About

Hi, everyone. I’m Lenny Flank, the Electronic Nomad, currently wandering around the country fulltime in a converted camper van.

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Why live and travel in a van? Because I can.  🙂 I’ve always wanted to travel the country, and this is the best and most flexible way to do it. Since I’m 54 years old and not getting any younger, I wanted to do the traveling while I’m still young enough. And since I make my living online and can do my job anywhere that I can get a wifi signal, this is the perfect opportunity to live the hippie vagabond life I always wanted to live.

You can follow along with me here. I’ll be posting stories about the people I meet, the places I go, and the logistics of van living on the road. And if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from everyone.  🙂

 

UPDATE: I’ve been asked for a “bullet list” of some of my favorite places that I have visited. It’s a reaalllyyy long list, and I’ll try to keep it updated as I go along … (Some of these are places I visited before I started van-traveling.)
Alabama

BIRMINGHAM: Civil Rights Institute, Botanical Gardens, Southern Air Museum, Sloss Furnaces

HUNTSVILLE: Nasa Marshall Space Center

MOBILE: USS Alabama, Fort Gaines, GulfQuest Museum, Estuarium, Alligator Alley, Audubon Wildlife Refuge, Fort Blakeley

Arizona

PHOENIX: Musical Instrument Museum, Commemorative Air Force Museum, Phoenix Zoo

TOMBSTONE: OK Corral

TUCSON: Pima Air and Space Museum, Titan II Missile Silo Museum, Sonora Desert Museum

WINSLOW: Meteor Crater

Petrified Forest/Painted Desert

California

LOS ANGELES: Walk of Fame/Graumann’s Chinese Theater, LaBrea Tar Pits, LA County Natural History Museum, Disneyland, Warner Bros Studio Tour, Aquarium of the Pacific, California Science Center, Petersen Auto Museum

Connecticut

GROTON: US Navy Submarine Museum

HARTFORD: Dinosaur State Park, Mark Twain House, New England Air Museum

MYSTIC: Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport Museum, Harkness State Park
DC

Smithsonian Museums (all of them), Monuments and Memorials on the Mall (lots of them), Fords Theater, International Spy Museum
Delaware

REHOBOTH: Rehoboth Beach, Fort Miles/Henlopen State Park, Dogfish Head Brewery

WILMINGTON: Hagley Museum, Delaware Natural History Museum, Delaware History Museum, Fort Christina Park, Brandywine State Park
Florida

BOCA RATON: Morikami Museum, Gumbo Limbo Nature Park

BRADENTON: South Florida Museum, Leffis Key Park, Mixon Fruit Farm

CLEARWATER: Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Marine Aquarium

FORT MYERS: Edison and Ford Winter Estates, IMAG Science Center, Big Cypress Preserve, Six Mile Cypress Slough, Manatee Park, Sanibel Island

JACKSONVILLE: Osceola National Forest, Olustee Battlefield, Kingsley Plantation, Museum of Science and History, Fort Caroline, Catty Shack Big Cat Rescue

KEY WEST: Aquarium, Hemingway House, Mallory Square (be sure to see the Cat Man), Fort Taylor, Butterfly Conservatory

MIAMI: Everglades, Seaquarium, Vizcaya Museum, Coral Castle, Wings Over Miami Air Museum

NAPLES: Naples Zoo, Delnore-Wiggins State Park, Freedom Park, Southwest Florida Conservancy

ORLANDO: Disney, Sea World, Universal, Skeletons Museum, Gatorland, Titanic Museum, Orlando Science Center, Audubon Birds of Prey Center, Reptile World Serpentarium

PALM BEACH: Flagler Museum, Peanut Island

PENSACOLA: US Naval Aviation Museum

SARASOTA: Mote Marine Aquarium, Jungle Gardens, Classic Car Museum, Ringling Museum

ST AUGUSTINE: Marineland, Alligator Farm, Castillo de San Marcos

TALLAHASSEE: Mission San Luis, Mag Lab, Lake Jackson Mounds, St Marks Wildlife Refuge, Museum of Florida History

TAMPA/ST PETE: Florida Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Dali Museum, Busch Gardens, Sunken Gardens, Fort DeSoto, Weedon Island Preserve, Boyd Hill Preserve

TITUSVILLE: Nasa Kennedy Space Center, Warbirds Museum
Georgia

ALBANY: Riverquarium

ATLANTA: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola, Fernbank Natural History Museum, Zoo Atlanta

AUGUSTA: Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta Canal, Woodrow Wilson home, Reed Creek Interpretive Nature Center, Fish Pedicure at the Mall

SAVANNAH: Tybee Island, Fort Pulaski, Museum of the Eighth Air Force, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Wormsloe Historical Site

