The HPMDU and Betty, parked for the summer.

We’re Moving In to the HPMDU

I won’t go into a lot of details in this post, but do expect a lot of details coming up soon and regularly from here on out. Because…we are officially moving into the HPMDU full time this weekend!

There have been a lot of twists and turns since we became “intentionally homeless” back on February 15, but it’s all been trending upward. As always our “plan” — which I more accurately refer to as our “rolling 30-day plan” — has been agile, adjustable, and, to outsiders, changing with the tide. But to us? Well, to us it always all makes sense and that’s all that matters.

Where We’ve Been Since March

Currently we are living in the Shelter Bay community in La Conner, Washington. There are a lot of things to like about living in a town of approximately 900 people. Especially when you live on the Fidalgo Island side of town, on the west side of the Rainbow Bridge, and the tourists all stay on the east side. Finally, we found a tourist town where we don’t have to deal with tourists! It’s been interesting living on the Swinomish Reservation and someday I’ll write more about that.

The Rainbow Bridge, which connects Fidalgo Island and La Conner proper.

The Rainbow Bridge, which connects Fidalgo Island and La Conner proper.

It’s pretty posh here by our standards. We’ve played golf and tennis a lot. Well, I should say we have hit both golf and tennis balls around inside the allocated areas to do so. I am not sure we are actually “playing” either of those games — but we’re having fun, and again, these are the things that are important.

This pretty much sums up life in Shelter Bay.

This pretty much sums up life in Shelter Bay.

Also, the person we’ve been renting our space from here is completely awesome and that’s been really cool, too. Ironically, the people we’ve rented from here in La Conner and before this in Sedro-Woolley were some of the coolest “landlords” we’ve ever had. Oh the irony of choosing not to rent anymore!

This is the first time in a long time I am not itching to move. It’s the right time, no doubt, and I’m beyond excited to be moving into the HPMDU, but I’m not completely over where I’m at and that’s a welcome change as well. Every morning we get up and walk and see eagles, herons, rabbits, squirrels, and so many other birds. The sunrise and sunset are gorgeous. We got to see the annual Tulip Festival. Our apartment has an amazing patio that we drink wine and lounge around on. The cat has an excellent view of the outdoors. It’s pretty much everything we need (and yes, those things are pretty much all we need).

But we’re not the sort of people who stop at “pretty much everything we need,” which is not to say we are either right or wrong, just that’s who we are. And so, we’ve decided we were getting a wee bit comfy here and we were ready to make the next leap — into the HPMDU.

Into the HPMDU

The HPMDU is still back on the Olympic Peninsula, so that’s where we’ll be living again for June, July, and August. After that, we’ll begin the slow trek across Washington toward Wyoming. Who knows how long that will take.

The HPMDU and Betty, parked for the summer.

The HPMDU and Betty, parked for the summer.

For the last few weeks we’ve been going back and forth a lot between La Conner and the Olympic Peninsula to work on the HPMDU. We finished up the roof, got the water tanks installed, got the electrical system going, got some solar panels set up, put a composting toilet together, installed a temporary kitchen, built a deck, fixed a flat tire on Betty, and bought ALL. THE. THINGS.

We are both so sick of buying things. We have become hardcore about not spending money, so this has been a painful period for us, but I think we’re through the “worst” of it. We’ve opted to do a lot ourselves — like building our own shower stall — instead of buying overpriced and inferior products full of kill-you-in-your-sleep chemicals. We’ve also been doing a lot of repurposing and recycling. We found a great metal cabinet for our kitchen at a ReStore for $40 and an awesome enamel bowl that will be the dry sink in our bathroom on Etsy. (It’s possible my enthusiasm for shopping may be temporarily reignited by Etsy.)

Bringing home our loot from the ReStore.

Bringing home our loot from the ReStore.

We have a lot of plans for cool and budget-friendly stuff that we’ll be sharing over the coming months, so keep an eye out for detailed and photo-packed posts on all sorts of things that you can implement in any home, mobile or otherwise.

Oh, also — LED lights and a cow skin rug. Enough said for now. More on that later. For now, here are a bunch of photos of what we’ve been up to — much more detail and information to come!

photovoltaic charger

Winslow built an easy, temporary photovoltaic charging system so he could run his power tools off solar power.

My new office, aka Best Office Ever.

My new office, aka Best Office Ever.

My new/old office-mates: where we are staying is the same friend who adopted my sweet girls!

My new/old office-mates: where we are staying in the HPMDU is at the same friend’s who adopted my sweet girls!

Work in progress: the "patio" of the HPDMU.

Work in progress: the “patio” of the HPDMU.

How we keep the head of construction happy.

How we keep the head of construction happy.