The Plan & Making of the Upstairs:
Dylan and I have been talking about doing a road trip down to the Baja for about a year now, he was able to get some time off work this winter, and well lets be honest I never have a job I am fully committed to unless it is my Photography work( except this specific one , hopefully no future employers read this) so I quit my super awesome under-paid graduation photographer position at the outdated studio that was draining me of all creativity and we hit the road! Well only after what seemed to be weeks (probably only 2) of building Dylans rooftop camper( which we soon came to refer as the “upstairs”) that he put a lot of work into designing. A lightweight sleeper that will sit on top of the canopy & roof rack, when popped down it is very low key and resembles a Tule box, pop it up however and we had a very spacious sleeping pod for two (or 3 small humans since Dylan is 2 of me). It had small windows on either side and front for airflow and a skylight window to watch the stars. This thing is amazing for road trips for over packers like us , plenty of space left in the truck bed for surfboards, camping/cooking supplies, luggage and all the necessary toys of your choosing.
I like to claim that “WE” built it together but in reality all I did was supervise and hand him the important tools (usually the wrong ones) and supply him with occasional snacks, and the use of my muscles to move the thing.
We had planned on leaving right before christmas, but after few set backs and Dylan being sent to San Diego for work put us back about a week. We finished the master-piece new years eve and were finally ready to take off January 1 2019!
We decided that we would Drive through Idaho into Utah where we would then drive through Zion National park, and into Arizona, where Dylans friend Jame’s parents Darch & Kathryn would so generously host us for two nights just outside of Phoenix.
Here are some photos I snapped on my iphone while we were building the camper. Stay tuned for more posts and photos of the adventure :)
Also Check out Dylans work he does incredibly rad things and I’m not just saying that because he is my boyfriend.