All too often my people hear me lament, “I want my cabin in the woods!” Every time things get a bit overwhelming or the noise and busyness of daily activities begin to assault my sometimes fragile senses, I cry out for my cabin in the woods. Actually, it’s more like George Costanza’s father, Frank, screaming, “Serenity Now!”
Currently, for more reasons than I’d like to enumerate, I’m unable to purchase or build my cabin in the woods. However, rather than go without my respite of serenity, I decided to build my own custom-made, hand-tailored, mobile cabin in the woods. This way I can take it to the woods when I need to or even take it to the beach. Heck, I could walk out of my back door and enter my cabin in the woods and pretend I’m somewhere else.
What I’m getting at is instead of purchasing the Scamp that I’ve been wanting for years (and having to purchase a vehicle to pull the Scamp), I’ve decided to find an older van and rebuild it to my liking. When I say van, I’m talking about either a used Ford Econoline van (preferably 250) or a used GMC van (2500). I still haven’t decided whether or not I wanted an extended cargo van. I do know, however, that I want a high-top because I need to be able to stand in it.
Custom Van Renovations
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time watching YouTube videos and reading various blogs about building out vans. There are even companies that do it professionally. For my purposes, I’m looking at my custom rebuild as a labor of love. I’ve never done anything like this before, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done.
My people think I’m a little off my rocker (and maybe I am). However, I’m the one that really needs/wants the cabin in the woods. I need/want a place to get away from everything every so often. I need/want to do this rebuild. It gives me something to look forward to and fantasize about when things in my current setting become overwhelming.
More Benefits of Mobile Cabin in the Woods
We’re approaching retirement age and we haven’t a clue as to where we want to settle. I see the mobile cabin as a way to tour around and experience life in different states, cities, suburbs and rural areas to see where we would like to make our next home. Heck, we may even take to the nomad life and make anywhere our home. I say we, but it’s really ME (hubby isn’t quite on board with my plan).
I’ve lived a traditional life all of my life. Tradition is fine in some areas, but I know it is past time for me to buck tradition and live non traditionally for a while. After all, as I look at the current state of the world, especially here in the US, and see where tradition got us, I think I’d like to spend a bit of non-traditional time. Facebook has become traditional, meeting and actually talking to neighbors is less so. Eating frankenfood has become traditional. Knowing your farmer and where your food comes from, not so. I could go on and on, but I won’t.
Beginning the Process
The process has already begun. As so many wise people before me have said, “Thoughts are things.” I’ve already had the thought. That’s the first step to making my dream become a reality.
Now for the more practical stuff. I have to find a way to finance this endeavor. I’m an able-bodied woman (unfortunately, I can no longer say I’m an able-bodied YOUNG woman). However, able-bodied is able-bodied. I will find employment to finance my mission. And the hunt begins…
I’ve never been so excited about finding employment before. 🙂