This is the first edition of Vanlife, a section about living as a family in a 1986 VW Westfalia vanagon.
We left Portland mid afternoon on the 1st and spent the morning preparing the van as well as our house for a subletter. Once everything was set, I felt incredibly anxious about actually leaving. Were we forgetting anything? I kept poking around and going over checklists in my mind. We decide to have a nice lunch, nap, and hot bath before we left. With my hair still wet, we all hopped into the car and finally said goodbye.
My favorite moment so far was pulling over to a side outlet to have lunch in the van. It was in the countryside with hardly any cars around. Mikah played outside with a little shovel while Ben and I had a quiet lunch together. It was nice having time for just the two of us (with Noah crawling and cooing around our toes).
However things quickly turned from a leisure stroll into a race to San Diego. The night before we left we got a phone call that Ben’s dad was acting out of character- not opening his house curtains, which worried a friend. He sounded fine (actually a little annoyed) on the phone, so we weren’t too worried. However as the days went on, it became apparent that Ben’s dad needed immediate care. So we’ve been driving a lot more, trying to make our way to San Diego to help him out.
My regular weekly updates are going to be postponed until we arrive and get things settled in San Diego. In the meanwhile I’ll have more photo updates here and on my instagram.