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Reality Check

Posted by Shan on 11/20/11  ~  Posted in: Smith River

One thing I like about living in the van is how often our reality changes. It is almost like travelling in a time machine or something like as each time we open the sliding door there is a new world to experience. If we don't like our reality, we change it. I am not yet sure if this is good or bad, if we'll get used to simply moving on when things are unpleasant, but for the moment I am enjoying the luxury of it. If we don't like our reality we change it by moving elsewhere, by pressing on down the road believing there is the possibility of something better around the bend. I am sure that as time goes by the allure of the open road will become even more persuasive, addicting. The freedom every next turn offers is exciting to say the least. To travel as we are ensures a modicum of comfort while allowing for constant change.

Even though we have every need accounted for we are still greatly aware of our environment and its impact on every facet of our life. Because the cabin of the van pops up into a tent we can feel, hear and smell most things outside of it. Sound is odd as its reverberations are sometimes deceiving. Often are the times I will swear I heard something to the right and it will be to the left, or vice versa. It is often impossible to tell where a sound is coming from.  The weather is another factor which greatly affects us. We feel the cold distinctly (we've yet to feel hot in the van). When the rain sets in everything  inside starts to condense and rivulets of water form everywhere.












When the sky clears in the lower temps we begin to see our breath as we sit working or eating or what have you. Here in Oregon especially the weather feels almost foreign. Most of the time same grey skies, rain like we are used to, but from 2-4pm especially on the coast a cold sets in, only for those hours it seems but so far like clockwork. We will notice ourselves getting colder then look at the clock and sure enough, day after day it'll be around that time. Thankfully it seems to lift and return to milder temperatures most days. Our average temps each day range from the 40's to the 50's with nights dipping into the low 30's at times.

Last night we slept under the cover of nearby redwoods and I swear it was warmer under the blanket of their branches. This morning Ethan suggested we move the van from their shadows into the sun along the bank of the river. So now I sit with my back bathed in sun as I type.












Glorious sun! We've spread our linens, rainfly, etc out on the rocks to dry in the sun. And just like that, coldish, wet in the shade to dry roasty toasty in the sun. Having a home that moves is brilliant in my opinion. If we don't like what we are experiencing we simply change it!