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EPIC FAMILY ROAD TRIP GEAR REVIEWS – The Tailgater Tire Table

Today we review the Tailgater Tire Table. This easy to store and set-up table is a must-have for any roadtripper, overlander or rooftop tent camper. Get yours today on our Amazon store. Click here:

http://www.epicfamilyroadtrip.com/the-tire-table/

 

HORSEBACK RIDING, JEEP CAMPING & FLY FISHING WITH OUR COUSINS // EFRT EP 22

EPIC FAMILY ROAD TRIP EPISODE 22 // This week we head from Ohio back into Ontario, Canada to our Cottage for Canadian thanksgiving and to shut down the cabin for winter. We then head to our cousins ranch for a fun weekend of enjoying the crisp Ontario fall weather, horse back riding through forest trials, then we set up the Jeep camp for a campout in their back forty. We have dinner, sing songs, play guitar and have fun together around the camp fire. We also do some Jeeping through forest trails surrounded by stunning fall colours. Thumbs up this video if you enjoyed, and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to join the adventure and become a member of the EPIC Family Road Trip!! Thank you for watching, The van Stralen Family Subscribe!: http://bit.ly/2geRHCB Follow Us On Instagram!: https://www.instagram.com/epicfamilyroadtrip
Edited By: Caroline van Stralen (@Caroline.abroad) Locations: Ontario, Canada

GEAR REVIEW // LEKI TREKKING POLES

Get your LEKI TREKKING POLES at The EPIC Family Road Trip Gear Store here: https://wp.me/P8fkFO-s6

Looking for the best gear for your road trip? Today Pete reviews “LEKI trekking poles” for you. Watch the full review at the EFRT Gear Store. (Link in Bio) – We only sell gear on our store that we love and have put to the test over the past two years on the Epic Family Road Trip. Stop by our online store and get a pair of LEKI trekking poles before your next hike. 🚶 🚶‍♀️ #leki #epicfamilyroadtrip #workplaycare epicfamilyroadtrip.com

Perfect grip, easy adjustment, outstanding support. Uncompromising performance and safety! Get your new LEKI poles with Aergon grips from the EFRT Gear Store today!

 

JEEP TOUR PART 2/OVERLAND EXPO EAST 2017/BILTMORE ESTATE TOUR// EFRT EP 21

EPIC FAMILY ROAD TRIP EPISODE 21 // This week we headed to the Overland Expo East 2017 at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. ITS FINALLY HERE! Part 2 of the Jeep Tour is apart of this weeks vlog!! Stay tuned for exclusive looks inside the expo and get a feel for the adventurous, and exciting overloading community that is a big part of what makes the Overland Expo such a great experience every years! This video is also great if you are new to overloading or looking for ways to improve your life of the road because we interview a few incredible people with some great products that we either think would be awesome or that we actually use and have been using while we have been living on the road for the past 2 years full time! We also take an educational and interesting tour of the world famous Biltmore Estate with our good friends, the Holcombe Family who are also living full time on the road in their Winnebago View RV! We then head to Ohio on our journey back up North to Canada and visit with some of our awesome family there and enjoy the fall weather. Check out the links below if you are interested in any of the products or stories we featured in this video, and check out our gear store on https://workplaycare.com/ !! Thumbs up this video if you enjoyed, and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to join the adventure and become a member of the EPIC Family Road Trip!! Thank you for watching, The van Stralen Family Subscribe!: http://bit.ly/2geRHCB Follow Us On Instagram!: https://www.instagram.com/epicfamilyr… Overland Expo: – https://www.instagram.com/overlandexpo/https://www.overlandexpo.com/ Exploration Outfitters: – https://explorationoutfitters.com/ The Holcombe Family: – https://www.instagram.com/peterholcombe/https://www.instagram.com/adventurous… OutdoorX4 Magazine: – https://outdoorx4.com/https://www.instagram.com/outdoorx4/ Team Hunt Adventures: – http://teamhunt.org/https://www.instagram.com/teamhuntadv… Mackey Fam Adventures: – https://www.youtube.com/mackeyfamadve…https://www.instagram.com/mackeyfamad… Explmore/Strangers Like Angels: https://workplaycare.com/strangers-li…https://www.instagram.com/expl_more/https://www.instagram.com/strangersli… L.T.W.Knives: https://workplaycare.com/lt-wright-kn…https://www.ltwrightknives.com/ TailGater Tire Table: https://workplaycare.com/the-tire-table/https://www.instagram.com/tailgaterti… “Dirty Dining: An Adventurer’s Cook Book”/2 Ride The World: https://workplaycare.com/dirty-dining…https://www.instagram.com/dirtydining…https://www.instagram.com/2ridetheworld/ Patriot Campers: – http://www.patriotcampers.com.au/https://www.instagram.com/patriot.cam… Bihler Flex/The Perfect Bungee: https://workplaycare.com/the-perfect-…https://www.instagram.com/bihlerflex/ Campmaid Dutch Oven: https://workplaycare.com/camp-maid-ca…https://www.instagram.com/campmaid/ Edited By: Caroline van Stralen (@Caroline.abroad) Locations: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

