Just an update on my art. I made a bunch of pieces in celebration of my birthday. All of them were made with love, passion, and creativity spilling out of me. It had been a bit since I had done a set of pieces and I was so pleased with how these turned out. Please check these pieces out and make a purchase. All purchases help me out on my adventures and they all deserve a wonderful place to be shown off/displayed. Thank you guys so much for your continued support and I'm hoping to do another set here in the next month, maybe use bold colors and expand my color pallet. Stay tuned for that next set. It could be fun and maybe a bit out of the ordinary for me.
Here we go. The start to being 25. It's weird saying that number out loud but I also think it's because most people look down on the age of 25 or get worried about that age. It's a weird time. Back in the day 25 was an age where most people would have homes and kids going but in today's age, most people are struggling at age 25. We can't keep up with payments let alone afford a house. We have to have roommates and make sure to have high enough paying jobs just to pay our cards off. It really is a crazy time out there and most people are scraping by. Of course, I'm no different and hope that I can get things more settled soon.
With that being said I did decide to go ahead and make more art pieces on my birthday. All of them turned out to be beautiful works of art and I am proud of this series. I did a total of 9 pieces and all of them have a coat of epoxy on them to make them shine for many lifetimes to come. Please check them out and purchase one today. it would help me out greatly as I am looking to do more van renovations and travel next spring. Hopefully, by then, I will have a new job and the van will be completed. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
These three pieces are the only ones I made. I did a total of nine new pieces and all of them are ready to ship out and go to new homes. Each one is unique and made with lots of love and passion. Thank you all so much for your support and keep an eye out. I will be making the new van video here for you all shortly
These art pieces are all ready to go to new homes. Any purchases would be extremely helpful and much appreciated. Supporting artists is a huge deal and it not only helps us keep creating but it also decorates your home with original pieces made with love and dedication to the craft.
SO purchase a piece and help support the artwork that I make. I'm looking to make some more art pieces in the next few weeks so let's make some room for those new pieces.
Thank you guys so much
The next morning we woke up to a sound on my back bumper. Crawling to the back of the van I realized that we were literally surrounded by cows.
We had found a campsite that was free and about fifteen minutes from the sand dunes and I had decided that I wanted to go ahead and see the dunes during the day to get the full experience instead of just at night so we camped out and got up early to hit the dunes before it got super busy. But being woken up to a scratching sound was not my favorite thing in the world. I thought we were being broken into and I was ready to fight someone when I got up.
With the realization that we were surrounded by cows and scaring the **** out of him to stop rubbing on my van, I got up and started the day. It was easy enough, get up, get changed, go to the sand dunes and take Lylah out there for some fun. We spent about an hour out there just walking on the dunes and enjoying the time of freedom she had but within an hour it was becoming apparent that it was getting too hot and I remembered why I hate sand but for the experience, it was worth the time out there. Lylah got to run around and be free before we started to make our way to New Mexico.
Now I have never been to New Mexico and I was kind of excited to see it and to explore a little bit before making the long 23 hours to get home. So driving around I decide to swing into a few little towns and on the way, I saw the Rio grande. Stopped and took a few photos and then continued on my way. Really I was just wanting to see what I could before we did a hike for the day but then guess what happened...at a half tank of gas...the van started acting weird...again.
So concerned I pulled into the gas station and filled it up and continued on my way. The gas situation was getting worse. Not happy and worried I decided to go ahead and skip the trail since it was another hour away from getting on the road which would make it a little over 24 hours to get back. So skipping that I Decided to make my way back to the main road to head home. Then the most heart-wrenching thing happened.
I was in the middle of traffic and suddenly the van starts to shake and sputter. Unsure of what was happening and thinking it was the gas thing I look at my gauge and it's barely moved. What the actual ****?
In a frenzy, I call my dad and put him on speaker and I start talking to him about what's happening. The van is shaking and my tank is practically full. We start talking about what's going on and there is a suspicion it's the fuel pump. Dad has a suburban and the engines are the same model and everything so he was also having some issues out west with it and he suspecting something funky was going on with the elevation and heat factor on the fuel pump in both vehicles. As we're talking suddenly the van stops working....at a stoplight...surrounded by cars. I'm panicking because now traffic is starting to move and I can't get the van to turn back on. At this point, I'm screaming that the van won't turn on and yelling at people around me, even though they can't hear me, and I managed to navigate this giant vehicle into a gas station on my right (luckily it was on a downhill) and someone was kind enough to let me in there with no hassle.
With my Dad on the phone, I pull into a parking area and put it in the park, and sit there. My lord, this was not ok. Taking a deep breath and finally calming down I turn the key and he fires up. Dumbfounded I sit in the lot letting it idle to see if it does it a second time while talking to my Dad. He tells me that when I get back to the lower elevation to let him know if it's still giving me issues and we can go from there. Taking a moment I thank him and apologize for screaming on the phone and hang up. Now I just had 23 hours of hopefully no problems getting home.
This trip taught me a lot about this vehicle and what needs to be fixed and it gave me an idea of what to look out for in the future when it comes to future travels or full-time travel. In honesty, I really hate having this happen because almost ****ting myself every time this does go down is ridiculous and I've never felt this way when going places and I don't want to continue to experience it. So of course the plan is to get it fixed so that I can travel with more ease but first, paying off that transmission I paid for.
Wow, I feel like it's been forever since I Have written anything. I am so sorry it's been so long. Life has been absolutely insane lately. I've been pretty much working every single day, then going out and climbing on small trips, working with lylah, and working on the van. I have been Just totally into this craziness. But guess what. I'm at my dad's place taking a much-needed break. I'm finally taking a big breath and just stepping back from my work life to really enjoy some time off. It's five days of being in this beautiful state, hanging out with my dad, and just enjoying this wonderful location. While I am here I am going to finally give you that second part of the van conversion I promised. I have time to sit and edit and post and there is a lot to go through and put up on my page. The van's first stages re-complete and it's exciting to show you guys the process.
So here is the first part of the video series
This weekend the second one will drop. So keep that eye out. And once again im so sorry its been so long. Its time I got back on top of this blog.
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