I’ve been thinking of traveling the US via van for several years now. I thought it would be awesome to get one for my 40th bday. Well, that’s almost 2 years from now. Then, I thought it would be a great idea to pull the trigger and purchase a van when we have our little one. Well, that time is quickly approaching as I’m in the 2nd trimester of the pregnancy. So, like with everything else I do…. there’s a ton of research!
Which size to get?
Who to go with?
My YouTube channel on Sprinter Vans
Awesome YouTuber for getting onboard with the van life: Hobo Ahle
Here’s what I’m leaning towards right now:
Sportsmobile seems to have an awesome option of the pop up top that could be an additional sleep area when we grow our family. That’s really the huge reason why we’re leaning towards Sportsmobile. We actually went to check out and do a factory tour of Outside Van and they were incredible!! If I hadn’t have found out about the popup top on the Sportsmobile, OSV would’ve definitely been our top pick.
The best day ever.
Our AppyCouple wedding website
Our Wedding Pinterest Board
Our Wedding Day
I got the first apple watch when it came out and will be using that version to compare to the new Pebble 2.
CNET comparison bt apple watch 2, samsung gear s3, fitbit, android wear, garmin, pebble
First off, I was very happy with my Apple watch 1. There’s a lot of great notifications for it and it’s user friendly. One thing I did not like about the watch is that the notifications would go directly to the watch without warning me on the iphone despite my ringer being on.
The main reason why I decided to look for a watch outside of my stellar apple watch is because the battery life on the apple watch is incredibly low. I can only go one day between charges. Sometimes, I’m at work for more than 24 hours so it becomes more cumbersome on the logistics. Sure, I could bring my charger and charge it… but that takes time, effort, and extra cords since it doesn’t have a lightning charger. So, enter the Pebble 2…a Kickstarter project!
Ars Technica Reviews: Pebble 2 vs. Apple Watch 2
Wareable Pebble 2 review vs. Wareable Apple Watch review
CNET review: new apple watch 2 vs. CNET review: pebble 2
My overall thoughts and winners comparing Apple watch 1 to Pebble 2:
- Battery life: Pebble 2
- HR workout tracking: Apple watch 1
- Apps: Apple Watch 1
- Waterproof: Pebble 2
- HR, sleep, steps, calories, distance tracking throughout day: Pebble 2
- Cost: Pebble 2
- Phone required: both
Thanks to my wonderful fiancé, I’m spending more and more time on the water! The calming and relaxing effects are pretty amazing as well as the vitamin D and sunshine!
I love my big surfboard (8’4″) and just floating on the water. An idea occurred to me to get a big raft. But that’s cumbersome. So, then I thought about practicing my turns and paddling strength in the pool. But what about a lounging island or floating flamingo? Boom: the inflatable SUP seemed like a perfect blend of relaxing raft and ocean cruising in an easy to handle, fold-up, easy-storage, and hide-away apparatus.
But which one do I get?
The decision was tough, but I love comparative graphs the Outdoor Gear Lab provides. And with an honest breakdown like that and comparing the different inflatable SUP brands… My decision was made. Plus, I love supporting local!
I’m lucky to live in a place that promotes my newbie surf adventure. Albeit, I’m not a water baby… waves that are over my head and currents that pull me under are definitely scary. But, I used to love boogie boarding as a kid and being on the water is nature’s meditative sanctuary.
Surfline: Southern California
WannaSurf: San Diego County
Surfline PDF for San Diego
Learning to Surf: My newbie thoughts
Some of my favorite places in the Southern California area:
La Jolla Shores, CA
Magic Seaweed: LJ Shores
Scripps oceanography Cam: Pier and LJ Shores
List of character traits
I recently donated to someone’s fund to help rebuild the lives and shelters of people less fortunate.
After my generous donation, there was no ‘thank you’ or even acknowledgement. In fact, what I received was a ‘why did you waste your money?’, I’m just going to surf. I was so shocked I had to ask why someone would say that? They replied, ‘because I’m selfish.’
I post this as a lesson learned: Be careful who you give your time, efforts, and heart.
Never would I have thought this could happen. My naivete prevails; yet, I want to believe there is an inherent good in people. My mindset may be biased as I’m in healthcare and people are helping ALL THE TIME, genuinely (not to just do something for vacation).
It saddens me that one could:
- Take money from friends and family so selfishly
- Be so upfront and acknowledge that it was for selfish reasons
- Pretend to help but really just ride the cash of these donations
good great trips must come to an end. My most recent getaway to Australia and New Zealand showed me the hospitality and generosity of its people. My travel mates also played a huge part in generating the goofy times. While waiting in the airport, I have had time to reflect on things.
1) How to become an even more efficient packer. Yes, I travel a lot… But I’m always looking for tips and tricks to improve. Stumbled upon this article: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/round-the-world-travel/best-of-round-the-world-travel/content/travel-tips-and-articles/how-to-pack-light-tips-from-a-master-packer
2) While traveling, I often find myself going more out of my way to meet the locals and get a sense of their culture, humor, food, etc. For this particular trip, one could easily distinguish that we were from all different countries: our New Zealand guide, the two Irish gals, my stateside self, and a Polish gal. Came upon this emotional intelligence assessment because sometimes our group dynamic was a bit all over the place.
3) And then I started thinking about people that come into our lives who become acquaintances and then friends and sometimes lifelong friends. The basis for all these relationships is trust. So of course, I stumbled upon this goody: http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/02/03/david-desteno-truth-about-trust/
4) Aside from trust, people typically feel drawn to other people who are positive or generate good karma. When I travel, I definitely feel that good karma and positive energy is an easy way to connect with people. http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/04/19-fun-ways-to-create-good-karma/
Staying in the airport overnight has definitely given me way too much fodder to let the mind wander and analyze.