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The Road Home Part 1: The Vagabloggers Work?

Well it only took us a year to finally compile all the video clips but at last, we're pleased to bring you the first of our 8 part series documenting our trip from North Carolina back to our home state of Utah.

After returning from our 3 month long backpacking trip in Costa Rica, we found ourselves back in North Carolina and anxious to be back in our van and back on the road.  We definitely realized that we'd come to view the van as our home.  We'd rather live in it that any other "conventional home".   Read more

Greensboro Amtrak - Photo by Meisha
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The Costa Rica Chronicles: Anticipation

We recently returned from a life-altering 3 month trip backpacking to and through Costa Rica.  We did our best to capture many of our experiences during this adventure.  What was it like to pack up and travel to another country with no plan, limited money, limited research, and whole bunch of nerves?  Follow along as we share our Costa Rica Chronicle video series over the course of the next several weeks.   In this segment, we share our thoughts and highlights as we prepared to leave and began the first leg of our trip to Costa Rica:  Over 24 hours of continuous bus & train travel from Greensboro, North Carolina to Hollywood, Florida.    Read more

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The Great Smokey Mountain Tourist Watch

Leaving Knoxville late at night, we stopped at a Walmart to rest for the night. At this particular Walmart, we were chancing our luck not to be towed away. Even with "No Overnight RV Parking"  signs posted, we figured it would be okay since others were more than obviously parked for the night. Safety in numbers, right!? The restless night went by and eventually I fell fast asleep.  Early in the morning, Josh woke to make our way to The Great Smokey Mountains.  Beyond exhausted, we stopped at an outdoor store to stock up on cooking fuel.  The store yet to open, Josh climbed back into bed for a couple hours to wait it out.  When we woke, the parking lot was full and Josh headed in.   He was lucky to come out with fuel as he mentioned the store was mainly for tourists with money burning in their pockets. Still bring a bit early, we made our way to a visitors center just outside the park. This feeling like yet another tourist trap, we found ourselves back in bed again.

Our excessive morning sleep caused us to head into the Smokies later than expected, but we pushed forward. Upon entering the park's main Visitor's Center, we were faced with the worst part of the only free (and most visited) National Park on the country- traffic. It's like Christmas-time traffic where everyone is busy getting somewhere, distracted and in some kind of dumb-founded bubble. Drivers aren't kind here for the most part. It took us a few circles to find parking and due to traffic chaos mixed with growling bellies and petty arguing follows suit. We finally made into the visitor center which was littered with aimlessly wandering tourists showing souvenir hunger in their eyes.   Read more