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My Road Trip Essentials + GIVEAWAY

By Renee Hahnel | July 24, 2017 | 192 Comments

There are items you absolutely need for a road trip (think bedding, food etc.) and then there are things that simply make your journey that little bit more special. This blog post is about the latter – items that I absolutely love having with me on road trips and that I…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Guide

By Renee Hahnel | June 8, 2017 | 21 Comments

As part of our 59 National Parks Road Trip, we have been sharing mini guides to each of the parks on the Drink Evolve website. Click here to check out the rest of the guides! Below I share with you our guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including hiking tips,…

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Our Route To All The US National Parks In 7 Months

By Renee Hahnel | May 24, 2017 | 43 Comments

In 2017, my husband and I road tripped to all 59 US National Parks with Evolve and GoWesty. It took us 7 months, 25,000+ miles of driving, 26 flights, and countless trails hiked. Along the way we passed through 39 U.S. States, 2 U.S. Territories, and drove some of the most beautiful roads in the country.…

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Van Life – Is It Worth The hype?

By Renee Hahnel | May 2, 2017 | 51 Comments

It’s so trendy at the moment to leave behind the mundane 9-5 and hit the road #vanlife style. I am using the hashtag instead of writing ‘van life’ because the word simply didn’t exist before social media (mostly Instagram) made it a craze. People have been living and adventuring in…

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Kauai Trip Report: Highlights From a Week In Paradise

By Renee Hahnel | November 22, 2016 | 17 Comments

I recently returned from a week on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Kauai. My husband, Matt, and I were fortunate enough to visit the three other main islands for our honeymoon back in 2014 (Oahu, The Big Island of Hawaii & Maui). It was an amazing trip but while we…

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Rocky Mountain Road Trip: Canoeing, Hiking, Grizzly Bears & Alpine Lake Dips

By Renee Hahnel | September 8, 2016 | 17 Comments
Canoeing Emerald Lake

I was born and bred in Melbourne, Australia, but have based myself out of the USA for the last 20 months. My husband (Matthew) and I decided we needed to be back in Australia for some family commitments later this year. So the choices were either, 1. Take a few…

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California Road Trip: Golden Mornings & Painted Skies

By Renee Hahnel | August 7, 2016 | 21 Comments

In late June I returned to California for the third time this year. There’s just something about the sunny state that keeps drawing me back. My husband and I had a 10-day adventure planned that would see us traverse from the beach to the mountains and back to the beach…

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10 “Easy” Colorado Outdoor Adventures

By Renee Hahnel | June 7, 2016 | 10 Comments

If you haven’t been to Colorado yet then it’s about time to add it to your list! There are so many amazing places in the state to experience, some fairly easy and some are more challenging to get to. I have collated this list of my favorite “easy to get…

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Top 10 Things to Do in Moab, Utah

By Renee Hahnel | May 3, 2016 | 9 Comments

Moab is a hub for adventure junkies, hikers, photographers, and campers. With two incredible National Parks at it’s doorstep… what’s not to like?!  I do remember feeling slightly overwhelmed with options the first time I visited the area. If you haven’t been before or are hoping to get back soon,…

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West Coast USA Road Trip: California & Oregon

By Renee Hahnel | April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Back in February (2016) my husband (Matthew) and I decided to fly to Seattle and spend a week road-tripping down to California. We had only our flights and car rental booked and had left the rest of our plans open. It was lucky that we did because the weather forecast…

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