Illinois

CHICAGO: Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago History Museum, Navy Pier, Willis Tower (Sears Tower), Millenium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, Boat Tours
Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS: Speedway Museum, Indiana State Museum, Indiana Historical Society, Tippecanoe Battlefield, Childrens Museum

 

Kansas

TOPEKA: Combat Air Museum, Brown v Board of Ed Historical Site, National Guard Museum, Museum of History

 

Kentucky

LEXINGTON: Fort Boonesborough, Raven Run Nature Park, Ashland Henry Clay house, Aviation Museum of Kentucky

LOUISVILLE: Slugger Factory Museum, Falls of the Ohio State Park, Kentucky Derby Museum Churchill Downs, Mega-Cavern, Muhammad Ali Center
Louisiana

BATON ROUGE: Capitol Park Museum, USS Kidd, Magnolia Mound Plantation

SHREVEPORT: Water Works Museum, Barksdale AFB Museum, Gators and Friends
Maine

PORTLAND: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House, Fore River Wildlife Sanctuary, Fort Williams Park, Duck Tour
Maryland

BALTIMORE: Ft McHenry, Inner Harbor, Historic Ships, Aquarium, Science Museum, Edgar Allen Poe House and Gravesite, B&O Railroad Museum, National Cryptologic Museum Ft Meade

FREDERICK: Antietam Battlefield, Harpers Ferry
Massachusetts

BOSTON: Lexington/Concord, Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill, New England Aquarium, Old Ironside Navy Yard

 

Mississippi

BILOXI: Bioloxi Beach, Jefferson Davis House, Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum

TUPELO: Shiloh Battlefield, Elvis Presley Birthplace, Automobile Museum

VICKSBURG: Vicksburg Battlefield, Coca Cola Bottling Museum, Lower Mississippi River Museum
Missouri

KANSAS CITY: World War One Museum, Steamship Arabia Museum, Union Station, Lakeside Nature Center

ST LOUIS: Budweiser Brewery, St Louis Zoo, Science Museum, Cahokia Mounds, The Arch

Montana

BILLINGS: Little Bighorn Battlefield, Pictograph Cave State Park, Pompey’s Pillar

BOZEMAN: Museum of the Rockies, Museum of Computers and Robotics, Grizzly Encounter Rescue Center

Nevada

LAS VEGAS: Neon Museum, Atomic Testing Museum, Mob Museum, Nevada State Museum, Springs Preserve

New Hampshire

PORTSMOUTH: USS Albacore Museum, Strawbery Banke Museum, Great Bay Wildlife Refuge

New Jersey

TRENTON: Old Barracks Museum, Monmouth Battlefield
New Mexico

ALAMOGORDO: White Sands, Space History Museum, Trinity Nuclear Test Site

ALBUQUERQUE: BioPark Zoo Aquarium Garden, Nuclear History Museum, Petroglyph National Monument, Unser Racing Museum, International Balloon Museum

CARLSBAD: Carlsbad Caverns, Living Desert State Park

ROSWELL: UFO Museum

SOCORRO: Very Large Array Radiotelescope

New York

ALBANY: Saratoga Battlefield, USS Slater, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

PLATTSBURGH: Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga

NEW YORK CITY: Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Central Park, American Museum of Natural History, USS Intrepid, Times Square, Coney Island

North Carolina

ASHEVILLE: Biltmore Estate, North Carolina Arboretum, North Carolina Nature Center, Katmandu Restaurant

CHARLOTTE: Carolina Aviation Museum, Kings Mountain Battlefield, Cowpens Battlefield, Guilford Courthouse Battlefield, Schiele Science Museum, Reed Gold Mine

FAYETTEVILLE, RALEIGH, DURHAM: NC Museum of Science and Life, US Army Special Operations Museum, Duke University Lemur Center, Museum of Natural Science

KITTY HAWK: Wright Brothers Memorial

WILMINGTON: Moores Creek Battlefield, USS North Carolina, Fort Fisher, Fort Fisher Aquarium

 

Ohio

CINCINNATI: Museum Center, Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium, American Sign Museum, Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Observatory

COLUMBUS: Columbus Zoo, Franklin Park Conservatory, Historical Society Museum

DAYTON: US Air Force Museum, Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop, Carillon Historical Park, Sunwatch Archeological Park

TOLEDO: Museum of the Great Lakes, River Raisin Battlefield, Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Fort Meigs, Imagination Station Science Museum, Swan Creek Park

Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY: Murrah Building Bombing Memorial, Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma History Center, Osteology Museum, 45th Infantry Division Museum, Sam Noble Natural History Museum

Pennsylvania

ERIE: Maritime Museum, USS Niagara, Presque Isle State Park

HARRISBURG: Gettysburg Battlefield, Boyd Big Tree Preserve, Civil War Museum, PA State Museum, Army Heritage Center, Wildwood Nature Center

