In the later months of summer, we started a DIY project for the record. We found a piteous, neglected Shasta camper along the side of the road with a "For Sale" sign crammed in the window. We pulled a sharp u-turn, got out to observe it's forgotten potential and a few days later bought it.
Truly, we purchased lil' Shasta with a plan of flipping her for a profit. But, as what we thought would be a week or two of work, turned into a multi-month long project - we slowly welcomed her to the family.
Just the other weekend, a new friend asked Joel what we do in our free time. I laughed to myself as I heard him trying to respond. A long pause. "well." Another long pause.
What is free time? Like I said, this has been a DIY project for the record. To spare you a long list of grueling details, I instead whipped together a few clips from the process (that is before things got crazy and I stopped recording - I must take after my mother).
All walls had to be rebuilt and we took an un-recommendable approach to doing so - we took all aluminum siding off. Perhaps the most frustrating part of the process resulted from that decision. Those wobbly pieces of metal (or pieces of ShAsta as I'd say) did not want to play nice when it came time to reassembling.
But man! is she cute! And her paint job (props to Joel) came out awesome. More to come.
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The next question that should be asked is, “How can I minimize my impact?”
To consider this question, it is helpful to know the seven Leave No Trace Principles. Leave No Trace (LNT) is an organization that encourages responsible recreation by teaching outdoor ethics. I encourage you to read through each principle and jot down a list of impacts that you can identify from your own recreation, and to the side, brainstorm a tangible way that you can minimize each impact.
Type II fun, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, is the kind of fun that is not so enjoyable while you’re actually doing it - but is completely worth the discomfort and effort after you’re done. In contrast, Type I fun is the type of stuff everybody loves, like a blue-bird powder day or hopping on that super long party wave.