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Myrenthia’s Top 5 Favorite Apocalypse Books

We are taking the day off to celebrate our anniversary, but we thought you might enjoy a peek at some of Myrenthia’s favorite books, which inspired her love of preparation and survival.

5) The Dark Tower, Stephen King, 1982-2012

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While not strictly apocalyptic, The Dark Tower series is predominately set in a future version of our world that has been devastated by a cataclysmic event.

4) On the Beach, 1957

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Set in Australia, On the Beach focuses on select individuals and how they cope with impending death as radiation makes its way to their homeland following a nuclear war.

3) The Road, 2006

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The Road follows a nameless father and son as they search for safe haven following an unspecified apocalyptic event.

2) Swan Song, 1987

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Swan Song carries an inspirational story of hope in the midst of the devastation as Swan and her companions travel post apocalyptic America.

1) The Stand, Stephen King, 1978

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The Stand follows a broad cast of characters as they travel, reestablish civilization and engage in the ultimate battle between good and evil in a world ravaged by plague.

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Fort Fremont, Security on the Sound

Fort Fremont, located on the Port Royal Sound in St. Helena, SC, is the ruins of a military installation on a lovely strip of beach.

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Today, its a wonderful, historically educational spot to take the family for a picnic or swim. All that remains of the original fort is the hospital and the batteries.

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When Fort Fremont was constructed, in 1899 during the Spanish-American war, it also included a mess hall, bakery, water tower, guardhouse, barracks, stable, commissary, post exchange, administrative building, and lavatory. These structures were built of wood and had all been demolished before the site was submitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

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The structures which remain on the site today are very well preserved and could be made inhabitable and armed  with relative ease. The batteries formerly manned three 10 inch disappearing guns (cannons) and two rapid fire guns.

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A quick stop in historic downtown Beaufort on your way out to Fort Fremont to pick up a few cannons and you could be armed and ready for battle just like the fort was before its closure in 1921.

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Sadly the fort has been vandalized, mostly by graffiti and litter, so you would have to do some serious clean up and all of the doors and windows would need to be replaced.

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Graffiti and Litter mar the beauty of the ruins

However, any site you choose as home base in a dystopian world is going to require tons of hard work. Fort Fremont is an ideal location due to its proximity to the Port Royal Sound, literally just steps away, nestled in a maritime forest full of wildlife. The roof being designed to collect rainwater is another wonderful and vital feature of Fort Fremont.

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The most interesting (and slightly scary) bit of Fort Fremont history is that no shot was ever fired from the fort. Despite this, we still believe the fort would make a fantastic base after the apocalypse and we are fairly confident this particular graffiti wouldn’t come true.

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You say we can make money on the road?!

A few weeks back we stopped into our local KOA to do a little research and wound up chatting with a couple of workampers. What’s a workamper you ask? So did we.

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It turns out you can sign up with KOA, and tons of other sites, for these workamping opportunities. Basically, you do some work around the campground in exchange for your camp site and a little pocket cash. Genius! KOA and some of the other sites require a subscription to the service, but the fees are nominal. The couple we spoke with at our local KOA were working the check in desk and coffee/pizza shop. They also cleaned the pool and did light maintenance work.

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Workamping isn’t the only money making prospect on the road, either. We have also signed up with a shipping website. You just search your route and see what people need delivered. Its amazing what people will pay to send a painting, boat or pet across country. The contract goes to the lowest bidder so we’ve gone ahead and bid numerous jobs going all over America.

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We have just begun our search for travel work prospects and already run across these two seemingly awesome opportunities. Ideally we will be able use these options and save our monthly income. You know, to buy another RV. Fingers crossed.

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The Six Apocalypse Types

The apocalypse could come any day, in any form. We here at Expedition Armageddon are making it our mission to make sure you know how to survive any apocalypse scenario.

1) NUCLEAR WAR

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Surviving a nuclear strike is mostly a matter of luck and location. Should you be one of the lucky few to make it (and lucky is absolutely a subjective term here), nuclear fallout and winter will be the real obstacles to survive. Basic necessities will be your main focus: shelter, food, water and basic medical care. Daily life will be grueling but totally worth it if you get to be one of the chosen few to rebuild our civilization.

2) ZOMBIES

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We’ve all heard the joke: I don’t have to outrun the zombies, I just have to outrun you. Surviving a zombie apocalypse will require both physical and mental prowess. Finding a secure location and stocking it with supplies, weapons and munitions will be the key.

3) VIRAL OUTBREAK/PLAGUE

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Surviving a viral outbreak is one part luck and one part vigilance. Maybe you’ll be immune! Lucky you. But by observing good quarantine protocol, those not immune can make it too. Wear those hazmat suits, gloves and face masks. Just brace yourself for dealing with millions of decaying corpses in the aftermath.

