Dama and Dig

i was catching up on emails this morning after our internet-less weekend away and a wonderful letter from Anna Fusco was just so awesomely serendipitous & co-incidental, as i had literally just read this book and listened to this podcast.

both are stories of people who one day decided to hit the road and leave their ordinary lives behind – whether it was to go on a quest, or for no particular reason at all but to experience the open road… Anna & Nate are on the same path, having bought a thirty year old camper van and setting off on April 1st “with nothing but our cameras, our dog, the books we couldn’t bear to leave behind, and a new sleeping bag courtesy of my mother.” 

Since then, we’ve been traveling the U.S. without a calendar or a particular destination, living off of canned beans and tortilla chips. I’ve been religiously documenting every step of my wanderlust, the beauty and the breakdowns. Trust me that the van isn’t the only thing having an occasional meltdown. But that’s life, that’s van life, and I like it.

Everywhere we stop, people tell us they wish they could do what we do. I want people, women especially, to know that they CAN live in their VW campers and eat their cake too. I say women in particular because for some time it appeared to me that this was a seemingly male dominated “lifestyle,” attainable only by ex-professionals turned religious surfers (i.e. Foster Huntington, another big inspiration) – not by shrimpy twenty-something city girls too attached to their Swedish Hasbeens to “rough it” and too afraid of big waves to surf.

be sure to follow their adventures at Anna’s blog Dama and Dig. all photos by Anna Fusco.

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7 Responses to Dama and Dig

  1. Reptilia Tuesday 7 May, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    These photos are amaizng!! Love them!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  2. tARA dEACON Tuesday 7 May, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    I also want to TRAVEL IN A VAN AND EAT TORTILLA CHIPS AND TAKE BEAUTIFULL PHOTOS!

  3. Joy Tuesday 7 May, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    this is totally freaking awesome!

  4. sara Tuesday 7 May, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    thank you for sharing this :)

  5. Megs Tuesday 7 May, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    My backyard! :)

  6. jENNIFER Tuesday 7 May, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Love this- My sweetie and I were just talking about this last night. Selling almost everything we own, letting go of things where we are now and moving to a winery in Paso Robles to work and have simple happieness. It just feels like the universe is pushing us in that direction which is fine by us.

  7. Second Floor Flat Sunday 19 May, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Like everyone else has said, this is incredible! thank you for sharing. aside from the beautiful pics, this is also (obviously) super inspiring. happy sunday!

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