The idea to travel the country in a van came from a really long list of “must-see places” and “must-do hikes” that we simply couldn’t do on weekends.
Here’s a list of some of our top objectives, as we started the trip:
- Backpack the Olympic Peninsula
- Explore (hike) the cascade volcanoes of Mt Rainier, Mt Hood, Mt Adams, & Mt St Helens
- Raft & fish the rivers of Oregon
- visit Portland (neither of us had been)
- backpack the Canadian Rockies and spend time in Banff
- fly-fish the rivers of Montana & Wyoming
- visit mountain towns and find cool new places (etc, etc, etc)
We discovered this #vanlife thing and realized that it was really the only practical way to see it all, so we planned for almost 2 years and made it happen. The ‘quitting our jobs’ thing we accepted gracefully, because we wanted to leave San Francisco to move down to San Diego anyways, so that process was inevitable – it had to happen eventually, so this was the idea time to travel and facilitate a transition.
We had planned a clockwise route up the California coast and then down the Rockies into the Utah National Parks and back to San Diego for Thanksgiving, 2016. We had planned to continue on to the Yucatan Peninsula and into Belize and Guatemala, but at the time of this writing, that plan is up in the air.