Following an eventful drive from Sedona to Durango, I had an almost perfect night of rest at Purgatory Ski Area before hearing the snow plow at 5am. After a little more excitement than I would prefer in the morning, I made my way to my favorite Colorado town, Silverton, before skiing and making my usual… pancakes.
Living in my 4Runner presents some unique challenges: getting into/out of bed, changing clothes, cooking, relaxing… You get the idea. Everyday tasks become less straightforward and required a little creativity (and flexibility, literally) when living in a tiny space.
I have received more requests for a video tour of my full-time 4Runner camping setup than any other type of video.
My setup is fairly simple: power station, water, platform build (storage), and refrigerator. It is everything I need at this point and I could even go so far as to say that I have more storage than I really NEED. You’ll see in the video just how much I can keep in this small stay while staying fairly organized.
After spending about a week and a half exploring Flagstaff, I was ready for some warmer weather and hot meals!
This was my very first trip ever to Sedona and I was excited to see what all the hype was about (and for the SUN). I wasn’t disappointed! The drive down 89A through Oak Creek Canyon was one of the most beautiful drives of road life so far. The transition from snowy forest to sunny red rocks in a matter of 30 minutes absolutely blew my mind.
After enjoying some creature comforts of home during the holiday season, I set off once again for more full-time 4Runner living. What better way to kick it off than with a long road trip?!
The drive went almost seamless apart from a little hiccup in Missouri and a bigger hiccup in Colorado. (I can’t give it all away… you’ll have to watch and find out!)
I’ve spent the past week exploring the Charleston area, which happens to be one of my favorite travel destinations and a place where I always look forward to return trips.
As in the other places I’ve lived on the road, the build has garnered quite a few questions from Charleston locals and tourists.
Of those questions, I get many asking about what my routines (or lack thereof) look like living in the 4Runner.
If you’re reading this, you either decided to hike the Fiery Gizzard Trail OR you are on the fence. If you are planning the hike, get ready for one of the most beautiful and challenging hikes in the United States. Keep reading for a complete guide for the Fiery Gizzard Trail! Still have questions after, read my tips for the trail here. If you are on the fence, allow this post to serve as the extra push you need to hike – it is absolutely incredible! I was short on time, so I hiked from Fiery Gizzard to Raven’s Point rather than a thru-hike of the trail. Coming from someone who has bagged a few 14ers in Colorado and hiked some pretty cool trails in my life (in my opinion), the Fiery Gizzard Trail offers some of the best (and most challenging) hiking I have ever done!
Fiery Gizzard Trail is within 1.5 hours of Nashville and offers some of the best views in Tennessee. While it may be easy to get to, the trail itself is certainly not easy. You should absolutely spend some time planning your route and reading past reviews of this trail to prep for this all-day hike. Below are 10 tips (+ 2 bonus tips) I put together to help you enjoy some of the best hiking the middle US and Tennessee has to offer.