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5 Ways to Simplify Your Life in 2016

With the start of a new year upon us, we often use this time to make goals and think about how we would like to make changes in our lives. If you’re sick of spending January at the gym, only to give up in time for a chocolatey Valentine’s Day, maybe it’s time for a new New Year’s Resolution. This year, challenge yourself to live a simpler life.   Since moving into …
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Holiday Cooking in a Tiny House

Heather and I both come from families who celebrate Christmas. Some of our favorite holiday traditions center around food.  This time of year has traditionally been filled with roasts, pies, and of course, mashed potatoes.  For us, this was our first holiday season away from family.  Living on the east coast, both of us always made multiple trips each year to spend time with family, and feast. But this year, …
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6 Truths About Living in a Tiny Home

Before we made the decision to live in a tiny house, I had a list of expectations in my head. I thought it would be difficult to make such a big transition. I thought I would miss closet space and a dishwasher. I thought I would feel confined and stir-crazy. Most of my fears were totally off base. Though we do face minor, every-day challenges, I absolutely love our little …
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Homestead, We Have Internet

Homestead, We Have Internet   We’ve been living at “The Homestead” for two months now. We love where we live, and are completely enjoying the fact that we are roughin’ it in the country. We love taking outdoor showers, tending to our garden, and singing songs by the campfire. One drawback to this country living has been the lack of internet. The area we live at provides basic wifi connectivity, but only …
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Will Drive for Snow

I can’t believe how many places there are to explore in the Bay Area and surrounding regions. For the past 5 months, we’ve had an endless supply of adventures; from the incredible coastline of Highway 1, to climbing through the natural caves of Pinnacles National Park. I couldn’t be more stoked about getting outdoors and seeing new things. As winter months approach, however, I have been dreading one thing about …
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How to Turn an RV into a Tiny House

Once we decided we wanted to move into a tiny house, we realized how many options there are to achieve this goal. We weighed many of these options, but eventually settled on converting a travel trailer camper into a tiny house. Take a look at how it turned out! We did this because the basic infrastructure is already existing, and trailers are relatively affordable …
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Environmental Impacts of Living Tiny

“What’s the environmental footprint of living in a tiny house?” Living in a tiny house is not all that different from living in a regular house. Just like any other couple living in a full size house or apartment, the biggest influencers to our environmental footprint actually stem from the choices we make day to day. However, living in a tiny house makes it much more apparent what the impacts of …
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Spontaneity: A Hallmark of Adventure

Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it. -Van Gogh We aren’t great at planning. Typically, Friday morning comes and we’re just barely starting to consider what to do for the weekend. This is how it was last week. We knew we wanted to camp and hike, but that didn’t narrow it down very much. I had heard about a nice place to hike called Pinnacles …
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Our Digs: Homestead Improvements

In our first few weeks on “The Homestead” as the land we currently live on is affectionately known, we have made some small improvements. Read about our garden, our fire pit, and our outdoor shower …
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Tiny House-Tiny Garden!

Building raised beds was a project we really wanted try, and also has some advantages over just planting directly into the ground. Read about how we did it on the cheap! …
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Ants in our Pants!(and the rest of our Tiny House)

Though we wanted to get rid of the ants as soon as possible(before they really DID end up in our pants), we really wanted to avoid hazardous chemicals. After doing some research, we solved our problem safely! …
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The Move!!

Where are we now? Where do we start? We have moved out of our apartment, and are now living full time in our tiny house trailer! There have been some mishaps and growing pains, but after a week here, we are starting to adjust.   Where are we living? We are living on a piece of land that we found through AirBnB. After applying to countless RV parks, and talking to many people on craigslist, …
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Travel Trailer ->Tiny House

It’s been a long time in the works, but finally our camper trailer to tiny house conversion is nearing completion. We detail what we did to the place, and how it turned out. Getting excited to move in! …
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Define Your Adventure

What does adventure mean to you? Here we define adventure and what it means to us …
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Exploring Big Sur

90 miles of fun, winding roads, with spectacular vistas around every turn await those who visit Big Sur, California. Our first trip to this area resulted in lots of great photos, and even better memories …
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Door Headbanger Reupholster

We have no idea what the proper name for this thing is, But we do know that it is really UGLY! So, we decided to reupholster it. Here’s How! …
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No-Sew Cushion Reupholster!

we didn’t want to pay to have the old foam reupholstered professionally, but don’t know how to sew. Here’s how to reupholster cushions without sewing! …
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The Starting Point: Our 2010 Surveyor Travel Trailer

