For me, travel is all about finding local flavor and Austin has no shortage of that.
After a few days exploring Austin, I’m starting to understand the “keep Austin weird” slogan that’s plastered all over local businesses, downtown murals and social media. Austin is weird. And I like it.
We gawked over Christmas lights; drooled over food trucks; hiked; laughed ourselves silly playing retro video games in a bar made from shipping containers; scoured independent bookstores, listened to live music at historic venues; discovered curious antiques at vintage shops across the city; and had a throwback roller skate date night.
I’m not convinced my words would do this city justice so here are some images of the local, Austin flavor I loved so much. Enjoy.
Food trucks, breweries and music are our go-to in a new place. Where do you find local flavor in a new city?
In honor of National Photogrpahy Day I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from our summer in South Carolina.
Most of these are from my birthday weekend surprise, which included a photography tour of the state’s most scenic spots. (Guys, take notes from Mr. Bryen. He rocked my birthday this year!!)
So before we jet off to Europe and spend the fall in Yellowstone, here is a look back South Carolina.
HUNTINGTON BEACH AND ATALAYA CASTLE
Which one is your favorite and why? Comment below. I love hearing from you!
For the next year (or until James gets tired of fixing leaks), we will be calling our tin can home.
She is a 23-foot, 1968 Silver Streak. She remains unnamed at the moment but we’re taking suggestions.
For a 48-year-old camper, she wasn’t in bad shape. The previous owners had given her a lot of love but she wasn’t set up for full-timers.
Twin beds aren’t exactly what we had in mind.
And the Hawaiian-shirt curtain ruffles, sticky cushion covers and pink accessories didn’t make it feel much like home.
Not to mention the green paint. It was everywhere. And I mean everywhere. The ceiling, the walls, the trim, the black water tank, the door, the tile…. Everything was green. So we went to work.
First things first, storage.
We needed a closet and food pantry to get us through several weeks at a time. Since we didn’t need both beds we asked a family friend, who also happens to build custom cabinets, to work some magic.
Viola! We still can’t believe how much storage we gained. A huge thanks to Terry for our beautiful cabinets. This addition has been a life saver.
Across the “hall,” the remaining twin bed was transformed into a couch that morphs into a bed big enough for two.
On to paint.
We went with white hoping to brighten up our tiny home, which is approximately 140 square feet. And it was a huge success.Remnants of green remain sprinkled throughout the camper, like on the kitchen backsplash, adding a little color to the space.
Next up, flooring.
We landed on vinyl panels with a warm, wood finish. It’s flexible for when we’re hauling the camper and durable enough to handle the mud, dirt, water and whatever else we track in.
The cushions were made from a textured nylon that was uncomfortable to sit on. And the curtains were dingy and dated.
We picked out a thick cotton fabric for the cushions and another for the curtains, which aunt Vickie turned into slip covers and new curtains.Add a few pillows and a lantern or two and it’s starting to feel like ours.
I’m sure we will find new projects as we would with any home but we are thrilled with how our renovation has turned out so far. And we could not have done it without the help of several family members who took pity on us and pitched in. Thanks so much!
Have you been working on a vintage camper renovation of your own? Or maybe you have the perfect name for our tin can? If so, drop us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.