Over Coffee is a series I suppose, where I can post my morning musings while I wait for the sun to rise.  Before the world gets itself into a big hurry, I drink a cup of hot, black coffee, with a hint of cinnamon.  Nothing too serious at this time of day, just some random thoughts and ramblings.

Anyways, I’m glad I have the coffee, cause the sun went and tucked itself behind the clouds for the day, and I’m freezing under a flannel and beanie in northern New Jersey.  From the front porch of a temporary place to call home, I check out my 91 Ford camper van half way through renovation.  The camper has all the perks of home; shower, toilet, kitchen and bed, stuffed into a 19ft shell.  “So, this is what it feels like to be a home owner,” I laugh at the idea. Somehow I’ve ended up walking a fine line between a hippy and a…well, I don’t know. But if I cross that line someone better come drag my ass back over (no offense to patchouli lovers everywhere)!

I’m not looking to escape to a new life or leave society behind.  It’s the ever changing view that excites me about life on the road.  A northeast swell one month, a Rocky Mountain sunset the next.  Seaside dives to throw back a few beers, or fly fishing at a bend in the river spotted from the drivers seat, I’m up for it all.  It’s the unexpected moments that no amount of planning can prepare you for.  What could amount to being a big pain in the ass, life on the road isn’t easy I hear, leaves open the opportunity for greatness.

When the fresh paint dries on the old, wood cabinets, the new floor is laid down, and the surfboards are strapped to the top, we’ll be off in search of experiences.  A constant work in progress, my new home mirrors my life; in need of some fine tuning, but ready for the road ahead.

For a little back story on the upcoming trip, check out Lighter Footprints: The Road to Carbon Neutral Travel.

Here’s some photos of our renovation if you’re interested.  Feel free to send some ideas my way.  Looking into putting a solar panel on the roof to keep the batteries charged up.  What do you think?


Lauren Rains


Out goes the Carpet


Kyle FitzPatrick

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Kyle FitzPatrick enjoys photography, a bit of writing, playing the gui-tar, surfing, skating, building stuff and dabbling in just about anything.

About The Author

Lauren Rains is the editor at large of Outdoor Minded Mag. She is struck by wanderlust, and spends most waking hours of her life either exploring the outdoors around the globe or working on various passion projects be it film to microadventures to cooking chili. You can read about her adventures in life, biz and travel on her blog TheMadToLive.com, and catch up with her on Twitter at @LaurRAINS.

2 Responses

  1. Emily Kinskey

    What an adventure. We have an old airstream on Isla Palenque (island in Panama where I work) that I would love to renovate and get on the road one day. Drive it up from Panama all the way to Alaska…a girl can dream! Keep us updated on the process.