Caught Red-Handed in a J-Tree Parking Lot: The First Simply Adventure Video

I still owe you a ton of updates from our time in Hueco Tanks and Arizona, but I couldn’t resist sharing this ridiculous video of Niko and I. Before you watch, here’s a backstory on how this little film came to be:

So after a very windy day of climbing at Joshua Tree National Park, Niko and I retreated back to van in a relatively deserted parking lot. As we were packing up, a curious chick came clamoring towards the van with all sorts of questions about who we were, what we were doing, and how we had outfitted our van. After a few quick introductions, we ended up spending over an hour cooped in the van talking about our trip.

This photo by Alexandra Klos ( perfectly captures the essence of my dirtbaggery.

The chick ended up being this awesome photographer who was visiting two friends in Los Angeles hoping to discover exactly what she wanted to do with her life. She had spent the entire week raving to her two friends about the idea of buying a vehicle to live in while she traveled the country to photograph the outdoors – and totally took our chance encounter as a sign. By the end of our little chat, she was convinced that fate was telling her to just do it.

Stoked on our trip, she asked if she could film a little and take some photos of the van – and this is what she ended up with:

*Warning: I look like a TOTAL dirtbag bum. It ain’t pretty, folks.

Big thanks to Alexandra Klos for putting this sweet video together on the fly, it was definitely a much appreciated ego-boost to hear y’all tell us we were “iconic,” however untrue that may be! If you want to check out more from Klos Up Pictures, visit her Vimeo page, or head over to the Klos Up Pictures website , which is currently under construction, but I’m sure will soon be exploding with incredible photography.

But seriously. I look like such a bum. If it makes anyone feel better, the day after this photo, Niko and I rented a cheap motel room and I totally showered. I promise.

PS: Alexandra, we better see you out on the road living in your own van soon!
You’ve go the spirit and the guts to make it happen, and we hope you follow your dreams!

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Categories: Simply Adventure, Videos

Author:Katie Boué

Katie Boué is the voice of - a travel lifestyle blog focusing on climbing, Airbnb life, and the outdoors.

8 Comments on “Caught Red-Handed in a J-Tree Parking Lot: The First Simply Adventure Video”

  1. February 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Ah, already hit up J-Tree. sorry I missed ya. Then again, looks like a day w/out the wind would have been nice. Did you get your free shot at the J-Tree saloon for checking in on Yelp. Love the solar panel digs. That’s pretty cool.

    • February 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

      We’re still here, we’re still here! Thanks for the free shot tip, I hadn’t heard about that one yet!

  2. February 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    How fun! It’s great to see another video and another mini-tour of the craggin’ wagon :)

  3. Dena
    February 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    So happy to see you and loved the video! Have fun and stay safe, see you in H-ville in October. Love you both!

  4. February 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Thanks for this Katie! You guys are such an inspiration and proved to me that there are people out there who believe living on the road is the way to go! So excited to build this future documenting major cities and national parks all across North America! I know exactly who to talk to for all the details when the time comes! :) Thanks for everything lady!

    Best to you and Niko – I will keep following!!! :)

  5. February 23, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    Love it. Super cute.

  6. February 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    Hey Katie! Great to see you again and finally “see” Niko…and of course the cool ride! I wish you guys all the best in your journey. Please keep us updated on Twitter and if you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to email. We travelers need to stick together, you know. :)

  7. Phyllis K. Dias
    February 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Te Tony and I enjoyed watching the video. So happy for the two of you. What a journey…we love you both so much. Keep trucking and having fun xoxo

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