Road trip through WEST TEXAS (Alpine, Fort Davis, & El Paso) | Our journey to Alaska BEGINS!

Road trip through WEST TEXAS (Alpine, Fort Davis, & El Paso) | Our journey to Alaska BEGINS!

Our journey to Alaska has begun! We hit the road last week and went on a 3 day, 600+ mile road trip from Austin to El Paso, making a bunch of stops along the way. It was a fun first adventure back on the road full of history, small towns, larger cities, some local food, hiking, and unique stops.

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00:00 Austin to Alpine, TX
02:10 Coffee + exploring Alpine, TX
05:23 Hiking to The Desk in Alpine
09:15 Fort Davis National Historic Site
14:33 Davis Mountains State Park
16:31 El Paso, TX
16:50 Tin Mines Trail at Franklin Mountains State Park
22:50 Brisket Machaca at Kiki’s
25:00 Casa de Azúcar

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📍Locations in this vlog
Cedar Coffee & Supply:
Hancock Hill (The Desk):
Fort Davis National Historic Site:
Skyline Drive Davis Mountains State Park:
Tin Mines Trail:
Kiki’s Mexican Restaurant:
Casa de Azúcar:

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👋🏼 About us
Hi y’all! We’re Adam, Kathryn, and Kona, an adventurous married couple (+ pup!) living on the road in our self-converted sprinter van! You can often find us driving all around the US and Canada, scoping out the best coffee shops, eating tacos and ice cream (we’re a 5+ taco and 2+ scoop household), and enjoying nature.

We help travelers spend less time (and stress!) planning their trip and more time enjoying it! Our detailed travel guides, YouTube videos, and travel resources share the must-visit local eats, popular and off the beaten path sights, and tons of tips to make planning your next adventure a whole lot easier.

Note: We’ve linked a handful of items so you can see exactly which products we take with us. Full disclosure–if you click on these links and make a purchase, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. We will only ever recommend products we truly love, actually use during our adventures, and think you can benefit from too!


  1. charlie valencia on November 11, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    I found your videos while looking up places to visit in Texas. I live in Alaska but go to visit my daughter who’s going to Baylor right now. Alaska is beautiful! Maybe I’ll see you in Fairbanks 😉

  2. michelle schweizer on November 11, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Oh my goodness that dog is cute!

  3. Courtney Kirk on November 11, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    Wonderful video. Thank you.

  4. Sylvia Hawley on November 11, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you for visiting our great city of El Paso . You have to try Carlos and mickeys restaurant and also chicos tacos next time you come. Chicos is an El Paso thing every one loves it

  5. Elsa Moral on November 11, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Great restaurant! Love Kiki’s. Also, I lived there most of my life and never knew about the tin mine! And the Sugar House. Wow! Have you been to Hueco Tanks?

  6. Lauren Aguilar on November 11, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you so much for showing off El Paso, love my hometown! Looking forward to following your adventure to Alaska!

  7. Leo Victoria on November 11, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    Love you Adam!😘

  8. AppleMom2006 on November 11, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Great video! I truly think you all have the best personalities and create such watchable content. It truly makes us want to travel and your videos are always so helpful when we plan adventures.

  9. James Moreno on November 11, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    me and my family made it but didn’t find the entrance

  10. Tom Eagen on November 11, 2022 at 4:21 pm


  11. Ruben Devereaux on November 11, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Chuco town is my home town. That one with all those statues, i pass by that on my bicycle ride! Give props to El Paso! Good job

  12. Sahara Fierro on November 11, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Glad you came to Beautiful
    El Paso Texas 💛💙

  13. Jordan Nicholson on November 11, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    I would say if you have a toilet in your van, which you do, it’s okay to drink "too many liquids".

  14. Thomas Villanueva on November 11, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    How cool to have stumbled upon this video I live in Alpine lol

  15. Carlos Quiñones on November 11, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    This is amazing. All the success of the world with this adventure.

  16. kituwahband on November 11, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    Nothing like hiking and knowing you could be blown up at anytime 😆 You guys be safe while driving!!

  17. creslan williams on November 11, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Great video! Hopefully one day I too will have the freedom to travel and document my journeys. Best of luck to you both! You have a new subscriber!

  18. bilahn on November 11, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    Wow West Texas looks amazing! I had no idea. Thanks for a great tour of a place I’ll probably never get to.

    By the way, Minnesota North Shore is buried in snow right now!

    Paul in Minneapolis

  19. Chig Bungus on November 11, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    I’m an el pasoan who was born in Alpine. I remember as a child one of the very few fun things to go do in alpine was to stop and eat at Pizza Hut 😂 that should tell you how small of a town it is

  20. Doug Haugen on November 11, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    My wife and I love your videos.
    Great editing etc. Like the flow of your clips, very professional. Keep it up, I’ll have to go to your website and see if you have Merc. I’d be a buyer.

