Safety as a Woman Alone

Safety as a Woman Alone

“Am I safe?”  That is a question that I think every night that I am in the van.  Am I in a good area? How am I parked in case I need to quickly leave? Could I get blocked in? What is my gut telling me? The fear of being a woman alone on the road is something that I get asked about a lot and something that is on my mind constantly.

A Guide to Going Solar

A Guide to Going Solar

Finally! I detail my solar set up- how I did it, equipemnt I used, and a detailed 6 step process to set up your own set up.  I hope you guys like it, a lot went into this one. 

Lonely

Lonely

Why do we shy away from discussing the emotion of loneliness?  How does a life of solo-van life look when it's not picture perfect?  Here I want to disucss the moments I that are difficult, the moments that make me question all of it, the moments that make it count. 

The Finances of the Road

The Finances of the Road

I am asked almost daily about how much money I spend and how much I had saved up before I left.  In this post I share my background, tips, budget, and daily expenses.  I hope that this article shows that not only is this life attainable it's possible with a lot less money than people think.

The Quest is About the Question

The Quest is About the Question

What happens when this trip you've had planned for years doesn't look exactly the way you want? How do we deal with let downs, letting go, forgetting expectations?  This trip is exactly where I wanted to be for so long, but now that I'm here I'm not sure where to go. 

Haines

Haines

Haines.  The adventure capitol of Alaska.  That’s the motto at least that welcomes you into this small community that resides between the Chillkat and Chillkoot mountain ranges, and is boarded by the sea. It’s not hard to imagine as you gaze upon the snow peaked mountains that house glaciers, crevasses and some of the best skiing in the state.  

Sitka

Sitka

From King salmon fishing to staying in a forest service hut- Sitka proved to exceed my wildest expectations.  Nestled on Baranoff Island, the word is out on this sleepy fishing town- cruise ships, tourists, and adventures flock to this island built for exploration. 

The Inside Pasage

The Inside Pasage

They say that the first step on a 1000 mile journey is the hardest- as I was sitting in my car on May 6th saying goodbye to my parents and dog I couldn't imagine anything more true.  This was the first leg of an endless journey of exploration and discovery. 

When the music starts to fade

When the music starts to fade

Time is starting to speed up.  Where before I had months and weeks to say my goodbyes, organize my thoughts, start to understand what was about to happen, now I only have days.  

Root.Rise.Relish & A Van

Root.Rise.Relish & A Van

It’s funny how some of the people you meet become family faster than you ever thought possible.

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

This past weekend I was lucky enough to get out of the city with my good friend Maren, with the intent of taking the van on one last mini-trip.  Working out the kinks, figuring out what the final repairs need to be and while I was driving I was overwhelmed by waves of what is about to happen.  I am moving into this car alone.