It's Laundry Time Again.
I can't believe we have spent a week in Montana already. On the road, it seems your time is just as valuable as your bank account. And while we are on the subject, our budget is running down. We are continuing to apply for jobs and research housing opportunities in each place we travel. Along the way, we continue to notice a steady trend across the United States. Housing costs, in all forms from trailers to single family homes, are increasing. Meanwhile, job wages are staying the same. If we want to call one of these mountain towns our home for winter, we may each be working two jobs and sending Olin to daycare. I feel safe knowing that we have the van as a back-up in case we can't make a ski town happen for winter. I really, really hope that we can, but I am not opposed to heading south for a season if need be.
Sometimes she just screams at the top of her lungs for no reason, and we finally see that it's because she is teething or just being a 1 year old. Teething snacks keep her sane during those moments.
The Wal-Mart OA.
Bless his heart, seriously. From the start of our climbing issues back at the Togwotee Pass, gaining up to 9,659' of elevation, he had a hunch that our fuel pump was faulty and giving us backtalk. Ignoring that intuition from several other suggestions of what it could be in various media feeds and my "pretend-to-know-what-I'm-talking-about-womanly nagging," he opted to try a few other fixes with the filter and vapor lock. As we were being towed up the pass before Island Park, he stated once more that he just knew it was the fuel pump. We were unable to make it up to Bridger Bowl Ski Resort our first try due to more sputtering and choking, which falsely seemed like the infamous vapor lock again. The day before yesterday, in the Wal-Mart parking lot of Bozeman at 7AM, Collin replaced the fuel pump.
Ever seen a Fuel Pump Hangover?
Yellowstone & Bozeman Adventures
It's Not All Shits & Gigs
Granted, there are a lot of poopy diapers, VanLife is not all play. It's actually a lot of work. It's Personal Growth meets GMC for Dummies. Every single day, we learn something new. Each argument teaches us how to listen better or react differently the next one. Each mechanical delay shows us that the van needs a bit more tlc before next the destination. There are hot summer days (like today) where all we want to do is play outside- go biking and hiking. Right now, we are putting in lots of hours to applying for jobs, researching housing, and writing so we can share the journey. We are learning to work with each other and trust that we are a family. Relationships take work- who would'a thunk it? Now, we just have to build up our relationship with this van (Which still doesn't have a name for some reason, suggestions?).
Dogs & Diapers