“Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.” -Dr. Seuss
We are heading back to the desert. I was hoping to have the bus completely done before I hit the road again but the situation has changed recently. I’ll be heading to Ehrenburg, Arizona and meeting up with my friend Stephen (who also lives in a bus!) and we will be joining a group that is helping clean some of the public lands in the area that are full of trash. It will be nice to be giving back this holiday season. My time in Washington has been full of highs and lows. Im so glad I was here to spend my dads final days with him. But right now I am going through a lot with my personal life that I’m hoping being back on the road will help clear my head. I’ll be leaving the 19th and will be moving quick, I’m hoping to do the entire 1,326 mile drive in 4 days. I can’t wait to see you again Arizona!
On this day last year I bought my Leica Q. I wanted this camera for years, I think since Leica first announced it was released. When I got the camera I was so excited and all I wanted to do was go out and shoot! But we also had to find parking that night. I picked the camera up out of an @amazon locker and then hoped in the bus to look for a place to park for the night. We were in a terrible area for boondocking. I was looking everywhere for a campground or somewhere nice to use this camera for the first time. Well occasionally on the road we need to stay at @walmart parking lots, this ended up being one of those nights. I pulled into the parking lot towards the back (the area intended for travelers). I grabbed my new camera and called for Norm and went for a walk around the Wal-Mart. This is where I took this photo, the first photo I ever took with my @leica_camera. As soon as I walked around the building I saw this big tractor kicking up dust as it drove. The light glowing through the dust. I walked behind Norm as he watched the tractor and I took this photo. I love finding places like this, places a lot of people wouldn’t even think to go look at. The world is an amazing place and there is beauty everywhere, even behind a Wal-Mart! Andy Warhol said it best “There is beauty in everything, Just not everybody sees it.”
On thanksgiving my grandma asked me if it was crowded or felt small living in the bus and if I missed my old house. I get asked often if I miss living in a house. I understand the question, living in a bus seems small, but to me Goldie is everything I need in a home. The bus is full off-grid ready. My energy is from the sun. We have almost 1400 watts of solar power on the roof. We can hold 100 gallons of fresh water and we have learned to make that last for a while! I love my little shower and our toilet is compost, which I thought would be weird at first but it’s not bad at all. We can stay warm even when it’s really cold, we have slept under 10°F a couple times 🥶. And on top of providing a shelter for us, Goldie has given me the freedom to takes us almost anywhere and everywhere we want to go. I’ve lived in apartments, rented houses, and owned a house, but I’ve never felt more at home until I got Goldie. To me home isn’t where you are from, it’s where you belong.