EPIC 6 Month NEW ZEALAND Road Trip Part 2: Jeep Arrives, South Island

The EPIC Family Road Trip: Episode 14 // In Part 2 of the EPIC 6 Month Road Trip In NEW ZEALAND, we pick up the Jeep in Auckland after it finally arrives after shipping from Toronto, Canada. We set off en route to the South Island and once we arrive we are whisked off on many unexpected adventures like a whale beaching rescue in Farewell Spit, and crawling through ice caves in a glacier. Join our family of five as we explore the world, living simply and comfortably in a rooftop tent and overlanding outfitted Jeep Wrangler.

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Vlog Edited By: Caroline van Stralen (@Caroline.Abroad)

My Snorkeling Adventure!

By Daniel van Stralen
The boat left the harbour at 8:15. We needed to be there ahead of time to get geared up and store our snacks and lunches in the boat. We camped the night before at the Tutukaka Holiday Park  which was about 1 km from the harbour. We got up early so we could pack our bags with snacks, wetsuits and camera gear.  When we were all packed up we walked the 10 minute walk from our camp ground to the boat.
On the way to the harbour we passed a couple of stores and I saw that one of these was an ice cream store. I asked my Dad  if we could stop to get some ice cream for on the boat but he said it would be best to have it when we come back and I agreed. Yes!
It’s 8:10 and we had arrived at the harbour to see a big black van that said Yukon Dives which was the company that we were going diving with. We also met the family that will be diving with us today.
We had heard about the Poor Knights Islands diving area from some friends we had made during our travels and it is rated in the top ten snorkeling and diving areas in the world.
The islands are a 1 hour boat ride from the mainland and are whats left of a huge ancient volcano that collapsed leaving some huge spires of volcanic rock jutting out of the South Pacific Ocean.
The waves hit the south side of the islands and then eddy around to the calm north side carrying with them a plankton and nutrient rich soup that attracts tons of fish and underwater sea life. This area is also a part of the EAC – East Australia Current which is a warm subtropical flow which attracts all kinds of sea life. (Remember “Finding Nemo.”)
On the way to the islands me and my Dad went on to the roof of the boat and we watched as the islands loomed closer and closer.
 The captain had warned us that there was large swell today on the ocean and about 20 minutes before arrival I felt a little sea sick so I lied down and fell asleep.
I woke up suddenly to see that we were only 5 minutes away from the island so I climbed down the ladder to the lower level of the boat and grabbed my wet suit.
I also picked out a set of snorkelling goggles and flippers. This spot that our guide picked for us is one of two spots that we would be snorkelling at today.
We put on our flippers and defogged our goggles and the jumped in to the ocean.
When I opened my eyes I was in awe. When you see the ocean from the surface it is beautiful but it is mostly blue and grey.
As soon as you go under the surface it’s like a portal into a new world. Endless fields of kelp bright colours of coral and schools of hundreds of fish. Its hard to explain what you see as empty and grey when it turns into a hole new world of fish and other sea life and I guess the only way to explain it is jaw dropping.
I was swimming along and watching the fish when I saw something gliding through the water beneath me. It was a big beautiful Sting Ray so I started to follow it. It was a thrill to watch it gliding across the ground with such grace and speed. I lost sight of it when it swam into a big patch of kelp.
I swam back to my family who were swimming amongst a huge school of bright blue fish.  While I was swimming our guide called us all back to the boat. Before we started to go to the second snorkelling sight we had soup  I got creamy chicken and the rest of my family got chicken noodle soup.
The boat ride to the second spot was only about a 30 minute ride but a lot of amazing things happened in the 30 minutes.
Our guide told me that we would see lots of arches and caves before we got there so I climbed to the roof of the boat to get a better view.
