Van Life Cross Country California to Florida

Our vanlife road trip from California to Florida led us through some very diverse and amazing landscapes. We loved hiking the Imperial Sand Dunes near Yuma Arizona, camping out in the Sonoran Desert and hiking in beautiful Saguaro National Park near Tucson Arizona and at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

We camped in our van on BLM land (public land), in various public parking lots in California and New Orleans and stayed on an organic fruit orchard in Austin, Texas through Harvest Hosts.

Harvest Hosts is a program that allows for free overnight camping at participating farms, breweries, wineries, distilleries, museums and golf clubs for a small annual membership fee. For more info visit the Harvest Hosts website: http://harvesthosts.refr.cc/wandergreen

While at Austin Orchards, we had the honor to interview Jason Sawyer the manager of the orchard who talked to us about sustainable and eco-friendly farming and how he makes Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce and Jams: https://youtu.be/pZghUa6B5-s

During our road trip we enjoyed some delicious vegan food in Los Angeles and San Diego California, Tucson Arizona, Austin Texas and New Orleans Louisiana. These were our favorite vegan-friendly restaurants during the trip:

The Butcher’s Daughter, Los Angeles
Cafe Gratitude, Los Angeles
Jyoti-Bihanga, San Diego
World Curry, San Diego:
Govindas Natural Foods Buffet, Tucson
Tumerico, Tucson
The Beer Plant, Austin
Counter Culture, Austin
Bouldin Creek Cafe, Austin
Veggie Heaven, Austin
Sweet Soulfood, New Orleans

This video completes our 7 month long roadtrip from Florida through Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and back to Florida. We were happy to spend a couple of month during winter and spring of 2019 in the Sunshine State and switch from van life to living in our travel trailer for a bit. Stay tuned for more adventures!

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Scenic Los Angeles and San Diego On the Road

After spending the winter in Las Vegas we made our way to Los Angeles where we spent a week exploring the area and getting some work done. We loved walking through Santa Monica and Venice Beach and took long walks along the different beaches. LA is vegan heaven and we enjoyed some amazing plant-based meals at The Butcher’s Daughter, Cafe Gratitude, and Roeckenwagner Cafe.

We then made our way along the scenic highway to San Diego and did a couple of hikes with stunning views at Crystal Cove State Park and Torrey Pines State Reserve. San Diego was surprisingly easy for vanlife and we found that Fiesta Island is the perfect spot for boondocking on the water while still being close to the downtown area. We especially loved the waterfront, the colorful murals at Chicano Park and watching the sunset from the Sunset Cliffs.

We filled our bellies at the vegan-friendly restaurants Jyoti-Bihanga, Plant Power and World Curry and there are a plentitude of plant-based restaurants that we did not get a chance to try. Maybe next time, because San Diego is definitely on our list to visit again!

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Sustainable Living: Millwood Flower Farm – Local Ocala, Florida (Interview)

On our travel through Florida we visited Millwood Flower Farm, a sustainable and organic flower farm. We had the honor to speak to one of the owners Seth Lyons who invited us for an interview on the farm to talk about sustainable agriculture, no-dig farming and organic flower farming. Millwood Flower Farm is located in Reddick, Florida and sells its flower bouquets at the Farmers Market in Ocala and directly to customers who order their flower arrangements on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis for their office or home.



Visit Millwood Flower Farm online at:
https://www.millwoodflowerfarm.com/

On Instagram at:
https://www.instagram.com/millwoodflowerfarm/

And Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/millwoodflowerfarm

 

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Winter in Las Vegas with Valley of Fire State Park Visit

After three months of non-stop travel from Florida to Nevada in our self-converted van with lots of exploring in Colorado, Utah we welcomed a winter-break for work in Las Vegas and enjoyed the change in pace and environment. After living in a small van for three months, it was great to stay at a studio apartment with a real kitchen, a toilet and hot water! Which is a luxury when living minimally in a van.

Spending the winter in Las Vegas is a fun way to enjoy mild temperatures, plenty of sunshine and lots of great outdoor activities from hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking, outdoor workouts and more. On our time off we loved camping and hiking at Valley of Fire State Park, trail running in the Las Vegas hills and surrounding desert and wild camping at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

These were our favorite running and hiking trails in and around Las Vegas:

Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area, and Calico Basin Trails:
https://www.hikingproject.com/directory/8013577/calico-basin
https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/wp-content/uploads/rrckeystone2017_vfin-web.pdf

Valley of Fire State Park:
http://parks.nv.gov/forms/Valley_of_Fire_Map_1_SE_HWY_162_NET_otln_reduced_2014-02-10.pdf

Hollywood Regional Park (with the adjacent Hollywood Aquatic Center):
https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks/Pages/hollywood-parkinformation.aspx

Clark County Wetlands Park:
https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks/Pages/cc-wetlands-park-homepage.aspx

River Mountains Loop Trail:
https://rivermountainstrail.org/

Lake Mead – Multiple Trails:
https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/hike.htm
http://npmaps.com/lake-mead/

Pittman Wash Trail:
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/nevada/pittman-wash-trail

Our favorite Las Vegas Vegan-friendly Restaurants:

Violette’s Vegan Organic Cafe and Juice Bar:
https://violettesvegan.com/

Vegenation:
https://vegenationlv.com/

Simply Pure:
http://www.simplypurelv.com/

Veganos Kitchen:
https://www.facebook.com/VeganosKitchen/

Mint Indian Bistro:
http://www.mintbistro.com/

Turmeric Flavors of India:
http://www.turmericflavorsofindia.com/

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