4) ALIEN INVASION

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Just hide. Seriously. Hide until things seem calm. Chances are the aliens will show up with gifts hoping to form a peaceful alliance and we will nuke them and piss them off. So just hide and don’t forget your nuclear fallout training.

5) MOTHER NATURE

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Mother Nature can rear her ugly head and smack us down any time she chooses. Just ask the citizens of New Orleans. This is one time you should absolutely, without fail listen to the government. If they say, “evacuate”, for Gods sake EVACUATE! Head for high ground and start preparing yourself for the hard work of rebuilding.

6) SUPERNATURAL/BIBLICAL

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Pray. Make your peace. Hope to be taken up to Heaven. But while you’re waiting, be sharpening your sword.

Just as in real estate, location, location, location is the key to apocalypse survival. America is littered with bunkers, safe houses, ghost towns and mountain tops perfect for riding out any cataclysmic event. And our goal at Expedition Armageddon is to find them for you. Stay tuned as we travel America!!!

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Alright, we’re going cross country…. Now how do we get there?

Logistics. Logistics are everything when it comes to planning a trip of this magnitude.

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We suppose you could use the “fly by the seat of your pants” approach, but one of us is a bit of a princess so that wasn’t going to work for us.

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The hardest question to start off with was where to start. We spent a month plotting courses in different directions. We have friends and family all over the country we are eager to visit. Myrenthia MUST be in Maine for Halloween. Tim is dying to see Colorado. We want to drive Route 66 and the borderlands along the Canadian border. Alaska has to be visited in summer.

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Fortunately, salvation arrived in the form of two tiny humans. Myrenthia’s best friend’s children, who were spending the summer in South Carolina. We thought, “wouldn’t it be nice to take them home for her?!”, and the date and destination were chosen.

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Now with an itinerary in place, its crunch time. How do we get there? No, seriously. How? Van towing a camper? Van with trailer for supplies and a tent? RV with scooter or motorcycle? Class A or C RV? What kind of motor? And fuel? We need plenty of space for our furry family. And we wouldn’t be adverse to be comfortable ourselves!

So that’s this weekend’s goal. Find the perfect home away from home for our family’s big journey. Wish us luck (or loan us your tour bus)!

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Meet the Expedition Armageddon Team

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Tim is a 100% disabled service connected combat veteran that fought for our freedom during OIF and OEF operations.

“I love spending my days playing melodies on my guitar while watching sunsets around the globe. I will turn over every rock, every leaf, cross every valley and search this country for the safest survival locations during any type of cataclysmic situation. Rest is not an option until the world is informed.”

Tim brings practical, real life experience in a wide variety of survival skills. This coupled with his determination to complete any task at hand and sheer physical strength make him the ideal candidate to undertake this daunting expedition.

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Myrenthia is a retired bartender, mother of two adult sons, passionate bibliophile and general all around nerd.

“My love of all things apocalyptic was inspired by three books. Well nine books technically. Swan Song by Robert McCammon and Stephen King’s The Stand and Dark Tower series. Those books lead me to seek out every apocalyptic book, movie and website I could find. I’ve accumulated quite the mental store of information and look forward to applying that knowledge to real life and seeing how I measure up!”

Myrenthia brings her never ending knowledge of journalism and writing. I am very excited to be beginning this two year journey across 49 states and part of Canada with my inspiration and the love of my life Myrenthia Shows.

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My name is Sophie Ann. I enjoy catching waves and feeling sand beneath my paws. I’m a big fan of tennis balls and dinner time. But what I enjoy most in life is going for rides and I’m so excited my human Mommy and Daddy are going to let me ride all over America!

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I’m Zydeco and my favorite thing to do is hug. I also really enjoy barking at things like squirrels and can’t wait to hit the road and bark at new stuff, like bears and moose!!

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My name is Violet Ellabelle Louise-Marie Shows. I’m the luckiest puppy alive because I get to travel all over America with my human parents, Tim and Myrenthia, AND my doggy parents, Zydeco and Sophie. I don’t know how much help I will be, but I promise to provide loads of adorable photo ops.

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Bowman, SC….Welcome to Planet Earth

9photoOn July 6th, 2014, we set off to begin our cross country journey, seeking the safest places in America to survive any type of apocalyptic situation. We started close to home, just an hour drive, in Bowman, South Carolina. 8photo Bowman is home to Mr. Jody Pendarvis and his incredible UFO Welcome Center. Though at first glance the Welcome Center appears to be just a heap of junk, you can see the spark of brilliance in Mr. Pendarvis’s plan. His hope is that alien life forms will spot his UFO Welcome Center and pop on in for a visit.

Sounds legit to us. In case of alien invasion, Bowman appears to be the perfect location for peace loving types who want to make love, not war with the aliens. It also doesn’t hurt that Bowman has a sparse population and is surrounded by farmland. You know, in case the mother ship leaves you behind.

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