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

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    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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    1. Foxy and Lucy

      That's what tends to happen when you are driving to fast for the weather. He should have his 4 ways on and driving very slowly if he doesn't know how to drive well in winter weather.

    2. Wyatt amdahl

      I love how I know exactly where you were because there's so little on that drive that all the landmarks really stood out. check out Cargo_Curtis on instagram

    3. space dolan

      Visit Delaware

    4. Cheryl's Adventures and Slots

      Guys you have to watch the weather hourly. So glad you got off the highway and are safe!

    5. Phoenix Rayne

      Happens every winter up here... kinda use to it.

    6. Jared Emiliano

      I whent their in for summer prismatic spring is the best and other cool stuff thir to

    7. Taryn Bell

      Everyone: OMG BLACK ICE! Me as an Ohioan: *Drifts car over black ice like it’s normal.*

    8. Capernoited

      Are the animals cold ???? :(

    9. smoothie cardoza

      lmfao what a female and dude is wearing sunglasses while saying he cant see

    10. Frihdson Frias

      I’m so glad you guys are safe and got out of that bad weather condition. Praying for your safe travels ahead. God bless.

    11. Kowla OP

      We are new Englanders bum bum bum bum bum

    12. Mike Nixon

      The scary makes you appreciate the otherwise boring later. Oh boy we've been there. Keep traveling.

    13. Bryce Peters

      Cries from driving on icy road, IMMA BADASS 😂

    14. superdogs

      This is why my mom is scared of night driving 😂

    15. Wanda Xxx

      Buffalo are amazing!!!

    16. Wanda Xxx

      Dont drive if your tired.

    17. Wanda Xxx

      Winter lesson, dont travel if you dont need too. Driving in snow or unpredictable weather is horrible, always risky

    18. Babeena_Gt _

      I'm waiting for the scary part

    19. Ghost Busters

      I've been in this situation many many times! Make sure that you have winter tires, and an experienced driver! Drive with caution lights on, well below speed limit. You should be fine!

    20. Michael E

      10:25 It's the Madison River. Easy to see how you can get confused after only 3 hours sleep! The Madison eventually flows to the Three Forks in Montana to form the official headwaters of the Missouri.

    21. XAm 445

      This is normal for me

    22. Truth teller _

      Tony3d aka Dave2d should roast them

    23. Amy Cue

      We got hit by the same storm here in CO and Got 34 inches of snow. We had to cancel our Spring break plans to camp at arches in Moab! Glad ya'll are okay!

    24. mmallare1

      When was this ... we were there last 3/28-30 @ West Yellowstone but the park was closed.. so the only way was to ride that big yellow bus we saw it parked nearby our cabin🤭

    25. manman dood

      Omigod you guys got so lucky. Beautiful beautiful sites that I will probably never get to see because I'm all the way on the East Coast. Thank you for bringing it to me

    26. manman dood

      Wowwww. Glad you are safe

    27. Michelle Smith

      I live in Michigan this lady is fucken killin me 🤣😂🤣😂🤣

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    29. Лидия Рос

      drink too much coffee🤦🏼‍♀️🧋🧋🧋🧋🧋🧋🧋😉

    30. aola wili

      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.

    31. Truth Talker

      If it weren't for counseling the last 15 years, I definitely would not be ok right now

    32. Jaydin hobbs

      i went to yellowstone june of 2019, and one day it was 70 and the next day it was 20 and snowing in june

    33. MomtoZnE

      Now that you’ve left Yellowstone, you need to watch the movie Supervolcano.

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    34. JAG G

      Was going way to fast

    35. Tessa Uehling

      I’m from Nebraska, and yes that’s how the weather here works.

    36. Evie Vermont Short films

      Yeah, get some winter wipers and studded snow tires. That whole area can get bad fast

    37. Chelsea Littlefield

      that happened to me in south Connecticut almost into nyc, freak snow storm, i was loaded with my truck and horse trailer, out of no where I almost ran into an 18 wheeler that did not have working lights. I could not stop praising my husband for his good driving skills to get around it and miss it.

