The Story of a

A Van and its Boy and Girl

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Ubuntu: A person is a person through other people

An African way of life. Find out a little more about this age-old philosophy, what it means to us, and how Ubu got its name.

Our Story

What made us walk away from our careers and “perfect” life in the burbs? Our story isn’t that dissimilar from most anyone else, but it’s ours and the genesis of Ubuthevan.

Our Build

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. Read all about what it took for two kids who had never used any power tools to build their dream adventure wagon.

Our Journey

Meghan’s musings of our everyday lives. Here you’ll find exciting adventures, and also the mundane banality of everyday #vanlife.

If you’ve just met us on the road and we pointed you to our site, THIS is the spot you need to hit up. Our favorite resources we used and tapped for our build and life on the road. Good luck, you can do this!

Downsizing: Part II
Downsizing: Part II
This post is about the logistical process of downsizing. If you want to read more about the emotional process, see Part 1. If you read my first post, then you know we had a lot going...
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Nature’s Head Toilet
Nature’s Head Toilet
Oh how we love our Nature’s HeadWhat??? A composting toilet in a van? How does that even work? Does it smell? Does it do #2s? How often can you use it? What becomes of your...
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Yosemite
Yosemite
Ahhhh, Yosemite. Heart of my heart.How does one begin to capture the magnitude of its magnificence? A park for everyone, for all time, indeed. One of the things we loved about Yosemite logistically is that...
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San Juan Island: Whales to the North
San Juan Island: Whales to the North
“Go to San Juan,” she said. “It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to,” she said. (Statement should have merit given she’s been all over the world). “Yes, whatever,” we thought. “You’re biased....
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Yellowstone
Yellowstone
Yellowstone The other “Y” park. Just as magnificent as Yosemite, but for very different reasons. Of course, Yellowstone is known for its wildlife, and it did not disappoint. We were fortunate enough to see wolves,...
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Nature’s Head Toilet

The real scoop on our Nature’s Head Composting Toilet. Why we love it. How often we change it. And… how we handled bugs. Plus some hard won tips and tricks.

Downsizing: Part II

Practical steps to downsizing: learn from our mistakes and tips for your own process

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