About ten minutes after I had seated myself on the roof we saw are first arch. It was big and very beautiful.  I was surprised to see that our boat was turning into it. We started to move under the arch it was scary because there were big waves crashing on both sides.
We made it through safely and started heading toward the second spot. We saw lots of arches and caves before we arrived at the diving spot.
Our guide told us that at this spot we would see more fish then we did a the first and that they usually swim near an arch that was next to the boat.
I defogged my goggles and jumped in. There were jelly fish everywhere. Our guide said that these jelly fish don’t sting but I still kept my distance because I had just been stung by a jelly fish a week before while I was surfing and I didn’t want to go through that again.
When my brother jumped in the water we began to swim to the arch. On the way there were some spots were we had to dive under the water because there were so many jelly fish.
When we arrived I couldn’t believe my eyes. There were fish every where! Schools of little brown fish, bright blue fish and even some large King Fish. There were also some snapper, scorpion fish and some sea urchins.
Some of the scuba divers saw Moray eels. My brother noticed a great big sting ray. It was at least double the size of the one I had seen before and seemed to have some white spots on it.
Since the fish at the Poor Knights Islands have never been fished they weren’t afraid of us – you could swim right next to them.
I found it super fun that I could swim in big schools of fish with out them swimming away.
We had swam around the arch looking at different fish and sea life for about 3 hours before our guide called us back to the boat.
I was sad when we had to leave the beautiful undersea world, but our guide said that he had one more surprise for us.
I was trying to think what the surprise could be when I saw a huge cave in the side of the cliff. It was one of the biggest caves I had seen in my life and our guide told us that it was the biggest sea cave in the world.
Our guide drove the big boat right into the cave then dropped the anchor.
I was looking around at the cave when I heard a beautiful sound. It was our guide playing a wooden flute.  I was mesmerized by the sound as it echoed though the cave.
Our guide told us that different kinds of bands had came into this cave to record songs  because of the beautiful acoustics in the cave.
He also told us that a big Sperm Whale had died in the cave and it’s bones are still at the bottom.
We had about 15 minutes to look around and film before our guide played another song then started the boats engine to head back to the harbour.
On the way back home I remembered all the pretty things I had seen. I also was thinking about how yummy the ice cream was going to be when we got back.
Please leave me a comment if you enjoyed my story  🙂
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Meet The van Stralens

Hi everybody – We are the van Stralen family. In 2015 we embarked on an EPIC family road trip around North America.

After 25 years in business, this was the fulfilment of a personal family goal that we had dreamed about for many years.

On the way we realized that

– Time is more precious than money,
– memories more valuable than things
– and experiencing new places, cultures, religions and people is a better education than you can get by just reading about it.

So  – we did what anyone else would do – we sold our house, packed up our belongings and hit the road full time.

In life just like in business it is easier to chart a course and stick to it when you have a mission.

So we took the motto that had helped us succeed in business and we applied it to our new journey.

– Work hard
– Play hard
– Care.

We know that you won’t achieve success unless you are willing to work for it.

We are grateful for the opportunity to play and have fun together, and we cherish every moment.

But caring for others and trying to make a difference in the world is what gives our lives and our journey meaning and purpose.

We invite you to come along with us on this journey as we inspire each other to work hard, play hard, and care.

After 12 months around North America we decided to keep going, so we shipped our jeep to New Zealand. Join us as we traverse Oceania with stops in Australia, Indonesia and beyond.