Our scariest day of van life. (winter in Yellowstone)

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Kara and Nate

7 days ago

Our 13 hour drive from Nebraska to Yellowstone, Wyoming turned into our scariest day of van life yet. This video is sponsored by Better Help; Get 10% off your first month here: betterhelp.com/kandn
Vlog 761 | #Yellowstone, #Wyoming, USA | State 25/50 | Filmed March 11, 2021
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Comments
Cheryl Parker
Cheryl Parker 4 minutes ago
Glad you made it safely. I really enjoyed the beautiful video of Yellowstone, great job!
Maz7006
Maz7006 10 minutes ago
WI driver here with a Corolla. 1. Slow the down, like real down. 2. Take away distractions. 3. Follow somebody cautiously. 4. Use hazardous if you sense danger. 5. If you feel what your about to do is dangerous then it is. 6. If have a moment and slide don’t brake , let off the gas gently and be careful. 7. If you don’t need to be on the road don’t be.
Elias M.
Elias M. 38 minutes ago
“It’s negative two degrees, the coldest that we’ve tried to sleep in this van” “I’m turning on the heater”
ANGELMANNO2
ANGELMANNO2 53 minutes ago
Yes, Glad you made it safe.
gemi pancakes
gemi pancakes Hour ago
Please be careful to wear a mask when near people, even outside. I love you guys, but it worries me that you're talking to people without a mask in the middle of a pandemic. Please be safe!
bruce wayne
bruce wayne Hour ago
I learnt alot about black ice from my dad and dang when something as big and heavy as an 18-wheeler goes off the road you know it's series btw i live in a small mountainy town in Tennessee and it gets really bad here sometimes during the fall and winter and the wildlife consists of deer,bear,coyotes,birds crows and hawks included,snakes,turtles,rabbits,lizards if i can remember correctly,fish,insects,spiders and when humans first settled this town that i live in there were elk and buffalo and wolves but unfortunately they were all driven and hunted out of the area
Paige Steele
Paige Steele 2 hours ago
Canadians drive in this 6 months out of the year!
Isaac kent
Isaac kent 3 hours ago
That's very fast to be driving on an icy road, did the cars coming towards you at a very low speed not give you an idea of how fast you should be going?
Platinum edge Gaming
Platinum edge Gaming 3 hours ago
You need to get chains for your tires because of slipping pls be carefully slow is fast and slow is smooth my dad owns a 18 wheeler he gave me this advise
swayze
swayze 3 hours ago
Holy shit! If you are crying over some ice and a "close call" you both must have not seen a single struggle going through life with your parents probably babying you growing up. Get a grip you loon
PurpleCarnation
PurpleCarnation 3 hours ago
Why in the world were you driving so fast?! Roads like that you gotta go, like... 25? Especially with low visibility and a big ole van that'll take a while to come to a stop.
Jessica Blouin
Jessica Blouin 4 hours ago
Not to make light of your scary driving situation...... but where did you get your cute tie dye sweatshirt?:)
Anki Olebring
Anki Olebring 4 hours ago
You know it takes winter tyres to be safe on the ice and snow ? Hi from Sweden 😉✌🏽
Tina Eldridge
Tina Eldridge 6 hours ago
OMG What a trip, that spin must have made your lives flash before you're eyes, but you made it. Thank goodness!. What a fantastic video. Those geysers were amazing. Stay Safe, Hugs UK
MELINDAA
MELINDAA 7 hours ago
As a swede this feels like nothing to me, doesn’t look scary at all but I can totally understand that this might feel scary for those who aren’t used to it. Drive safe :)
dcoog anml
dcoog anml 7 hours ago
“Gawd minus 4 is cold!” belly laughs in French Canadian 😂🥶
lindsey snauwaert
lindsey snauwaert 8 hours ago
Waaaauw i visited Yellowstone in summer but this wauw! Thanks for another very nice video ♥️
Keegan McQueen
Keegan McQueen 8 hours ago
This is a daily drive in Utah from November - March 😂.
Jaralyn Majak
Jaralyn Majak 9 hours ago
And I need Kara's tye dye hoodie! Super Cute! 😘💖and I happen to hate snow!
Jaralyn Majak
Jaralyn Majak 9 hours ago
I adore you two, but snow tires exist for a reason! Come to Upstate N.Y. or Buffalo N.Y. in the winter! It's was way worse! And watching baby girl cry flippin killed me! If you ever need a Winter driver....hmu! I loooooovers you sooooooo much!
dcoog anml
dcoog anml 7 hours ago
Welcome to the Midwest!
