This Damn Van

User: Antonia.Scarlata
Dates: 4 Sep 2017 - 1 Nov 2017
Duration: 1 month, 4 weeks

On September 5, 2017, we (Antonia & Brian) finally set out in Amber, a 1989 Ford Econoline class B campervan, coincidentally with category 5 hurricane Irma on our heels. Finding gas was a struggle, and we decided to put off grocery shopping, but we are ready to explore and experience!

Wednesday 1 Nov 2017 17:44

And back south we go! Headed for Chesapeake City, Maryland, where we will work through the winter before continuing our adventure in the Spring with renewed excitement and fuller bank accounts!

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 15:06

I insisted we stop in Concord at the setting of Henry David Thoreau's simplistic stay at Walden Pond in the 1840s.

Posted: Oct. 31, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 9:07

We can not get over how many absolutely incredible people we've come across! At Sea Dog Brewery, we met Meg and Justin, who surpassed any perceivable notion of generosity and not only sneakily paid for our food and drinks, but handed us a key to their vacant home for the night (with a hot tub, I must add). With all the terrible incidents we hear about in the news, rest assured; there are AMAZING people like them out there!

Posted: Oct. 31, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

Monday 30 Oct 2017 16:57

After an insanely stormy/windy night at Walmart with limited sleep, we stopped in Camden, where we met Cory, a crew member on a beautiful old ship headed for Key West in a few days.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

Sunday 29 Oct 2017 13:17

We drove up to Cadillac Mountain the other day, which had quite breathtaking views.

Posted: Oct. 29, 2017, 5:17 p.m.

Sunday 29 Oct 2017 11:53

Beautiful day up in Acadia National Park! The leaves are finally changing nicely and we can start wearing jackets. Now we're ready to head back down to Maryland to work for the winter, before continuing the adventure in the spring!🍁🍂🚍

Posted: Oct. 29, 2017, 3:53 p.m.

Saturday 28 Oct 2017 15:21

Had to get a Maine lobster roll..

Posted: Oct. 28, 2017, 7:21 p.m.

Saturday 28 Oct 2017 11:48

Beautiful day up in Portland, ME. We made it up here!🎉

Posted: Oct. 28, 2017, 3:48 p.m.

Friday 27 Oct 2017 17:03

On the road again🤘🏻

Posted: Oct. 27, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Wednesday 25 Oct 2017 12:56

We have a new faucet! With every "fix" we made to the old one, the leaks got worse, and eventually we could've washed dishes UNDER the sink. Add to that an oil change, new thermostat, coolant change, super-glued the windshield wiper back on, laundry and reorganization... it's been a productive few days!

Posted: Oct. 25, 2017, 4:56 p.m.

Friday 20 Oct 2017 12:43


Posted: Oct. 20, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

Friday 20 Oct 2017 12:12

Quick stop at the Milford quarry🤘🏻

Posted: Oct. 20, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

Thursday 19 Oct 2017 17:32

Golden hour at Fort Wetherill

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Thursday 19 Oct 2017 12:28

"Miami Beach"... of Lyme, CT.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 18:08

Stony Creek Brewery; right on the water & there happens to be live music tonight.. Brian's psyched🤔

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 12:32

Beautiful day, and what a cute town. Thank you Travis for the recommendation!

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017, 4:32 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 16:20

We got lost on what was going to be a pretty short 2-mile hike, but finally getting up here on the quite rocky trail was well worth it! And deserving of a cheap beer in the hammock🍻

Posted: Oct. 17, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 15:47

We finally arrived at one of the very few campgrounds still open this late in the season, and the owner immediately took us on a tour of the grounds in his mint-condition old Pontiac Tempest before putting us to work directing campground traffic and delivering wood.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017, 7:47 p.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 13:29

'Twas a lovely day for a walk along the lake.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017, 5:29 p.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 12:30

Missed the first 10 state-line signs... but here's to Connecticut!

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 19:22

Definitely the most comfortable we've been camping at a Walmart! What an interesting community🙃

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 11:22 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 17:03

Had to stop by Angry Orchard, which was honestly pretty great. The tree house was awesome and though we aren't generally into cider, it was impressive!

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 15:01

On the field where Woodstock happened! The museum is also definitely worth a visit.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 7:01 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 12:03

Just crossed that bridge into New York

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 4:03 p.m.

Saturday 14 Oct 2017 15:09

Little hike to Crystal Lake Dam

Posted: Oct. 14, 2017, 7:09 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 15:57

Made a spooky stop in Centralia, PA... Population of 7, and home of a coal mine fire beneath the ground that's been burning since 1962. Previously PA-61, this is now the abandoned "graffiti highway". As we were leaving, an emergency air-raid siren started going off nearby. On the way down the mountain there was a trail of road-flares leading to a truck that had seemingly just flipped over on the shoulder... As we write this, we realize it's Friday the 13th... I suppose this'd explain the weird day!

