At the onset of COVID-19, Douglas and his girlfriend, Emily were living on the road in a van. Limited water, food storage, showers, and bathrooms became the top concerns for living this lifestyle during this time. Not to mention being confined to 70 square feet of livable space with two dogs. It was time for a reset.
After only 11 months in the van, they had to shelter in place at a home in Arizona. The original plan was to continue their nomadic way for at the very least two years. They imagined traveling the country and eventually landing in a place on their terms to call home. However, this shift in plans has brought a newfound appreciation for having a home to live in.
“A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.”
This is a time to slow down and appreciate the simple things left behind once on the road. There’s a lot to be said for a bathroom with a shower and a spacious kitchen to cook your meals in. But at the end of the day, the road calls Douglas and Emily. Living at home can feel like groundhog’s day, repeating the same routines over and over. There’s the thrill of camping and cooking outdoors with pristine mountain views. Freedom in spacious landscapes.
Sheltering in Arizona has provided some remote locations for which to venture out for fresh air safely. They take one-night camping ventures were the dogs are able to run free, enjoy a few nights of campfires, and the simple pleasures of the outdoors. A great reprieve as they wait for the time to hit the road once again.