More Sun Valley: Bikes rides, Free Dump Stations & Sawtooth Botanical Garden

In today’s video, we are still boondocking along Trail Creek in Sun Valley Idaho. We go for a nice bike ride along a paved path. There are a number of paved paths in this area, not to mention LOTS of mountain biking trails. Next, we head down to a free dump station in Hailey Idaho. We have to deal with very smoky conditions from nearby wildfires but luckily the air wasn’t too bad. Last we walk around the Sawtooth Botanical Garden which was absolutely stunning. We highly recommend you check it out if you are in the area.

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Trail Creek Road
Go Pro Clamp (Amazon affiliate)
Hailey Dump Station
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
Warfield Brewery

Friday Favorite – Fire-starters (For Those Stubborn Campfires)

This week’s Friday Favorite are fire-starters. We love campfires, especially when boondocking and you can use local sticks and wood. While sometimes it’s incredibly easy to get the fire started, other times the wood is not very dry or for some reason won’t light well. That is when we pull out our fire-starters. They burn hot for quite a while and get everything else to light before the burnout. They are a great backup to have around for any camper!

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Fire-starters (Amazon affiliate)

Occasionally on Friday’s, we’d like to share with you some of our Favorite Things. These can be products, websites, or anything else that we love. Note we will ALWAYS say whether we are sponsored in any form from the companies we are sharing and these videos will ALWAYS reflect our true opinions. These are the things that bring us joy and we hope they can become your favorites as well.

 

Boondocking in Sun Valley, Water, & Exercise

In today’s video, we show some of the exercises we try to do while traveling. It’s a work in progress but we’re trying to come up with a routine for those days where we are not hiking. Next, we go on the search for water. We find a dump station in the Sawtooth National Forest which has potable water and trash for a $5 donation. There is also a bunch of boondocking and National Forest Campgrounds on the same road which is good to know for next time! We make a trip to the Sawtooth Brewery and Steve shows off his souvenir.

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Trail Creek Road
Bodylastics Bands (Amazon affiliate)
Sawtooth Dump Station
Sawtooth Brewery
Tervis Tumblers (Amazon affiliate)

How To Setup Camp While Boondocking or Free Camping in an Airstream/RV

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Setup Camp While Boondocking or Free Camping in an Airstream/RV. We do a lot of boondocking or free camping in the wilderness where there are no assigned spots. Setting up camp with our Airstream in this situation can be very different from setting up camp in a campground. We go through the steps we take to setup our camp spot including finding a level spot, figuring out where we want the patio, leveling, ensuring we have water and our generator easily accessible, cooling down the Airstream as much as possible with awnings and windows, setting up the rug and the rest of our patio furniture and finally raising the antenna for our 4G Booster.

 

Tuesday Talk – Is Full-Time RVing All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

This week we’re answering “Is full-time RVing all it’s cracked up to be?” The short answer is for us it is but there are some things to keep in mind. First, what we see on social media is often the best parts of full-time RV living and it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it’s hot, dirty and filled with mice. Also, this lifestyle requires you to give up on controlling everything and to go with the flow sometimes which can be difficult for some. However, if you love seeing new beautiful things and living small then it could be the perfect lifestyle for you.

On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com

 

Hiking the Bruneau Sand Dunes in Idaho

In today’s video, we decide to go on a short hike in Bruneau Dunes State Park but then once out there we decide to go for the whole enchilada and hike the big dune. It was a difficult hike and it got very hot but it was absolutely gorgeous and we had a great sense of accomplishment! We will probably never do the hike again but we are very glad we did it this time. Amazing!

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Bruneau Dunes State Park

Friday Favorite – Yelp (Yum!)

This week’s Friday Favorite is Yelp. We use Yelp, either on the web page or through their app, almost everywhere we camp. We use it to find restaurants (since Courtney has dietary restrictions) but also breweries, ice cream, grocery stores and even sometimes propane! It is the only way we’ve found we can find restaurants that satisfy everyone in our families when we are all together. An absolutely essential app for us.

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Yelp

Occasionally on Friday’s, we’d like to share with you some of our Favorite Things. These can be products, websites, or anything else that we love. Note we will ALWAYS say whether we are sponsored in any form from the companies we are sharing and these videos will ALWAYS reflect our true opinions. These are the things that bring us joy and we hope they can become your favorites as well.

 

Leaving Oregon, Casino Camping and Heading to the Sand Dunes

In today’s video, we leave the Columbia River Gorge and head into East Oregon before making it to Idaho. Our last stop in Oregon is a one night stay at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton. We didn’t want to boondock because the temperatures were in the high 90s so a full hook-up site was appreciated. We leave Oregon for this trip and head to Bruneau Dunes State Park in Idaho where it is hot hot hot! Luckily we still have electric! We’re looking forward to climbing those dunes.

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Wild Horse Casino
Bruneau Dunes State Park

How To Keep Cool While Boondocking/ Camping in an RV Without Electricity in the Heat of Summer

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Keep Cool While Boondocking/ Camping in an RV Without Electricity in the Heat of Summer. We’ve been surviving this summer boondocking as much as we can when weather and circumstances allow. As long as temperatures are in the low 90s or below we will boondock. Anything about 93 or so and we start looking for hookups. But here are our tips to survive some 90 degree days while boondocking.

Tip #1: Try to find shade. Tip #2: Use awnings. Tips #3: Tilt windows and window covers. Tip #4: Open windows to maximize airflow. Tip #5: Use Fantastic Fans. Tip #6: Use fans if possible. Tip #7: Use water to cool off. Tip #8: Cook outside. Tip #9: Camp where it gets cooler at night. Tip #10: Close blinds and use Reflectix on areas with direct sun. Tip #11: Run A/C if possible.