    Much success prayers to you both and Kona is a good boy

  21. Allison Sherman on November 11, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Trying to get caught up. Yayyyy Kona glad to see you. Thanks for your kindness while I was away. Much appreciated through a tough time.
    Have a ball and stay safe❤️🙏🏻

  22. Ernest Moreno III on November 11, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    El Paso!!!

  23. West Tex on November 11, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    I believe the unexploded munitions warnings are because, in the 70’s, the local military (Fort Bliss) used to have an artillery firing range (Castner Range) on a section of those mountains. There’s a time of year where that area blooms a ton of yellow poppy flowers over the mountains. It’s beautiful to see those flowers blanketing the mountain, especially in years when the poppies are strong. Late Jan-early April is the best time to see them.

  24. Naomi Lopez 🐼 on November 11, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you so much for taking us along on your trip! It was so cool that you stopped in El Paso, my hometown! I grew up there, even though I’m no longer living there, it was nice seeing a little bit of it again. That mine was interesting but scary at the same time. Enjoy the rest of your trip! Safe travels to you both. 😊

  25. Sophie Roman on November 11, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    El Paso 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼♥️♥️♥️

  26. DankestDabs on November 11, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    good to see my fellow El Pasoans in the comments

  27. Alaskan Amblers on November 11, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Lots of interesting hiking, food, and history in West Texas. We were there once when we bicycled across the country, and thought the landscape was beautiful, and we met really nice people too!

  28. Daisy on November 11, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    I’m from El Paso and currently living in North Pole Alaska 😊

  29. Adventures of A+K on November 11, 2022 at 4:41 pm
  30. Gonzalo Romero on November 11, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Loved this episode. I was born and raised in El Paso. Living in Tucson now. Kikis is my go to restaurant whenever I visit. My parents still live in the neighborhood.

  31. tanya mcgehee on November 11, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    So happy YT suggested your video! I have been needing a Davis Mountains fix! I spent many weekends at Prude Ranch, worked summer camp at Mitre Peak and honeymooned in Ft. Davis. Those views and history stick with you for sure. Time to plan a weekend to introduce my grandson to the fort and hills to get him hooked now, too! Great content and edit, looking forward to your journey!

  32. Angel Andrade on November 11, 2022 at 4:43 pm


  33. Savage Louie on November 11, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    You should of stopped by my house for some carne asada in El Paso. 😁

  34. Jesus Uribe on November 11, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    Im from El Paso and See that house almost everyday going home from work.

  35. Debra Balawajder on November 11, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    I enjoy seeing the cute coffee places you find! And the restaurants, too! I’m moving along with you!

  36. Gabrielle Clarkson on November 11, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    you guys should do Vegas

  37. marcos flippy on November 11, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Where my El Paso people at!

  38. ahhva on November 11, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    yum kikis is delicious 🤤 maybe it’s because i’ve lived in el paso for the longest time but i never knew the cool looking house was a tourist attraction 😳 i’ve passed by it so many times 😅

  39. Oliver and Nancy’s Adventures on November 11, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Cool video!!! Will be there next month!!!

  40. sinthea mendoza on November 11, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    Sending love from Alpine!💘

  41. Zulu Mike on November 11, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    Kikis is good eating. Highly recommend to anyone wanting good mexican food.

  42. Heidi Robinson on November 11, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Really great music and cool videos to go with it!!

  43. Jacob Gomez on November 11, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    I wonder how many of my fellow El Pasoans watched this video because YouTube put it on their feed as a "suggested" video? 🤔 That’s what I did! Now I’m going to watch more episodes! 🤣🙏🏼
    Safe Travels!

  44. Vandy Starkweather on November 11, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    I enjoyed it, but I wish you had gone to McDonald Observatory. Still, excellent. Loved the Kiki’s!

  45. Jon Osborn on November 11, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Do you guys do your own video editing and rendering? If so, what video rendering software do you use (i.e. Davinci Resolve)?
    I’ve watched your Arizona adventures and it has only whet my appetite for my upcoming stay in Tucson next week.

  46. Jerry King on November 11, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Hipsters in Texas?

  47. C Michael Haugh on November 11, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    Always wanted to see West Texas. Thank you. By the way, the summer camp I went to in 1955-56 used bugle calls to signal things we did throughout the day. It’s a great way to communicate in a decentralized facility.

  48. Isacc Lightbourn on November 11, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    I hope people will want to move to El Paso after watching this video! I love relocating people here🙌🏻🏡

  49. Jermaine Knowles on November 11, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    No Juarez !? Can’t come to El Paso and not go over the bridge real quick

  50. Mariah Baily on November 11, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    I lived in El Paso TX for 14 Years I love Kiki’s & l & J & Andale & Lucy cafe & Chico’s tacos & Julio’s & Cattleman’s & Local restaurants here in elp tx

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