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My name is Dave Walsh. This is Betty White.

2013 I was working for a tech company here in

Boulder and they were a start-up and they were just kind of running out of

money is what it was and it just so happened that I was in Mexico City at

the time when they laid me off. I was at a friend's parents house or their

grandparents house actually and these folks were like dirt floor poor, but they

couldn't have been happier. They were such happy people and I was like I was

sitting there and just gotten laid off from my job and realized all right I no

longer have this stable paycheck coming in. What am i doing?

I looked around and was like, "these guys just make ends meet", you know? Their uncle

sells soap. Her other cousin has a taxicab that he gets paid and I was like

"alright, I'm gonna try to just make ends meet." So I came back to the states. I

still had six months before I was going to hike the PCT. I started a handyman

business and just started hustling and over the course of six months paid my

truck off, paid all my bills off, had savings then and I realized like you can

do this. I don't have to have a nine-to-five. I don't have to be a slave

at a desk, you know? I don't have to work for somebody else's dream all the time.

I can do what I want to do.

Like the first thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail got into Yosemite

Valley on the 4th of July and realized we were over hiking like we had had

enough. We just weren't excited about like going any further north. We had just

hiked the John Muir Trail section of it and it was the most beautiful hiking

I've ever done. We hitchhiked into San Fran, went to REI, bought bicycles, like

just full-on and then planned a 2,000 mile bicycle tour through the Pacific

Northwest. Just rode up the one in to Portland to Coeur dAlene

Idaho. Idaho into Bozeman Montana. It was amazing and living that way we

didn't have a lot of stuff with us. We had just what we could carry. When we

went from backpacking to having to having panniers on the bike and being

able to carry like a bottle of wine with us was such a luxury. When we got back to

to like the front country basically came back out of our adventure I was like

"alright, how do I do this for a living, how do I make this happen?". I had met a

girl that was a Knowles instructor and had told me about it so I started

pursuing a career in outdoor education and to become a professional guide

and I realized that a lot of folks were living out of their Subarus & Tacomas

and I didn't want that. I wanted to be able to stand up and cook dinner and

have a place to call home. I was traveling a lot and just decided that I

was wasting money on rent and why not just take my life on the road and be

other places and live a minimal lifestyle?

This is my van. This is Betty White. She's a 2012 Mercedes Sprinter van 170

inch wheelbase it's pretty empty compared to what it typically is. Betty

is actually on the market for sale I'm transitioning back into apartment life

for a short time as I take on the process of building out vans for other

folks that want to take on this lifestyle

so yeah Betty's pretty empty right now typically the way she would roll is we'd

have two bikes stood up right here mounted to the floor and I'd have

Tupperware bins over here and under my stand-up paddleboard tucked inside

filter all myself she's fully insulated with sheeting on the ceiling you've got

a fan got LED lights a refrigerator hand pump sink with

and gallons of fresh water I kept the van really simple as like a an

adventurer van I didn't want an RV and then a big thing was making sure that I

had good fuel mileage I get almost 20 miles to the gallon in the van even

built out I've got a nice little little pantry here for all my food I've got

some storage underneath and drawers for all of my clothes and other gear the bed

is almost a king sized bed you don't find that in many bands it's actually

more comfortable than any bed that I've slept in I sleep so well in here a lot

of storage options in here too I wanted to make sure I could bring like all of

my gear with me climbing and mountain biking for a while I had a dirt bike on

the back of the van doing motocross stuff I wanted to like have the

adventurer with me all the time and have the gear to do it she's done some 4x4

I've taken her out a couple places got her stuck I get her stuck real real good

in a Crested Butte we we went out there to go mountain biking and ended up

parking in like this big field all open beautiful area you can see the mountains

and then it rained for a day straight and we couldn't get out so thankfully

this guy towed me out he gave me a pull but he pulled me out and I just kind of

kept on the gas afterwards and I hit hit this pothole like this big deep hole and

launched everything from the left side of the van to the right side and just

every cabinet every drawer just emptied onto the floor so I spent like it's been

another 30 minutes there cleaning out the inside of the van and covered in

like this thick caked mud all over the floor on the van I meet a lot of people

in my travels that say wow it must be nice to live in a van like this they

make it seem like I'm doing something that's a privilege to me like anybody

can do this you can go out you need to get rid of stuff you don't need all the

junk in your house you don't need knickknacks and stuff like that

like get rid of it donate it you know sell the stuff on Craigslist put some

money into your travel fund people it seems like our too into their

possessions versus like their experiences but you go on an adventure

you go have an experience and you look back at it and you keep that for the

rest of your life and it's so much easier to carry around

in your small space then you know a trinket from here and there all the time

just make it happen set a plan to do it start by getting rid

of things and then and then hatch how to make money on the road to you know

trying to work remotely trying to find the other avenues of income and you know

recurring revenue stream it takes time it's something I haven't even figured

out yet yeah I would love it if folks would check out my Instagram I'm Dave in

action on Instagram and post a lot of photos and love sharing my adventures

with people and then sharing like the build process of the vans that I'm

building now

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