No, not four seasons because we are staying at a fancy resort in California instead of our van, but it does mean it is time to change up to a completely different season of outdoor clothing.
One of the biggest struggles with living out of a tiny van is having just enough room to pack everything you need. If I was only going to places that were warm then it would be super easy and I’d have tons of space. For me that was not the case. I planned to spend time in the mountains in winter, would likely hit some rain on the coast and planned to spend time on the beach, so I truly needed to pack it all, which I find takes up the most room and today was the day I got to change over to warmer clothes.
It is kind of an interesting feeling after starting 2 days earlier in British Columbia, where it was snowing like crazy and had freezing rain with horrible roads, to driving through TON of rain heading to Portland where it was chilly and foggy, to arriving in California the next night, hop out of the car and that air on your skin is warm. Not too hard to get used to and I was happy to fold up the snow pants, pack up the winter hiking boots and tuck them away so I couldn’t see them for a while.
Not sure if you checked out any of my van build videos, but the bench seat bonus is where all my coats and shoes all fit. Not only a bonus for Baron sleeping, but this extra storage is great for things you don’t want to see again for a little while, like a winter coat.
It was also nice to tuck away some of the heavy sweaters and move onto lighter clothing and not have to pack my day hiking pack with tons of extra layers just in case. Everything just got a whole lot lighter and even though Baron loves winter I could tell he loved seeing grass again too.
So happy to be back in California … shit I have a lemon tree just randomly growing right outside the window of my van right now. These things just don’t happen in Alberta … EVER. Let’s see where this California adventure will take us.
Let's get serious for a moment folks traveling with their 4 legged friends, especially in north Cali! While Baron was in the Redwoods, through our many days hiking he sadly pick up a tick and it tested positive for Lyme!