The Perseid meteor shower is peaking right now, so go outside tonight and look up to see them. While you’re at it, consider what would happen if a 200-foot diameter meteor exploded three to six miles above the ground. That’s exactly what happened in a (fortunately) uninhabited part of Russia on June 30, 1908. Real Life Lore ponders how such an event would affect the world of 2021.
The explosion was as powerful as 3–30 megatons of TNT. For comparison, the Castle Bravo explosion, the most powerful known US nuclear test, was 15 megatons. If such a meteorite struck the same area again today, the result would be surprisingly similar. It’s still uninhabited, and while it would still flatten 80 million trees, it would have little additional effect. If such a meteorite struck New York City, however, civilization as we know it would be permanently changed.
Some people spend thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars on top notch van builds, skoolies, box truck conversions, and so on. You can do that, but you don’t have to. Here’s a Subaru Forester that’s been turned into a simple home on wheels.
Full disclosure: I’m a Vancity Vanlife fanboi. One of the reasons I like Chrome is that despite having a fancy schmancy van build, he never forgets his roots, and always remembers where he started — in a bare, empty cargo van with plastic bins, a cooler, a basic bed, and little else. He’s been a huge influence in my own van life journey, even though I’ve done some things very differently than him. Both of us agree, though, that you don’t need a fancy built-out like you see all over YouTube to, as Amanda Zito says, “get out there and do the thing.”
I volunteered to work amateur radio communications for the 2021 New England Forest Rally. It was fun. My camper van served as an excellent mobile communications center. I got to catch up with old friends, from competitors to other volunteers and everyone in between.
You can read all about my adventure at FIXD. You can also watch my Smokey Da Van video about NEFR.