Permanent Vanlife is still about one year away, so I decided to get a feel for it, by planning multiple one-week trips in the van, throughout the US Southeast.

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Part of a 7-day trip to the Florida Panhandle in my Ford Transit Van Build.
Day 5

Besides enjoyment, the goal of these multi-day journeys is also to get a sense of Vanlife and to add or change part of the setup in the van, if necessary.

A much more detailed account of the trip can be found at AmericanVanLife.com

Florida Panhandle

As it started to rain persistently during the night, I left my Blackwater River campsite around 5AM. This early start allowed me to be earlier at the next destination.

Baker Block Museum

The main attraction is located behind the museum, where a dozen historic buildings from the early 1900s found a permanent home.

Dead River Landing Campground

The campground is suitable for large rigs, but has only access to the river. No easy hiking opportunities here. A kayak or small boat can be launched here, for a day on the water.

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Restored Old Gas Station

I wasn’t disappointed, when I arrived at this Florala, Alabama former gasstation. Someone had collected the numerous oil, gasoline and tire signs, that decorated several exterior walls around the station. Nicely restored gas pumps remind you of the past and a vintage truck is parked outside under the canopy.

Pitt & Sylvan Springs

These springs have only limited parking, but additional space is available just down the road. I was here during the winter period and like so many other places, practically the only person around. During summer though, you can expect long lines and according to the police signs, perhaps a less desirable public.

Garden of Eden Trailhead

The Garden of Eden trail is a strenuous hike in the highest parts of Florida. The 3.75 mile hike leads you through the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve, where you have to descend and ascend into and out of the ravines multiple times.

Greenboro Depot Railroad Museum

Built in 1907, the Greenboro Depot Railroad preserves part of the local history of the twentieth century.

Restored Old Gulf Gas Station

This restored Gulf Gasstation features an exquisitely restored building has several Gulf signs outside, including original pumps, tire inflator and other gadgets of the time.

Apalachicola National Forest Campsite

A boondocking spot close to town.

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