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Zzyzx Road

Updated: Aug 8, 2018

Zzyzx is actually a word. Supposedly it was the last word in the dictionary. Before it was known as Zzyzx it was known as Soda Springs.

A popular stop among Native Americans for water before Spanish explorers came along and then later a US Army outpost popped up there. Camp Soda Springs which protected government supplies from thirsty Native Americans. In 1944 evangelist Curtis Springer filed a mining claim on a 12,800 acre parcel of land. Instead of doing any mining on the land he opened up a health resort and named it Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Resort. He hired homeless from skid row to build the resort while living in a tent city on the property.


The resort was a huge success. Guests frequented the healing waters and the hot springs. He also shipped his so called medicines from the resort. 

The hot springs were actually heated by boilers and the medicines was nothing more then oils and things disguised as medicines. Basically Custis Howe Springer was nothing more then a con artist. 


One of my favorite parts was the dried up salt lake bed you see along the way. Zzyzx road has an interesting history and it is a cool place to stop and stretch your legs and explore.

Check out the other awesome places I've experienced with van life:

https://www.vanningaintnojoke.com/blog/categories/places-to-see

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“Vanning Ain’t No Joke.” This is all my friend Brad Parker said to me after showing him photos of this 1978 Dodge Tradesman 200 I was going to buy to live in. I had no idea what this meant at the time. I had no idea what I was doing. That little saying stuck in my head. I didn’t know why he had said that originally but I sure do now. Living in a van forces you outside your comfort zone. You are constantly learning and growing. You are always facing problems you have to overcome. You are always moving, always going...

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After 4 years of living in a van, many people have told me they live in vans because of me or that I have changed their lives. That’s where this magazine comes from. I thought to myself. If I could change peoples lives just from living my own life and show it on Instagram then how can I do this on a bigger scale? Not only do I have tons of stories and information to share but I know lots of people who also do. 

 

I called my brother Neal Eisler and asked him if they wanted to start a van life magazine with me. We could change peoples lives I told them. After getting them on board, we got to work to make something we could be proud of...something that could not only change peoples lives but change peoples mindsets. I am really excited to share this first issue with everyone and can’t wait to share future issues we haven’t written yet. 

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