I left last Thursday, March 17th. In 7 days, I’ve gone 680 miles.
I’ve done so much work and so much research the last few months.
I headed to New Jersey to visit my friend Nate. While I was in NJ, I figured I’d check out Great Falls in Patterson. Definitely worth seeing.
I met up with Nate the next day. We ate ribs, played pool, and drank hard cider. We met another van dweller at a bar that night. She bought us both shots.
I said goodbye to Nate and headed south toward Shenandoah National Park. I bought the $80 annual park pass. That means I can get into any national park for the next 12 months. Not a bad price considering I plan on going to several national parks this year.
I didn’t really go deep into any hiking trails here. I just wanted to drive through Skyline Drive so I can make my way to Alabama. I only stayed one night and parked on one of the overlooks. This is a typical view while driving through.
My favorite road so far.
They look like toys.
The mountains look like a painting.
I made a new friend. Her name is Ana. She has her own blog here.
I want to remember these mountains.
Skyline Drive turns into Blue Ridge Parkway after exiting the park. This road had some awesome overlooks too. I found a good spot here to camp.
Sometimes I just look at my compass and drive South West instead of using GPS.
I found the perfect spot to watch the sunset. I ended up sleeping here.
This morning I had to find a Walmart and a UPS store to ship things. I spent the day doing my taxes, and going through all the photographs I took. There were some other RV’s here.
My favorite thing to do when I hang out in parking lots is play guitar.
Here is the current status of my van. The only thing left do to is connect some wires and run some hoses. I might wait until I get to Alabama for that. I’m enjoying the road too much right now.
I can’t believe I was able to fit everything I own under that bed.
I loved so many things about this week. Clocks and time are less important. I don’t care to look at them and it makes it easier to stay in the present moment. I love waking up and forgetting where I am. I love how every two hours of driving south I can get out of the van to see unfamiliar people, styles, and behaviors.
I am still in the adjustment period of van life. I find myself hanging out in the driver’s seat a lot. Pre-Van Life, sitting in the driver’s seat always meant I was waiting for something or someone. Sometimes I have to snap myself out of that state of mind and remember that I’m actually at home.
I’m ultimately heading toward Alabama to see my dad. I’m not sure where I’m going tomorrow. I’ll decide when I wake up.