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03. Monterey to Joshua Tree – #flightofthesnowbirds

In This Video

Finally arrived to sunshine and warmer temps! Monterey was a great weekend stop. We explored the seawall by bike and camped out at a great, inexpensive municipal campground. We then headed further south to continue the summery weather. While in Joshua Tree area we encountered an intense dust storm! That was a first.

Next Up

Mountain biking in Salinas and Joshua Tree!

Where We Stayed

Monterey Veterans Memorial Park Campground: 36.59879, -121.91213
Buttonwillow Southbound Rest Stop: 35.4179, -119.42498
Bureau of Land Management Site (BLM) near Joshua Tree: 34.172930, -116.224660
Yucca Valley Walmart: 34.13227, -116.38461

Feel free to use this map to plan your route along the west coast to Mexico!

We welcome all suggestions for places to see, places to boondock, free or inexpensive campsites or even parking spots that allow overnight parking! Reach out to us via social media or through our email contact form.

This Series: #flightofthesnowbirds #vanlife

This is our journey in our Dodge Ram #Shmoovan to Mexico for the winter. We’ll be spending time in the South Western US, again, as well. We plan on chasing the sun and great mountain bike trails.
We hope you come along for the ride! And, we’d love it if you subscribed to our YouTube channel “Adventure Dorks” and share our videos on social media!

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02. Becoming Snowbirds – #flightofthesnowbirds

In This Video

We left Canada and headed through Washington, Oregon, and California along the 101 on the way to seek warmer, drier climes. This is the first week on the road of our trip south for the winter of 2017/18. We boondocked at rest areas and in parking lots with a side trip to visit friends in Port Orford (if you’re in Oregon, be sure to check out Port Orford Sustainable Seafood!). This is how you become snowbirds: head south until you find sunshine and warmth!

Music

Adventure Club Ft. Kai – Need Your Heart by DifferMusic/Promoter is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.

Song: https://soundcloud.com/differmusic/adventure-club-ft-kai-need

Next Up

Arriving to sunshine and happiness in Monterey, CA!

Where We Stayed

Elma Rest Area in Washington (typical rest area, nice spot): 47.01769, -123.35143
Dismal Nitch Rest Area at the border of Washington & Oregon (view of Astoria on the other side and the bridge connecting WA to OR): 46.24961, -123.85923
Roadside pullout near Manzanita, Oregon (that’s where the beautiful sunset footage was taken): 45.74018, -123.94943
Port Orford, Oregon (with friends): 42.74566, -124.49732
Parking lot at Mendocino Lake (don’t camp here, the ranger told us we weren’t allowed in the morning).
Walmart in Ukiah: 39.13371, -123.19698

Feel free to use this map to plan your route along the west coast to Mexico!

We welcome all suggestions for places to see, places to boondock, free or inexpensive campsites or even parking spots that allow overnight parking! Reach out to us via social media or through our email contact form.

This Series: #flightofthesnowbirds #vanlife

This is our journey in our Dodge Ram #Shmoovan to Mexico for the winter. We’ll be spending time in the South Western US, again, as well. We plan on chasing the sun and great mountain bike trails.
We hope you come along for the ride! And, we’d love it if you subscribed to our YouTube channel “Adventure Dorks” and share our videos on social media!

See where we are RIGHT NOW 

Instagram @adventuredorks
Facebook: /adventuredorks
Twitter:  @adventuredorks

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Canadians try Mexican junk food! 🇨🇦 🇲🇽 – #fooddorks

In This Video

Fast forward to a glimpse at our life in Mexico! We’re currently at Totonaka RV park in San Carlos and we have been sampling all the local junk food to celebrate the holidays.
We hope you’ve all had a great holiday season! Feliz Navidad!
If you want to see the version that was recorded live, check out our Facebook page.
Stay tuned for more live videos across YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

 Next Up

First week on our #flightofthesnowbirds!

Where We Stayed

Totonaka RV Park, San Carlos, MX
For details from the entire route and to get GPS coordinates, check out our map below.

Feel free to use this map to plan your route along the west coast to Mexico!

We welcome all suggestions for places to see, places to boondock, free or inexpensive campsites or even parking spots that allow overnight parking! Reach out to us via social media or through our email contact form.

This Series: #flightofthesnowbirds #vanlife

This is our journey in our Dodge Ram #Shmoovan to Mexico for the winter. We’ll be spending time in the South Western US, again, as well. We plan on chasing the sun and great mountain bike trails.
We hope you come along for the ride! And, we’d love it if you subscribed to our YouTube channel “Adventure Dorks” and share our videos on social media!