    38. wnnalis cioov

      As a Canadian, this made me laugh 😂

    39. mark pope

      Oh that’s interesting. Note to Hollywood, it is easier to feign crying if you’re wearing sunglasses.

    40. mark pope

      How do you get tires to squeal on ice?

    41. mark pope

      Your titles are so “Drama Queen”. I guess that’s what you are willing to do to get the click$. It feels like I’m watching one of those scripted “reality” TV shows. I bet you have amazing “fish that got away” stories.

      1. wnnalis cioov

        We were thinking of driving to Yellowstone from Sacramento 2 weeks ago and I'm glad it didn't happen.

    42. krutt24

      Omg. If every one in Norway. Drive so bad in winter. The whole country would shyt down. This is not a winter storm. Trust me 😆😆 But maybe it would help with winter tires.

    43. Rhea May Jacobo

      Just discovered your vlog. Glad you both are safe. Watch a marathon of your vlogs from your visit to the Philippines (I’m Filipino) until you upgrade your van. Not knowing that it was already 2:30 AM. Then got to wake up early today with for my run. Tired while running due to lack of sleep but it is worth it. Your videos are so beautiful very clear and the shots are amazing. Most of all it is very informative. Love it. Continue what your doing.

    44. kidynamite58

      The most dangerous part of winter traveling in the US is your first step outside your hotel in the morning. Many proprietors are too cheap or lazy to throw a little ice melt outside the exits to keep people from slipping on icy ground and bashing their heads in.

    45. heathercorbett26

      Where did you go in Nebraska? Safe travels guys!

    46. Kirsti Edwards

      driving in those conditions is truly terrifying, so sorry you guys went through that, and glad you made it to safety

    47. Emily Gregory

      When did they go to South Carolina and what was the video?

    48. Jerry H

      Thank God you are both alive. I don't know you you all but this video had me balling my eyes out while you were explaining th accident that didn't happen. Glad you both are safe & thanks for the video. Me and my partner are heading to Yellow Stone on the 21st till the 25th. We live in Hollywood and I can't wait to see it. Have fun! New sub! 🙏 -Peace, Jerry ✌️

    49. Andrew B.

      This woesn’t even bad welcome to the Midwest

    50. Rick C

      Tip for the day? Don't drive in bad weather?

    51. Sarah’s Videos

      Thanks goodness you guys are okay

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    54. Tinman Ofthelake

      go live in Alaska for a few years..... then nothing will phase you....

    55. Angela Downs

      Welcome to South Dakota. From a person from SD slow down and pay more attention then what you would normally.

    56. Screen Box

      We were thinking of driving to Yellowstone from Sacramento 2 weeks ago and I'm glad it didn't happen.

    57. Diane Silverstein

      Thank you, thank you for sharing your trip to Yellowstone! We spent late winter to late summer there in 2018 and still can't find the right words to describe the place. Magnificent doesn't quite cut it. It's beyond that. The bison jams we're faves of ours. So glad to see YNP in winter through your eyes. So glad you made it there safely. Happy trails!

    58. NWforager

      trust me , its Way worse to be In the Semi

    59. Ty Flakes

      Thank you Jesus for keeping them safe 😭

    60. Cindy Taylor

      If you never drive in snow and ice. Yellowstone is not a good place to start. Very stupid on your part.

    61. Kiara Enid

      I know I’m a week late but the worst time to drive with snow if right after. There’s usually black ice and you can’t see it, it just looks like the road is wet. Then you slip and slide and that’s when the most accidents happen. I’m glad you guys are okay!

    62. Larry Keller

      Omg this new generation .. crying good god no wonder why we have cancel culture

    63. Jeffrey Jordan

      Stay in the 18 wheeler's tire tracks and don't use your brakes too much, let your engine do the breaking. Hang in there and hope for the best, good luck driving on black ice.

