The Van Diaries: Weeks One And Two!

Tue, September 27, 2016

The beginning of the Van Diaries, all about our first two weeks in our brand new mobile home! Our plan was to have little to no plan and to see where the road takes us...and it has turned out to be the best thing we ever did. Check out where we have been and what we've been up to so far!

Picking Up Our New Home!

Tuesday the 13th of September, the day we picked up the keys to our very first home together! I never dreamed our first home would be on four wheels...but it was perfect none the less. We were both a little nervous the first time we strted the RV and took off down the highway, it was absolutely MASSIVE at 30ft long and having eyes in the back of our heads was an absolute must! It didn't take too long for our first learning curve, as we were driving down the highway we kept hearing a loud bang every now and then. I dismissed it as a tray in the cupboard and we kept going. It wasn't until we glanced in the side mirror and saw the door to the van swinging wide open that we quickly realised the culprit and pulled over quick smart! After that it was smooth sailing and our first night was so much fun, we went shopping at Walmart for all of the things we would need and our first grocery run. We then cooked  our dinner for the first time in a long time and got ourselves set up! The van is very spacious and we just love it, it's like a little apartment on wheels!

Victoria, British Columbia

A few days later we caught a ferry from Port Angeles, Washington, where we were staying in the campervan to Victoria, British Columbia. We had a great time, having breakfast at Vista 18, overlooking Victoria from the 18th floor of the Chateau Victoria Hotel. We then hired bikes and rode them around the city for a couple of hours, this is the best way to take in all of the sites and get some great exercise too! After our bike ride we shot some footage for the online studio in front of the Parliament building which was just magnificent, complete with fairy lights that illuminate it at night! After a spot of shopping and dinner at Frankie's Modern Diner, it was time to hop back on the ferry home. Victoria is just beautful, I absolutely love this city and I can't wait to go back!

Madison Creek Falls And Hoh Rainforest

Madison Falls Creek was our first stop from Port Angeles along the Oregon Coast Highway along the Pacific Coastline. It was very easy to get to and it was just beautiful,the perfect first pitstop! After taking some photos we continued our way down the highway, which is absolutely breathtaking itself, no matter where you are there are endless stretches of trees and beautiful coastline. We stopped in at Hoh Rainforest, the largest temperate rainforest in the US. It was almost eerie, so beautiful and so different to anything I'd ever seen before! The Hall of Mosses Trail is a sight to see, with maples draped in large growths of spikemoss.

Devil's Churn

This was incredible! This was another pit stop along the Oregon Coast Highway, and it was as terrifying as it was amazing! As the tide comes in it can throw spray several hundred feet into the air when the waves reach the end of the churn. You could honestly sit for hours and watch the monsterous waves roll in!

Toketee Falls And Crater Lake

The Toketee Falls is another stop along the Oregon Highway and one of the most famous waterfalls in Oregon. The hike was fun and the view at the end was well worth it! Later that day we made our way to Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the US and most spectacular I've ever seen! We filmed our upcoming "Crater Lake Upper Body" workout here, and I'm so glad we captured it's amazing beauty!

Lake Trillium And Mount Hood

We stopped in at Lake Trillium after a long day of driving back north towards Portland, and it was the absolute ultimate way to stretch our legs again! The lake is so peaceful and quiet, we almost felt bad talking and interrupting the serenity! It has an excellent view of Mt. Hood which is where a lot of horror movies have been filmed, including The Shining! I can definitely see why, it's so beautiful but the fog makes it so spooky!

Oneonta Gorge

This was very interesting! This was our last pitstop before we reached Portland. The Oneonta Gorge came up in an article on my mum's Facebook feed, saying it was one of the places you must see before you die. She sent it to us and to be honest we would have driven past and not even known it was there if it weren't for the article! We weren't exactly prepared for the level of difficulty it took to get to this spot, climbing fallen logs and getting just a little (OK, a fair bit) wet, but it was absolutely incredible and demonstrated just how powerful and awesome Mother Nature truly is!