Originally from Kansas, USA, Kyle Batson is a photographer and designer and will soon be living full-time in his converted camper van. You can see more of his photography at kylebatsonphoto.com.

Midwest Vanlife Gathering

Now that I'm on the road, my first outing took the form of participating in the first Midwest Vanlife Gathering. I must admit that my introverted nature created some initial trepidation, but as soon as I arrived that feeling melted away. If any future encounters with fellow travelers goes nearly as well as this one, I will be ecstatic. The people were so friendly and inviting, I really felt like I was part of a larger community.

 A view from overhead of a handful of the 100 vehicles who participated.

A view from overhead of a handful of the 100 vehicles who participated.

At one point, we created our own little tour group that went around to many of the vehicles to see inside. A big shout out to Marsha for being the gregarious leader of our posse.

The weather was not particularly favorable, but I believe that was one factor that help cement that sense of community. By the time most of the vans were leaving on Sunday, there was a considerable amount of mud. I must express my appreciation to Bob, the Forest Service employee who winched me out of a little mud hole I managed to get myself stuck in.

Below is a collection of a few photos from the event. I'm certainly looking forward to the next one.

Peace in Nature

Peace in Nature

Mechanical hiccups