On The Road Update: Glacier Edition
So, the park is currently on fire🔥(literally) and a quite a few popular trails are closed due to bear activity 🐻🍯 (As Niky would say- it is their home, not ours after all). It's all good though because we still got a beautiful 5 mile hike in to Avalanche Lake before the roads closed yesterday and a seriously scenic drive to East Glacier today.
Road tripping with this van is... an EXPERIENCE. We've already been approached by several folks that want to chat/bond over volkswagen van life. One guy literally pulled over while we were chilling on the side of the road to "greet grandpa". He was a solo German man riding his T5 across the US (he shipped his van to Baltimore and will be shipping it back from Seattle, WILD). A family of 4 that was on their 5th week of travelling in a 1989 Syncro graciously came to our rescue when we had a bit of an electrical wiring snafu (there was some smoke 😤, we maybe thought the van was gonna catch on fire 👨🚒📛🚒👩🚒- don't worry though it's TOTALLY fine and we're still alive 🤙). 100% grateful to the kind and curious community that we've fallen into.
We've also learned quite quickly that 3 people living and travelling out of 70 sq ft is going to require ultimate teamwork, communication and organization. 👩👩👧 We're getting the hang of keeping an efficient camp kitchen, flipping the van for sleep/travel and finding a place and use for every object we have with us. I believe in us, we're gonna get there. Kasey, Niky and I are about to concretely solidify our dream team status.
Really, the #1
thing we've learned so far is it doesn't matter how much time and effort you put into planning, you'll never be prepared for every situation and the best thing you can do for yourself is remain flexible and try to remember that you're here to have FUN. As the super lovely lesbian couple driving the 1980 westfalia said to us, travelling with these vans isn't a vacation, IT'S AN ADVENTURE.
Other Fun Facts:
* WD40 fixes everything
* Our van tops out at 35 mph on a steep hill
* Park Rangers are your #1