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.

2 thoughts on “That Camper Person

  1. LOL, yah, I hear that..
    Trickle of water to wash dishes, guilty of “Running Water” etc.
    It’s really not that different once you adjust to it. It’s not “Camping” as normal folks think, 2 different game plans…. but fun.. Glad you got into it easily, as you say, it’s not for everyone…
    Good luck in your travels, time to get out there and “Go West, young Lady”.. heheh..


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