Hi! I’m Lara, a self-admitted adventure junky and lover of all things outdoors. I am a marketer by day and the rest of the time you can find me running around Seattle or in the mountains. Welcome to my blog where I share stories, advice, and personal experiences from my life in Washington, as well as adventures around the country and the world.
A lot of what you’ll read was from the year that I spent fulfilling a life-long dream of residing in a van and traveling the US. Gertrude was a 1996 Chevy G10 van that I converted myself over the course of 2 months. She’s a bit rough around the edges since I took the complete DIY approach and had no idea what I was doing, but I learned a lot and couldn’t be happier with the outcome. I traveled with my dog Simone from April 2016 to July 2017.
Another source of inspiration is from growing up overseas in Beijing, China and I spent most of my childhood traveling the world. I had the privilege of visiting Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, London, Indonesia, Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, Peru, Cuba, and Argentina. Since I spent my younger years exploring the international playground, I did not travel much of the United States, which I’ve been making up for as an adult.
If you prefer to follow the visual side of my stories, check out my Instagram!