That Camper Person

Well. It’s official. I’m that camper person. It’s been about 2 months of living full-time in the truck camper aka Yowie aka The Grey Lodge.

If I could have predicted what this blog entry would entail I would have said “I bet it’ll be a tale of great difficulties as I adjust to my new living quarters and learn how to live off the grid”. Well that may be a little true. Sure, adjustments had to be made. Lessons had to be learned. But either I did a killer job of preparing myself for what life was to be like OR it’s really not all that different from normal life. Okay so I shower a lot less and a lot faster. I have to fill and dump my tanks every now and again. But otherwise, life is pretty normal. I still work a normal job and dress in normal clothes. I still cook and I am current with my TV shows. I haven’t grown dreadlocks like my friends joked I would. And I didn’t develop a twang when I speak. I’m still a weirdo but nothing new there. So yeah, life is shockingly normal.

One thing that did change, however, was the level of awesomeness I experience on a day to day basis. I really can’t even believe I get to live the life that I do. I have been to some awesome places and I’m able to take all the comforts of home with me when I do. I can’t explain how freakin’ cool that is. Whether it’s driving down to the local beach to cook dinner while I watch the sunset over the Sound or it’s cruising up to the Catskills for a true boondocking mountain escape, I am able to do just about anything and go just about anywhere. I have never felt so free in my life. It’s truly an incredible feeling that I just can’t get enough of.

Another adjustment that I had to make was the development of a keen awareness of my water consumption and use of electricity. I’ve always been somewhat conscious of this. I never let the water run while brushing my teeth. I always unplugged appliances when not in use. But this has taken it to a new level. I use so little water, I sometimes even impress myself. Washing dishes with a trickle of water has become a true skill. Lighting candles instead of turning on a light has become a habit I quite enjoy. I’ve become so accustomed to these practices so quickly that it’s hard to imagine doing it any other way. I took a real shower at my mom’s last week and letting the water run the entire time overwhelmed me with guilt. I just felt like I was wasting so much water! I’ve really grown a profound appreciation for the resources most of us take for granted.

So this is my new life. And I couldn’t be happier about it. It may not be for everyone and it may not be forever. But for me, for now, this feels right.