The First 90 Days of Van Life

November 18, 2017 marked the 90th day of Team JUsT living in The Prairie Schooner. While the first few days were quite the learning curve, with a few harrowing experiences, we both think that this is absolutely the best choice for our Next Chapter! The dogs are still enjoying the never-ending car ride. The old…

Noonday Sun through the Live Oak

Colorado Bend State Park, Texas

Our first completely off-grid trip in the Prairie Schooner was to Colorado Bend State Park Texas. We had always, on prior test drives, been within close proximity to electricity/water/air-conditioning/potty/people who loved us… This was the first real Field Test of the Prairie Schooner and our preparations for #VanLife . ​Colorado Bend State Park Texas The…

Bowl of ham and bean soup

Solar Dinner

So, one of the posts that I have been remiss in posting, was that we tested out the Solar System by (drumroll) cooking with the 120v system using the crock pot!  A solar dinner… While electricity is a poor way to create heat, one of my favorite kitchen “tools” is my old 1980’s crock pot…

Showering, Bidet, and Hot Water

Showering, bathing, and hygiene is a concern when you’re planning on living in a van full-time. While I look forward to being “HomeFree”, I don’t want to look unwashed or smell suspect. LOL!  We had discussed this in depth, before deciding to live in the Prairie Schooner, and had found several options for bathing and…