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 7:57 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 13:51

We happened to suddenly be 0.5 miles from the oldest brewery in America- Yuengling, so naturally, we had to stop. It also happened to be perfect timing, as the last tour of the day had just started. Very cool place!

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 5:51 p.m.

Thursday 12 Oct 2017 20:38

Finally back on the road after a "mini vacation" in Brian's hometown. We sure missed the sweet ambiance of our beloved Walmarts!

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 12:38 a.m.

Sunday 8 Oct 2017 21:18

Van night, featuring Neo and Syd.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 1:18 a.m.

Sunday 8 Oct 2017 17:57

In classic Maryland fashion; Crab fest!

Posted: Oct. 8, 2017, 9:57 p.m.

Friday 6 Oct 2017 15:05

The wonderful Uta Mother met us in Baltimore!!! Perks of her job ❤️🍻What a great time!!

Posted: Oct. 6, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

Friday 29 Sep 2017 14:56

Woodwork convention in Oxford, PA

Posted: Sept. 29, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

Thursday 28 Sep 2017 13:33

Stopped for lunch at Prettyboy Reservoir with this pretty boy 😏

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

Wednesday 27 Sep 2017 12:21

Stopped in Frederick; such a quaint little city!

Posted: Sept. 27, 2017, 4:21 p.m.

Wednesday 27 Sep 2017 0:56

We boondocked in an empty campground last night, and while gathering and chopping up wood, Brian came across some that seemed to be radioactive... I googled it, and it turns out this was "foxfire", bioluminescence created by fungi on decaying wood. The next two hours were spent trying to get a good photo of it- one of the coolest phenomena we've experienced!

Posted: Sept. 27, 2017, 4:56 a.m.

Tuesday 26 Sep 2017 13:16

Climbed up to Jefferson Rock at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia

Posted: Sept. 26, 2017, 5:16 p.m.

Monday 25 Sep 2017 15:14

Stopped in Alexandria for rush hour...

Posted: Sept. 25, 2017, 7:14 p.m.

Monday 25 Sep 2017 12:29

Stopped in for a tour at Skyline Caverns.

Posted: Sept. 25, 2017, 4:29 p.m.

Saturday 23 Sep 2017 11:20

Gorgeous day in Sherando National Park. After a night spent partying with the lovely camp hosts and filling up on more home-cooked food than we've seen in quite some time, we're headed on a hike.

Posted: Sept. 23, 2017, 3:20 p.m.

Thursday 21 Sep 2017 0:25

Found an awesome free campground with 24/7 facilities, plenty of camp spots, great quiet ambiance and no check-out time🤘🏻

Posted: Sept. 21, 2017, 4:25 a.m.

Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 16:45

Stopped at a beautiful vineyard yesterday. Loving Virginia!

Posted: Sept. 20, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 19:23

After a lovely early breakfast we hiked a 3 mile trail (only mildly painful for our out-of-shape selves), cooked up an exquisite stir-fry, then rode 8 miles up to the summit of Roan Mountain, which was absolutely breathtaking. Quite the perfect end to our brief stay in Tennessee.

Posted: Sept. 19, 2017, 11:23 p.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 17:58

Wine & dine in the woods?

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Monday 18 Sep 2017 16:08

Roan Mountain, Tennessee

Posted: Sept. 18, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

Saturday 16 Sep 2017 16:36

21st Annual BrewGrass Festival in Asheville; over 50 local breweries with samples, great bands, and it was definitely a worthwhile time🍻

Posted: Sept. 16, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Thursday 14 Sep 2017 13:16

Famous 12 Bones BBQ, favorited by Obama... I must honestly admit that Brian's is better.

Posted: Sept. 14, 2017, 5:16 p.m.

Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 14:20

Stopped at the House Cat Museum...

Posted: Sept. 13, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 10:11

It was such a windy night, and we stupidly put the awning out, then the crank snapped off and we had to engineer a way to get the awning back in before it tore a hole in our home, but we did it! Quite the beautiful campground and chilly weather.

Posted: Sept. 12, 2017, 2:11 p.m.

Monday 11 Sep 2017 13:17

We decided we might as well wait out the remnants of Irma (54 degrees and rain) so we just hopped on over to Germany, of course.

Posted: Sept. 11, 2017, 5:17 p.m.

