Max is a hotshot firefighter that works on wildland fires from May to October every year. During the off season he travels around in his van, with his bike and kayak, fully equipped for outdoor adventures. He revisits Joshua Tree for extended periods of time and had spent a month in the area during December. He was headed for Oregon when I met him. He's been repeating this cycle of seasonal work/travel for over three years now and his last permanent residence was in Colorado.
What I found most interesting about his possessions was his clear love of music. He had a record player inside and his ceiling was lined with records held down with bungee cords. He also had three instruments with him as well. I was impressed with the level of organization in his vehicle. He had a neatly kept bookshelf, a rack for essential oils, and stacked shelves in the back for his fishing gear and other items. He had an assortment of keepsakes on the dashboard including an alligator skull, rocks, and seashells.
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This is a blog about transient lifestyles. I'm fascinated by people who live on the road for extended periods of time and I want to document what kinds of objects people decide to bring when there is limited space. I'm particularly interested in asking about objects with sentimental or aesthetic value. What are the excess possessions that people bring for comfort or decoration, and what might this say about their character and identity?
Joshua Tree National Park attracts a lot of interesting travelers and I want to share the stories of the people that I encounter here.