For me, the challenge I find most difficult to accept is loneliness. Major concerns that presented themselves as I prepared for this lifestyle included safety and funding. In building my van I decided to forgo windows to make myself less vulnerable to outside dangers.
I had set out looking for a new place to call home, I needed more. I drove 7200 miles, all on rural backroads, exploring Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Washington.
Several generations of women—mothers and daughters, sisters and aunties and nieces—gathered, cooking over an open fire behind the high walls … More