We all have had a list. You know the one, a "BUCKET LIST"!!! Things we have always wanted to do before we pass from this life. Well I to have one of those list's. There are so many things I want to cross off my list. Things like getting to put my feet in the Pacific Ocean, go back to London as an adult, experience Ireland ( trying to finding those adorable leprechaun from P.S. I Love You ), travel Route 66 from end to end, go to all the themed parks in the US, go on a mission trip, learn astrophotography, live on the road ( my friends call me "BOHO HIPPIE CHICK" ) while photographing this amazing country, see all the US state & national parks, and my list goes on and on!!!
Well, I said all that to tell everyone that I am following my heart and going to cross an item or two off my list!!! In September my husband and I are hitting the road and starting our "VANLIFE" removing all the seats from our minivan, adding some storage with a cover so we can use our mattress when we just want to crash for the night. ( or theres lots of bears in the area lol ) We will also have all our camping gear, we will be traveling around and staying on Bureau of Land Management Area's "B.L.M." ( free public lands ) in dispersed camping sites. This will mostly be "Primitive" sites. So no running water, power or toilets. Just us, our little dog Roscoe, the land and probably a few other "vanlifers" along the way!! Can you just imagine all the AMAZING people we will meet on the road, people who we would have never met if we hadn't followed our dreams!!!
I know to some, this "style" of living is not appealing at all, ( and they probably think we are crazy, but who cares ;) ) and then there are others that also dream of throwing cation to the wind and following their heart where ever it may lead. I have always wondered what was around that next turn, and now I will get the chance to see for myself!
So now that I know we are going to make the leap, I am stuck trying to figure out what camera gear I "need" to take so that I can create images to sell on my website to help fund our journeys. Also, what clothing we will need to take so we are ready for anything. Figuring out our food and water. ( we already have our filtration system ) And eventually we will try to get some solar panels to be able to keep some power coming to charge devices and computers for social media while on the road.
There are still things I have not figured out yet, like medications especially for my hubby's diabetes. And getting back for doctor appointments every few months. So I am trusting that everything will fall into place for us. I am trusting that God will help direct our path and keep us safe!!!
How long will we be out on the road living a "VANLIFE"... Well I have no idea, but hopefully long enough to see EVERYTHING we have always dreamed of seeing!!!!
Our first trip will be heading to West Virginia to see many of our family members ( been having "grand baby" withdraw ). I will be photographing my favorite little music festival "Culturefest" at the Appalachian South Folklife in Pipestem, W.V. ( the magical mountaintop ) We will be spending a lot of time in the "free" sites just outside of Sherwood Lake. We have camped their several times in the past and it is one on the most beautiful primitive sites I have seen sitting right on the creek with fresh spring water.
I invite you to follow us in our journey
Lesley C. Photography