Personally I never really new much about Baja MX before this trip, so while here I’m working on capturing a few photos of this landscape that I didn’t know existed. Here is one of those landscape shots. This is the Baja.
52 61732 days ago
With nearly everything in life, there is a give and take. Those that don’t want to accept this basic rule are generally left always wanting and frustrated that they can’t have it all. Sacrificing the excess and unnecessary to focus resources on the most important things in life has been the key principle behind the life I now live with my family but it has taken years to learn and create.... and we are still learning. #lessismore
Photo: taken during one of my recent morning SUP sessions in Baja MX 🇲🇽.
55 55106 days ago
Before coming to Baja Mexico, I really didn’t know much about this place beyond hearing about the Baja 1000 (an epic overland race with vehicles). One day while talking with a friend ( @ourhomeonwheels ), he mentioned that he and his family went down to he Baja each year during the winter months for Tacos and epic remote beach camping. That was enough. I was sold on the idea. Shortly there after, I loaded up my family up in our van for a 2 month long road trip to go get some Tacos in the Baja! It wasn’t until we had reach San Diego (last stop before crossing the Mexican boarder to the Baja, that I expanded my research beyond just Tacos 🤗🌮🤤. Although I found a lot of awesomeness to go see and experience, I didn’t learn about these cactus, so you can imagine my surprise and wonder when a few days later we were driving south thru the Baja and entered this cactus forest. Mind Blown 🤯! These are the Mexican Giant Cardon 🌵. They are the largest cactus species in the world growing up to 70ft tall and weighing 25 tons!!! They are massive! 🇲🇽 I❤️U
104 94745:12 PM Jan 7, 2019
Here is a set of photos taken at different National Parks. Can you guess correctly which parks they are from? (Locations just posted in my stories of interested)
Speaking about National Parks, have you been paying attention to, or seen first hand how the government shutdown is affecting them? Personally I was In Joshua Tree NP for Christmas when I learned about it but what I saw was a lot of people and no trash or dirty bathrooms. Honestly things looked good, but that was a week ago and one individual Park. I’ve been hearing that some parks are having major problems with people trashing places and bathrooms becoming very filthy with human waste ending up outdoors in our wild spaces. I’d love to hear about your first hand experiences or hear your thoughts on the matter if you have any.
Also, do you see a solution to this? Is there anything you think we should do to help the situation?
If you are not aware of leave no trace ethics, please looks it up and get informed. These places are ours to take care of and should not be destroyed just because the government isn’t there to regulate things.
240 177137:29 AM Jan 2, 2019
If you had to cross over a mountain range in early spring and you could only take one piece of clothing beyond some pants and a T-shirt, what would it be? For me I think it would have to be a micro puffy as it is the layer that I seem to always have on or close at hand.
During our most recent trip over the Southern Alps of New Zealand, the micro puffy of choice was the @eddiebauer Evertherm with its unique down fabric that keep profile down and warmth up. #expandingperspectives#liveyouradventure#ebcontributor
48 68421:46 AM Dec 30, 2018
We have now driven from Washington down the west coast of the United States to the bottom of California and are now looking across the boarder to the Baja. We aren’t really quite sure what we will find as we continue on to Cabo on the bottom tip of the Baja but one things for sure, we will find some good tacos 🌮🤤. Before we try and cross the boarder though, we are using the last reliable fast internet to do all the research we can. If you’ve been and have recommendations, let us know.
Photo: Taken on the Southern Oregon Coast during one of many driving breaks to get out of the van and stretch our legs.
134 116741:17 AM Dec 28, 2018
This isn’t the view out of some luxury hotel window or fancy resort. It’s the view out of a 14 year old van that I purchase this year after years of dreaming and saving and then 5 weeks of insensitive learning and hard work. With no prior experience in this sort of thing, we were able to making this dream of our come true to continue chasing the over all goals of our family to: 1) gather memories, not things 2) live simply 3) live within our means.
Although the #vanlife isn’t for everyone (there are sacrifices to live this life) the overall message is.
Thank you everyone for the support you’ve give my family over the years and thru this project. I hope that the photos and words I put out there, some how help support you in your own life pursues and getting outdoors to breath. Merry Christmas.
Van tour videos can be found in my saved stories or on YouTube (link in the bio)
My Family adventures can also be followed at @rebornbyadventure (wife) @moonmountainlife (family account)
120 107004:38 PM Dec 22, 2018
👶+⛺️+⛰=give my daughter the best life I know
146 118443:40 PM Dec 18, 2018
We are currently making our way south from Washington to the Baja for some Tacos (recommendations appreciated). Our first stop was near Mt. Hood in Oregon and you can’t pass thru Oregon without stopping at one of its many stunning waterfalls. This particular one was up near the mountain itself and thus was cold enough to
form ice 😍 . Waterfalls in the Winter? Oh yeah! What’s your favorite waterfall to visit during the winter?
90 65277:20 PM Dec 17, 2018
I think it is indisputable that there are more and more people getting outdoors and traveling. As a result there end up being more people visiting areas than before which can/has lead to positive and negative changes in an area. What examples of this have you seen with your own eyes? How was it positive/negative? And how does this make you feel?
Probably the most striking example from my travels was in Peru. Specifically Humantay Lake and Rainbow Moutain, both near Cusco. When I went there the first time, both of these locations were relatively unknown. I feel that the photos I Cake back with from Humantay Lake and the photos that my buddy @erichansontv got from Rainbow mountain played a large part in making them as busy as they are today. While I am sad to see the negative environmental impact that the rapid increase in visitors has had, I am also happy to see people out enjoying these places and also that the local economy has been boosted as a result. It also makes me happy to see that with the increase funds the locals are making the necessary improvements to the area to protect it but also accommodate the crowds.... I don’t know... lots of mixed feelings but I think the predominant feeling is happy to see people enjoying these area and as a result I know the area will be protected from other larger scale environmental threats such as mines. Always so many ways to look at a the changes that are happening.
222 168324:38 AM Dec 17, 2018
Before heading South, I was stoked to get out with a good buddy for a little ski tour/winter camping. Although the snow was still too thin for good skiing, the trip was awesome. Love spending time with friends in the mountains.
As for staying warm and dry in the winter, 4 years ago I became a convert to merino wool base layers and since, when I’m out in the mountains, nothing touches my skin except merino wool. So when @Smartwool asked if I wanted to try some of their new gear, I was stoked. For this trip they provided me with
Merino 250 baselayers and Smartloft midlayer. I knew I’d love the base layers due to prior experience with the brand, but combining it with the mid layer blew my mind. For the activity and conditions (sunny mid low 20’s) I’ve never been so comfortable. My new favorite outfit for activity level and weather! I’d be happy answer any questions that you may have. Cheers #gofarfeelgood#sponsored
61 80832:36 AM Dec 15, 2018
This past April, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Patagonia. While there I didn’t travel around. I just based myself in the town of El Chalten and hiked out from there each day to see what I could find and I’m happy I did. While I did enjoy going to the popular spots, I really enjoyed having the time to wonder around the entire area and just seeing what else I could find and spending time meditating without needing to go anywhere. This is probably my favorite way to explore a new area.