About

DSC_0742We are a family of 3 (mom, dad and a junior high kiddo high schooler) doing our best to find time between work, school and sports to explore the outdoors in our campervan. We live in California where we have the kind of amazing weather that makes you feel guilty for staying inside. Luckily, there is so much to do and see, and so much of the year to do it all in. Campervanning is new to us and it has been fun to think of different ways to fully use and optimize our home away from home. We don’t live in our campervan, but we take it out as much as we can for day trips, camping trips, my daughter’s volleyball tournaments, or just to eat a meal with a view. Anything to get us outside.

Although we had been talking about campervans for as long as I can remember, actually purchasing one was a decision that we agonized over and kept putting off because it was too big of a decision. However, one day in 2015 it really hit me that my daughter was getting older (denial anyone?) and if we were ever going to buy a campervan it had to be now. This was important enough to us that we would look back and regret it if we didn’t. The campervan has really made the outdoors accessible to us in ways I had never imagined. The bottom line, however, is that I wanted the three of us to share experiences, create memories and just get out and live an active life. I can’t express how happy it makes me feel (without sounding sappy) when I see how much my daughter appreciates nature and loves exploring the outdoors. She’s taken about 50% of the scenery pictures and 80% of the wildlife pictures on this blog, and is always an active and willing participant on our outings/trips.

Our campervan, Lucille:

 

While we waited seven months for our campervan, I filled a binder full of information about the places we wanted to visit, hikes we just had to try, and campgrounds we had to see to believe. I was so eager to get going on our campervan trips that I had all this nervous energy, and my outlet became researching everything I could about future trips (this was my scientist side showing up). I spent an absurd amount of time researching campgrounds, looking at all the online photos of each campsite (campsitephotos.com), and then making reservations for the sites which I believed were ones we would like. I made a chart of driving times and distances and planned out various trip itineraries for when there was a longer break in my daughter’s school schedule. I started filling in our calendar with campsite reservations and also the dates of when I needed to make reservations for future weekends and holidays. This is an ongoing process, but I finally feel like I have the hang of it and I have my binder to help me minimize the time to figure out where we want to visit next.

 

During the time I was researching I came across many people’s blogs, some were very helpful and I appreciated the ones that gave a personal perspective mixed with useful information. I created my blog to share about our camping trips, our activities we like to do such as hiking and biking, outings or day trips and the campervan itself, along with any other weekend activities (travel that doesn’t involve the campervan) that are a part of our lives in the hopes that it can be useful in some small way. The food we make for our trips or on our trips have played a big role in our enjoyment of the outdoors, so I’ll be sprinkling in some recipes that have been our favorites.

I just started my blog in March (2016) and I feel like there is still so much to learn. I’m always open to any any comments, advice, suggestions, sharings, tips, etc.. and would love to hear from you. Thanks for visiting!

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Hi, I’m Aya

 

 

15 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey there, you scientist!! We are so excited to hear about your campervan adventures and want to see you guys. Yikes it’s been a long time but I realized I don’t have an email address for you. Can you send me an email and I can contact you directly. I miss seeing you! Oh, this is Erika (from lab).

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  2. This is so awesome! It’s wonderful that you took the step, and actually fulfilled a dream. So many people never actually do it. I’m sure it is extremely beneficial for the whole family.
    I got an RV when my daughter was an infant, and we lived in it, on and off, for several years. We don’t have it anymore, but there’s rarely a day going by, when I don’t think about things we experienced with it. Not only places, but the close connection we got by spending so much time together. We went to a total of 46 states with it. I worked a little here and there, to make ends meet. It made our life so much richer. I’m sure your experience is a similar positive one. I’m so happy for you!

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  3. Thanks for following us! I’m looking forward to reading through some of your blogs. I already love the idea of having a notebook. I have saved a lot of similar stuff, just haven’t put it in a notebook yet…I’m inspired! 🙂

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