MN RockHounder
MN RockHounder 9 hours ago
Don’t go to Minnesota during the winter if you think those roads are bad😂
Gregory Nissen
Gregory Nissen 10 hours ago
Had our fun in a much worse snow storm through Montana whilst driving a Penske van. I'm from Nebraska/Iowa. So snow driving is much more a norm.
D Boudriault
D Boudriault 10 hours ago
Bad news is you were fools to try and do this drive in the winter.
Chris David
Chris David 12 hours ago
Welcome to Wyoming !
Hanz Down Sports
Hanz Down Sports 13 hours ago
We will need lots of caffeine 🤣 glad you guys made it safe. Have a super fantastic day. Thanks for sharing your ups and downs in travel. Many blessings too you guys. 🙏🏾
Claudia Strelow
Claudia Strelow 14 hours ago
Ha this is every winter I mn 🤣 that's why we retired in fl
Rising Tech
Rising Tech 17 hours ago
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Luke M
Luke M 18 hours ago
Who needs winter tires?! We have a camper van.
Melanin_monroe
Melanin_monroe 20 hours ago
And cue the dramatics Meryl Streep . 😒Lol! You’re so scared but made sure to get every drop of those croc tears on film. That whole damsel in distress, gets no play over here so you can wipe the doe eyed Bambi watching her mother get shot and strapped to the back of the a pick up truck look off your face. I’m glad you two are ok but you could of left the extras including the screeching tires sound clip on the cut floor! A bit over the top don’t you think?!
Jason Sinacori
Jason Sinacori 21 hour ago
I totally understand last Oct my family and I where driving back to IL from Spokane WA. We got hit by a snow storm in Oct around Billings Montana. Yep we had to stay a night and try to find a ice scraper to buy. It snows a lot crazier up north.
Grace Clark
Grace Clark 21 hour ago
Your camera is so clear - video looks great. Also if you come out our way be aware of the Pacific Ocean - sneaker waves get someone every year! Mostly tourist but sometimes locals who get careless.
Samantha Landsberg
Samantha Landsberg 22 hours ago
I'm from south africa and I would never get to see this, thank you for sharing your beautiful country with those around the world.
Amelia SR
Amelia SR Day ago
There are probably very friendly farmers wherever you see bins and farm yards.....we would be one of them!
Amelia SR
Amelia SR Day ago
Welcome to the Midwest!
katrinagagenet
katrinagagenet Day ago
if you go to Yellowstone in the winter you miss the bears. Seeing the big grizzly bears lumbering along is so cool.
Questing Vagabond
Questing Vagabond Day ago
You probably got off the road too late. What is your hurry? 13 hours? You have no schedule, make that 12 days.
CCC
CCC Day ago
Nate good job, growing up Minn I got a wide variety of driving. You guys did exactly what you. should PULL OFF, and hang out! CCC Austin, TX. Like the buffalo!
E C
E C Day ago
WTF are you doing wearing sunglasses in a blizzard.
Savannah CD
Savannah CD Day ago
HAZARD lights on Always when you’re driving in snow/rain storms even fog! 🇨🇦
Maria Hernandez
Maria Hernandez Day ago
That happened to me on the road in upstate New York, i am 19 and was alone I had a meltdown after. I would’ve went into ditch.. scariest thing ever when you aren’t in control anymore
COLEB35 KING
COLEB35 KING Day ago
Why the hell did you think it would be anything but? Shit like this is what gets you killed.
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu Day ago
I know this is a tiny thing, but thanks for putting the celsius there also. I'm from EU and it's nice when you don't have to think how much that would be 😂💚
Frentzen Chandra
Frentzen Chandra Day ago
I love to see you darling, God bless you, thank you, beautiful scenery ⛪ common go to the church 💃👫
niktve
niktve Day ago
Handing over the camera to catch you crying, putting a fake sound clip and a black screen to act like something brutal happened, and promoting BetterHelp, a site that advertises “licensed professionals” even though it’s all a fucking fraud - how fucking shitty can a single person be?
Taylor Welling
Taylor Welling Day ago
If your a male ...ages 25 to 40 and want to live like this. Move to Ohio
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu Day ago
Welcome to Montana!
