Since buying a red Sprinter van in 2017, Chris has spent summers driving around the western US and Canada, meeting up with listeners along the way. Scarlett Jovansson is a homebase for a vanthropologist to explore the backroads. You can follow these trips on Instagram via @thatchrisryan, or the hashtags #scarlettjovansson and #vanthropology.

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2021 Meetups co-hosted with Anya, host of A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Saturday, June 12
5:00pm – 7:30pm PT

Westlake Village, CA

The Last Outpost
976 W Carlisle Rd.
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Directions & other important info for this meetup:

This event is BYOB and the host will be selling tacos. Please bring cash and anything else you’d like to eat or drink.
Don’t rely on GPS unless it matches what you see below!
Directions: Exit 101 freeway coming from either North or South at Westlake blvd. Head South into the mountains. You’ll go through the suburbs and at Potrero rd there’s a stoplight. Don’t turn on Potereo, stay on Westlake blvd. Keep going past the small lake (Lake Elinore).
Turn right at the white stucco wall that says Westlake Country Estates. This is East Carlisle rd. Go 2 miles until you come to the private road sign. Go another 2 miles on the gravel road, this is West Carlisle. Be respectful to the neighbors and pull to the side if need be, to let people by.
When you arrive at the end of the road there’s a big stone mailbox that says 976 on it. Inside there’s a gate clicker ,use the gate clicker to open the gate. Leave the clicker in the mailbox.Go straight forward you’ll see the sign that says the LastOutpost, go forward into the big parking lot here and you’ve arrived. Its going to seem like a long way. But worth it!
-Drive slowly (15-20mph)on the road in. Pull over when possible, be polite to the neighbors .
-Drive slowly on the property, people and dogs are walking around.
– No Fires. If smoking please do it on the dirt areas and put the butts in the cans.
-No Dogs, unless you ask first. Keep them on leash and pick up after them.
– Leave no trace, use the trash cans. The big dumpster is on the left at the property in front of us when you go out. We recycle if you want to as well.
– Keep loud noises like car horns to a minimum.
– Please respect the space of the other tenants here. Do not go in areas other than the ones decided upon ahead of time.
The Wifi code for next to the trailer & parking lot is 12345678
Networks: OBRI 06 ,Lynne, Bukka
Set up wifi calling on your phones if possible, the service is poor here unless you have Verizon or AT&T.
Bring coats for the morning and evening, its gets quite cool.


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In an effort to keep the 2021 meetups Covid friendly, we are hoping to do these mostly outdoors, but also somewhere people could potentially eat & drink. Do you know of a spot in one of the above cities with a large outdoor area to recommend? Do you live on a large piece of land that you want to volunteer where we can gather and have a fire? Email us at to submit an idea!