FeaturesPete Cottell quit his job in Ohio and moved to Portland to live in a van. Read why here and follow his adventures all summer here. What do you do when you’re pushing 30 and you haven’t achi...More
Why I left a comfy job and sweet apartment in Ohio to live in a van in Portland.
I’m lying on the backseat of a busted old conversion van
that reeks of oil and cigar smoke in the parking lot of a Space Age gas
station near the Portland-Gresham border. It’s not quite 6 am,
Look down your street. Even if you live in the West Hills,
there’s a good chance you’ve got a van or two parked nearby. Vans are
everywhere in Cascadia—and some of them double as houses.
Now that the dirt and shame have been washed away and the effects of that jeffrey I accidentally smoked during the four minutes I spent watching Steve Aoki have reached manageable levels, it’s time to reflect upon a weekend of musical adventuring at the Gorge. City-slicker festivals like MFNW and More