See where we are RIGHT NOW 

Instagram @adventuredorks
Facebook: /adventuredorks
Twitter:  @adventuredorks

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01. Meeting up with Forrest the Filmmaker! – #flightofthesnowbirds

In This Video

Before we left Canada we were able to meet up with Forrest Stevens. We asked him about how he got into creating videos and what his upcoming #vanlife film is all about.

Find Forrest Here

YouTube 
Instagram: @forrestthefilmmaker

This Series: #flightofthesnowbirds #vanlife

This is our journey in our Dodge Ram #Shmoovan to Mexico for the winter. We’ll be spending time in the South Western US, again, as well. We plan on chasing the sun and great mountain bike trails.
We hope you come along for the ride! And, we’d love it if you subscribed to our YouTube channel “Adventure Dorks” and share our videos on social media!

See where we are RIGHT NOW 

Instagram @adventuredorks
Facebook: /adventuredorks
Twitter:  @adventuredorks

Next Up

First week on our #flightofthesnowbirds!

Where We Stayed

After our trip #Back2Van, we flew to Newfoundland for a few months and then back to BC to prepare #shmoovan for the road. In this video, we were on Vancouver Island headed to Port Angeles, Washington.
For details from the entire route and to get GPS coordinates, check out our map below.

Feel free to use this map to plan your route along the west coast to Mexico!

We welcome all suggestions for places to see, places to boondock, free or inexpensive campsites or even parking spots that allow overnight parking! Reach out to us via social media or through our email contact form.

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Exploring Canyonlands and Arches National Parks – #Back2Van

In This Video

Wondering what to do in Canyonlands? We wanted to go for a hike and when we asked the fine folks at the info centre, they told us that it would be better to do a few short hikes. So, we hiked to Upheaval Dome to the second overlook and also visited Mesa Arch.
The next day, after Greg biked Slickrock (see previous video), we toured our van life dwelling through the Arches National Park.

Where We Stayed

Free dry camping at Willow Springs Road BLM near Moab, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park, 38.696832, -109.6981

For details from the entire route and to get GPS coordinates, check out our map.

Next Up

Flash forward to our latest trip plan – Mexico!

Things You Might Like

Here are items in our kit that we love and think you might, too!
Primus Kettle – Cee can’t live without this!

Pocket Rocket – Gee swears by this lightweight stove for all our boil-ups.

Woods ceramic on steel cups – neither of us can go on a hike without these cups.

 

Music

#Back2Van

This series is about our trip back to Vancouver, British Columbia in our Class B Dodge Ram Great West Van #schmoovan.

We hope you enjoy the highlights of our #vanlife adventures!
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We left Florida in late March of 2017 to work our way back to Canada. Here’s our Google Map marking our general (and sometimes specific) locations and remarks…

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Mountain Biking Slickrock in Moab, Utah – #Back2Van

In This Video

We couldn’t leave Moab without Gee mountain biking Slickrock trail. Mountain bike trails in Moab are among the best in the world and Slickrock attracts riders from all over the globe. He rode the trail with his hardtail Kona and shares some highlights and trail features.

Where We Stayed

Free dry camping at Willow Springs Road BLM near Moab, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park, 38.696832, -109.6981

For details from the entire route and to get GPS coordinates, check out our map.

Next Up

Touring Canyonlands and Arches National Parks!

Things You Might Like

The helmets we love, for style and safety!

We both have these Bell Super helmets now that we are mountain biking – all. the. time. It’s comfy, looks cool, and the jaw bone is detachable which makes climbing much better.
Bell Super 2R Bike Helmet

Music

YourRapBeatsTV – Entertainment
Mariont Beats – War Is Hell (Epic Amazing Old School Rap Beat Hip Hop Instrumental)
Creative Commons License

#Back2Van

This series is about our trip back to Vancouver, British Columbia in our Class B Dodge Ram Great West Van #schmoovan.

We hope you enjoy the highlights of our #vanlife adventures!
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See where we are RIGHT NOW
Website ► http://www.adventuredorks.com
Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/adventuredorks
Twitter ► https://twitter.com/adventuredorks
Instagram ► https://www.instagram.com/adventuredorks

We’d love it if you subscribed to our channel and share our videos on social media! ♥ ♥

We left Florida in late March of 2017 to work our way back to Canada. Here’s our Google Map marking our general (and sometimes specific) locations and remarks…

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#flightofthesnowbirds – The Map From Canada to Mexico

The plan: leave Canada and head south for the winter.

Here’s our Google map that we’ve been working on. If you’ve been following our journeys you’ll see a difference in this map – we’re differentiating map markers using coloured icons. You’ll see bike markers for mountain biking trail heads; picnic table icons for places we might overnight that are public spaces such as picnic areas or beaches; parking icons for stop overs such as Walmarts and casinos; and other icons such as libraries or wifi spots where we can work. We’ll probably add water and sani-stations as we find them.

