New York City is a fun place, but usually doesn’t come to mind when thinking of outdoor activities. But since the city is surrounded by waterways, it provides for some great kayaking and paddle boarding opportunities. From city kayaking on the Hudson River and East River to more remote paddling in Brooklyn and in the Bronx, there are great paddle trails to be explored. The following video is one of our first videos ever. We recorded it during a kayaking trip at our most favorite paddling spot up at Pelham Bay Park. We have lived all over New York City, but due to increasing rent prices we had moved to the Bronx in 2016 which helped to save money but also provided us with some great kayaking opportunity at Pelham Bay Park. It has become our most favorite kayaking spot as it is away from the crowds and offers many different paddling routes.
City Island is located next door and offers some great seafood restaurants, in case that’s something that interests your palate. The public kayak and canoe launch at Pelham Bay Park is located at the end of the large parking lot at Orchard Beach, one of the few city swimming beaches but sadly it is one of the dirtiest beaches as well.
Pelham Bay Park has no kayaks or boats for rent, so you will have to bring your own paddling gear and you need a permit (it’s only $15 and valid for a year). For more information check out the official NYC Water Trail Site.
We use the Innova Sunny inflatable kayak.
It is more eco-friendly than most inflatable kayaks due to the PVC-free material, while being very durable. It’s fast to inflate and deflate, stores compact in a backpack and is easy to carry on our travels.
Our first month on the road as full time nomads in October 2017 was exciting for sure. It all went pretty smooth despite the fact that we jumped into our new journey head over heels. We finished our trailer renovation late at night the day before we hit the road.
The last two months before we left our home in New York City was a chaotic and intense time as everything was happening at once: we were still working at our workplaces until the last week while still continuing our trailer renovation, at the same time downsizing our belongings and moving out of our rental apartment into the trailer all while saying goodbye to our friends and family. Craziness.
New York City To Florida
Once we left, we had a whole month to get from New York City to Florida, and we had somewhat of an idea of a route but honestly we did not have the time to do too much research. Neither of us had ever towed a travel trailer or anything like it until the week we left. A friend of us who had much experience hitching up and pulling things was nice enough to teach us the basics and gave Damian a 2h driving and practice lesson. I/Eliane learned while watching Damian and then did my first towing practice in an empty lot on the third day of our journey. From then on we have both been towing the trailer and sharing the load. We knew we wanted to visit Shanendoah National Park and we wanted to do some hiking there for sure. Since we were newbies at driving a big vehicle, we double checked our route with an app called CoPilot that helps to navigate large vehicles and with that all went well even when driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains. I was astonished, that after only a couple days we already managed to back up our truck and trailer at a gas station because we pulled into it without realizing that the turn was too tight to pull forward and out of it. Not just once. Twice. Yup. Fun stuff! Sweating bullets and tense moments for sure. But it all makes for a great learning experience and a good laugh when thinking back to those moments.
Our Route, October 2017:
-New York City NY
-Egg Harbor Township and Lakewood NJ
-Shanendoah National Park VA
-Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin VA
-St Augustine and Anastasia State Park FL
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See how we turned our tiny home on wheels from a brown box into a cheerful and colorful space. We replaced a few things to make it more eco-friendly, fixed a rotten floor and added bamboo flooring, a new kitchen countertop, a work desk and composting toilet. We replaced the dinette table, covered the sofa and dinette cushions with new fabric and painted the whole interior. We hope you enjoy our before and after tour!
When we bought our used travel trailer, the 2003 model was basically a brown box with a sofa and cushions that were sprinkled with American flags and Eagles. Not exactly our style! Since we were going to live in it full time, we wanted to make it into something homey, colorful and cheerful. During our cosmetic renovation and remodel, we replaced a few things to make it more eco-friendly, but also changed some things to simply make it more pleasing to the eye.
Since we work remotely from our trailer and on location, we needed a solution to have 2 work spaces as well. The original trailer had a cabinet and a captain chair installed on the left side of the entrance, but the previous owner had already removed the chair, which was great for us, as it provided for the perfect place to add a work desk.
We replaced the dinette table with a simple built that has a slot to store laptops and hard drives so it can be used as a work desk and dining table while not having to shuffle around too much. We also replaced the fake-wood kitchen countertop with an inexpensive and simple butcher-block type wood and replaced the double sink with a small bar sink to get more countertop space.
As for the original sofa and cushions, the Eagles and flags are just not our style, so we covered the sofa with a simple fabric and added some color with pillows that we already had. And with only a few alterations we turned our old looking brown box into a modern colorful home.