Gear Reports

Trade Scrolling Time for Travel Time

Try shaving 120 minutes of the time you spend this week scrolling through stuff that ultimately lends little value to your life and instead spend that time going some place cool.



Biking to Princeton for Pancakes!

Looking for a quick, fun and easy Central New Jersey day trip that includes bikes, nature and pancakes?

Vanagon Cost of Ownership

What does it cost to keep a Volkswagen Vanagon running?

Embracing the Fanny Pack

I’m not saying I’ll be wearing this thing to date night at the movies, but for any outdoor related photography stuff, the Mountainsmith Lumbarpack Tour can not not be beat.



Finding Scenic Routes For Your Next Road Trip [updated]

Road Trips aren’t about getting from point A to B the fastest.

Buying Bikes for Kids

Unless you’ve got a houseful of kids to pass that new bicycle down to, it makes a lot more sense to buy a quality used bike for a kid who is still growing like a weed.



Bike Camping on C&O Canal

From Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia to downtown Washington, DC via bicycle with some camping along the C&O Canal.

Bike Camping Coffee Setup

A cup of coffee after a night of sleeping outdoors is one of the best parts of camping.

Vanagon Fuel Tank + Reseal Kit Research

JUST LOGGING MY RESEARCH HERE FOR ANYONE WHO MAY BE DOING A SIMILAR PROJECT.



2015 Family Camping Gift Guide

Here are some ideas for the camping/outdoorsy people on your Christmas list.

Getting Good Eats from a Coleman Griddle

Here are a couple of go-to recipes that work well on a Coleman two-burner propane stove with a griddle.



Keeping Cool in the Vanagon

Replacing the stock sliding window with the older jalousie windows is highly recommended if you want to stay cool while sleeping in the Vanagon.



Xtracycle Edgerunner

As awesome as the Xtracycle Edgerunner is for running errands and as fun as it is to ride, the real reason we bought it is to keep our youngest son out of a wheelchair.



Field Test: Mountainsmith Modular Hauler

When you’re on a road trip with kids, keeping things organized and neat but readily accessible is a constant challenge.

Vanagon + Sewfine Upholstery Project

As with most Vanagon-related projects, the upholstery project didn’t go entirely according to plan but as usual we came away grateful for the Vanagon community and more confident in our ability to take care of our family’s freedom vessel.



Buying a Vanagon

If you’re new to Volkswagen campers or are just starting to look for one, here is how we decided on a budget and which year, model and type best matched our family’s needs.



WE GO TOGETHER

We love our Vanagon and our Xtracycle and it got us thinking just how much they have in common as methods of transportation.



BEYOND BIKE TRAILERS

Part 2 of biking series: the Xtracycle long-tail bike allows us to continue to ride together as a family now that Jack has outgrown the Chariot bike trailer.

TWO WHEELS GOOD

Part 1 of Biking Series: bicycle trips as a family were too important for us to give up so we’ve spent a lot of time and effort at different stages of Jack’s development to make these trips work.

PROTECTING IPADS IN THE WILD

The truth is that our boys’ iPads don’t interfere with our family’s ability to connect with nature, they make it possible.

TRACKING ROAD TRIP FUEL COSTS

The Road Trip iPhone app makes it easy to track your mileage, expenses and other road trip data.