LEHIGH VALLEY: Liberty Bell Shrine, Stacks Bethlehem Steel Museum, Lost River Caverns, Historic Bethlehem Park, Washington’s Crossing, Martin Guitar

PHILADELPHIA: Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Valley Forge, Independence Seaport Museum, Franklin Institute, Academy of Science Museum

PITTSBURGH: Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh National Aviary, Heinz History Museum, Phipps Conservatory, Frick House, Science Museum, Fort Pitt Museum

POCONOS: Steamtown, Gray Towers
Rhode Island

Roger Williams Park, Fort Adams, Easton Beach, Save Our Bay Aquarium, Slater’s Mill Historic Site

South Carolina

CHARLESTON: Fort Sumter, Submarine Hunley, SC Aquarium, USS Yorktown, Charleston Museum, Magnolia Plantation, Dorchester State Historic Park

COLUMBIA: Camden Battlefield, Eutaw Springs Battlefield, SC State Museum, Congaree National Park

MYRTLE BEACH: Ripley Aquarium, Alligator Adventures, Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge, Wheels of Yesteryear

Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA: Ruby Falls, Chickamauga Battlefield, Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Lookout Mountain

MEMPHIS: Graceland, Mississippi River Museum, Fort Pillow, Civil Rights Museum, Botanical Garden, Lichterman Nature Center

NASHVILLE: Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage House, Fort Negley, Lane Motor Museum
Texas

AUSTIN: Museum of the Weird, LBJ Presidential Library, Bullock History Museum, Texas Memorial Museum, Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin Aquarium, O Henry House

BROWNSVILLE: Palo Alto Battlefield, Space X Spaceport, Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Gladys Porter Zoo, Boca Chica Beach. Day trip into Matamoros.

CORPUS CHRISTI: USS Lexington, Texas State Aquarium, Museum of Science and History, South Texas Botanical Gardens, Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve

DALLAS: Sixth Floor Museum, World Aquarium, Perot Museum, Cavanaugh Air Museum, Frontiers of Flight Museum

FORT WORTH: Stockyards, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Fort Worth Aviation Museum, Vintage Flying Museum, Fort Worth Botanical Garden

HOUSTON: Nasa Johnson Space Center, Hermann Park, USS Texas, San Jacinto Battlefield, Natural History Museum, National Museum of Funeral History

SAN ANTONIO: Alamo, Riverwalk, Buckhorn Museum, Witte Museum, San Antonio Zoo, Botanical Garden

Vermont

BURLINGTON: Lake Champlain, Echo Aquarium, Maritime Museum
Virginia

ALEXANDRIA: Manassas Battlefield, Fort Ward, Mt Vernon

LYNCHBURG: James Madison home, James Monroe home, Thomas Jefferson home

NORFOLK: Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach, Virginia Aquarium, USS Wisconsin, MacArthur Memorial Museum. Also take the Navy base cruise from the maritime museum.

RICHMOND: Civil War battlefields, Three Lakes Nature Center, Museum of History and Culture, Museum of Science, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

WILLIAMSBURG: Jamestown, Yorktown, Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, Mariner’s Museum, York River State Park, Fort Monroe

West Virginia

Greenbrier Nuclear Bunker

Wisconsin

APPLETON: Outagamie County History Museum

OSHKOSK: EAA Museum and Airshow, Menominee Park and Zoo

 

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Lenny,

    I’m interested in the logistics of the van experience. For instance, what make and model did you pick for transportation and why? How do you have it outfitted? How often do you stay in the van rather than a hotel/motel? Fascinating journey, by the way. I’m having lots of fun reading your adventures.

    Mike DesCamp

  2. Hi Mike.
    Thanks for your interest in the blog and my trip. I live fulltime in the campervan and never stay at a hotel or RV park–I live exclusively in Walmart parking lots.’
    Your logistical questions are discussed in these posts:
    https://lennyflank.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/selecting-a-van-2/
    https://lennyflank.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/the-logistics-of-living-in-a-walmart-parking-lot/
    There are also occasional posts about other logistical matters such as mail, electricity, internet, etc.
    Hope you find it useful. 🙂

  3. Hi, Lenny

    Hey Lenny you should post videos on your youtube channel of your travels.

    Signed Presley

  4. PS– i miss being able to do movies for YouTube. I still have a few scripts for fan films laying around that I’ll now probably never get the chance to shoot.

  5. After reading some of your recent posts (love the historical facts and great photos), I’ve decided it’s time to go back a few years to start from the beginning of your awesome journey.

  6. Hey Lenny, I’m a journalist writing a story on non-native species in Florida. I just ordered your book, Florida’s Invaders, and was wondering if could talk to you by phone at some point?

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