is also for sale

Ford F-250 & Four Wheel Camper

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Making A Movie About Our Life On The Road.

The last couple of days we’ve been staying on the coast of Southern California. Specifically in Newport Beach, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. We left the deserts of Arizona back to the coast because we are involved in a little video production project with a company we’ve been working with this past year. They are very supportive of our life on the road and we are grateful for their support. When they told us about shooting a short little video of our family and our lives, we were happy to oblige.

Let’s rewind a few weeks back to our week in American Girl Mine BLM land outside of Yuma Arizona. We ran into Jeff and Deb Spencer, AKA Rolling Recess. They were the folks who originally suggested us to be a part of this project. The timing of us leaving Arizona and coming back to LA for a few days worked perfectly so we made the commitment to come back out here.

We have spent a fair amount of time at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California. As all California campgrounds, it is pricey and crowded. But it is right on the beach and near some of our old friends from college whom we get to visit while we are back on the west coast. We found out quickly though that it is not the ideal place to make a little short film. The weekend crowds make a lot of noise and having a crew there with a bunch of equipment does draw a fair bit of attention.

We managed to get some good footage of us hanging out at the beach but called it a day and decided to reconvene the next day at a new, hopefully quieter location. We have been told that a nearby regional part a little inland from San Juan Capistrano was a bit of a local secret. Of course most people prefer the beach when they are this far west so we thought it could be a good bet for us as a shooting location. Going to a park just for day use is actually one of our regular full time activities. Usually when we are moving quickly across a state we like to find nice parks that we can spend the day at for next to nothing and put some miles under us after dinner. Our day there pretty much simulated one of those days.

Caspers Wilderness Park is an 8,000-acre regional park minutes away from a densely populated southern California neighborhood. You wouldn’t know it being there on a Monday afternoon. We had pretty much the whole place to ourselves. We set up shop at a day-use gravel parking lot, rode bikes, cooked hot dogs and shared our lives on the road with the camera.

We had a couple of long days but it was a great experience over all. We want to thank Jeff and Marty especially for spending their days with us. They worked a couple of long days getting this project to work out the way it did. We won’t see the final product for a few months but we feel great about the time we spent together.

Here is my little vlog from those couple of days and hopefully gives you a little behind the scenes look of how this all went down.

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Why You Need ND Filters For Your Drone

Do you ever wonder why your videos aren’t quite as ‘cinematic’ as the videos you see in the movies? Well, there are a lot of reasons for that. I can’t teach you all of the tricks. Mostly it’s because I don’t know them all. However I will try to teach you at least one here today. It has to do with ‘Neutral Density’ filters.

Neutral density filters are essentially sunglasses for your camera. It is important because photography and videography has everything to do with how much light enters the iris of the lens. Most cameras with manual controls will let you change 3 settings that control how much light is absorbed on the sensor of your lens. Or if you are a cool hipster, you only have 2 settings along with the speed rating of that vintage film stock you found at Goodwill.

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Driving the world famous Alaska Highway.

We woke up Sunday morning just a week after we traded in the van for our new truck and got ready to start our push through the Al-Can highway through Canada and into Alaska. In the last week, I have already driven more than a 1,300 miles and hopped on a plane to San Francisco and back to Edmonton. Between Jasper and the border of Alaska we are looking at roughly a 1,500 mile drive while expecting at least some of it to be rough and under construction. We would normally prefer to drive no more than 200 miles per day even when road conditions are good. That means it would take us more than a week to cover this distance if we drove every day. In anticipation of this journey and the lack of Internet connection along the route, I took the whole week off from work so we can try it push out more miles each day.

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Crossing into Canada and exploring Banff National Park.

Leaving Whitefish we were ready to take on the long drive ahead of us. We have been prepping for this for months and we are all antsy to get moving. The 60 miles from Whitefish to the border went quickly and we all got across the border checkpoint without any issues. Well, except for a little squirrel getting into the camper, but we were able to get it out ourselves without needing to call a professional for squirrel removal services.

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Up to Missoula, Montana we go.

From City of Rocks National Reserve we made it to Idaho Falls for the night. We had originally considered finding a place to stay for a couple of nights but decided it would be best to continue to push on so we can meet up with Jeff and Lisa and make our way into Montana by evening. After a solid morning of work, we hitched up from the Walmart at Idaho Falls and made our way to Big Hole National Battlefield.

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Joshua Tree and Pioneertown: April 2015.

For the last few months we have been anticipating our friend Nathan and Renee of Wandrly to make their way west so we can spend some time together. Last summer before we headed out to the northeast, we got to see them in Sequoia National Park and then again in Lone Pine. We once again got to hangout when we both made it to the midwest in Michigan. Now they have finally made their way into California we planned a get together at our favorite dust bowl: The Joshua Tree Dry Lake bed.

We're not afraid of no dust. #wegotourprotonpacks

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