Changing of the Seasons

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Here in Portland it is feeling like fall has officially arrived and maybe Spring at the same time. Today has been a wet one, but the trees along the street side are making it known that fall has come. Along with the changing of the leaves comes the cooling of the air, and that is very applicable when in the van.

I have been house sitting for a friend the past month or so, spoiled by things like a full kitchen and sink. But, he will be back in a couple weeks and I will be back out on my journey – somewhere. Currently I have an offer from a small organic farm just an hour south of Portland. We had met while I was photographing a space for Hipcamp. They had inquired if I would be interested in doing some sort of trade, some of my time each week working on the farm in turn for a place to stay (park) and home cooked dinners. This is currently looking to be a good option, plus a fun experience working on an organic farm for a short bit – an unofficial WWOOF experience.

While this is a likely direction for the next month or two, this cooler weather has me yearning for my southern California weather that I enjoyed last February through April. Also, via Instagram, I was asked if I had any interest in joining some other vanlife folks on a trip down to Baja. Not sure I trust my van that much just yet, but the idea is an intriguing one.

Any vanlifers out there that stick around the rainy and cold regions during the fall and winter? What do you do for heat?

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  1. The most important decision I made re: camping is – Don’t try to kid yourself about what the weather’s going to be. If you’re on the ‘Wet” coast, check to see what commercial fishers wear in January and get yourself some of that. Same thing if you’re going to be north – find out what the people who live outdoors (not just “visit”) wear, and invest in the right stuff. I have winter gear that I can lie out in the snow at -40 watching the Northern Lights in January in Whitehorse and be comfortable.

    My serious down parka cost me about $700 30 years ago. I have no idea what it would cost to replace now, but 1) I don’t need to (it’s still fine), and 2) I’m never cold. Down mitts, serious insulated boots, etc.

    Same with rain gear – forget the “ToysRUs” nylon shell. Buy full, “I’m a fisher on the Pacific in January” rain suit. Include footwear and headgear.

    If you’re cold and wet, you’ll be miserable. If you’re warm and dry, you’ll have fun.

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