(radio scanning stations) (gears switching) (mud swishing) (engine revving) (soft music) (choir chanting) (laughs) (couple talking softly) (cups clinking) (group singing in foreign language) (whooshing) (water gurgling) (engine starting) (group singing in foreign language) – [Kristen] Throw across! (laughs) (soft music) (fire crackling) (door sliding) (laughing) (birds chirping) (water rushing) (birds chirping) – As you can see van lifetreated Kristen and I very well on our recent road trip.
And here's how it all began.
Number one, I've beenreally intrigued lately by living in a van, andI wanted to try it out for a bit.
And two, exploring theSouthwest and the Sedona area has been on my radar for a few years now.
So, my trip planning led meto finding Boho Camper Vans, and they're out of Phoenix, Arizona.
Which then led to a callwith one of the partners of the company, and it was no surprise that the founders of Bohowere super down to earth.
And they liked my videosenough to lend me a van to make a video for them.
They gave me completefreedom on this project, and so my goal was tocreate a film showcasing not only one of their vans, but the incredible outdoorlifestyle that comes with it.
I hope you enjoy what I createdand what you just watched.
I managed to grab ahandful of photos as well, and if you're interestedin a trip like this, look no further than bohocampervans.
Keep in mind they also do a lotof renovate to own projects.
As you dive into their methodsand materials they use, I think you'll discover theimmense passion they have for what they do, and thus, there are no corners cut.
Personally, I reallyenjoyed being surrounded by all the red cedar wood inside, and learning about the amazing features, like the water and the electrical system.
I could have easily livedin that van for longer than a week, and I'm superinspired by what amazing doing.
I can tell you right now, if I wasn't renovating an airplane, I would probably be working on a van.
You may have noticed a fewiconic amazing in the video, and the basic itinerary went like this.
We flew into Phoenix, picked up the van, which was conveniently closeto the Phoenix airport, PHX.
And then immediately drove allthe way up to Page, Arizona after a five hour flight, and spent our first night at Lees Ferry.
It was a four and a halfhour drive from Phoenix, so it was a long day oftraveling, flying and driving.
And we were exhausted, but we woke up in an insanely gorgeous placecalled Lees Ferry Campground.
Those are the shots yousee at the beginning with Kristen on herroller skates and stuff.
So the next day, we wentpast the border into Utah.
Just five minutes past the border, we found a dispersed campgroundoverlooking Lake Powell.
A lot of people parkright on the beach there, but it was a little sketchy forus without four-wheel drive.
And among just theamazing beauty in general, this area is know for their slot canyons.
So we managed to squeeze ina tour of Antelope Canyon, but I wasn't allowed to film it.
I highly recommend a slot canyon tour, and there's quite a fewyou can do that aren't as crowded as Antelope Canyon, 'cause that one's really popular.
I suggest finding onethat is maybe less popular if you wanna avoidsomething commercialized with a lot of people.
But there wasn't too manypeople when we were there because we were there in March.
And then we also went to thegrocery store that morning.
The van came with acooler, so we got some ice.
Put it in the cooler, and kindof made it a refrigerator.
You do have to empty thewater out pretty often, 'cause the ice will melt.
But a standard cooler doessuffice as a short term refrigerator when you put some ice in it.
Next, we headed to Monument Valley.
I'm a huge fan of history, and this place is legendary.
I was really excited about this place.
I had seen it in the backgroundof so many western movies, It was unreal to see suchiconic American monuments, and Navajo Nation up close and personal.
Because the time of year we went, an otherwise packedcampground, called the View, was occupied by only ahandful of other people.
And it felt like we had thewhole place to ourselves.
It was awesome.
This is why I always travelon the shorter months, and this campground is closed for winter.
And had literally just openedup the week we were there.
After filming the next morning, we headed back southto check out Flagstaff, where we were greeted bya moody Humphrey's Peak, tallest mountain in Arizona, and then some proper Mexican food.
And then we hopped on thebreathtaking Highway 89A down to Sedona.
And this famous roadfrom Flagstaff to Sedona descends 4500 feet, featuring switchbacks through sandstone canyons and pine trees before heading out into Red Rock.
It is breathtaking.
Keep in mind the road andthe state park on the way, recreation areas, they'reall gonna be slammed in the summertime.
I hear traffic can get pretty horrendous.
But, Sedona was everythingI ever dreamed of and more.
The energy there was no joke.
We stayed at a secretdispersed camping area on the west side of Sedona, and the Red Rock SecretMountain Wilderness.
And wow, the scenery just blew my mind.
It's one of the most incredibleplaces I've ever been.
I really can't wait to go back.
We also did some hikes.
If you've read anything about the hikes, there are dozens anddozens of five-star hikes around Sedona, and we did Devil's Bridge.
We did Boynton Pass Vortex.
We did a strenuous nine-milehike to Cathedral Rock, also a vortex.
If you're doing a popular trail in Sedona, I recommend getting there ealry.
And I mean real early.
If you prefer a lot less people.
Like maybe even start hiking at dark.
Even some of the trails wewere on had a few people, but like it wasn't too bad.
There's plenty of trails around Sedona.
There's so many.
Really having inspired tobackpack there one day.
So after a few night isSedona, the last stop we made was a big state park located near the SuperstitionMountains, just outside Phoenix.
And this was on the east side of Phoenix, and we wanted to get themajority of the drive over with before we had to fly back.
So we ended up at this campground, and it was just gorgeous.
If you want the name of it, let me know.
We had plenty of privacy.
We were surrounded bymind-bending giant cactus.
They don't even look real, but I didn't go hugging one to find out.
Unfortunately this wasthe one part of our trip where we didn't have good weather, and it was rain the whole time, but it was still worth the trip.
And now I know that Iwant to go back there.
So that's a quick summary of what we did, and where we went.
Let me know if you have any questions about any more detailson the locations we went or living in the van.
It was a lot of work filming, so bless Kristen's heart for putting up with me, bossing her around to get the shots I wanted.
Because it wasn't necessarilya relaxing vacation for us, but it's well worth the work to get to share the adventure with you.
You know, part of me feelslike I lived a whole life out west in the late 1800s and.
Actually, I did live inEscalante, Utah for 87 days when I was in high school, and I immediately fell in love with the landscape outthere, and horseback riding.
And I'm still cravingthat clay soil right now.