Monday, October 8, 2012

change of plans

First of all, I would like to say thanks to everyone for the kind emails, thoughtful comments and encouragement John and I have received over the past few years regarding our truck projects. Plans have changed and the time to downsize our vessel for mobile adventures has come again. The appeal of nomadism, for us, was primarily rooted in our desire to avoid being stuck financially, and all the other ways a person can feel like their choices decrease exponentially every year that they travel down their chosen path. I want to be able to change my mind about everything, which includes traveling fulltime. I suspected that I'd like to settle somewhere, someday, perhaps in an intentional community of likeminded friends who are equally project oriented and unconventionally ambitious. Maybe build an earthship or underground lair out of shipping containers. Move into a cave or treehouse or abandoned building or island. None of this is off the table, and I'm not sure what will happen in the future, but for now we bought a house. (What!?) Yeah, you heard me.

A few months ago, I was browsing local real estate on craigslist (more out of habit than anything else) and stumbled upon a deal that seemed too good to be true. We went to look at it the next day, put in a cash bid and waited a few weeks to find out that we won. No mortgage, very low taxes, about 1 mile from the current primary income source, and just enough space for us and a roommate or two in the future when we get settled here. It's a 3 bedroom 900 sq ft ranch (w/ a 900 sq ft basement) without many urgent upgrades needed. Our gears are already turning with plans for this place, such as a sauna, chickens, bees, huge garden, recording studio, home gym, deck made out of pallets, and a workshop. There's so much potential here for saving and making money in fun and creative ways.

So, what does that mean for our plans to explore the country? We'll be getting a van, keeping it simple, and taking shorter trips whenever we feel like it. More couchsurfing and connecting with locals in the areas we visit (that's the point, isn't it?) and less boondocking and spending our travel time alone.

Just because the trucks are too big for our new plans doesn't mean they can't be perfect for someone else. If you're interested in purchasing the stepvan and finishing it yourself, there's not much left to do. We also still have the box truck and the mini truck available. We're not in a rush to sell, so I don't have any prices on them yet but if any of you are seriously interested, just shoot me an email and we can talk about it.

That's what's up with me. What's going on with you?

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