Packed and ready…

Over the last week we’ve slowly packed up the apartment and reassembled our life back into the van. Surprisingly there appears to be room for all the new stuff. The Sprinter never ceases to amaze me.

We’re taking more advantage of the roof for sure. We’ve got the rocket box fully loaded, and the kayak is stuffed with gear as well. You may also notice we now have a bike rack on the back hitch. This is allowing us to move the bikes to the outside of the vehicle, which is freeing up a ton of room under the bed.

Overall I’m pretty happy with the space allocation. I think we’re gonna be just fine out there on the road.

We’re both excited, and a little nervous to head back out on the road. We honestly aren’t sure what to expect traveling our nomadic lifestyle with an infant in tow. We couldn’t ask for a better baby to try it with though. Soleil is a champ. She’s so easy.

Lately she’s been taking an interest in the family business, so I’ve been teaching her the ropes of Outdoorplay. What can I say… she’s a natural.

Beyond that, we’re just enjoying our last few days in a modern city before heading back out on the open road. We’re eating as much good food as possible and taking advantage of all the amenities. I think that is going to be the biggest shock of going back out there… you know, the lack of things. Things like hot water showers, kitchens, bathrooms… stuff like that. It’s not that we don’t ever get it, but it’s much more limited.

Me personally, I’m happy to trade those things for freedom. And in a few more days we’ll be totally free again.




  1. William Wallace: Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!

    You go girl…..Oprah

    Glad to see you heading back out on the open road.

    Love you guys,


  2. Imam so shocked that everything! You guys are AMAZING. Yeah!!

  3. So happy for you guys. Can’t wait to see pics of settling in on the road again. How long til the next big rest stop? Do you already know where you’ll be hunkering down again? Or do you play that by ear? Dan’s at Winter OR right now – and I asked if we could meet up for Summer OR….. no go ūüôĀ boooooo. Safe travels xoxo

  4. Patricia Zevallos says:

    ¬°mucha suerte, stevie !

  5. Corrin Crone Phillips says:

    You made room for me, right?

  6. Cathy Fanandakis Alexander says:

    Have a safe fun Journey!!!!!

  7. Jeremy Jones says:

    Your fans have been waiting…. (not really). Can’t wait to see WHN (what happens next)… Bueno Suerte!

    ps What I meant by “not really” is that there’s something said for staying put. Ya know.. safe…

  8. Mylene Pocorni says:

    Good luck an I am sure you will have a lot of fun now with the three of you!

  9. Patrick O'Keeffe says:

    sweet happy trails !

  10. Good for you guys!!! Love that you’re taking the family on the road and everyone, Kiki included, is looking great. Enjoy the freedom of the open road.

  11. Hey, is she holding her own bottle now?

  12. Where are you going next???????????????????

  13. Finally free from having to shower every day; Tree’s life long dream. Not having to do his nails or condition his hair is the ether of the open road that draws Tree to these nomadic endeavors.

  14. Nonituyas says:

    New Beginnings . . . always exciting. Take care of your precious Selves, and each other.

  15. it’s so great to see current photos of miss kiki!!!! i so miss her face and tiny lil body enveloped in princess fur. oohh i can’t wait to lover her up. as for the van, i knew tree would make it happen- master of logistics that he is. glad everyone is well enough to hit the road!!! sending love to all.

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