Starlit Rambler - Adventure Travel Our Way
During a recent trip to Malibu to visit Jeremy's family, I was embraced with the idea that we who do "extreme sports" must desire an adrenaline fix and need to face our mortality frequently. This seemed an interesting concept and brought me to the realization of what many must think that have not explored a similar lifestyle. So I would like to allow for some understanding from my point of view as an outdoor enthusiasts. Outside is what gives me clarity in life, allows me to feel in awe, free, and in tune with who I am and who I want to be. Some go to church, in a sense, outside is my church. Never have I searched for adrenaline or felt like I needed an altered rush. I do not mind adrenaline and it does occur in moments where you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. However, breathing fresh air, exploring the unknown, challenging my physical capabilities, embarking onto the next peak, and figuring out what you are really made of by embracing a whole new surrounding: this is why I love extreme sports, travel, and nature. Take me to the places that not many have gone. Take me to the places that you can only get to by your own will power and skill. This exploration of yourself, the earth, the air, the water are why we were put on this earth and why we should protect it. There is a reason we are connected to the ecosystem and can utilize all the raw ingredients that are provided to us by Earth. Inspiration leads to passion. Passion creates dreams. Dreams are all what we live for. Get outside, feel inspired, and recognize the basics of our purpose on Earth. And I do not mean go take a long road trip, there are many simple expressions.
1. Through research we got an inkling that we needed to insulate under the removable van floor and potentially clean. Oh how we were right! A 5 gallon bucket full of debris, chicken bones, straight up nastiness, cleaning into the night, 7 cleaning rags later the inside began to sparkle.
2. Following cleaning, we decided to use a waterproofing outdoor stain for the flooring that we removed to make it look livable and help preserve it from further deterioration. Reflectix bubble wrap insulation was utilized in between the van metal and removable wood flooring.
3. After long debate of the design, Jeremy built the shelving system that will be used for kitchen and clothing storage. The focus for the shelving was lightweight and simplicity due to our untapped cabinetry abilities. This segment of the project, opposed to the first holes with the solar installation, has gotten Jeremy pretty use to drilling into metal and sometimes even drills unnecessary holes.
4. I have been doing some building myself. With assistance from Jeremy in building a frame for my bench design, I created a hinged seat and faced the frame with recycled pallet wood. Then a back for the bench was formulated, followed by sanding all wood, and protecting the wood with a water based clear stain.
5. To continue my building enthusiasm, I used recycled pallet wood, 2x3's, and L-brackets to build a storage table that the 12V 1Amp/hr ARB refrigerator will sit on top (level with the "kitchen counter") and create space for cool food storage below. Here is where I found the importance of leveling and pre-drilling holes. Even though the table is not flawless, it is sturdy and functional.
6. More staining, sanding, drilling, and decision making. Stained the shelving Jeremy built and the storage table I built. Our friend, Kristan Fischer, popped in a couple of mornings ago prior to catching a flight back to Australia, after completing his 3 month adventure/training road trip here in the states. He lent a hand sanding the rust from the bottom of the van, which we will refinish soon with Herculiner truck bed liner. The area where "Fisch" helped us the most was through a rough patch on design dispute of best used space for bikes and gear storage. The visit was "god sent" because I for one was up to my ears in frustration with revamping this idea a. I guess friends with Space Engineering degrees come in handy even here on Earth.
Currently, we are working on electrical wiring, wall/roof insulation, new tires, Herculiner truck bed liner, and project installs. Departure date is now May 7th due to a Nursing Recertification course I must take prior to our hiatus.
Stay tuned for more exciting and quickly developing progress, let's just say we may be on a bit of a time crunch!
Author: Rachelle McEwen
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