We are exactly two weeks into our 5 month long vantrip:
"I could do this forever!", I've said on a few occasions. If it weren't for the daily expenditure on food, and the less than hospitable temperatures we get in Canada during the winter; I really could see me living in a van on a semi-permanent basis. But, eventually my funds will run out which will bring about the necessity of returning to the 'real world'.
We are slowly figuring out the functionality of living in a 20 square foot space with two adults and a medium sized dog. Van living is really all about making each bit of space work for you and simplifying your lifestyle. You realize how little you really need. I have 4 t-shirts, but I have only worn 2 of them so far, and we did laundry the other day, so really the other two are just taking up precious space. You also start to appreciate the small pleasures so much more, like a warm bowl of oatmeal and a cup of coffee at a roadside rest stop on a cold fall morning and the warm lighting that surrounds you during sunrise and sunset. Now that we've finally settled into our space, I have been able to appreciate the luxury of time. Time to pause, time to take it all in and time to appreciate.
In the last two weeks we have already had a number of challenges; a loss of power after our solar panel battery died due to lack of sun exposure (our solar panel runs the pump for our sink, the LED lights and our mini fridge). Even as avid backcountry campers being unprepared for these issues was a real eye opener. Also, we realized we were out of water in the middle of the night on our journey from Nelson to Penticton. There were no open stores and many miles still to drive before arriving at our destination. We pulled into a Rest Stop along the highway and luckily there was a creek and we were able to hike down the steep bank in the dark of night and retrieve some water for Loki.
When you are washing up dirty dishes with jugs of spring water you bought for 4 bucks a piece you realize how much water is wasted in our typical North America lifestyle. When an unlimited supply of water pours from a tap with such little effort you become oblivious to what a luxury it truly is! I can only imagine how much water is wasted when washing dishes, brushing our teeth, and living our oversanitized lives; with weekly laundry and daily showers.
This trip is helping me become more aware, more present and more conscientious of what I do, and what I value.
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Photo by Nick Haycock