Last Update: 10/02/2016

On the Trail of Nomadic Fanatic

Trippin’ around Washington State a week or two ago, Vanholio kept bumping into places Eric Jacobs covered on his Nomadic Fanatic YouTube channel. It was kinda badass!

See, when Vanholio was just a wannabe vandweller, planning and scheming to escape into van life, Nomadic Fanatic was my daily inspiration. Totally got a charge out of watching him, a regular guy – not some rich fucker – living a chill life on the cheap in beautiful places.

So as I was going through Mount Rainier National Park, I kept thinking “Rainier Beer,” Eric’s preferred brew. Stopped on the west side at Elbe Bar & Grill for a burger and washed it down with that light, delicious American adjunct lager, raising a toast in Mon Capitan’s honor.
Wynoochee Falls

Couple days later, I headed north on I-5 and U.S. 12, passing other places he’d talked: Olympia, Aberdeen, Tumwater Falls, Capitol Forest, Olympic National Forest.

But the place that pulled me in was his favorite (I think): Wynoochee Falls. Drove up there, walked the fucked-over campground, and took in the falls. Too bad it was overcast and in the low ‘50s. Would have liked a swim.

Found that pair of shoes by the falls (photo at top). Are those yours, Eric?

Thanks for all you do, Eric Jacobs, aka Nomadic Fanatic. Because of you, I Am Vanholio!, living in a van down by the river – the Wynoochee River.

Hey, Beer Vanholio! He works hard on this blog.

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  1. Haha. Nope, those aren't my shoes. I found 2 sets of clothes up there last time I was there... Not sure why people lose all their clothes, but it's one of my favorite places to visit in Washington. Glad you got to check it out. Safe travels!

    1. Thank you for posting about the falls. I was looking for a spot in the forest to camp, and when I saw the name, I was like, "Hey, NF talked about that place!?" Beautiful spot. Only wish it'd been summer.