I need a lover, or at least a crush. I also need this van…
cus its a super great 5-speed turbo diesel with a pop top and an awning and gets like 29 mpg and i will convert it to veggie (send me sweet van vibes…i feel like it’s already mine!!!) and her name will be peregrine, or peragon and will be better than a lover anyways!
I didn't find out about your journal blog here until your very unfortunate fire. Since then, i've had the great pleasure of reading through all of your adventures and i must say your journey has been quite the model for what i plan to do myself in the spring of 2013 after my debts are paid and money is saved. I guess im curious as to how you came to the decision to do this and how long it took? I don't know anybody who has done what i aim to do so im always curious when i find another wanderer.
well, i had a far off dream of buying a van for years…then i just did it! literally woke up one day and started hunting the web for the perfect van..with the help of family. my original idea was to do a photo project on americans that lived in their rvs in walmart parking lots…but that fell through as even the sight of a walmart was making me ill. instead it just ended up becoming a lifestyle..one that i encourage anyone with the desire to do..to just do it. except for supporting the oil industry with many many many tanks of gas, it was a way of living that suited me very well. i hope to get back to it again and i met many inspiring people and ways of life and saw some great places..after i give my backpack another go about :)
this news seriously breaks my heart, hiking today I couldn't help thinking about you and your situation.
if you ever find yourself in Seattle I'd love to talk adventure stories, I'll donate a 35mm Camera to you.
Hello my dear readers (i apologize in advance for the typos, i am still a little shaky and using a PC!)
You may have seen the quick post earlier about the Van being gone…I’ll fill you in.
I was driving on the Highway near Kelowna BC around 7pm on Friday when i saw some smoke coming out of the hood. I pulled over immediately and then two cars pulled over in front of me, they got out of their vehicles and were screaming at me frantically to get out of the van. I got out a little confused and looked and saw that the underneath of the van was on fire. A gentleman and I started to throw some dirt and gravel up into the engine to try to put it out but the flames quickly spread…i went around to the side door to open it an at least get my wallet out, but all the passenger doors were locked and by the time i got back around to the driver’s side again the inside of the cab was filled flames.
It looked like it was going to go up pretty quick, and with a propane tank onbaord the disaster was imminent…one of the couples that stopped threw me in their pick-up and drove me a bit up the road. 911 had been called immediately, but the fire department refused to come because it was out of their city limits.
All i could do was stand there in my dress and bare feet and watch van explode and burn ..with EVERYHTING i owned inside of it. no kidding, my worldly possessions now consisted if just the dress and underwear i had on…not even any shoes.
Inside the van was my camera equipment, my laptop, my hard drives and my backup harddrives. i not only lost the van that i lived in and everything i loved but thousands of dollars in equipment and irreplaceable photos…my home and everything is gone. So not only have I lost everything but I am unable to work at my profession of a photographer since i no longer have a camera or the money to replace it, nor can i even do editing work since i no longer have a computer with it’s very costly editing programs. oh ya, and all my precious artworks that i sell at markets too :(
I only have liability insurance..so not even the van is covered, and especially not it contents. Luckily I was not injurd, and my dad was able to come pick me up a few hours later. We drove by the scene at 11pm and the van was still on fire…it is so un unfortunate because if the fire department had arrived even 20 minutes after they were called much of more valuable things could have been saved since they were in the back of the van.
There was no indication that things were wrong with the van..infact i had just had it in for service and spent $450 on minor repairs, they had even test drive it that morning for me to get the goahead that eveything was a-ok. I did a lot to maintainance on the veicle while i owned it, many garage check-ups and oild changes.
It is unlike me to do this, but have set up a donations account with Paypal (paypal and credit cad donations, very secure and verified), if anyone out there has some extra money lying around..but please do no donate unless you can really afford it…handouts are not my thing…i am just hoping to get some of my life back. (i’m hoping i maybe have a millionaire reader out there haha)
You can followthis link to DONATE…any little bit will help if you have it in your heart and wallet (and feel fee to pass this all along to your rich friends hahah)
I'm so sorry about your loss. I've just donated a small amount, I wish I could do more. You have been an inspiration to so many people. For giving me a new vision, I knew immediately that this is how I could thank you. I hope that I'm not alone in this feeling.
You don't know me at all, but I've been following your blog for a few months now. I'm so sorry to hear what happened to your van, and I know it must be incredibly difficult to deal with the loss of an item that was so emotionally connected to you.
I'm starting my first year of medical school, and I'm terrified that I'm going to lose my love of adventure and sense of identity in all the pressure of school. Your blog has helped me realize that I can be a good doctor and maintain those parts of my personality--I've been looking a lot more into natural dietary supplements and so on to complement the subject matter I'm being taught. And, I'm hoping to buy and restore a VW camper and drive it across the US (I live in California and go to medial school in Ohio) at some point during my schooling =)
I just wanted you to know how positively hearing about your journey has affected me, and I hope to hear more about what you're doing in the future.
thank you pam, best of luck wth your future adventures
Your stuff has gone - an extension of your obvious and flowing creative abilities. I dream every day about the ability to be like you - not to simply have what you had created, but the freedom and ability to manifest such a beautiful life for myself. The van and the life you fostered within it were shadows of what you can do - the children of your ability to manifest this kind of thing everywhere. People like you have so much strength and power to create - to shed everything but the bare essentials and get at the heart of true beauty. I'm sure you are mourning for what you had, but I know it will be the beginning of new adventures and happiness once Gertie has been properly honored.
im so very sorry to hear about ur home. ur van. i have been following your blog for some time now and i enjoyed every second, or should i say post, of it. thank you for sharing it with us. thank you for being such a lovely human being. and i have no doubt that this is just a small roadblock in your life's journey. keep on making that art. keep on loving life. and keep on traveling. all the best. in life. sending you good vibes. -ivana