four years ago today [2012.09.17]
i spent this day at the campground i arrived at the day before. i most likely worked on the computer or took it easy and rested in the camper. around dusk, i went for a walk down the path to the river. i probably cooked soup or pasta or something simple. living life on the road, i often ate cereal for breakfast (or sometimes oatmeal), and veggie wraps for lunch. as mini-meals, i would snack on bars, bean chips with salsa, apples with peanut butter, or something else i could easily eat between wanderings. i occasionally would stop for a sub with eggs and veggies or a veggie taco somewhere. i don't recall cooking too often, though it was nice to have the burners in the camper and be able to cook something simple when i did do so.
i'm looking back at what i wrote on this day, and it looks like i was realizing how much stuff i had brought with me. i do recall this first journey of life on the road being a bit ridiculous in the amounts of stuff i had with me. i honestly didn't know if i was coming back or for how long i'd be gone, so i had pretty much everything with me. i remember having to step over things or move multiple things around just to find what i was looking for. the journey the following year was much simpler as i didn't carry as much. minimalism in life, especially life on the road, is an enormous help. besides making it easier to find things, it frees up mental space of things you need to think about or take care of.
i know if i were to do life on the road again, it'd be much simpler this time around.. in the technological improvements alone, i'd need much less gear to be able to create the same kind of images and videos i did on this trip. when thinking about acquiring something new or keeping something old, have a look at how much you'll actually use it and consider if you really need it. if you're barely gonna use it, it's probably not worth getting or keeping around. it's also helpful to only keep something that's versatile with multiple uses. i used to have gear that was only for very specific types of shots that would take up so much space and just sit there for weeks, months, or longer.