Sunday 10 Sep 2017 23:34

Left Nut Brewery took us in as "refugees", staying open 2 hours after closing, giving us free beer, and offering up their parking lot as a campground for the night. Beyond southern hospitality!

Posted: Sept. 11, 2017, 3:34 a.m.

Sunday 10 Sep 2017 17:56

Trying to decide which direction to head in...🌬🚍

Posted: Sept. 10, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Sunday 10 Sep 2017 13:39

Providence Canyon, slightly less grand but very cool nonetheless. Of course, we didn't check the radar before making the 40 minute treck so we had to ride the motorcycle back in the cold, wet Alabama rain.

Posted: Sept. 10, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Saturday 9 Sep 2017 22:39

First campfire of the trip

Posted: Sept. 10, 2017, 2:39 a.m.

Saturday 9 Sep 2017 19:41

We had to return to OBC; by far the coolest brewery we've been to, which we happened to stumble upon in the middle of nowhere, GA several months ago. As we were leaving today, the owner pulled up and he personally invited us to spend the storm inside the brewery with him and the rest of the "family" if we needed to. We are SO psyched to be meeting such incredible people!!

Posted: Sept. 9, 2017, 11:41 p.m.

Saturday 9 Sep 2017 16:34

We are too excited about this cotton...

Posted: Sept. 9, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Saturday 9 Sep 2017 15:16

Alabama! Finally out of Florida and this trip feels real! 🛣🚍

Posted: Sept. 9, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Friday 8 Sep 2017 22:50

Tallahassee van night

Posted: Sept. 9, 2017, 2:50 a.m.

Thursday 7 Sep 2017 15:37

Happy hour oysters at Outz' in Newport FL

Posted: Sept. 7, 2017, 7:37 p.m.

Thursday 7 Sep 2017 13:14

We decided to avoid the crazy traffic on 95, the turnpike and 75... 98 isn't much better. Lots of campers and packed up cars are heading out of here!

Posted: Sept. 7, 2017, 5:14 p.m.

Thursday 7 Sep 2017 9:34

The cool weather just got us incredibly excited. We live in a van!

Posted: Sept. 7, 2017, 1:34 p.m.

Wednesday 6 Sep 2017 19:56

Beautiful Cedar Key

Posted: Sept. 6, 2017, 11:56 p.m.

Wednesday 6 Sep 2017 16:43

We tend to meet the most down-to-Earth local people at brewery stops, and then there's such great beer! Never thought I'd enjoy a brown ale- much less a PEANUT BUTTER brown ale🙃

Posted: Sept. 6, 2017, 8:43 p.m.

Wednesday 6 Sep 2017 11:05

Weird creatures already

Posted: Sept. 6, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

Wednesday 6 Sep 2017 9:09

It's pretty nice not having reception once in a while!

Posted: Sept. 6, 2017, 1:09 p.m.

Wednesday 6 Sep 2017 7:02

Neiberts Fishing Camp; we were by far the youngest and only temporary campers and we both reeked of cigarette smoke from the bar but there's nothing like a run-down Campground with old southern men and free sunrise coffee!

Posted: Sept. 6, 2017, 11:02 a.m.

Tuesday 5 Sep 2017 21:27

Our gourmet first dinner💵

Posted: Sept. 6, 2017, 1:27 a.m.

Tuesday 5 Sep 2017 19:05

The infamous hitch we blame our delayed start on ;)

Posted: Sept. 5, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Tuesday 5 Sep 2017 18:45

And we are off! Finding gas was quite the challenge thanks to the hurricane mania, but we found some.

Posted: Sept. 5, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

Monday 4 Sep 2017 13:45


Posted: Sept. 4, 2017, 5:45 p.m.

This Damn Van

User: Antonia.Scarlata
Dates: 4 Sep 2017 - 1 Nov 2017
Duration: 1 month, 4 weeks

On September 5, 2017, we (Antonia & Brian) finally set out in Amber, a 1989 Ford Econoline class B campervan, coincidentally with category 5 hurricane Irma on our heels. Finding gas was a struggle, and we decided to put off grocery shopping, but we are ready to explore and experience!

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the cabin seems untrackable, but hope you made use of the hottub😘

back to the roots....

Mystic next?

you guys really get everywhere...I once saw a report on TV about this fire which is actually burning all my life already...indeed all very spookey...

hahaha you happened to be!🤣👌🏼

pretty quiet here...

still following....#cool

Cooking skills!! By far.

so please clarify? His dish or his cooking skills? what is better👀

ugh #notyethurricaneexperts😘😂

habt Spaß und passt gut auf Euch auf! Wo seid Ihr heute? :-*

love you guys! take more care!😂

good morning guys and take care...