About Us

Mike

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Mike grew up backpacking and car-camping, splitting time between a 21' Class C Toyota Camper and a 1973 Westfalia Bus. 

He's and avid maker and photographer, and has a day job as an Embedded Software Engineer for medical devices.  

@choose_adventure

Kimberley

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Prior to meeting Mike, Kimberley had done practically zero camping.  She now is a seasoned overlander and glamper.  By day, she's a university administrator. By night, a covert beer enthusiast.  @EatDrinkVanWoman

Annika

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Annika has been adventuring almost since the day she could walk.  She did her first serious overlanding before she was 3 years old!  She plays flat- and banked-track Roller Derby, and enjoys photography and hiking.

The Mission

 When in doubt, Choose Adventure.  That's the motto Mike, Kimberley, and Annika try to live by.  We're on a mission to pack the maximum number of experiences into our lives.  We are not full time adventurers, but that's no reason to let life slide past one weekend at a time!    


4x4 Chevrolet Astro van pop-top camper overland vehicle

Our Van

Meet the fourth member of our Adventure Crew: Vandalf the Beige!

 Below, you'll find a broad collection of details about the van - many of which may be helpful to other budding #Vanlife and DIY and campervan builders.


Vandalf the Beige - 2003 Chevrolet Astro Van AWD

The Story

Mike started the Astro-Overlander ("Astrolander") project in 2009, just after Annika was born.  


Given that Kimberley hadn't done much camping, and that we'd be travelling with a toddler, comfort and convenience were a primary concern.  The Chevrolet Astro was chosen as a happy "middle ground" between the iconic but aging Volkswagen Westfalia Buses and Vanagons, and the large and expensive Sportsmobiles and similar modern adventure vans.  


Done almost entirely as a DIY "Home Build", Vandalf has been the ultimage budget solution and brought us much joy!