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A Taste of the Future.

September 21st, 2012

Both our lives and the van’s are going to be very different. She, the van, will have a much easier life. No more nine to five for her. No more carrying heavy tools to and from construction sites. Hers shall now be a life of leisure.

Relaxing on the beach

Relaxing on the beach

It was a great day of doing absolutely nothing. We swam. We played with the dogs. Steve tried to get his dog, Zeke, to swim. Johnny set up a tarp, juggled, and used his backpacking water filter. I set the kitchen up outside, cut potatoes and made french fries.

Making fries for everyone


Chillin with 4xSteve and his van

Chillin with 4xSteve and his van

While I don’t have any pictures of it, we tested out the van’s AWD and positraction in the sand at the beach. And even though there were a few deep spots, Johnny said the van handled it like it was on pavement. No slippage at all. We also had to go on a “high clearance”, unimproved road to get to the water. The van handled herself nicely. So far so good. We’re jazzed!

Nice looking vans you got there

Nice looking vans you got there

Polishing a Turd

June 28th, 2012

For a while now, Jenn has been making noises about how hard it is to find a dump station. You would think this doesn’t affect me as I am usually driving, but I’ve been letting her ride in the cab of the truck ever since she wrote “Help I’ve been kidnapped!” and hung it in the back window.
Find RV Sanitation Dump Sites

Over the past few months, we’ve built a map based search interface for dump stations. The plan is to actually have it launched prior to midnight tonight so that I’M NOT WORKING ON IT FOR MY BIRTHDAY!

Short term, it’s the prototype for the next iteration of freecampsites, which will have all sorts of whiz bang features. Long term, hopefully it will grow and provide a value to the community.

For those of you that think this has been a really informative, ground shaking, infommercial worthy blog post, I give you:

RV Dump Sites – A well polished turd.

The Morel of the Story

May 2nd, 2012

My first morels!

My first Morels. They are Black Morels… at least I think they are. I wasn’t actually looking for them. I was traipsing through the brush, looking for a spring on an old topographical map. When bam, they just happen to pop up in my path. I had never seen one in person before today, but somehow I immediately recognized it from the two or three pictures I had seen last year. I have spent the last couple of hours trying to find lookalikes. Seems there are four main groups: Gyromitra esculenta, Verpa, Hellvella, and Disciotis. These are definitely NOT them. Still, I have cut them all open, am soaking them in salt water over night and will only cook a quarter of one to have a couple of nibbles off tomorrow. This is all new to me as we don’t have them in south Florida. I guess I was wrong when I said I would NEVER collect mushrooms and eat them for dinner.

Four Years!

December 1st, 2011

As of December 1st, we have been living in a truck camper, full-time, for a total of four years. I had to change the title of the post. It is no longer “X Years Of Two People And Two Cats In 200 Hundred Square Feet”. We got a new member last year and lost one this year. That post name wasn’t honest anyway. Our floorspace is 11.4′ x 8′ and the bedroom is 7 x 8. It’s closer 120 square feet, and we make the most out of every square inch.

This is becoming a bi-yearly holiday for us. It appears that we neglected to celebrate our third year, but here is our post from two years ago: Two Years Of Two People And Two Cats In Two Hundred Square Feet 91.2

The Necessary Evil

November 11th, 2011

Over on our facebook page, Sean asked “Out of curiosity, where does the money to live come from? Even living inexpensively would seem to cost money, food, gas, repairs, etc..” I started to reply there, but it got way too long.

Hi Sean,

First, I have to ask: Do you work for the IRS?

Well, the money comes from a variety of places. We work camp on occasion. That usually gives us a few grand a year. Work camping, if you don’t know, is were your employer supplies your campsite and utilities in addition to paying you your regular wages. We also have a couple of websites, like, that generate ad revenue. Lastly, there are our savings. In our previous lives, while we had good careers and well paying jobs, we didn’t live lavishly. We were two renter DINKs. That left us with a decent cushion for this adventure.

Johnny Hiking Bryce Canyon, Utah

We save money on hair cuts, too!

Most of all, we live on the cheap! We don’t EVER pay for camping. On average, we have traveled about 12,000 miles a year. This year we have only driven around 6,000 miles. We cook all of our meals even down to making our own bread and yogurt. We try to average about $1000 in expenses a month. That’s everything, including auto and health insurance.

We try to do all of our own repairs. When the bottom of our camper fell off, it could have cost us several thousand to have an RV shop repair it. Instead, Johnny did it for less than $200. When our wheel bearings went out, we replaced them as well as the ball joints. However, we aren’t as brave as our friends over at Raven’s Roads. Unlike them, we didn’t rebuild our transmission while on the road, we bought a new one when ours gave up the ghost. We’re not that cool!

We could easily work camp year round, like our friends The Gypsies Townsend who never touch the blessed nest egg, and have plenty of left over cash, but we aren’t going that route. At the moment, we are enjoying lots of free time and working on web development in hopes of creating a sustainable lifestyle. Which, in all honesty, it isn’t at this moment. It’s getting there, though.

Even though I have a web log, I am a private person when it comes to money, sorry if my answer is a bit vague.

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