Proud to announce my new project. 1976 Toyota chinook. The universe has truly blessed me with this one. I can't say thank you enough to @martinbuechlertattoos for gifting me his old chinook. This things been passed down many times from @thegrttoyotavan to @martinbuechlertattoos and now me I will keep the adventure in this truck. I am so stocked for what the future has to offer. I'm looking for names for her so if anyone has any ideas comment below. #toyota#toyotachinook#1976
Paint! Much work ahead of me but progress is being made. #toyotachinook
16 593 September, 2019
1976 Toyota Chinook
170k Original Miles
One of the coolest rigs out there.
What to do with this? Restore? Flip? Keep? Daily drive? Light on fire for sacrificial ritual reasons? Future home? #toyotachinook#toyota20r#homeiswhereyouparkit
I am dying to be back on the road, heading to Bend Oregon for "Descend on Bend" @descendonbend
For those of you who don't know, last year I took a shot and departed home with descend as my only destination. The community and the passion that I was embraced by is unmatched to anything I have known. For anyone curious about what a nomadic life looks like, descend is certainly a great first experience.
The trip started with Descend and ended with months of travel, meeting countless lovely souls along the way. Travel is now a visceral calling in my gut.
However, I have returned back to where I have started to pick up where I left off (for a little while to work, and for a very special person) the Chinook is being honed and perfected as my last travels have made apparent some important changes needing to be done. My sporadic travels will fill my weekends as they allow and my responsibilities take the rest. Thanks for the follow, I'm still getting out. We're still getting out. 🙃
Some good info if your considering purchasing an old Toyota camper. There is an easy way to tell if your Toyota RV has a safe axle. First of all, all models of Toyota RV built after 1987 were built with the upgraded safe axle. All models of Toyota motor home built in 1984 and before are required to have the upgraded axle due to the safety recall. In 1985 and 1986 some models were built with the upgraded safe axle and some were not. So it is up to you to be careful when inspecting the axle on any Toyota motor home you are considering to buy.
A simple inspection of the axle itself will tell you if it is safe or needs to be replaced. The safe axle will have six lug nuts, the unsafe axles were built with five lug nuts. The safe axle will also have a protruding center hub that has a ring of nuts around the outer edge.
So often #vanlife is showcased for its beauty~and that it is, certainly so. But we three Ladies agree that the #realvanlife is inarguably the better story. It’s that moment when washing your hair in a 24hour franchise bathroom becomes a decision you feel great about. It’s the people you meet broken down in a mechanics lot on the Friday before a three day weekend. The landslides, back roads, sketchy motel, or the tire that almost came off rippin down the 101. Sometimes it’s when life takes a turn that we get to see what this is all really about. These are the stories we tell and we wanna know, what’s your favorite real vanlife moments? #ladiesofvanlife#toyotachinook#chinook
So I’ve had a sparkly year, and when the sparkle fades, I’ve been left to face the hard fact that the reason I keep finding myself alone, is that I keep finding potential partners that are running to escape their “problems” & deepest fears, instead of challenging themselves to look inside & face them head on. Guys that literally tell me “you’re so sure of yourself & what you want, you make me feel like I don’t have it together as much as I thought.” Now, in case you forgot, I live in a 34 year old vehicle, work a fraction of the year, live below the poverty line because of it and quite often question my future involvement in society. I never thought I’d be the one in a dating scenario with their shit together.
I always felt like I was the problem. However, the “problem”, leading me to consistently attract people that aren’t ready to open themselves to a partner like me, is that part of me still feels like I do have a problem to sort out, deep within myself. Even after learning to love myself, there’s still a part of me that feels like I have earn the love of others, that I can’t be loved for who I am or without some sort of struggle. Working on those deeply ingrained ways of feeling will certainly take more than one year.
So, this wasn’t the year I met my #soulmate , but 2018 will forever be the year I learned about the patterns in my life that were leading to unhappiness, even though I had started to live a much happier lifestyle ( #vanlife ) for me and began to believe that I truly deserve to find someone that’s grown to know themselves enough to open themselves up to the opportunity of growing to know & love someone else. The year that I decided I truly deserve to love & be loved, despite being a single solo wild woman & dirty girl.
Happy New Year, ya filthy animals!
Oh, 2018 was also the year I decided to start writing a book. So, sorry, not sorry, about not writing instagram posts much this year. Clearly I write a lot. I mean, this was my attempt at making a single instagram post, and it ended up being 3.
Photos of me, in my happiest of places, taken by femme fatale photographer powerhouse, magic maker & fantastic friend @brookpifer
43 6877 January, 2019
Because I can’t do short form, this is PART I of III: “New year, new you.” The people that say that are full of shit. You don’t magically become a new person when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st. Heck, you probably won’t even be all that different of a person, come next New Year.
Being a professional dancer & working in the nightlife/service industry most of my early life, I often worked on New Year’s Eve, even when in relationships. I made myself some good holiday pay, I saw lots of people getting drunk, leading to couples fighting, and every year I learned that I didn’t want to spend my last moments of a year partying, like the people I was being paid to be part of a party for.
Since then, I’ve always made a point to be in a chill happy place, surrounded by chill happy people (& animals) when ringing in the new year. I’ve also felt a tickle of a yearning for the feeling of starting a new year, staring hopefully into the eyes of a partner, sharing hopes for the future year (& many more) to come, together.
Last year’s New Year’s Eve was the “last New Year’s Eve”, I swore, I’d spend around a campfire awkwardly (but still lovingly) hugging my other single friends, while all the lovers in love loved each other.
While there was no awkward campfire this year, and try as I might’ve in 2018 to open myself up completely to the opportunities this year presented in possibly finding a partner in life (aka dating), I was still without a mate to look towards the start of a new year shared together (aka alone). But I’m becoming more & more okay with that, being solo, maybe even teetering on the edge of preferring it.
21 5677 January, 2019
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