Total Days On the Road: 298
States Visited: 41
Canadian Provinces: 8
Countries by plane: 3
Miles Driven: 31,000
PB & J Sandwiches Eaten: 100 each (approximately)
Many people have asked us “What’s your favorite…”
That question gives us pause. We haven’t really been in that mode, assessing things and ranking them. I don’t say that from a high mountaintop of enlightenment, possessed with an evolved non-human ability to experience the world with mindful non-judgment. Hell, we are still debating which peanut butter brand is better, and which state has been “the friendliest,” and which state not-so-much.*
Sometimes the towns that we think are going to be “the best” end up being “just fine” and the restaurants that Google says “you can’t miss” we wish we had driven past and avoided. Our policy of “ask a local” has been the best way to find hidden gems that we would have probably otherwise missed, hidden in the towns that we had never heard of before. The moments that we didn’t see coming have turned out to be the most memorable, and the paths that we have taken without planning have led to the greatest adventures. We’ve tried to be open and accepting of each new experience, grateful for the novelty and novelty’s ability to slow down the passing of time, harvesting something–even just a moment of learning or growth–before moving on.
But they say opinions are like butts. Everyone sits on one.
And so, in the spirit of judgment, here is our attempt at a “Best Of” list from the past 9 weeks on the road…
Favorite Town: Provincetown, Massachusetts
Favorite Wildlife Preserve: Chincoteague, Virginia
Favorite Rock: Newfoundland
Favorite Museum: The Barnes Collection (Philadelphia, PA)
Favorite Harbor Town: Copenhagen, Denmark
Favorite Recent Meal:Italian Sub at Capriotti’s (Wilmington, DE)
Favorite Skill Based Activity: Spoon carving class (Gloucester, MA)
Favorite Spectator Activity: Tottenham Hotspurs v. Chelsea (Wembley, UK)
Favorite Hike: Underhill State Park (Burlington, VT)
Favorite Autumnal Activity: Apple Picking (Brattleboro, VT)
Favorite Cocktail: The Creole
The reality of van life prevents constant nature-bonding and soul-gazing by roaring campfires. Sometimes you just gotta watch TV.
Favorite Show Currently Viewing: Schitt’s Creek
Favorite Show Recently Viewed: Great British Baking Show
Favorite Movie Recently Viewed: Tale Of Tales
Many people are surprised to hear that we still like to talk to one another. And they are floored to learn that we tend to do so while driving, rather than listening to music or podcasts. But when we do feel aurally inspired—usually by a particular landscape or memory flooding back—we fire up Spotify and curate a playlist, often yelling requests fueled by 80’s nostalgia.
Favorite Current Road Music: Waylon Jennings, Phillip Glass (seriously, those two are all we listen to)
Favorite Current Podcast: Crime Town (Providence, RI)
With the holidaze fast approaching, we anticipate some visits with family and friends, decorating the van with festive good cheer, and wrapping up our current adventure early next year…
Love from the road,
Matt, Ted and Julius The Van
*We won’t publish those opinions here. Ask us in private and we’ll let you know.