Jaeiou
Jaeiou Day ago
The freeway where I live is crazy in the snow and most of the accidents happen because idiots don't SLOW DOWN... driving in snow can be scary but usually if you go slow and steady you'll be fine
Ali Meets World
Ali Meets World Day ago
Clicked for the bait, stayed for the vibes 😎
K Gluodenis
K Gluodenis Day ago
Yellowstone is my favorite! I usually go in early May. Not too many people and a little warmer.
lavapix
lavapix Day ago
The scariest black ice is when the weather is nice. Bridges are the most common areas for it. Take your foot off of the gas and ride it out.
Excellence in Recycling
Excellence in Recycling 19 hours ago
And put it in neutral
Andrews Plays0928
Andrews Plays0928 Day ago
hope yall are safe
Deb Cowley
Deb Cowley Day ago
A couple bits of info for you and your followers: Do not come to Yellowstone without doing your research and having a room or campground reserved especially in summer where everything sells out a year in advance. All campgrounds in YNP and Grand Tetons are res only as of 2021. The only road open to vehicles in winter is the road through the North Entrance of the park which is in Gardiner Montana. You can then drive from there to Mammoth Hot Springs as well as Lamar Valley/Cooke City but then you must turn around to exit the park. The park in winter is only accessible via Snow Coaches(outside of Mammoth Hot Springs), with Old Faithful Snowlodge and Mammoth Hot Springs hotel being the only lodging opened in winter. Mammoth camprgound is never full in the winter and is never busy so it's not hard to get a site ever. Only half of the campground is opened in winter. Bears are not awake in the winter and generally do not come out of hibernation until late March, especially in Mammoth. To prepare for your trip to YNP please visit the website of the main concessionaire Xanterra Parks and Lodges at ynplodges.com
annette miller
annette miller Day ago
It’s so beautiful there .
Adam Thompson
Adam Thompson Day ago
I used to dive around the country in the same kind of van as a job I was in a new state everyday I had so many of those close calls with the ice and snow it's super dangerous and unsettling I did not get paid all the much money to do that the way it was hope you all stay safe out there get ready for a bunch more close calls like that it's part of life on the road and yes we're your at I super dangerous to drive in the winter just take it slow
Jo L O
Jo L O Day ago
No one cares
Tara Freeberg
Tara Freeberg Day ago
I understand why they were scared because they aren’t use to driving in this but I live and drive through this every winter so not that scary for me. Just have to drive safely, drive slower, and watch your surroundings.
Heather Brown
Heather Brown Day ago
That was pretty scary, I hate the snow thats most of my anxiety during the winter. But thank goodness for Nate he did pretty good I'd trust him.
Molly Flanagan
Molly Flanagan Day ago
me being from Wisconsin and this being life from october to may lmaoo
K
K Day ago
The instagram videos of this drive seemed far scarier.
Judith Roy
Judith Roy Day ago
me seeing the ''snowstorm'' in the video and thinking its a regular snow day where i live lmao (Québec, Canada). I can really understand the fear tho, for someone not used to it.
Laura Strachan
Laura Strachan Day ago
Welcome to Montana!
Kamala Nenavath
Kamala Nenavath Day ago
Nice post
Robin Alexander
Robin Alexander Day ago
I hate that even tho I have notifications on I dont get it on my main page of youtube even tho i watch literally every video. I only just found out about the video when I watched the intro of the latest video. Freaking youtube.
Ermias Takele
Ermias Takele Day ago
That was a bit dramatic
HekCid
HekCid Day ago
Curious how you protect against frozen pipes?
Emily Lewis
Emily Lewis Day ago
For people wondering about the police car, what Nate did is a "common sense" law in winter driving. With an exit that bad and a turn that bad. Its perfectly ok to not come to a complete stop. Nate slowed enough that he probably could have stopped if needed.
Kendra Litka
Kendra Litka Day ago
I live in SD. You can go through all four seasons in one day.
jenni
jenni Day ago
always watch out for black ice flipped my car due to it thinking the road was plowed and it was just wet
AcediaEthos
AcediaEthos Day ago
massive respect for the betterhelp sponsor. props to you guys.
Anna-Tania Transylove
Anna-Tania Transylove Day ago
:-/
Jekankermoederopdriewieler1x
Jekankermoederopdriewieler1x Day ago
I get a feeling that the animals know the volcano could erupt at any moment
Grace Tuyor
Grace Tuyor Day ago
😊❤❤❤
Isabelle Welch
Isabelle Welch Day ago
I feel so bad for you
missVmilne
missVmilne Day ago
Phew - what a rollercoaster ride with an expecnsive ticket. Thanks for sharing the highs and lows. Oh and that Yellowstone guide - what a gem. Really hope he shares more with the world - he's a good man. Love from London, England : - ) x
Ryan Gervasi
Ryan Gervasi Day ago
Amazing. Felt like I was watching Discovery channel
Donna Hanford Nichols
Donna Hanford Nichols Day ago
If u don’t have one, invest in a heated blanket. I survived (& LOVED IT) skiing in -23 degrees. No lift lines. All of the double blacks were completely empty. Best day of my skiing life. Try spiked hot cider instead of hot chocolate.
