Meet Toni and Scott:
They're living full-time in their Honda Element with their two substantial dogs, Walter and George. Both are swim coaches (the humans; the dogs swim avocationally). Toni describes her work with young kids as helping them relate to people better, speak more effectively with adults - a set of life skills - and almost incidentally she helps them become better swimmers. Scott works with older kids and young adults, superior swimmers who are headed for watery greatness. His work is more focused on the mechanics of swimming, and helping kids reach their scholarship and Olympic goals.
They have given themselves a year to find their own Utopia. A place that feeds their soul and jobs that feed their food habits. They've been offered jobs, but not in places where they want to live. Toni says she'd settle in a heartbeat if there were only a swimming pool in the Escalante Wilderness.
When we met them, they had snuggled in tightly against the Duck to shelter from the punishing winds we'd been enduring on Bird Island Basin. Which was fine, except that their too-cute rig was also snuggling the exhaust on our generator, so we got a little depleted waiting for them to move. Annie eventually took our rig for a drink and potty break and pulled back in a little further away.
They don't have a toilet or any refrigeration. I asked them about stealthing, but their handy pop-up makes them conspicuous, and without it they're sharing the bed with George and Walter.
They had some solar equipment that I covet:
The Powerfilm line of solar chargers is especially rugged and remarkably thin, as you'll notice because I'm remarking on it. The 30 watt charger folded up to be about the size of a spiral notebook (that's an iPad you can rip pages out of). If a panel should become damaged, it doesn't take the array out of the game.
We rode our bikes to dinner.
|Bring mine with a chainsaw and an artichoke.|
This was a bit too much alcohol for Annie, and she had to walk her bike home. I mocked her from the sidewalk where I was resting; I don't remember the details, but the officer was nice.
Where are we going next! The giant car wash! Where then! I don't know! It's a mystery to all of us! As soon as I know, I'll tell someone!