Hello all!  Loads has happened this past week, so my hope is to give you the basic facts of the case.  First off, if you haven’t seen our bit of fame on CBS’ KUTV you can watch that here!

(Just 24 hours after our story hit the news, our blog had been viewed over 5,000 times!  Welcome, to all the new readers!)

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The day after that aired, I got a call from a BYU finance professor who asked if Lizzy and I wouldn’t mind coming to his lecture that same day to do a Q and A session for his personal finance class.  He showed the clip, everyone laughed, and then he had us stand up to loud applause!  It was one of the more gratifying moments of the venture thus far.  I mean, who could appreciate the challenge more than a class of 300 young adults who are studying personal finance?  The professor told us (and the whole class) that if we were to commit to living in the van until we retired, we’d have saved something like 46 million dollars?  Good to know!

We also had our official van-warming party!

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We loved seeing all of you who came and really felt the love.  For those of you who weren’t able to come, you missed out on some awesome brats with J-Dawgs sauce!

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We had a blast, and it was really gratifying to finally be able to show people our “home” first-hand.  Just getting out of the Walmart parking lot was really good for us!  We were starting to feel this silent yet rising tension with each successive night that we slept there.  Immediately after the last of our 30 “van-warming guests” had driven off, we fired up our own engine and didn’t stop until….

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Driving up Provo canyon was a powerful moment for me, personally.  It was one of those times when everything just clicked.  THIS is what I had imagined it would be like.  Overlooking the valley was astonishingly beautiful, so we thought we’d stay.

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(Lizzy on Monday morning waiting for the sun to come over the mountain.)

Living in the mountains has been really neat.  I mean, really really cool.  But, it does lack some of the practical benefits of a Walmart or similar 24-hour facility.  Grocery shopping – as an example – has to be a little bit more methodical and premeditated.

The news clip closes with a question about using the bathroom in the middle of the night, which we almost disregarded responding that we “don’t usually wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.”  Wrong!  I realize that this may be a little bit personal, but I can’t just make it out that this whole experience has been all peachy.  Last night, Lizzy and I both had mild indigestion before going to bed.  Not thinking anything of it, we switched off the lights and went to sleep.  Well, at around 3 in the morning, had anybody been hiking through the shrubs of Provo canyon wilderness , they would have been shocked to find me desperately bush-whacking to find a place to do my business.  I’d have to say that it was the low point of the journey for me, thus far.

I kind of felt like I was being washed backwards down a waterfall…

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(Some cool sidewalk art we saw on campus.)

All in all, this week was great!  Exhausting, but in a full and gratifying way.  We got a more real sense for what the rest of this 100 day challenge could be like, and it was eye-opening.  Thanks for reading, and we hope that you all have a great week!

 

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