Matt has been hounding me about putting more on the blog without putting so much effort into ‘making it perfect’. I think we have slightly different ideas in our head of what we want the blog to be.
We keep a lot of different records about what we’re doing because we both know our memories aren’t the most powerful. At the end of everyday we jot down a few notes about what we’ve done that day (thank you Evernote!). He wants us to share those notes with all of you! I feel like it is unpolished and frankly, kind of boring. However, I have decided to let the people decide! You don’t have to read it but if there is something you like in here and think we should keep doing please let us know 🙂
Scroll to the bottom for a summary of how we’re feeling after 30 days on the road.
Our first 9 days were filled with van troubles, camping in Big Sur, a new fridge, skinny-dipping and time with Megan’s family in Lake Almanor for her cousin’s wedding. We didn’t realize that it was probably good to take daily notes of what we’re doing until day 10…
From Lake Almanor, CA > Klamath Falls, OR
Klamath Falls, OR to Bend, OR
(yes he’s wearing the same outfit as yesterday)
Bend to Portland, OR
Portland > Seattle
Seattle > Lake Crescent > Hurricane Ridge > Devil’s Punchbowl > back towards Seattle
Leavenworth > The Homestead (Wenatchee Valley)
The Homestead, Wenatchee > towards Boise, ID
- Soak in at least 1 hot spring
- Go on at least 1 mtb ride
- Build some resemblance of a routine
- Working out
- Writing/Blog posts
- Eat paleo with one cheat day (Sunday)
- Get Oregon and Washington photo galleries live
- Post one photo everyday on instagram
Ketchum > Stanley, Idaho
Stanley > Ketchum, Idaho
Woke up at Salmon Creek Campsite (or redfish lake overflow camping).
Galena Lodge MTB Trails & Ketchum, ID
Twin Falls, Idaho > Lava Hot Springs, Idaho > Alpine, Wyoming
Alpine > Jackson, WY
Celebrating 30 days of living in the van!?!
Woke up on a dirt road near Alpine, WY. We came in the dark of the night and woke up to unbelievable fall colors. Matt flew the drone around and got some of our favorite shots from the trip so far!
We headed to Jackson, WY and immediately made a stop at a recommended butcher shop (@sweetcheekmeats) that has a daily breakfast special. Holy cow was Matt in heaven with that breakfast sandwich!
The weather was not really cooperating so we spent the day exploring Jackson – window shopping, eating and even enjoyed some reading by the fire at the Snow King Lodge. Cafe Genevieve was delicious for lunch and Pinky G’s Pizzeria for dinner did not let us down. We drove towards the Tetons looking for some Elk before returning to Jackson for the night to urban camp
In Summary of our first 30 days on the road…
California > Oregon > Washington > Idaho
How do I summarize our first 30 days on the road? It’s been a good 30 day vacation – although a big of a roller coaster emotionally. We covered a lot of ground (3,200 miles & 4 states) and spent some really fun times with our friends and families. We’re starting to figure out some of the small stuff about living in a van – cleaning and organizing is a regular activity as things get thrown around and start to pile up daily. I’m surprised that I really don’t miss any of my ‘stuff’ that I used to have. I enjoy the simple and small living – my only wish would be to have a BIG bed to stretch out and relax in. We enjoy cooking meals in the van more than most meals in restaurants that we’ve had so far. We’re starting to figure out how to plan just enough to have some idea where we’re going and what we want to do but also remain flexible enough to adjust when needed. We’re still learning how to communicate when spending almost all of every day together & how and when we need to find space and time for ourselves. We feel daily inspiration to create things and brainstorm ideas but we’re still figuring out how to take action and produce something that we feel is worth sharing. I feel constant imposter syndrome around ‘why should I think what I have to say is worth listening to, who am I to think anybody is listening or cares?’ Matt is still trying to figure out what his focus, goal or purpose is with all of his photos, time-lapses and videos. We are still working on being in this moment and this place rather than looking forward to the next move – hopefully a practice that will become a little easier once we are able to slow down a little bit. The timeline of our first two months is largely guided by pre-determined commitments (from before #vanlife) that we decided to keep (work, weddings, etc) – I feel a constant pull from the next deadline.
I think we’re also still trying to figure out if this is all vacation or if this is just real life on the road. We’re still in the vacation phase, but we want to mold this into something that feels like real life (with a little flare for an alternative style of living). We’re constantly moving but how do we still maintain some consistency and do things that we would in every day life (work out, work, manage finances, keep in contact with friends and family, etc).
The cold is not my favorite. Having experienced everything from 100 degrees to 17 degrees in the last 30 days – I can still say that I’m a summer girl. It’s difficult to get out of our cozy bed in the morning when it’s freezing (outside and in the van), which means it’s hard for me to make the most out of my mornings – whether that is a hope to work out or make coffee and write or work.
Looking forward: We hope to find a little routine and rhythm in our daily lives.
I hope that as we slow down and activities such as looking for a place to eat/sleep become a part of our normal routine that some of the ‘new’ stresses that I feel right now from all this change will fall away and make a little more time for other interests and creative headspace.