Feel free to use this map to plan your route along the west coast to Mexico!

We welcome all suggestions for places to see, places to boondock, free or inexpensive campsites or even parking spots that allow overnight parking! Reach out to us via social media or through our email contact form.

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Learning to Mountain Bike in Moab – #Back2Van

In This Video

We checked out the mountain biking in Moab! We rented a dual suspension bike and Gee rode it on the Captain Ahab trail, Cee rode it on a trail in Dead Horse State Park. Cee starts learning to mountain bike in Moab, Utah.

This was a turning point for us. From now on, we’re chasing not only the sunshine, but also the mountain bike trails.

Where We Stayed

Free dry camping at Willow Springs Road BLM near Moab, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park, 38.696832, -109.6981

For details from the entire route and to get GPS coordinates, check out our map.

Next Up

Greg rides the famous Slick Rock!

Things You Might Like

The helmets we love, for style and safety!

We both have these Bell Super helmets now that we are mountain biking – all. the. time. It’s comfy, looks cool, and the jaw bone is detachable which makes climbing much better.
Bell Super 2R Bike Helmet

Music

YourRapBeatsTV – Entertainment
Mariont Beats – War Is Hell (Epic Amazing Old School Rap Beat Hip Hop Instrumental)
Creative Commons License

#Back2Van

This series is about our trip back to Vancouver, British Columbia in our Class B Dodge Ram Great West Van #schmoovan.

We hope you enjoy the highlights of our #vanlife adventures!
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See where we are RIGHT NOW
Website ► http://www.adventuredorks.com
Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/adventuredorks
Twitter ► https://twitter.com/adventuredorks
Instagram ► https://www.instagram.com/adventuredorks

We’d love it if you subscribed to our channel and share our videos on social media! ♥ ♥

We left Florida in late March of 2017 to work our way back to Canada. Here’s our Google Map marking our general (and sometimes specific) locations and remarks…

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Van Life From Arizona to Free in Camping Utah – #Back2Van

In This Video

We set off from the Grand Canyon and explored free camping in Utah. We vanned our way to Moab where Cee got to experience true singletrack mountain biking for the first time.
The camping along the way was spectacular.

Where We Stayed – Free Camping!

Free camping near the Grand Canyon at Kaibab National Forest, 35.964619, -112.108658.

Lone Rock Beach Primitive Camping in Glen Canyon on Lake Powell, $14/night plus National Park entrance fee, 37.01951, -111.53932

Boondocking at Mexican Hat BLM, 37.172547, -109.847076

Free dry camping at Willow Springs Road BLM near Moab, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park, 38.696832, -109.6981

For details from the entire route and to get GPS coordinates, check out our map.

Next Up

Exploring mountain bike trails in Moab, Utah!

Things You Might Like

Gee’s grandfather’s Buck Knife used to gently halve peach tartlets and to baton wood. it’s a slimmer, more nimble alternative to the chunkier classic 119.

Whiskey stones which are GREAT in a van when you don’t have an ice cube tray. They also don’t melt into water when the freezer isn’t cold enough!

The fire striker Cee uses to make campfires like the Survivor fan she is.

 Cee’s Nut Case Helmet to look styling on the trails.

Intex Inflatable Kayak K2 – used to kayak around Lone Rock but not seen because we had no GoPro at the time of filming.

 

Norco Bigfoot Fatbike (no affiliation), in case you’re interested in the fatty.

#Back2Van

This series is about our trip back to Vancouver, British Columbia in our Class B Dodge Ram Great West Van #schmoovan.

We hope you enjoy the highlights of our #vanlife adventures!
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See where we are RIGHT NOW
Website ► http://www.adventuredorks.com
Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/adventuredorks
Twitter ► https://twitter.com/adventuredorks
Instagram ► https://www.instagram.com/adventuredorks

We’d love it if you subscribed to our channel and share our videos on social media! ♥ ♥

We left Florida in late March of 2017 to work our way back to Canada. Here’s our Google Map marking our general (and sometimes specific) locations and remarks…

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Touring Sedona and the Grand Canyon – #Back2Van

In This Video

We headed up through New Mexico to Arizona where we visited Sedona and then toured the Grand Canyon.
While in Sedona, we tried out the biking trails and there was a short bit of single track at the end of the Bell Rock trail that got us excited for Moab.
Sit around the fire with us for a recap of the adventures before this…
There is amazing free camping only 10 mins from the Grand Canyon gates!
Now this is how to live the van life.

Next Up

Cee gets hooked on single track and dual suspension biking at Moab, Utah!

Music

TITLE: Take The Chance
ARTIST: NICOLAI HEIDLAS
CC BY License 4.0

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We left Florida in late March of 2017 to work our way back to Canada. Here’s our Google Map marking our general (and sometimes specific) locations and remarks…