    64. Sean Wilson

      black ice is very scary.

    65. Gwen Prpka

      You are so pretty

    66. Annelies geef niet op

      Thank you for taking us to Yellow stone!

    67. Caden Crowter

      That’s nothing try driving on are roads in Canada during winter

    68. Carson Balmforth

      I live pretty close to Yellowstone national park and I highly recommend going in the summer

    69. Pamela Fine

      How about checking the weather!

    70. Sara

      I’ve always lived in Florida and have never seen snow or black ice. Wow. It’s beautiful but terrifying.

    71. Michael Sage

      Been in that weather way too much in the mid west, used to drive home for Christmas every year 13 hours white knuckling it. Other drivers always were the scary part. Honestly I was more scared for you when you were in India and you talked about the drunken crowds of men attacking women. Really enjoying your van videos, maybe more than your old travel videos.

    72. Eleanor Barsic

      I've only been there in summer. Thanks for the great winter footage!

    73. zhac83

      This is the reason we in Finland this things called winter tires... :DD

    74. Cyber Tech studio's

      Tysm for my English assignment

    75. Charles .Strohmeyer IV

      CLICK BAIT NOTHING SCARY your welcome saved you 20mins of ur life it's just the heated water coming out the ground no accidents or near death scenarios

    76. Caitlyn Hoffman

      Love the sapphire pool. Saw it in September and it’s so pretty.

    77. Ashlyn Everett

      Me living in MN and looking at this like it’s normal

    78. Daniel Florez Azuola

      I think it was much worse when they walked on a glacier in Switzerland. Feel like this was nothing

    79. Maitreya Kanitkar

      wow this is the scariest thing i've ever seen in my whole life, but then again i am from western india

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    81. Ella Meert

      What camera do you use?

    82. Storm Skies

      Firstly there’s no need to cry! I mean that’s just dramatic fir dramatics sake. Second always carry chains fir your tyres. Third slow down ffs.

    83. Alyssa Tanner

      They were in a serious situation and talking about how scary it was then they saw a subway and it all went away for a second. Subway makes everything better

    84. Shelby McKay

      😂 the dude in a hoodie and shorts in the middle of this snow storm is the definition of Canadian 😅 he was prepared lol he planned for this 😂

    85. Vijay

      i think we all are travelling together with kara and nate 💜

    86. Dan Willis

      The even excellent excited children subjectively encourage because band ethnically steer excluding a measly mary. magical, cautious hood

    87. Gelamil Garcia

      US should invest with their snow tires for each states every winter like in Canada or other countries. Because you never know when a random snow storm, frozen rain, ice snow will come in your way like this one.

    88. Aimee Wright

      I just started watching their videos a couple days ago and am now so fully invested I was very much tearing up hearing them describe it because I absolutely know that fear.

    89. Veronica Reyes

      I can’t look at Nate and not think he looks so much like Cristiano Ronaldo...

    90. String Bean

      Carry chains, and you're fine. Living in a nice roomy van like that means you have nowhere to go fast. You learn patience and how to enjoy the moment that way. It's good for you.

    91. Andrew Huynh

      Note they are from Nashville TN. Us Tennesseans aren't built for any kind of inclement weather. Quarter inch of snow = inclement weather for us lol

    92. itsmackeever

      I experienced these conditions in a camper van coming from WinterPark back to Denver during a nasty snow storm a couple weeks ago. So glad you guys are okay!!!

    93. Cheryl Parker

      Glad you made it safely. I really enjoyed the beautiful video of Yellowstone, great job!

    94. Maz7006

      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.

    95. Elias M.

      “It’s negative two degrees, the coldest that we’ve tried to sleep in this van” “I’m turning on the heater”


      Yes, Glad you made it safe.

    97. gemi pancakes

      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!

    98. bruce wayne

      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

    99. Paige Steele

      Canadians drive in this 6 months out of the year!

    100. Isaac kent

      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?