lake pukaki: one of the best freedom campsites in New Zealand 💫
we’re thinking of putting together a blog post about all the best (and worst) free campsites on the South Island, after a almost a year here we’ve seen quite a few 😅 is there anything in particular you’d want to know? ♥️
Love the idea of having a wood stove in our van, unfortunately, it’s probably not very safe for the little ones at this point! 👨👩👧👦 #westyco#westcoastwanderer
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Bevor es mit dem Umbau losgehen konnte, musste natürlich erstmal das Auto "entkernt" werden :D
Und die ersten 2 Dachfenster nehmen Einzug
Foto(s) von Ende August ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Before it could start with the conversion, of course, first the car had to be "gutted" :-D
Photo(s) from the end of August
And the first 2 skylights are moving in
Vom zelten zum eigenen Camper :-) Diese Entscheidung fiel vor 2 Monaten. Dann stand er da unser Sprinter 313 (gebraucht, 170000km weg) 4,30m Ladeflächenlänge und innen eine angenehme Standhöhe für einen 2 Meter Mann wie mich :-D Und so begann die Reise in das Abenteuer Ausbau für mich und meine Freundin :-) P.s.: das Foto ist von Ende August
From camping to own camper :-) This decision was made 2 months ago. Then he stood there our Sprinter 313 (used, 170000km away) 4.30m loading space length and inside a comfortable height for a 2-meter man like me :-D And so the journey began in the adventure expansion for me and my girlfriend :-) Ps : the photo is from the end of August
I want to share and be able to look back on the reality of this whole adVANture. We're loving our trip and by no means complaining. Van life, like any lifestyle, isn't all glamour and perfection. .
For this Trip/Route: We said goodbye to family, friends and our #vanfam in Ontario 8 days ago. We've driven over 3,000km/1864mi since then. .
We've been putting our winter preparedness to the test. The reality of crossing Canada in the winter means many parks, picnic spots and rest stops are shut down until Spring. Places we found on iOverlander, FreeCampSites, etc were closed or inaccessible in the "off season" for camping
So, we don't have beautiful photos of amazing campsites to share - but don't worry! Raynor and I are enjoying ourselves, enjoying Alberta, making final preparations and meeting some wonderful people. Next stop: Canadian Rockies. 🤩 We know we'll be getting breathtaking views - and likely some challenging roads. 💚🚐
First - Our first time parking at a Cabela's.
Second - This is the first time we've travelled with the trailer. We took some time in Calgary to make some adjustments. Our strategy: find a big and empty parking lot and tuck ourselves in the corner.
Third - Calgary Campervans. We personally aren't city people so we always feel a bit out of place. While we didn't meet anyone, it was comfort in numbers. 10 rigs were parked here.
Fourth - Stealth camping? It was a first chance to see how our window covers look in the cold and snow.
Fifth - New curtains. -20c/-4f with strong winds is cold. Very cold. It's the first time we've seen out ESPAR D2 not keep up and have to run continuously. We woke up to 19c inside and -20c outside. It was still very comfortable. We plan to use the curtains anytime is below -10c as an added measure.
Sixth - Our route thus far.
Seventh - Abandoning the trailhead boondocking site and opting for the more practical gas station parking lot. 😅