Archive for May, 2014

The Floor is Laid!

Well, after the Lord and Cristy helped me get some free flooring at Home Depot (thank you Eric at the Eldorado store, and for whoever opened the packages!), it has all been finally put into place. Laid down a sheet of plywood for a subfloor and then just cut the laminate to fit right on the top. It is all floating with nothing nailed or glued down. We’ll see how that works out sliding-wise as it is used. Right now the fit is so snug, it isn’t going anywhere, but who knows what weather changes will do to it!

Laminate Flooring in the van

Laminate Flooring in the back of the van…now all it needs is a chandelier!

 

The routing task is quite interesting. I’m thinking at the latest, I’ll leave January 2015 (oh, that feels soooo long from now) but I do a Bible Study discussion forum every Sunday to talk about the week’s readings from a year long chronological bible reading program of only one chapter a day (yep, God’s Story in only 370 chapters). That program finishes up December 20th!

So if I leave in January, that alters where I start (in the south). If somehow I can start earlier than that…that puts me up in the north (no a/c don’t forget!). But even if I were to know my starting point…there are just so many options and things to do. The more I study it the more I wonder if one year is enough!!

Here are three inspiring websites regarding routing:

1) http://drivecrosscountry.net/Trip_Planner/Trip_Planning.html. This whole website is quite good!

2) http://www.roadtripusa.com/ Looks like they have a book series called Road Trips. The nice addition I’d like to make to my route that is used by the author of these books, is the idea of not Interstate highways along the trip…not even through Kansas or Nebraska! Interstate Highways were intentionally built to all look the same!

3) http://tbandjtravel.com/the-u-s-map/ Though they didn’t hit every state or national park, it definitely has a lot of highlights. I just wonder how long it took them to do their circuit!

And then I found a web based app/program that will help forge a route for you that I have yet to investigate fully (life is such an interruption to this project at times!) but it looks like I put my end destination with waypoints entered throughout. I will put all the national parks in as my waypoints. From Frisco all the way to Hot Springs, AR with every National Park as a waypoint.

Of course, I will let you all know how that progresses! Routing will be a continual work in progress, but the next step for the van is to figure out a bed frame that will afford me space and storage and comfort!  (I’m thinking murphy style right now)

But for now I had better get back to work in the real world!!

Blessings to all and Christ’s peace,

Deborah signing off!

 

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So Much to Consider…

Wow! There is a lot that has to be thought about if one were to try and turn their minivan into a camper worthy of living in for a year and taking to the 48 national parks in the lower USA! I’m tempted to just get started and add things as I go along!

The “goal” of this year (as fluid as it may be) is threefold.

  1. To get lots of work done (I’ve been neglecting InvoiceIQ.com for far too long)
  2. To experience solitude with God and His creation for meditative and prayer sake
  3. To enjoy the opportunity of adventuring around the continental USA in a beat up old van!

The two main features of this camper will need to be an office and a sleeping area. Here is something I got in the mail this past week, that I hope works out really well for providing a bug free home office during this trip:

 

Tail Veil

Tail Veil tent that hooks up to the tailgate of the van. Cristy and I set it up without reading the instructions in less than 3 minutes!

Of course there are the other things that are also required, eating, drinking, depositing! I think I’ll write up a list of things that I need to research and/or get in order for this to be a great year.

  • I’d like to design a murphy twin bed to store on the side wal
  • I’d have to have a desk that will house my monitor and laptop
  • should it be portable or fixed in the van?
  • Electricity to operate said laptop and monitor
  • deep cycle battery with inverter or just more computer batteries? Solar panels or recharge off car battery?
  • Internet access
  • Do I go hotspot with ATT or Verizon? Or do I get something like Autonet Mobile CarFi Router? Do I have to get a phone if I go hotspot? How much data will I need to transfer for work?
  • Will I need a Wilson Electronic Signal booster if I go hotspot since I will be in many isolated places?
  • I definitely need to get a new battery for my work computer. It’s totally capute
  • In which direction should I go? Yes, follow the weather but what about routing
  • all national parks (not other national memorials, monuments, historic sites, etc)
  • all state capitals
  • all family locations
  • other sites that interest me in each state
  • Is there such a thing as a free routing app? Does google have something? Need to research that out
  • Budget….there is no set rate for camping at national parks. What is all this going to cost? Not even mentioning the cost of repairing the van…but just the operation of it…gas, camping fee, food, etc
  • is there a site close to the national park that will be cheaper?
  • A comfortable chair for this aging body to sit at the desk
  • portable or fixable?
  • How would a rooftop a/c compare to new auto a/c vs no a/c at all?
  • What kind of lighting would I need?
  • battery operated lantern, push button LED lights, or get LED that hook up to battery?
  • Will I need a frig? Or is a cooler enough? do I need it any cold at all?
  • Water…should I have a sink? How many gallon tanks should I get? Should I get electric pump? Can this somehow convert to a shower? What about hot water? Drinkable water?
  • Cooking…over fires only? One canister cooker or actually get a burner? What pots and pans would I need to take?
  • What are the tools I need to bring on this trip? Though I love drills and saws, I suspect it will be more mechanical stuff than that!
  • What spare car parts should I be bringing along?
  • What about having a homing beacon even if I do get a cell phone?
  • Borrow my mother’s camera!
  • What do I put in my first aid kit?
  • What am I going to do about laundry? bathroom? shower?

So much to think about! Whew! I guess on that note, I’ll see about trying to make some progress on the flooring this beautiful Sunday afternoon! It’s a great day to be alive!