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Flowers: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina


Howdy, friends!

In my recent post about the Chihuly at Biltmore Exhibit, I mentioned that I would be creating separate blog posts about the flowers in the surrounding gardens and arboretum, as well as the inside of the mansion. As I pare down to favorites, I find that the flower post alone will be a two part series. I may very well create destination flower posts from the hundreds of flower pictures I have taken as we travel along. I’m just such a fan of the flowers!

This famous century old home is nestled amongst acres of exquisitely manicured grounds, designed by landscape architect extraordinaire Frederick Law Olmstead. It is a flower lover’s Garden of Eden. There are more than 250 varieties of roses alone! Strolling through these gardens is a feast for the eyes and for the senses.

We happened along on our self guided tour on the leading edge of a downpour and didn’t get a chance to see everything. I will not complain a bit, though, not one bit. Flowers, hearts-in-nature, butterflies, bugs…if you follow our travels, you know that I love them all. Here’s a bouquet of flowers from the Gardens at Biltmore Estate. I will toss you another one soonly. Enjoy! ♥️



Chihuly Exhibit at the Biltmore Estate

Dan capped off our East Coast summer tour with a surprise visit to Biltmore Home and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina. As a student of architecture, it has been on my bucket list for decades. We spent a few blissful hours wandering, in complete awe, along the fringe of a growing thunderstorm. We toured the sprawling home and a few of the gardens, and of course, the exquisite arboretum. We made it back to the van only partially soggy as the downpour descended upon our little rolling home. The flowers and the home will each have their own post. They both truly, truly deserve their place in the sun. Enjoy this little stroll through the Dale Chihuly exhibit that was in place on the day of our visit. ❤ “Glass is the most magical of materials. It transmits light in a special way.” ~Dale Chihuly

Wouldn’t you agree?




Our Van Kitchen!

Howdy, y’all! I bought an upgraded phone that has much more storage and plenty of room to sprawl out and do what I like to do best. I gathered up some pictures of kitchen life in our van over the past three years to share with you. I’m working through the WordPress mobile app again, so I will fling out these photos and see where they land. I love our little kitchen! Blessings~Brenda

Our writeup in the Houston Herald newspaper!

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Howdy, friends!

We spent this past weekend at the Midwest Vanlife Gathering in Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.  We were excited to have been interviewed by the Doug Davison of the Houston Herald, a local newspaper. See the link at the bottom of this post to go directly to the print version of OUR story. Here is the link to more photos of the event posted on their website:

We were also interviewed by “CBS Sunday Morning”, but we won’t know for awhile if our story will be included in the feature about this wonderful event.  We really enjoyed ourselves, and had the chance to meet so many new friends.  We had the opportunity to tour a huge variety of vehicles owned by other nomadic folks.  It was an interesting and informative weekend, and we learned a lot.  We so appreciate each of you for following our journey, and we always love sharing our stories of life on the road.  Again, click on the link below to see the print version of our own vanlife story!

Our article in the Houston Herald

Happy trails!

Dan and Brenda Cordray

(Photo credit Doug Davison)


Howdy, folks!

I guess it’s due time for me to step into the role of contributor for this here blog.  Dan and I have been enjoying our slow-mosey (and sometimes hot pepper quickstep) tandem journey across the United States for over two years now, and we are having the time of our lives!  If you follow either (or both) of us on Facebook or Instagram, you have seen literally thousands of pics and heard hundreds of our road stories through our photographs and the captions below them, or through Dan’s videos.

I haven’t really been one to make videos, but when we became home owners all of a sudden, I thought it would be fun to share our news in the form of a video.  I learned a lot while making it, and more than anything, I got the chance to really show all of you a little slice of the fun we are having while adjusting to our two-home status.

At the beginning of our journey, we talked about finding a piece of land to plant a schoolie on, a little respite from perpetual roadlife for a few months a year.  We are both creators and tinkerers, and we long for a place to lay out our tools and stretch out a bit, catch up on projects, retool and upgrade things in Erik Van Home, our primary home.  I have been nomadic for nearly 5 years now with stops for various lengths of time, and I have always found that a little rest now and again is a very good thing for me.  Road life is absolutely amazing, but it does take a lot of planning and organization, and a lot of little things that need to get done get set aside while we make tracks for the next someplace else.

While house/dog sitting in November, I spied an ad for a little park model home in Quartzsite, Arizona.  We hadn’t really considered an RV park type arrangement, but given some thought, we realized that it was the perfect perch for the winter-time exploration of the Southwest part of the country.  It offered lots of perks…hot tub, club house, lapidary shop, live entertainment, all sorts of activities, plus the security of knowing that there are people around when you are ready to drive away for most of the year.  We called on the ad, and our interest was piqued.  At the same time, I felt we should call the office of the RV park to see what else was available.

Serendipity stepped in, and the clerk at the RV park made us aware of another unit, for a 1/4 of the price. Furnished, with covered patio and shady back yard.  We saw a few pics, and contacted the owner in Canada.  We couldn’t leave Texas just yet, so we took a chance and bought the place sight unseen.  Well, except for those few pictures.  We made plans to scurry westward on a wing and a prayer, having faith that we had made a good choice.

The Universe said, hey, look at that trust!  I raise you one mighty fine little bungalow for your faith that all works out for the best when you are walking your path and staying positive, active, helpful, and happy.  We flew across Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and on the day after Thanksgiving, we were handed the keys to our little desert castle.  It is all we ever wanted in a little winter camp, and is just right for the four of us.  Well, you can see for yourself.  Now you know where we will be for a few months every winter.  Pretty sweet, eh?

We have been busy settling in, while at the same time getting ready to be back on the road full time come spring.  Quartzsite has been a place of much activity for us.  Between van upgrades, tinkering on the little casita, prospecting for gold and minerals, attending field trips and meetings of the gem and mineral and metal detecting clubs, hanging out with friends who are visiting for the annual Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, and learning new skills like lapidary and silversmithing, we have had a full calendar.  We know we will always find plenty to do here when we come back next time, and we are so grateful for this blessing!

Many thanks to everyone who has followed our travels on this blog, and on our @twentyonefeathers and @fireman428 Instagram pages, and on my Facebook page, “The Sunny Side” (stepintothesunlight).  It is for you that we tell our tales, hoping to inspire you to live your best life, and to take a few tiny baby steps, or maybe one big leapity-leap towards YOUR dream!


In the meantime…..just doooooo it! 🙂 Oh, and get out, be safe, and GO ADVENTURE!~Brenda