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#GnomadQuestions : "Do you travel around with a gun or any type of weapons in the van? What do you do for protection?"
We do not have a gun in the van, no. We have seen no reason to have a gun, but we understand why others may feel comfortable with one. In full disclosure, in my past I have fallen into some dark mental spaces, so I do not feel comfortable having access to a gun if I were to fall into these dark areas again. And that's about that.
We have several ways to protect ourselves. We have two dogs, one of which has the pit side of her more pronounced than the other. This extra level of protection says nothing about #pitbulls / pit mixes, but more along the lines of people's perception of pitbulls. When people don't know Nymeria, they initially are more intimidated by her than say, Crow, our former miniature dachshund - that is until Nymeria starts bathing them in kisses and cuddles. 😅
We have a machete which has never been a means of protection, but is a weapon in a worst case scenario or zombie apocalypse. We also have items like pocket knives and pepper spray stashed in random parts throughout the van if need be.
As far as protection from animals in the wild, we always load ourselves and the girls with bear bells. Most of the time animals attack out of fear - especially if they are startled by unexpected company. So when we're in the middle of nowhere we make a lot of noise. We talk loudly on our hikes, we holler for the girls frequently even if we can see them, we may sing songs or stomp around as we hang out outside just to let the surrounding wildlife know that we're there.
Finally, the biggest tool we utilize when it comes to our safety and protection is listening to our instincts - trusting our gut. In our almost two years on the road we have had only one situation where we felt uncomfortable and intimidated and we chose to follow our gut, pack up the van and move on. Nothing bad happened, and four of us slept comfortably that evening with the decision we had made.
What about you? Do you travel with a gun or any weapons? Have you ever had to use them? What steps do you take to protect yourself?
#muddin || Van at a steep sideways angle, no cell service, no traction. Every move brought us closer to a steep hill.
It had rained the night before and the ground was muddy and slick. Andrew tried to drive up the incline but didn't have enough speed and traction to make it up onto the pavement. As he backed up to try again, the van started sliding sideways and down a hillside that got steeper and steeper. We tried some self rescue, but the van kept slipping sideways, every time getting closer to falling over sideways.
We started hooking up the van to @es.cott and @insa257 ford transit, but a friendly semi truck driver stopped and offered to pull us out. We hooked up the recovery strap, had everyone stand on the uphill side of the van, and slowly were pulled to safety. Disaster averted 😀.
In the second picture you can see how deep the mud was that we were dragged out of and the bushes we destroyed.
We have plant life! Well technically we’ve had them a couple of weeks now but I’m just so impressed we’ve managed to keep them alive this long I thought I’d better share whilst I can!! I’m thinking they won’t require much water (which is good as I’ve only remembered once to water them!) I just hope they can cope with an arctic chill!
5 1428 hours ago
From the ocean to the mountains to the desert. Van life is always changing and always adapting to new places and new situations. Van life forces you to constantly step outside your comfort zone.
Es werde Licht
Morten bekommt zu dem großen Hauptlicht noch dimmbare LED Lichter eingebaut.
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Aber bis die eingebaut werden können, muss noch etwas gebaut werden
Damit fangen wir am Wochenende an.
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13 11323 hours ago
Too cool for school so we #roadschool and cheer for our bestie at his basketball game in Arkansas. TBT to good times with @hshelton & family + fresh cuts from @arkansasbarber + wolf hats. Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold. 💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