At this point most of you guys are thinking "wait you're complaining about having to hangout all day?". Let me explain, the day before the storm hit Brandon and I had been catching up on some editing, emails and even squeezed in a small shoot. Mind you, it was 70 degrees and sunny during all of this and we had plans to go to Rocky Mountain National Park in the following days. The next morning I get a text from Brandon to go grab breakfast so I hop out of bed in the van and slide open the door. Almost immediately I get hit with a freezing gust of wind that reminded me that I was a long way from home. If I said I didn't at least mentally say "what the f*ck" I'd be lying .
The ground was covered in snow...actually let me rephrase that, it was covered in slush which is not exactly usual weather for Denver mid May. As I stepped out of the van, I came to the realization of two things: one my van isn’t an AWD and two, I’m suppose to work on a spring/summer shoot this weekend. I made my way over to Brandon’s car and at this point I’m still confused as to what’s going on. We head out go grab breakfast and spend the next couple hours working at a coffee shop waiting for the storm to calm down which ultimately doesn’t happen.
More often than not I feel like social media romanticizes the van life. There’s this undeniable want to travel and it seems like most people forget that it’s not always picture perfect. The van life allows you to travel and see places like few people ever get to experience. With that said I think it's important to realize you can't judge an entire alternative way of living with images that are carefully put together to scream adventure at you. Some days the weather will be amazing...on others not so much.
Do I still love the van life? Absolutely.