Author: joearlo

Island Time

Island Time

Kauai is one of my favorite places in the world. There is no better place to shed the distractions of the mainland by entering an island paradise. No, I’m not talking about sitting next to a pool drinking Chi Chi’s and racking up your Mahalo Rewards. I’m talking about going to the edge of the…

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What is Rule Number 6?

What is Rule Number 6?

A lot of people ask me: what is Rule Number 6? I was first told the story back in college. One of those anecdotes that you always remember. It actually comes from a self-help book, but it stuck with me through the years because Rule No. 6 is how I aspire to live. If you…

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Introducing the CNDYVAN

Introducing the CNDYVAN

As long as I can remember, I have always wanted a Sportsmobile. A van that can go-anywhere and do-anything, all while looking badass. Now that is a van with character. My pops had a 1978 Ford van that he used for camping all over the Northeast, so the vanlife flows in my blood. For the…

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Alaska Adventure Part 6: The Merry Ferry

Alaska Adventure Part 6: The Merry Ferry

Leaving Hyder, I requested to Nate and Fez that we stop at Bear Glacier for some photos. The day before, we had been so focused on reaching Alaska that we had passed it completely. Bear Glacier is along the scenic Highway 37A, and just a few decades earlier was encroaching on the road. Now receding…

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Alaska Adventure Part 5: Alaska!!

Alaska Adventure Part 5: Alaska!!

There is no U.S. border guard at Hyder. The town’s only road is dirt – or at least it was during our stay, they sadly paved the streets a few weeks after our visit. We crossed into Alaska with little fanfare. I think there was such a build-up that Nate was somewhat underwhelmed: “This place…

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Alaska Adventure Part 3: I Love Canadia

Alaska Adventure Part 3: I Love Canadia

Safely across the border, we headed towards Vancouver where we planned to pick up Highway 99, otherwise known as the Sea to Sky Highway. Although I have only spent a few days in Vancouver, it ranks up there with one of my favorite cities. Although I am not a big “city guy,” Vancouver is an…

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Alaska Adventure Part 2: The Border Looms

Alaska Adventure Part 2: The Border Looms

Sunday was scheduled to be one of the “long days.” We hoped to reach the Redwood Coast at the Northwest corner of California, some 700 miles from Jackass Meadows. But with a frosty morning at 7,300 feet, we waited a while for the weather to warm up and got a late start. We pushed North…

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