Our short time in Switzerland was spent being overwhelmed with its idyllic surroundings. We arrived late in the evening to our Wilderswil Airbnb, but were graciously hosted complete with wonderful conversation and dessert. The next morning we explored Interlaken and took a cable car to Harder Kulm, allowing us spectacular views of the city and Jungfrau, the “Top of Europe”.One of our favorite parts of Switzerland included the homes. Each house built in similar fashion, yet each were individualized by the color of the shutters, flowers adorning the walls or gardens planted. Even the goats or sheep roaming the yards varied just a little, giving neighborhoods a quaint, cohesive feel. We took the short train ride to Lauterbrunnen where we meandered into the valley, finding Staubbach waterfall, small farms and postcard perfect properties. We opted out of taking the cable car to the top of the mountains, the clouds were dense and low the day we were there, blocking any views we were hoping to see. Everywhere we went, we could hear the clamoring of bells. From tinny ringing to deep echoing, the bells around the necks of the livestock clang in an orchestra of sounds. We loved it so much we stopped at an antique shop and I bought a large bell for my dad. We carried that bell around Europe and I don’t regret it for a moment.We rented a car and left Switzerland, leaving crisp blue skies and a desire to revisit.
Like many stories about the transition into an alternative lifestyle, you hear about a need for change, for clarity, for mindfulness.
Before you read this know that Tim and I wrote our intros for Savannagon separately, he didn’t know I had started one and I was shooting a wedding when he wrote his. I found his draft and it brought me to tears, it’s short and to the point and exactly how I feel. If you haven’t read his yet, do that first…then if you like, read mine. You’ll see how all of this makes sense for the both of us.
Like many stories about the transition into an alternative lifestyle, you hear about a need for change, for clarity, for mindfulness. Tim has been committed to the US Army for twelve years (including ROTC) and now, with the chance to make decisions based on his own will, we really don’t know what we want next. We LOVE Oahu and miss our families in Nebraska, but no one place or career is calling loud enough.
We don’t think that there is a better time for this.
You see, we have been toying around with this idea for over two years. It started with the hopeful joke about living in an Airstream. After we dug in we started to realize our needs and limitations, we wanted this to be our reality. Living simply with no restrictions. This Vanlife movement may seem like a hippy dippy fad, but we really believe that having less and doing more may be the answer to our insatiable appetite for things. Vanlife means freedom for us. Freedom to see our loved ones and explore this nation (world) like so many of us talk about but never do.
We found Savannah in a fateful Craigslist ad. Everything about her was perfect.
In early 2017, we will embark in a cross country journey. We will be at the mercy of Savannah, a 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon, willing her to as many National Parks, driveways of loved ones and dead ends as possible. We will camp and explore, I hope to photograph the journey, and my hope for my husband is that he finds his passion. Tim puts everything into his job right now and has from the beginning, I’m excited to see where else that determination will take him.
We will be blogging about this transition, our journey and would love to answer any questions you might have.
So many stories begin like ours. We worked really hard through our 20’s, we were on our way to living the American dream…
So many stories begin like ours. We worked really hard through our 20’s, we were on our way to living the American dream. At some point along the way life didn’t make sense anymore. We may never be able to fully explain our rationale but here we are. Simply put, life as we knew it wasn’t why we existed, our families were living and growing without us. The world we knew was largely shaped by the choices we made a decade ago. We knew it had to change. The only career I knew no longer made sense to me. What else is there to do besides buy a van and plan an adventure?
Inspiration is important. Personally, I was motivated by my nieces and nephew along with Brad and Sheena from DriveNachoDrive, if you like adventure and haven’t read their book I highly recommend it. B is already a free spirit, I’ve known that for awhile. She has been waiting the past 16 years for me to catch up.