Coco
Coco Day ago
The most important thing you can do in these situations is trying to stay calm, accept that it's dangerous and you need to slow down. You guys did great! I was on the edge on my seat the whole time
songjiang165
songjiang165 Day ago
Inexperienced kids.... what can I say
Stephanie Gruenberg
Stephanie Gruenberg Day ago
Beautiful shots of yellowstone! Loved all the video of the bison. Having seen both, I prefer Strokkur in Iceland to Old Faithful. Plus it averages an eruption every 7 minutes
Ron C
Ron C Day ago
Ok, look, I’m an Aussie, but we still have a winter! There are these chains you can put on Tyers that help you not skid as much on icy roads. If you do many more drives like this one you might need some! ❄️ 🥶
Deiryn Dotdot
Deiryn Dotdot Day ago
OMG!! Thank God you guys are safe... God bless you guys
Tonya Wallace
Tonya Wallace Day ago
I about cried with yall honestly. Then laughed when Kara was emotional (understandably) An outta the blue says "An Subway" I feel you girl 😂 Love how yall use social media for mental issue awareness. I keep everything bottled up inside but learnin how to cope. Love yalls videos!
Haoyang Cui
Haoyang Cui Day ago
no one‘s wearing mask?
1927su
1927su Day ago
Hey at least you don’t have to worry about getting a room! Stay safe!
Holyfox
Holyfox Day ago
Are winter tires mandatory in America? They are in Germany.
Alana Paul
Alana Paul Day ago
WHEN YOU COME TO ALASKA PLEASE DM ME @alanapaul_ Its my home state, born and raised and would love to give you suggestions on where to go! :)
Bryce
Bryce Day ago
i hate you guys now.. fake as shit
cerb
cerb Day ago
As a Canadian im crying of laughter watching this😂😭
Kratos Gutierrez
Kratos Gutierrez Day ago
The place was good timing 👌 had the tour to yourselves
ADMIND3R
ADMIND3R Day ago
holy drama batman 😂 do us a favor and never come to the real midwest... Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, you wouldn't survive
Queen Jay Jay
Queen Jay Jay Day ago
you are very correct do not pull over when its raining really hard or snowing because chances are whatever caused you to pull over is happening to drivers around you and they could hit you
Daniel Pelaez
Daniel Pelaez Day ago
Wait to get this clear you guys haven’t visited ILLINOIS??? I wanna see yallll
White Rock
White Rock Day ago
Welcome to the north. Another bit of advice is to think of it like driving through sand you have to prolong your turns your stopping and all actions anticipated well in advance or bad things happen. If you start sliding try to turn into the slide and you should eventually regain some traction. Never jerk the brakes or the steering wheel, long smooth movements.
Catherine Littlebear
Catherine Littlebear 2 days ago
What a fascinating video!! Thank you!
oiuet souiu
oiuet souiu 2 days ago
he’s amazing
Bob Shaw
Bob Shaw 2 days ago
I've never heard of Beehive Glacier before .
DAN W
DAN W 2 days ago
I'm sorry but with someone who is that sensitive really should not be traveling out like you are ? I am glad you can handle that while driving in weather and conditions like that but I definitely would have gotten into a wreck for sure , you should get her some hydroxyzine for nerves or at least some type of calming Medicine ? My heartfelt prayers for your SAFE traveling are out there ! God Bless and stay safe ! Watch out for the other person who is out there because you seem to be in control of your on travels
Montana wild
Montana wild 2 days ago
Wow so funny to watch people who have no experience drive in a tiny bit of snow and ice. What if you had to deal with a real emergency lol.
oiuet souiu
oiuet souiu 2 days ago
Dumh jee donofolob jee hai hoon am ho lee am hoon hai ho
Louise Cottle
Louise Cottle 2 days ago
I can relate how trapped you feel, it’s crazy, you want to get off, no where to get off. You kids be safe out there.
James Cabral
James Cabral 2 days ago
Pls try to go to West Virginia
Jeanna Wilson
Jeanna Wilson 2 days ago
Trips during summer.. check.
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