Archive for January, 2009

Vandwelling page updated!

 | January 27, 2009 3:36 pm

While I was in Hawaii my parents drove my car so they took apart the bed and put the front seat back in. It meant that while I was putting the bed back together I had a chance to take some pictures of the process that I’d missed the first time. I’ve added the missing steps to my Vandwelling page and hopefully that gives a more clear idea of what the inside of my little 30 square feet apartment looks like.

Greedy Chipmunks

 | January 25, 2009 3:34 pm


This picture was taking back in July, but a comment on a friend’s blog made me remember the greedy chipmunks outside of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Sightseeing on Maui and my very first overnight guest in a car

 | January 11, 2009 6:30 pm

I had about a week and a half for sight-seeing on Maui and spent the first two nights at a hostel, (renting a car for the night of New Year’s Eve was a ridiculous $101 a day, Jan 1-9, was a more reasonable $18). My idea was to rent the car and live in that while sightseeing the island. It’s been interesting because Hawaii is a bit different than the mainland, so some of my little tricks for finding places to stay don’t work so well. Also, going back to not having tinted windows and curtains has been strange. I miss my stealth!

Renting a car makes it real easy to make friends at a hostel, and after I moved out I hung out with J and D, two guys who were sightseeing in Hawaii after J’s brother’s wedding.

We did some picnicking on the beach, drove around West Maui (which I think is a better drive than the Road to Hana), biked down the volcano, hung at the pool and topped it off by watching and making fun of a couple of westerns. Actually, come to think of it, we made fun of a lot of things. Exactly my type of company.

Lack of planning (partly our fault for constantly distracting him) left D without a place to stay the night before he took the ferry to Honolulu so I had my first overnight guest while living in a car. I wish it’d been in an area I knew better. We had a couple false starts (or stops, rather) trying to pick out a place to stay, but in the end D found a nice residential area and we slept pretty well until about 6am. Or at least I did. D is 6’1″ so I doubt he was quite as comfortable in the passenger seat as I was in the driver’s seat. I was happy to introduce the whole sleeping in a car thing to someone new. I was quite amused by the whole thing.

Then again, I’m quite amused by many things.

For J: Why does the moon rise 50 minutes LATER each day. Trust the astrophysicist.

Beach on the North Shore

 | January 9, 2009 10:45 pm

I passed this beach walking back to my hostel on the North Shore of Oahu. It’d been pouring rain for about a half an hour and cleared up just in time for sunset


More Vandwelling tips at the Indie Travel Podcast Website

 | January 7, 2009 10:11 am

I have a new article up at the Indie Travel Podcast Website. This is a follow up to last months article in which I list off what I think are the basic 4 things that should be done to a vehicle for living in it. Those 4 things mostly dealt with privacy and stealthiness. In this article I get into more about making it comfortable. If you have any additional suggestions please leave a comment on the article. Also, I’d love for you to StumbleUpon it or Digg it as well. Thanks!

Anyone have an suggestions for a topic for next month’s article?

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