Hitting the Road After the Beginnings of the Conversion
Getting anything done on the van has been difficult, at best. Work has been busy for Mel and homeschool has been a battle (to say the least) with Kate. Our previously mentioned precarious living situation hasn't helped any. Let's not even talk about covid, okay?
We purchased the van in July and it's now December! (Thankfully, at least some pre-vanlife tasks were accomplished.) We did take a maiden voyage with Eliza as we drove her from her purchase place in Florida to "home" in Northern California, but she was an empty metal shell and it was the middle of summer, so we couldn't do the actual vanlife thing just yet... at least not in a semi-comfortable manner.
But, time was a-tickin' and we needed to get moving. It was also chilly outside.... freezing in some parts of the country, so we headed south to always sunny Sothern California. We originally wanted to head directly into Arizona, but we figured that while we're on our way, we might as well check SoCal out.
Side note to all of you non-Californians: Northern California and Southern California are so different they might as well be separate countries. Different weather, lifestyle, politics, income brackets, culture, etc., etc. You can't visit (or live in) one part of the state and think you got the whole picture.