My job at Oboz is Education and Outreach Specialist. What's that mean? Essentially, it entails traveling around the country with my big, green Oboz van to deliver clinics at retail shops, attend large events such as grand openings and anniversary sales, be present at our dealers' One More Tree events, attend festivals like PCT Days, Trail Days and Banff Film Festivals, and have face time with our retail partners, their staff, and our consumers.
But, in these times of COVID-19, I've been relegated to having more face time with my computer than with people. It’s also given me a chance to go through the junk I've plastered on my desktop, dive through folders from 2018 and 2019 to see what needs to be dumped or remembered, and generally organize my home office life. Yes, totally boring.
Alas, there are always distractions. I happened to notice a few photos on my desktop, so I decided to dump them into the Photos icon at the bottom of my screen. Well, wouldn’t you know, hundreds of photos I'd taken over the last year or so during my travels popped right up. Distraction complete. And now I have a photo blog of my travels across America to share with you! Here you go...
First, let me acquaint you with my van. The place I spend most of my time.
Here it is!
The build. Definitely suitable for #vanlife.
Upon opening, you have the living room and kitchen. The butcher block holds a sink and stove on top, the fridge is to the right, my beer hidey-hole is under the bench (which is responsibly consumed once I've arrived at my destination and the keys have long been out of the ignition), and the front passenger seat turns around for when I have company.
Here's my bedroom.
And here's the business end.
The tray on the bottom slides out so I have easy access to all my swag, samples and demo sets. Up on either side, under the bed, is a cutout so I can slide my E-Z UP tent and other gear in and out of the way.
Some interesting places the van has taken me.
Here we are at the Trail Days festival in Damascus, VA last year.
Then, that time I visited the USS Alabama.
I did a quick self-guided tour of the battleship while I was in Mobile, Alabama.
More perks of the job.
At least once a year I have been able to get down to southern Florida and spend a few days with my Mom, 83 years young.
Of course, lots of interesting/odd things to see out there.
Below are some of the random things I've seen on my travels!
Now here's a story. I was holding a clinic in a store in the Midwest. I got to the part where I take out my skeleton foot to demonstrate flex point and arch length. The employees all giggled and I noticed them making eye contact with each other. Then I heard, "I think he's cool, we can show him." I said, "Show me what?" and they led me to a drawer in the back room. These are two real human skeleton feet. Back in the day, it was legal to own such items. This shop was over 80 years old and these were legally purchased back then. I must say, I was impressed by the delicacy and lightweight feel of these bones.
And lots of really cool things to see out there.
Here are a handful of the many neat things I got to experience during my travels.