Another blog to check out and a possible new home for me.

 | June 9, 2008 3:29 pm

A friend just sent me a link to a blog called Daniel’s Big Trip. I haven’t had a chance to read through it all, but enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

The pledge drive is OVER and I can now start thinking about other things. One of the big things on my mind is the possibility of moving. For those who don’t know, I don’t own the van I live in. It’s my dad’s. My car is a Prius and we’ve traded for my trip. While I love the van, I like the idea of spending less on gas and also like the idea of forcing myself to simplify more and take less stuff with me when traveling. As I look around at the van I’m fairly surprised at how much stuff I carry around with me that I never use. (It’s pretty easy to use very little when you’re only gone for 1-1.5 months at a time.)

I’m heading back down to San Diego on Wednesday and staying through the weekend so I’ll have a chance to take a look at the Prius in person and figure out how I’d want to modify it to move in. When I first ‘lived’ in a car it was in a ’93 Camry (the old Camry’s were much smaller than the current ones) so I’m pretty sure I’m not over-estimating the amount of space I would have. There’s a number of things very different about living in a car versus living in a van and I’ll have to consider which I prefer for the next couple months. At some point soon I’ll write up a post about those differences. I do prefer the van for when I’m staying in one place and working.

I’m heading out to Colorado next and I’ve been warned that the little Prius isn’t going to be able to make it up the mountains, but I think I’ll give it a shot anyway. I’m 27. I can’t possibly be expected to learn anything from the advice of my elders, I need to try and fail on my own for anything to sink in. Besides, that’s how you get the better stories.

Also, I have to admit, it would be nice to actually be driving around the car that I paid for, rather than letting my dad enjoy the (most likely now gone) new car smell.

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5 Responses to “Another blog to check out and a possible new home for me.”

Adam wrote a comment on June 10, 2008

A Prius will do reasonably well in the mountains. Not great, but then, most fairly underpowered, normally-aspirated cars don’t like mountains all that much. Who gave you that silly advice?

I doubt you’ll have any real problems, aside from maybe having to move into the right lane on occasion.

Further, I recommend having your windows tinted in a state that lest you tint the front windows as well as the rears.

Jessica wrote a comment on June 16, 2008

It was based on his own experience of driving an underpowered car around the mountains of Colorado.

The windows are happily tinted now. The problem is not what state you get the windows tinted in, but what state the car is registered in. So my windows are now tinted as much as California allows, which is actually pretty dark, though unfortunately doesn’t include the front windows.

Elizabeth wrote a comment on June 17, 2008

Your link for Daniel’s blog is broken…it’s

Jessica wrote a comment on June 17, 2008

Thanks, fixed!

I promise it wasn’t all just a ploy to get you to donate money to KJAZZ. :)

Derrick Peterson wrote a comment on July 5, 2008

Hi Jessica,
Fun to hear about others like myself. I’ve been living on the road out of a van for the past 10 months and working across the whole country, It definitely is a challenge. Every city is different as far as where to park, and where to find a shower. Good luck to you.

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