Monthly Archives: April 2017

VANLIFE, LIVING IN A CAMPERVAN –THE NEW YORKER

VANLIFE, THE  NEW BOHEMIAN SOCIAL-MEDIA MOVEMENT

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/24/vanlife-the-bohemian-social-media-movement

An anonymous neighbor put this article on our Roadtrek Camper Van.  The article was shockingly similar to our aims (sorry, without the nekkidness).  But who knows, trekking in a van is a growing thing for boomers too– for sure.

County Park in Pampa, Texas

On my last trip through the Texas panhandle, I took a break in this small town, well off the Interstate.  It was a small park with a dry lake, a few trees, and very hot feeling.  Not much to look at, but the town of Pampa did the best they could with their flat semi-desert land with ball fields, picnic areas, 5 acre lake, and even RV hookups and lavatories.

This sign was at the entrance, and put a slight edge to the visit.  I was the only person in the park– and didn’t stay long, rattled as I was.

Ghostly Golf Course in Cheyenne, Oklahoma

Two summers ago, avoiding I-70 West not far from the border with the Texas panhandle, I stumbled onto Cheyenne.  It is notorious for General George Custer’s night raid on a Cheyenne Indian village in 1868. Hundreds of natives, many sleeping women and children were murdered in one of the most horrifying deeds perpetrated by the US government against Native Americans.

Cheyenne today is emptying out– especially of young people.  This photo, taken in 2015, illustrates similar abandonment seen across rural America.  Even the sign looks like a gravestone in this haunted play land that has been shuttered for 8 years.

Custer was killed in the Battle of Little Big Horn (Custer’s last stand) 8 years later.  He was found, shot in the head and heart, and it was claimed his body was desecrated with ‘an arrow inserted into his penis,’ by the people he had been hounding across the prairies for nearly ten years.

The first leg (2,366 miles) of my 8,000 mile drive to the Pacific and back this summer

lEAVING THE END OF mAY

Prepping our trusty (hopefully) 2003 Roadtrek camper van for its first big journey.  Catheryn flies to Denver, then we head west through Nevada/Utah deserts. Stop in San Francisco/Petaluma  to visit friends and Evan, and pick-up Philip, who’s flying in from Portland, Maine.

Leisurely drive up the California Coast to spend a few days in Redwood National Park, then back to SF.

Catheryn and Philip fly east,  but I drive back the northern route through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, then down through Baltimore to visit old friends– then home to Davidson, NC.

The first leg of the trip West– Davidson to Denver, about 7 days mostly off-Interstate.

Will shoot vast quantity of stills and video, and blog each night for Atlas Obscura— mostly from State and National Park lands.  The van has a kitchenette, so will buy/cook food from farmer’s markets and groceries– with some exceptions.  Seeking quirky museums, ghost towns, old theaters, and all manner of roadside curiosities, personalities, and neglected cultures

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Robert Maier is a writer, producer, educator, specializing in cinema.