After shipping our Ana back to the USA in Montevideo, Uruguay, we hit the ground running (or wheeling🛒) and spent the following weeks in Patagonia.
Backpacking was a different experience for us and it didn’t take us long to miss the comfort of our little box on wheels🚐💨
Yet, it’s hard to complain about walking, bussing and hitch-hiking, or anything for that matter, when you’re in Patagonia. If anything, we felt we got the FULL travel experience🚶🏽♂️🏃🏼♀️👍🏼🚎🚕🚞✈️
We’re not exactly sure where the road leads from here but we’re confident, wherever it is, it’s exactly where we’re suppose to be❤️
Surround your self with friends and family that remind you that you are enough exactly as you are AND support your aspirations. This is really important. Positive reflections help us navigate the crap we were conditioned to believe holding us back from being who we are. // @bingsurfboards ♡
About a year and a half ago, when people would ask me, “What’s next?”, I would tell them of my plans to buy a van and travel around the United States. I don’t remember the specific day I made this decision but I do remember the conversation.
I was talking to Brent about how cool it would be to do an adventure like this, how I want to explore and have this kind of freedom before “career-mode” sets in. I made all these excuses and remarked how hard it would be. Brent put it so plainly, “If you really want this bad enough, then you’ll make it happen”. At the time, I thought, “yeah, OKAY 🙄”. But later on, thinking more about the conversation, he was right. And so the journey began, and I started putting it out into the Universe.
I graduated from college, got a job, scoured Craigslist endlessly, sold my truck and three days later bought Baloo. Within the next six months I put every dollar into my savings account or into this van (maybe into a little wine and cider too 😆). Many times, I cried. Several times, Brent and I got stuck in the middle of a big engine project. Over and over again, I thought, “There is no way I’ll get enough money”. But In the end, I did it. I F***ING did it. With tons of help, I’m here.
I am so immensely proud of myself. And with the anniversary of my sisters passing coming up, I know that whatever form she is roaming free in this world, she is proud of me too 🌿
Just about done and ready to drive. Gauge wiring done,Front mounted oil cooler figured out, water to air intercooler heat exchanger figured out, and a clean comfortable throttle petal figured out. There has been a lot of " figuring out" on this build since our focus has been mainly on vanagons. This old baywindow should be going #outforarip today!
A few days ago we found out we’ll be an aunt and uncle again. During the Skype call with all the family, someone yelled to us “tag, you’re it.”
You see, it’s become a running joke (and I have an inkling, a few bets) about when Dustin and I will have a kid.
Whenever we visit family there’s always the awkward conversation with someone interested in my biological clock (and, of course, everyone’s an expert on the subject). When someone gets pregnant there’s always questioning eyes glaring at me with the “when’s your turn?” look.
You see, Dustin and I have talked about having kids, and we may want one someday. But we’ve chosen to wait for the time when we feel good and ready to love, care for, and nurture a child. I mean, shit, we’re just figuring out who the hell we are. So for now, we’re okay being the cool aunt and uncle who live in a fort.
Reveling in my new home. I’m elated in the company of my new desert companions. ⦾ ⦾ ⦾ Looking forward to meeting the flowers and fruit of this Prickly Pear Cactus in the coming months. To experiencing springtime in the desert. To learning of the medicine that lives all around me, and of the people to whom it belongs to. Gratitude gratitude gratitude.
Feels great to be back home here New York, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss all that dirt road driving we where doing down in Tennessee ... Although, cruising around on the interstates up here is an absolute dream now! Feeling like the king of the road with all this new power from the TDi and real time engine information courtesy of @boxeer_’s tablet dash display.
After the past few weeks of driving I think I can safely say that this engine conversion from @boxeer_ is simply the best option out there, especially for the Vanagon.
We had been shopping around for a conversion for a long time, and simply couldn’t be more pleased on our decision to go with this TDi ... So stoked!
Yup...The first Westy to pull an Airstream! Just kidding she’s long since retired but she would be sweet to restore!
I’m still coming down from living in a van for most of 2017. It was such a freeing and amazing experience, but it also had its challenges. My favorite part was waking up in a new destination nearly every day. My least favorite part was dealing with van maintenance and mishaps... which is inevitable when you drive over 25,000 miles in such a short time frame! Who would you choose to live in a van for 7 months with? Tag them below! 👇🏼
🚐 Restored VW Vanagon by the good people at @gowestycampers