Saturday, October 31, 2009


here are a few clips from our journey from camping out on the beach in Jacksonville, Fl and on the road to Atlanta, GA...

more to come...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Day 1 - 2

watch the video below...that's what's up.
(and from now on to easily distinguish b/w the Matts when updates are in text form... Matthew Thomas will be referred to as "Gatsby" and Matthew Baker will be referred to as "Baker")

Our first day was a trip from Jackson, MS to New Orleans, LA where we checked out Bourbon street and had some cajun cuisine for lunch and then on to the outskirts of Pensacola, FL where we camped out.  It rained heavily the entire night.  Our tent wanted to blow over, but it didn't.  Our sleeping bags got soaked.  The next morning we went straight to the nearest laundromat and dried our sleeping bags, brushed our teeth, and air dried the tent.  We then drove all the way to Orlando, FL.  We met up with a few Alaska friends for dinner.  (Hopefully Seaira will post those pics on her facebook.)  The second night we also went to the Blue Martini, compliments of Connor Kelly.  We had to see what it was all about since he always talks about it on his facebook posts. We are in Orlando for two nights.  Tomorrow we will head to Georgia.

We'll see what happens. 


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

First Repair is the situation.  Matt B. is from California.  Matt T. is from Illinois.  David is from Mississippi.
The beginnings of the road trip include Matt B. flying from the west coast to pick up and start up his old minivan which is apparently entitled "The Blue Demon" in Springfield, MO.  He is to then drive 3 hours to Illinois to pick up Matt T. and then drive 8 hours south to pick up David in MS.  Upon restarting the van after it had been in hibernation for almost 6 months, it proceeds to overheat after driving down the road a short distance.  One way or another, the overheating stops without taking it to a mechanic and The Blue Demon supposedly runs fine now.  However, the van makes it to Illinois to pick up Matt T. and one of the tires is splitting open.  

Less than 3 hours of driving time and having yet to pick up all of the road trip members (David awaits in MS), the van is having its first repair...a new tire.  Let's hope this is not an indicator of minivan problems to come.

haha...this is going to be good.

Matt & Matt are in Illinois.  The van will get a new tire.  David is in Mississippi.  He waits on this 20th day of October, 2009 for them to arrive.  It is just after 1:00p.m.  The Matts have yet to get on the road south.

Let's hope the second repair doesn't come anywhere between IL & MS.  Let's actually hope the time between the first & the second repair is substantial and won't come for a long time later in the road trip, if at all.

...the journey...begins?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Minivan Diaries

Plan: Road Trip America

Mission: Explore the US...down to the nitty-gritty...while having fun and enjoying life.

Adventurers: Matt Baker, David Barger, Matt Thomas

Destination: Any where our desire and will may lead us within the boundaries of the contiguous portion of the USofA.

Transportation: Old old minivan.

Commencement: October 20, 2009 (ish)

Duration: 2 months (ish)

We will attempt to chronicle our journey entitled "The Minivan Diaries" through a series of blog entries through the mediums of text, picture, and video.

(See also our You Tube account:

We want to see and travel the world. We figured we might start with our own backyard...America.


Matt, David, Matt