Next to no-name towns
Here for a while
Before returning to the sea
Close your eyes and feel the weight climb up your shoulders.
Direct your attention to your skin. Each hair tells you its opinion of the ocean air carried on a sea breeze.
Which is really a wind.
Which is really a sister.
A sister called wind by its equal, the crashing waves.
Life all around. Carried in by the sea that is not a sea.
Met by more life living by administering death.
Tiny green life nearby but out of the reach of the more violent of the sisters. …
A small river of gold
flowed through the crags
in an ever-deepening valley
of fluttering needles and leaves
The sun and her earth have a beautiful partnership.
Golden rays paint hillsides to create natural masterpieces not to be replicated by human hands
Boundless quiet and stillness everywhere, yet life’s silent shout bursting from every blade of grass.
Gold-lined river paired by evergreen towers rising to the left and smoldering-orange scrub climbing the hillside to the right.
All tucked perfectly in the hidden space of this unnamed valley.
Not a sound but that of the valley’s waterfall and the frequent visits of the wandering wind poking his nose in the valley just to make sure his presence is known and familiar to anything taking note of his passing. …
Mount your “curtain.”
I pre-drilled some holes into the side metal columns and then secured the poll mounts to the wall as flat as I could. I mounted one and then stuck the poll in it, extended it to the other side of the van and then used this to make sure I was mounting the second mount in the most flat and logical position.
Fit your curtain and take measurements.
Once the poll mounts were secure, I put up the rod and then attached the curtain in order to see how much length I would be cutting off and how much width. (The curtain comes at a length and width for a regular house sliding door or large window so I shortened it length and breadthwise for the…
Decide on location and how much space you want to use, size of sink as well as amount of freshwater capacity, and then build the space! …
Decide where you want your toilet.
Where to put a toilet…a big question for such a small van. I went back and forth on all sorts of ideas for where to put a place to poop. …
Decide on the size of your fairing!
My fairing is a custom length and height. It also was a return they had with a few scratches (which don’t bother me at all given how dirty my van always is) so I got a discount.
Decide how you will mount the fairing. …
Decide where you want your fan.
Some people place their fan over their bed. Some people place it over the kitchen.
I am lucky enough to be able to do both! I designed my van using SketchUp and therefore already had a 10AWG wire running through the van and hanging near where I believed I would want to put the fan (right between the bedroom and kitchen)
I am more worried about not being able to sleep on super hot and clammy nights and therefore wanted to make sure the fan was able to blow on me while I sleep. But having the ability to turn the fan toward the kitchen in case I need to get rid of an odor there is also nice. …
Decide where and what size you want your cabinets.
I went for two long cabinets. One over the desk area (the larger of the two cabinets) and one over the soon-to-be-built bed. The one over the bed had to be smaller than the one over the desk due to the fact I will be getting up and down from the couch and therefore have to be aware of where my head will be. …
Choose your wood!
I was originally going to purchase a super expensive “butchers block” piece from Home Depot. I talked to my neighbor about it and he was so offended I’d dare spend that much when all I really wanted was a dark, rustic, high-grain (chaotic-looking) look and had no attachment whatsoever to the expensive Home Depot product.
He suggested I try Rustic Hickory as it is wayyy cheaper per board foot (how you purchase lumber traditionally). …