walmart parking is…

… a place for nomads. There is a story at wired.com called Meet the American Nomads of Walmart’s Plentiful Parking Lots.  I guess they never got as far north as Squamish, BC in their interviews.

a screen grab of the article

a screen grab of the article

It’s an interesting article introducing a subculture of people that have started to spend serious time “living” in their vehicles. We do too, but I’ve always considered time spent parked at a Walmart as a convenience choice, never viewed ourselves as part of a subculture. We plan on returning to other forms of life narratives, and this one just happens to work well for bouldering in this area.

At the same time, I totally see had we spent maybe 2-3 months earlier this year in Squamish like we thought we might, that it could/would get closer to a nomad life at Walmarts. For us, it feels more tangential to the “nomads,” more ephemeral. But I am guilty of not being bothered by the idea of living in a van. I guess if I didn’t climb, maybe I would just live in a Walmart parking lot in my van. No. Not really.

Sidenote: I’ve noticed that driving through Vancouver on the 99 is a bit more confusing now. Originally, when you drove in, and followed the signs, while driving north on Granville in the downtown area, you just have to take a right at a small sign to get onto Georgia; unfortunately, now (and we haven’t seen a sign for the second time), the last left turn forces you onto Smithe because Granville no longer goes all the way through. If you go that way and end up on Smithe, just make a right onto Hornby (past Howe) or Burrard then a left onto West Georgia. Another alternative is to exit early (right offramp) once you cross the Granville Bridge. Google maps shows it pretty well.

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~ by r. mulligan on 2013/11/03.

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