ODDITIES OF LIVING THIS LIFE | I know. It’s different. I get a lot of questions.
Now that I’ve been doing this nomadic thing for the last 7 months, I’ve grown into certain rhythms that accompany arrival in any new place…like finding out where to shower and get water in the desert, preferably for free. Where the closest dump station is. The location of the nearest and cheapest food and gas.
What’s tougher are the things you can’t plan for. You learn to stake/weigh stuff down — everything, even your plate as you’re making dinner; the wind out here is like a child in sudden meltdown — and to tighten/screw/bungee everything before you hit the road. During my latest drive from Quartzsite AZ to Vegas one of my awnings started coming off the side of my trailer and I had to stop at the nearest highway pullout to fix it. Luckily my power drill was charged and I had a step stool handy for such an occasion. Back in April I would have had no idea what to do.
This life does have its scarier aspects, like random visits from curious ATVers (always guys) who leave notes in your doorjamb with their numbers, prompting you to consider moving camp someplace else. Other things are just amusing: people driving up and taking glamour shots next to your trailer and then leaving without noticing you were standing there the whole time. And soon you tire of the same old questions, from RVers to border patrol agents: “cool rig, did you build that thing yourself?”
For all the mess and grit of life on the edge, the learning has been worthwhile. If you’re an abstract thinker like me, the material realm of real-world problem-solving can be dreadfully scary. But things that used to unnerve me have seen me go from “oh shit oh shit oh shit” to “what do I do what do I do what do I do?” Right now I generally spend about equal parts time in one of those two emotional states. I’m working on transitioning a little faster from the first to the second. •
📷: @ownsabeast cleaning the back window on her trailer after putting the framing up. Screwing the sheet metal on there was the real bitch😝 Moab, UT #ipreview @preview.app
Mood. As I approach being back in Arizona ✨ Full moon in the desert. It’s going to be just the kind of magic I need right now. So much is changing. I feel it. The anxiety. The excitement. An ending to the most challenging year of my life, and yet the most beautifully liberating. I’ll be doing a lot of dreaming, writing, and goal setting for this next cycle of my existence. I don’t know what it holds, but I know it’s going to be DOPE af 🌝 #mood#somanyfeels#desertvibes#stargazeandchill#manifest
A little nook from the casbah this year. Having a little space for your cherished goods can be a form of mental cleansing. And taking care of your things, means taking care of yourself. Anyone have a special nook in the house?
Love this image of Cataract Canyon taken on a week-long river rafting trip in Utah! Have a photo of your favorite @outwardboundusa memories? Tag us for a chance to be featured! 📸 : @adam.dumont_photography
Counting down the days when I’ll be in Michigan - 3!!! Although the weather definitely won’t look like this! Can you believe this was taken yesterday? Shoutout to @schylera.photo for the beautiful tones and @serengetee for the rad tee!