One year ago we moved into the bus full time. It had taken eight months to build out to the point that we could live in it. At the time we were living in a small attic room rented from a co-worker. Even though our space was small we still had the rest of the house and garage available to us.
We had to cull even more of our possessions to be able to move our life into the bus. We left a few things behind – a mattress, some shelves, books… I sold my car. I gave things away to avoid the time and trouble of selling them. It was easy to let go of everything unnecessary to be able to have a clean slate to start this new life.
After a few months of stationary living, we hit the road for Washington, officially becoming “nomads”. We don’t have a permanent address. We are technically homeless simply because we don’t have a yard and a mailbox, but we do have our home roaming with us wherever we go. You can’t put a price tag on that. The time flies so fast when you are having fun and seeing new things every day.
We do still want to buy a property and build a tiny house. Does that mean that we are compromising our nomadic vision and settling down? I don’t think so. But it will give us a home base, a launching point for our adventures, a place to come back to and regroup, recharge. While traveling through Washington, Idaho and Oregon we have been able to check out some areas to see how they “feel”. Real estate photos just can’t capture the essence of the property, you have to see it with your own eyes.
It will be fun building something again with our own two hands (four hands?). I have visions of land near a creek or spring with views of the mountains, with plenty of trees for shade, and space to build my own greenhouse and vegetable garden. We’ve been having fun sketching out concept designs for our future home.
Tonasket in Northern Washington seems to be the most promising area for land with the features we want. It has proximity to mountains and ski parks in both Washington and Canada. It’s right near the Pacific Northwest Trail, which connects Idaho to the Olympic Coast. The winters are long and snow is plentiful. It’s sparsely populated, a quiet place that could give us the serenity and solitude we crave…
After we wrap up our current travels in Oregon, we are going to make our way back up through that area to see what we can find. Maybe we will be land owners before too much longer!0