Troy is currently patching up all the little holes in the body from the previous owners rebuild. All the screw holes leave the body vulnerable to mold and rust. Once that’s done, we can put our new floors in!
A few things we've learned the past couple of weeks:
1. Rebuilding your van inside and out from floors to engine takes a lot longer than you think it will.
2. Getting delayed is sometimes the Universe's timing working in your favor, as long as you're honest with yourself and always doing your best.
3. Making mistakes should be encouraged! You'll never get it perfect, the only way to learn is to fail.
4. Belief in yourself is the most powerful tool in the entire world. We live in the most exciting moment in history thus far, a place where if you dream it then you can build it.
Current leave date: April 11th (but most likely being delayed again)
A quick list of things I'm immensely grateful for today: coffee, my developing self-efficacy, an incredible partner to fall in love and travel the world with, a solid ass van that's older than I am, a whole slew of exciting projects and dreams for the next half dozen decades, and a realization that every day is truly infinite.
Currently: Ripping out the interior of the Voyager and rebuilding it into our perfect little dream. The engine needs work as well, tomorrow we'll be removing the fuel tank and replacing the fuel filter+pump. After that we'll be doing a full diagnostics and fluid flush to make sure it's in tip top shape before leaving Las Vegas for the rest of the country on April 11th. 30 days, that's all we have left, and damn did it fly by.
Bucket list item complete: Eat swedish meatballs at IKEA with a cute redhead ✔️
The greatest gift on this Earth is gratitude. Not much else compares to being able to enter any situation with a light heart and a happy soul. Except maybe, cheese 🧀
🌎Here we are, out in the world doing things that make us feel light as a feather. Floating around in the wind there's no telling where we'll go, only the guarantee that the view will be magnificent. 🌍
Every day we find treasure among the mundane. Places most people wouldn't look twice. We started picking litter up once, on a whim, at this isolated reservoir and shortly after were blessed with a bag of weed. Nestled right in between the branches of a dried shrub. It was straight from the Universe. We laughed deeply, from our bellies, for a long time. Amused at how funny life is if you let it be. I think that's the thing with magic, oftentimes it's hidden in the most unexpected places. 🚐💨🌎
Your eyes will always capture life better than ANY camera. You can't see it in the picture but a portal opened up in the sky, a brilliant ruby column beamed down through the opening in the clouds. We chatted up a construction worker (missing most of his teeth, and the biggest smile in the world) who told us he was an amateur astronomer, and that the phenomenon was actually quite rare. These are the tiny, but incredible moments that we live for. 🚐💨@ourearthstory
There's nothing like pulling off into a random dirt path, and taking a trail around a small mountain to find an elusive camping spot. The bumps and dips on a narrow path make all our belongings jangle and clatter until we pull around to the other side and see some sweeping desert panorama. In the silence of the solitary night we light campfires of fragrant juniper, digging our toes into cold red sand.
Have you ever realized that without the clouds, a sunset would be nowhere near as beautiful? Without the fluffy cumulus and wispy cirrus it would look the same everywhere around the world. Instead, we get an individual masterpiece painted for us every time the sun crosses the horizon. It looks different for every small corner of this beautiful planet. Not a single one will be the same for your entire life. We've got roughly 30,000 left. Possibly much less if our time surprises us. Let's not waste a single more. 🌄🚐🌅
An hour outside my hometown we explored jagged points and crooked canyons in the Valley of Fire. The lands exploded with what looked like molten mountains and ember peaks. The sun made your skin crackle and sweat, even though it's supposed to be the dead of winter. We thanked the stars that we were not here in the sweltering inferno that is summertime. I'm thankful every day since starting this journey that I will never have to spend another summer in this part of the country ever again. ⛅️🌤☀️
Why, you ask? Summer in Las Vegas means being able to cook eggs on the sidewalk. Senior citizens are at major risk of falling and suffering 3rd degree burns because they can't get up from the blacktop. You can bake cookies in your car if you park in the sunlight. Your seatbelt burns you and leaves a mark if you don't wield it with care. Some days you have to drive with oven mitts, and nobody buys cars with leather interiors in fear of scorching seats. This is definitely home, but I'm happy I get to go wherever the living is easy and free. -T
We went on a day trip from Vegas to Valley of Fire. A little photography excursion with @khoa.lity and @jmynarcik. We had so much fun getting out and exchanging photography tips with friends.
A day trip out to the Valley of Fire coming to an end as the sky exploded into blazing tones of yellow and orange illuminating the orange and red rocks. Couldn't have asked for a prettier sunset. -N
We trekked to the top and this was our view. We celebrated our hike by basking in the warm winter sun, eating lunch, then taking a short nap. The sun was there to warn us darkness would be coming so we made our way back down to the base and headed home. Good thing home was parked close by.
🌎This insane hike is called Angel's Landing in Zion National Park. With sheer drops on either side of you, you shake with fear and exhilaration as you clutch chains all the way to the summit. Could you do this or are you afraid of heights? 🌏
Every peak and pebble. Every stream and sea. Every tree, vine, and leaf are all so magnificently unique. You'd think after spending days and days in the wilderness that one would get used to the nature that surrounds you. Not so. You come to appreciate all the tiny little nuances in each step of a forest path. You come to hold dear the twisting of a particular branch, or the softness of a mossy stump. The biggest realization for myself was understanding that every tiny little alcove is a world all it's own, and that's infinitely exciting for all of us who live to explore.
We had driven a few hours to get to Lake Tahoe and raced the setting sun for this view. We parked and darted down to the water to see the last moments of the sun that had guided our drive, dip below the horizon but not before giving us a sky full of color. Smiles on our faces, we walked by streetlight to get some delicious vegetarian food. -N