Greetings from San Diego!

I built this video to show you a bit about my first three weeks on the road. Van life has its pros and cons for sure. But as long as I keep smiling, I can’t help but attract good times and good people! This is the best life ever! I really recommend everyone try living in a van to see what you really need in your life.

I have brought some things on this trip that I haven’t even used yet. My camp BBQ is the biggest space taker that I use the least. I might try selling it to make room for other stuff and put a little cash in my pocket. This trip is costing me more than I originally planned so I’ll have to be diligent with my money.

So far it’s comfortable sleeping in the van at night, the temperature has been perfect. I’m sure if it gets really hot then I’ll be looking for options to cool the van down. There is a few YouTube videos that show how to build a homemade Air Conditioner out of a cooler and a 12v fan and ice. I will cross this bridge when it comes but for now, I’m loving the sleeps in the van.

Getting used to parking where I please and not worrying about what people think is getting easier. Finding refuge for Da PeaceTrain every night has it’s challenges but I’m getting better at it. It’s especially hard in California as they do not allow overnight parking in most of the parking lots/parks. Oregon however, is a lot more relaxed when it comes to van dwelling and parking anywhere for free. I haven’t got a ticket yet so I must be doing something right!

I’m headed up to LA today so wish me luck! Van life in big cities is a little harder haha.

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Cheers!
JD

Lots of winding roads and huge oaks, here’s some beauties from Oregon State.

The interior of Oregon State is captivating with its mossy oak hollows and intense green forests. I was drawn to this one area on crooked finger road where there is a campground called Camp Dakota. It was home to a unique zip line and adventure park in the rain forest. Unfortunately it rained the whole time so I wasn’t able to enjoy the amenities.

The rain was a burden for me, it was depressing and it limited what I could do outside. That said, I had an opportunity to catch up on rest and do some video editing. Being a van dweller you must also be an opportunist and get stuff done when you get the chance. Even if it means doing stuff that intimidates you, like making movies for the world to see. I feel like I’m a bit out of date when it comes to technology these days. There is so much to know and I’m a huge procrastinator when it comes to learning new skills. Either way I won’t let fear or lack of knowledge slow me down. Da PeaceTrain is going to show the world a better way to live and perhaps how to have fun doing it!

The sun gods are beckoning..

…Me to head to the coast and I am going to listen! I really want to get some use out of my new bike and kayak although the rain isn’t letting me do that. I am going to make a move towards the coast tomorrow and hope to be soaking up the sunshine in a couple days. Stay tuned and don’t forget to sign up for Da Newsletter!

OneLove

JD

Living off-grid in Washington state

Waking up in a different part of the country everyday is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a great feeling stepping out of the van to take in the beautiful scenery that surrounds me. Here’s my camp for the first night, a little 4×4 pullout that had great views of the Grand Coulee Dam.

There’s two sides to every coin however.Being a van dweller with a goal to spend the least amount of money to see the whole country has its challenges. Last night for instance. I was in the downtown Seattle area as it was getting dark. Thinking to myself, I should make my way out-of-town to find a good rest stop for the night. So I looked up the nearest truck stop/rest area on the GPS. After arriving, I noticed this rest stop had been out of commission for years. It was now 10:30pm and I was tired. I had to drive around for a while to find a pullout on a country road that was big enough for Da PeaceTrain. I slept well despite the inconvenient place I chose to call home for the night. 

Now I’m on a mission to find a shower!

I just got denied by Anytime Fitness to purchase a membership because I don’t live here. The manager was not very understanding of my journey and he gave me a bad vibe a soon as I walked in. Thinking this was going to be my meal ticket for showers and gym privileges. Unfortunately I was mistaken and now I’m back to the drawing board.  Using wifi now seeking out less expensive campsites with showers and bathrooms. I will figure this out soon but it had me a bit frazzled this morning when I got shut down. I am glued to my computer before making any big decisions on where to go next. The coast is calling my name so I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up there tonight 😉

Cheers and thanks for reading!

JD