Barry

April 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Walmart parking lot in Yucca Valley is also a hotspot for RV’s and vans since they allow overnight parking in their lots, and are generally the only place locally to stock up on supplies. I had to make a shopping trip there and I ran into Barry who was parked next to me.

He lives in Alaska and has been flying into different regions in the lower 48 and taking two week trips at a time. He’s been doing this type of traveling since January.  He’ll fly into different cities where he stores his vehicle and then move on to other locations, store his vehicle elsewhere and fly back to Alaska. He had been to Death Valley and Anza-Borrego and was about to explore Joshua Tree before flying out of Vegas.

My jaw literally dropped when I saw his vehicle. It looked like such a beast, ready for any adventure on rough roads. He bought the vehicle in Sweden last year and shipped it to the U.S.  The interior was fully loaded with all the essentials for living on the road. He had a bed, a stove, a mini fridge, and plenty of storage space for gear.

When I asked him if he had any sentimental objects he said he had some laser pointers that his friend gave him as a housewarming present when he got this vehicle. He entertains himself with them at night in the middle of the desert, sometimes with some mind altering assistance. He has an instagram account where you can follow his travels: @gravitywellx

 


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This is a blog about transient lifestyles. I'm fascinated by people who live on the road for extended periods of time and I want to document what kinds of objects people decide to bring when there is limited space.  I'm particularly interested in asking about objects with sentimental or aesthetic value. What are the excess possessions that people bring for comfort or decoration, and what might this say about their character and identity? 

Joshua Tree National Park attracts a lot of interesting travelers and I want to share the stories of the people that I encounter here.

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