How it all began...

The idea had been circling in my head for years. But the time was right and I could no longer fight the wanderlust that had built up. I bought a 1977 GMC NuWa motor home, threw a solar panel on top and started getting it ready for the open road. My main goal: to wander around North America, catching up with old friends, visiting new places and experiencing things I haven't before. This is my story...

Monday, April 5, 2010

In the Company of Fellow Van Dwellers

Pahrump, NV - I had thought several times prior to being on the road that there is the potential of boredom setting in at some point. I'm here to report that I no longer think that will be an issue. I've been on the road for almost 3 months (living in the RV for nearly 6 months) and I am finding that my days are constantly filled with activities, chores, laughter, learning, playing and much more. I've experience countless beautiful sunsets, starry nights and blue sky days (throw in there a few snowy days as well).

I'm currently in the town of Pahrump, Nevada. I came here to meet up with other folks who have chosen to live the life of a modern day nomad. Ten of us congregated here…me, AstroBri, Wayne, Bob, Steve, Kate, Charlene, PJ, Cheri and Paul. It's been wonderful to meet up with like-minded people who have been doing this for years. The stories leading up to living in a vehicle are as varied as the individuals, yet we all have those common elements that binds us together…a love for the outdoors and a desire to live in a nontraditional manner. I’ve got to be honest here…It feels a bit like home.

I think the main thing that impresses me most with the people that I’ve met is their ability to give. All of them have given freely both personal belongings and personal knowledge. While some of this giving is part of the constant "downsizing" and "purging" that vehicular living necessitates, it is still remarkable. Equally impressive is the knowledge that is shared within this group of individuals. Just in the short time that I’ve been here (1 week) I’ve learned so much. From Kate

I've expanded my knitting knowledge to include hat making and increasing/decreasing stitches;from Cheri I've learned how to make wire jewelry; from Wayne I've learned some things about my RV engine and being a great host; Bob has endless van living information, including solar and employment; Steve showed us his stunt kite flying skills and solar knowledge; Charlene knows turtle repair (don’t ask).

So that brings me back to my original point: will I get bored while traveling and living? Doubtful considering all the new things I’m learning and all that I want to learn. Who has time to be bored?


  1. Turtle repair? And you say "don't ask"? I can't pass that up! Is she giving them complete overhauls or just minor stuff like oil changes?

    I know most of the folks you are hanging with and know you are having a great time! They are inspiring and fun! It always flows both ways though, you being there is wonderful for them too. Enjoy every second man!

    We look forward to sharing a campfire with you as well!

    -Mike & Heidi
    97 Roadtrek 170P "Taj Ma Trek"

  2. My knitting and jewelry making skills need to be expanded as well. Please bring that info back home for the future homesteading project. (home being Denver ya know). We all miss you.


  3. Awesome! Sounds like you made the right decision meeting up with those folks. And it's good to hear you're continuing to downsize and purge. If you feel the urge to purge one of your new hats, you should drop it off in California in June (don't forget the option is out there!).


  4. What a great life,eh! I would never get bored either. So cool t o meet up with all the other folks too!

  5. Thank you for sharing these great experiences. Finding blogs like yours & joining groups online make my excitement for Van living bubble way over. Once I am finally traveling about I'd love so much to meet others & learn from them (a reason why I'll choose to live a nomadic lifestyle when my Van is restored). I'd love to share with you some day on the road :)

  6. Hola Brian! Stumbled upon your blog through our common 'follower' Michael. Enjoying your read.
    When you've completed the USA, I suggest you turn your rig south and begin exploring the great country of Mexico.
    Buen viaje!
    Mexican Trailrunner

  7. Oops, PS: I've added your blog to my blog roll. Hope you don't mind.