Once we decided that we wanted to remodel a travel trailer, we got to work looking at RV dealers and on Craigslist.  We started looking at travel trailers that needed A LOT of work. Pretty much aluminum shells, that would require everything to be redone, from the wheels to the water systems. We found lots of cute trailers for cheap, but soon relized how much of an ordeal doing this …
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Quick Adventure: Sunset MTB Ride

Tonight we went for a quick mountain bike ride in Rancho Canada Del Oro open space.  We got to the trailhead around 6:30, and took a quick jaunt up and around the canyon.  There is a lot of climbing!       …
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DIY Speaker Rebuild

A while back I was perusing the local Goodwill store, and came across two large, old Boston Acoustic speakers. They are T1000 series II. Serial numbers 000012 and 000013.   They were $5.00 each, so I wrestled them into my cart, which now was dangerously top heavy, and brought them to the register. At $5.00 each for large BA speakers, I didn’t have much hope for them, so I asked …
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The Last Leg

As we mentioned in our last post, we spent the last leg of our journey in Stanley Idaho, visiting Tanner.  The first day we went rafting, and then Tanner took us on a short tour around Stanley. It is very small, but the views are incredible, and the inhabitants friendly. We had an impromptu beer with Tanner’s boss Sarah at his winter job at Sawtooth Mountain Guides.  She was very …
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Wyoming

For the past 6 days we’ve been in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks area in Wyoming. We got a great campsite near both parks, with views of the Tetons and a horse ranch next door. There is no lack of wildlife in this area! We saw an abundance of bison, deer, elk, moose, marmot, and pelicans. We made friends with two ground squirrels that inhabited our campsite (we named …
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Things Change…

Moab was incredible. But the desert is hot. Way too hot. So we’ve ditched our itinerary, and shipped up to Wyoming for some good ‘ol fashion rain and cold (We must be missing New England).   Our last night in Moab Monday morning we went to Brand Trails for an early bike ride- hoping to beat the heat. The trail was slickrock style, and overlooked Arches National Park. It was beautiful, and fun …
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UTAH Part I

We made it to Utah!  After a few long days of driving, We arrived in Park City on Wednesday, and spent 2 nights there before heading to Moab. The drive from Nebraska to Utah was very exciting, as we passed though multiple heavy storms, including one extreme hail storm. Because the land is so flat, we could see the storm coming from miles away. Sure enough, the radar showed us heading right …
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The Low Rider: Our Subaru Outback

A lot of thought was put into how we would make the trek across the country.  We debated shipping our stuff, renting a big U-Haul, or towing a trailer. In the end, we settled on only bringing what the Outback could carry.  This included: The majority of our clothes Camping gear for the week we will be spending camping in Utah. AND 5 Days worth of water 4 pairs of skis 3 bikes 2 Speakers 1 Ukulele Needless to …
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On The Road!

After visiting Heather’s parents, we headed to Dana’s parents.  We spent a few days there, and had lots of fun.  On Thursday, we went to a Red Sox game. They lost, but it was a beautiful night, and we were glad to spend some time at Fenway. On Friday, we had a nice dinner in Boston with both of our families.  We both took advantage of still being in New England, …
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Last Days in Burlington

We packed a lot into the las few days we spent in Burlington. Besides selling/donating the majority of our belongings, we also were able to have a great going away party, ride bikes, and hike mountains. On Saturday, many of our friends in Burlington came over to Heather’s house to send us off right.  We had an awesome barbecue, complete with lots of homebrewed beer. The next morning, we hiked Camel’s …
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We’re Moving

So it’s official.  Heather and Dana are moving to California.  Morgan Hill to be exact. Dana took a Job at Specialized bikes, so we’re packing up the Subie, and heading west.  Everybody is telling us to make a blog. So we made a blog.  This is that blog.  Maybe you’re trying to live vicariously, maybe you really miss us, or maybe you just want to make sure we didn’t fall into …
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HD Adventuring aims to inspire you to simplify your life, and get outside. HD Adventuring is the story of two New Englanders who made the trek out to the Golden Coast.  We met in college, and a few months after graduation, we decided CA was calling our names. To get here, we packed all of  our things into a single station wagon and got rid of the rest. We spent a month roadtriping all over the country  –Check out our story here-. After that month of living with only a couple of bags full of stuff, we realized that all we needed fit into that small car. We decided that we wanted to live tiny, so we purchased a camper trailer, and are converted it into a tiny house. Read all about that HERE.

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