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 Find the Best Hikes Wherever You Travel. One of our favorite outdoor activities, as we travel around the US in our Airstream, is to go hiking to fabulous photography spots. We’ve had a number of people ask us how we find our hikes when we are in a brand new area. This is how.
1) Google the area’s hikes. A lot of locals will have private blog entries or websites about what they consider the best hikes in the area and why. They may also have different favorites based on the season.
2) Alltrails. We used the free AllTrails website for years to find the best hikes. People can rate them right on the website and you can sort them by highest rating. We decided to upgrade to AllTrails Pro when we hit the road so we could download the gpx tracks for the hikes we are interested in and open them on Gaia GPS on our phones. This way we never have to worry about getting off trail or not having a cell signal.
3) Ask rangers in the National Forest or National Park. Rangers often know the best hikes for the time of year, or the people you are with, or the animals you want to see. They are a great source of information.
4) If you see a hike mentioned somewhere that is interesting make sure to write it down and save it off. We use a personalized Google Map for this and whenever someone recommends a hike in a comment or a video we save off the information for the next time we are in the area.
In today’s video, we are heading back into Yellowstone National Park early on a Saturday morning to try and avoid the crowds. We check out a few smaller things including the Firehole Canyon Scenic Drive, Firehole Falls, and the Grand Prismatic Spring along the boardwalk. We then went back to the Fairy Falls trailhead and walked to the overlook we were too tired to check out last time. Finally, we do another scenic drive and check out the White Dome Geyser which tests our patience. We love this area!
We find a great spot for garbage, recycling, and water in the park. We’ll be stopping there every time we pass it, that’s for sure! Steve finishes the video talking about our internet troubles at our boondocking spot. Luckily, the cell speed sped up after that weird day, so we’re back at a super fast speed. Not bad for free camping!
In today’s video, we head to Yellowstone National Park for our first day of exploring. We decide to do a 7-mile hike to Fairy Falls and the Imperial Geyser from the Fairy Falls parking area south of the Grand Prismatic Spring. It was a lovely day for a hike and since this was a bit of a longer one we didn’t see very many people which was awesome considering the crowds we say elsewhere. The Fairy Falls was absolutely gorgeous and then only a mile further was the Imperial Geyser which was unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. While at Imperial Geyser we were recognized for the first time by Tina and had a wonderful chat. An amazing day of hiking, scenery, and meeting awesome people!
This week’s Friday Favorite is our Stasher Bags or Silicone Reusable Bags. We use these bags almost daily to store snacks and they are essential items for us in our hiking packs. They work just like Ziplocs or other plastic bags except they are meant to be reused and are a lot more durable. We’ve had a lot of luck with the Stasher brand but have only tried a couple. We highly recommend these to anyone trying to reduce waste or have more durable ways of storing snacks.
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.
In today’s video, we head over from our free camping spot at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery to Craters of the Moon National Monument. We head to the Visitor’s Center first to get our free cave permit (so we don’t bring anything in that might harm the bats). The landscape there was otherworldly for sure. The lava cascades were amazing and very harsh. We did the cave hike and climbed down into 3 of the 4 caves and had absolutely a blast doing it. If you are in this area of Idaho, this is definitely worth a stop!
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!
In today’s video, we take two hikes to see 4 more waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. Another great day with 4 waterfalls rounding out our total count of 12 waterfalls in 3 days. Amazing! We then head to Hood River to get groceries and check out Full Sail Brewery.
In today’s video, we go chasing 4 more waterfalls. Horsetail Falls is beautiful and right off the road. It’s amazing how easy it is to get up to the basis of it. The next falls is one of our absolute favorites so far and that is Ponytail Falls or Upper Horsetail Falls. You can walk behind the waterfall which was so amazing! The next waterfall on the hike was Oneonta Falls, also pretty and finally, Triple Falls. We’ve never seen three falls like that before. We hiked to just beyond Triple Falls and played in the creek for a while admiring the bridge and Cairn garden in the water. A wonderful hike followed by a fabulous time at Thunder Island Brewing sitting along the Columbia River.
In today’s video, we have our first big day of waterfall hiking in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. We start off BIG with Multnomah Falls and then continue hiking to see Wiesendanger Falls & Ecola Falls. All three were very different but beautiful! We also take a quick trip down to Bridal Veil Falls for an easy hike to another gorgeous waterfall. Four Waterfalls in one day..not bad!
In today’s video, we go berry picking at Baggenstos Farm. It’s our first-time berry picking and we enjoyed it! Blueberries and Marionberries galore. The Marionberries were amazing! We go on a bike ride along the Columbia River and then explain our camping heat-wave dilemma before we head out of the Portland area. Finally, Steve gives a quick how-to of how he sets up at a new campsite before we go for a quick hike to Elowah Falls (our first fall of many to come!).