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Dani McDaniel
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New Orleans natives preparing to sail around the world Jan 2015.
New Orleans natives preparing to sail around the world Jan 2015.

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We take the motorcycle to Bryce Canyon for some ground hiking then head to Zion to climb up to "Angel's Landing" which is about 1,500 feet straight up with no rails. A slippery chain was all we had to hold onto. (Footage from August 2016)

THIS CONCLUDES OUR RV VIDEO SERIES! Next stop PANAMA aboard our Westsail 32 Sundowner!


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Our cabin owner friends rented a raft and took us 12 miles down the Snake River in Wyoming. The scenery was breathtaking and it was great to relax for a few hours watching the mountains slowly pass by. Afterwards we cooked up some Delicious Jambalaya before saying goodbye to our now dear friends...Hopefully we'll see them again soon, in Panama.

We soon expired our time camped on free Shadow Mountain and after 16 days camped there we headed a bit further south looking for another free campsite in a different National Forest. Unfortunately the aftermath of recent forest fires filled up our prospective camp sites with emergency personnel so we had to keep on driving, all the way to Utah. We had wanted to stay as far north as possible to soak up the cooler temperatures but as luck would have it we found a nice campsite 300 miles south in Duck Creek Utah which forecasted mild temps in the 70s and 40s. At 8,500 feet it escaped the heat of the land below.

This campsite also happened to be 40 miles from both Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks! Antelope roamed free and I enjoyed the flat, albeit high altitude jogging and biking.

Check it out!

Tate and Dani

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Our RV Trip is over :( But we had a great time and got to see SV Seeker and some friends in Oklahoma. We are shifting gears now to go back to Panama.

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We found ourselves only 4 hours away from the Grand Tetons National Park near Jackson Wyoming and soo...we just couldn't help ourselves. The scenery driving from Idaho to the Grand Tetons was breathtaking. The Snake River made it's mark clearly in the countryside as we made our way to a free campsite DIRECTLY opposite of the Tetons.

We scouted out Shadow Mountain on foot before taking RA up the mountain to a great spot where we stayed for 2 weeks. The Grand Tetons are 14,000 feet tall while our spot on Shadow Mountain was over 7,000 giving us a nice up close view of the snow peaks.

Our friends from Montana joined us for a portion for steaks and fun. Check it all out live in action in this cool video.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tate and Dani

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We finally leave Washington after nearly a month exploring and head south into Oregon but instead of continuing south into California to visit the Redwoods National Park we drastically change plans and head back EAST and into Idaho where we visit Crater's of the Moon National Monument.

Crater's is made of old lava flows that erupted from the Earth's crust AGES ago. Unfortunately I (Dani) somehow DELETED most and the best footage of our time there...So what we include is all we have. This place was REALLY cool and we highly recommend seeing it if you are close and believe our hike of the North Crater trail was the best if you are fit.

*As we often do we just go where the wind takes us and after much deliberation we decided that California was just too big and way too expensive state for us to venture into at this time. We only have 6 weeks left until we have to pick up Tate's Dad in Flagstaff Arizona and we don't rush through things.

We have a modest budget and so far (knock on wood) we haven't had to pay for any place to stay and we didn't like the sound of all the rules and restrictions against free camping that we heard California has so we decided California was to be saved for another day later in life when we have lots of liquid funds and can truly enjoy all that it has to offer. I don't think you could see all of the state in a whole year not to mention just a few weeks.

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We continue our Olympic National Park Adventures by moving the RV to the West Olympic National Forest to an amazing campsite Tate scouted on the motorcycle before hand. The campsite didn't cost anything and was nestled 40 miles south of the Hoh Rainforest and 30 miles from the Pacific Beaches in the Olympic National Forest.

We had many fires using wood we found in our gigantic space and had the area all to ourselves. Since we were in between both the Hoh and the Quinault Rainforests it rained 5 of the 7 days we were there but during the two sunny days we headed to explore Pacific Beach and then finally the HOH rainforest, the main reason we came to the Olympic Peninsula.

We hiked 10 miles round trip down the "Hoh River Trail" which took us through all the changing landscapes of this amazingly moss covered and wet forest. We were really lucky to have the time to wait out a sunny day to visit as it rains 130 a year here and most often is rainy and the ground muddy.

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We finally get to the Olympic Peninsula via historic Highway 101 and arrive in the quaint little town of Port Angeles on the northern tip. We stay with some fellow Westsail owners for a few nights and meet back up with Catrina and Jordan to explore the town where we ran into MORE folks from Louisiana. Pay close attention to the guy in the Tulane hoodie!

After exploring the beautiful property and the town, it was time to check out some of the more scenic parts of the peninsula. We take the motorcycle and head down some very curvy roads to visit Cape Flattery which is the most northwest point in the lower 48 states. It didn't disappoint with its craggy shores and beautiful but chilling waters.

More birds, more scenery, more motorcycling and more drinking with friends. Enjoy!

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We leave the Snoqualmie National Forest (45 miles east of Seattle, WA) and head towards Tacoma Washington to meet up with fellow sailor bloggers, Mike and Melissa from "Little Cunning Plan" (link below). They show us their new boat, SV Galapagos, a 1970's era 47' Olympic Adventure (Ted Brewer design) built in Greece and sailed half way around the world to Washington.

We also get invited to go sailing aboard SV Blue Moon, a 1980 C&C 40' sailboat for a race on Commencement Bay Washington. The race was cancelled due to little wind but we motored out a bit until we found the wind and went for a pleasure sail. The video concludes with us making our to Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington.

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We camp at no cost for seven days in the Snoqualmie National Forest (Cascade Mountains) on Tinkham Road (exit 47) off interstate 90 roughly 45 miles east of Seattle. The forest is incredibly beautiful and we are lucky with the summer weather here in the northwest. The temps only rise to 70 degrees always with a nice breeze.

We make a trip on the bike to Seattle to meet up with old friends for a night out at Cafe Mox (board games and drinking) and a beach fire excursion.

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Soo..we are spending less per month in the RV than we did sailing. That was unexpected! Check out our 6 month costs comparison between the RV monthly living costs and sailing monthly living costs.
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