Vancognito-A Van Life “How To” Guide and Blog

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Don’t get stuck in another Walmart parking lot![/cs_text][x_button shape=”rounded” size=”large” block=”false” circle=”false” icon_only=”false” href=” https://www.allstays.com/proamember/aff/go/livinthedream780 ” title=”Title” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”left” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””]Take Me to AllStays![/x_button][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”#fafafa” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_inset=”0px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_inset=”0px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px 0px;border-style: solid;border-width: 0px 0px 1px;border-color: #e5e5e5;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/2″ class=”cs-ta-left” style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h2″ accent=”true” class=”resp-h mts mbn”]About Me[/x_custom_headline][cs_text style=”margin: 10px 0 20px;”]

For the past 15 years I’ve been a fancy, high stress pastry chef in the Pacific Northwest, slowly killing myself in the name of making money for other people.

After my last restaurant opening, I decided to hang up my chef coat in favor of writing, blogging, photography and more creative pursuits.

I’m certainly not rich by any means, but I’m learning the fine art of “Living With Less” and hope you’ll join me in taking that plunge.

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Very exciting news!

As of September 2018, we have purchased a new(er) van and are currently in the process of fixing her up.

She is a 1990 Ford OKanagan which replaces our 1989 Ford Econoline.If you know anything about these vans, they are almost identical, except the new one has a camper body.

We are VERY excited she is a part of our family.

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We could spray paint your name on the side of our new van to show our thanks, but that wouldn’t be very stealthy, would it?

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and I’ll try and get to it asap!

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