Van Life Meets Pandemic Life

IMG_20200326_184911561This life is about freedom, exploring, community and nature. Much about van life though is naturally self isolating, or at least involves very reduced social contact within small groups. Yes, we stopped game nights and yarn-spinning around the campfire, even though no one in our camp had been sick.  We stay a few feet apart and no longer hug in greeting or departure. 

But those of us in smaller rigs still must go into town and stores regularly to resupply. When we travel, we have to stop for gas. We have to pick up mail and packages. Each time out is a potential exposure.  Lately we’ve been going in pairs so that if we have to completely separate from camp due to illness, at least we’re not totally alone. We joke about who will throw food to whom and who will prepare the coffee, my life blood 😊. We’ve even talked about how we’ll attempt to deal with hospital treatment by parking our rig in a hospital parking lot for treatment so we don’t have to take up a bed, should it come to that.

I’m not a very fearful person on the whole, so this isn’t making me panicky. Watching the numbers, the percentage of recoveries is reassuring. I’m not in any high risk groups per se, other than I’m over fifty five.  I do have friends and family in many of the high risk groups, some laboring under multiple sets of risk factors. It is them I worry about, not really myself. I wash my hands, I practice staying six feet away in stores and lines, and I take additional supplements to boost general health and immunity. I also try to faithfully ingest a little alcohol every day for it’s virus killing properties, hah! And I keep hydrated, have hot drinks regularly, and refrain from touching my face.  Thankfully my work is remote and has been for years, so I don’t have an office to enter. Our company has been 100% remote now for about two weeks. It’s one of the benefits of being in IT currently.

The heat had been rearing it’s head and encouraging the scorpions and rattlers to come out and bask, so it was time to move north. But this is proving to be more difficult than thought. Cities and parks, BLM lands and national parks, closing in dribs and drabs, making the original objective unreachable for now.

But really, who can complain about this view?!?


We’ve run into friends, but because of supply runs, gas ups, and other social exposure, it simply wasn’t the same – no hugs, no sit downs for a long chat.  A week from now I’ll feel safer hugging and talking closely in groups when we know where everyone has been and that there are no signs of illness in anyone.

I found this quote online, and love the sentiment. We should appreciate these things always. We should be the best we can at all times. But I’ll take any positive from this exercise!


Be well. Love strongly. Reach out virtually. And remember, we got this!

~SE landed, on the road

  8 comments for “Van Life Meets Pandemic Life

  1. March 29, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    I love that quote. Thanks for that! I am hunkered down with my 82 year old Mom. I don’t go out because she is truly at risk, and the last thing I want to do is somehow be less than diligent coming home to her. So I get things delivered if I can, and have my brother or sister pick stuff up if the supermarket is too backed up to bring anything over. My Mom doesn’t really get why she can only talk to my siblings through the closed door, though it’s starting to become clearer to her. I go out to walk the dog several times a day, but the other dog walking neighbors stay on the other side of the street and wave, maybe yell a hello over the barking.

    As selfish as it is, I really wish this had all hit when I was still out west, so I’d have had an excuse to stay in the desert, instead of being the one who has to stay here. But then I think about my sister-in-law, who had the bad fortune to have a stroke during the pandemic. She’s gone through the hospital and now rehab all alone; my brother and nephew aren’t allowed to visit her. My problems pale in comparison.

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  2. March 29, 2020 at 11:04 PM

    Awesome game plan you have there, looking ahead in case you need an isolation partner. 🙂

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  3. March 30, 2020 at 9:43 AM

    I’ve been looking for an update! You’re probably in the best case, way out from the crowds and big cities. I’m glad life is going on for you with little interuption. Take care. Drink a toddy for me. 🙂

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  4. March 30, 2020 at 4:45 PM

    Mary! Good to see you again. I’m sorry for your mother’s plight – but if you’re anything like her, she’ll make it through 🤗

    I’m sorry we never connected while you were out and about. Maybe next year?

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  5. April 5, 2020 at 8:47 AM

    I’m sorry that I’m the one to bring bad news to you but you need to know. It’ll be much more than a week before what you consider normal touching will be safe.

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    • April 5, 2020 at 5:28 PM

      Possibly. It depends on where I’ve been and where they’ve been. For now, it’s mostly elbow bumps 😊

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  6. May 29, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    At least you guys have things planned out. I actually just found your blog for the first time as a result of the pandemic, so I guess that’s a positive.

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    • May 29, 2020 at 7:10 PM

      Everything is about perspective, I’ve learned. I’m a long time rose colored glasses type. It’s just my nature. So glad you found something of interest here! Time for an update soon, methinks!
      Be well, travel lightly.

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