Here is young son Adam who must have been about 5 or 6Our neighbors in San Bernardino, Bob and Sue, had a green one that was the same year. I remember one windy camping trip with them to windy Camp Pendleton. We had a lot of sand in our food that weekend!
After we moved to Albuquerque in 1988, a co-worker had a newer VW Westphalia camper. His wife hated the thing and he sold it to us. We sold our yellow/orange one and got the goldish color van and loved it. It also was underpowered (weren't they all) but the heater actually worked which was nice.
I took it on one our our Cub Scout overnighters with a few of the dads and boys.
We didn't have it too long before we decided we needed more seating and we ended up with a Ford Aerostar.
Here we are camping down in Elizabeth City, NC. Even though we had the VWs we always had tents. In fact, Pam and I bought a pup tent 4 months after we were married and camped our way from Fort Walton Beach FL to Travis AFB, CA en route to our assignment in Kunsan AB, Korea in 1979.
Here we are with long time friends Kirk and Susan camping near Mammoth Cave National Park in 1994.
After we became empty nesters, we went tent camping at Fort Story/Virginia Beach in our Tacoma pickup truck.
I am finding that the longer we do this, the more I want to capture our experiences here. It was a long time before I started thinking about our VWs as 'RV' but they very much qualify for that tag. Too bad back then we had no clue about how to use them more fully. They had a propane stove, water and electrical hook ups but we had no idea how to work them nor whom to ask.
It was much simpler to pack our things into coolers and pack a couple of tents and away we went.
But isn't that part of this lifestyle? There are so many ways to do it and no way is right. We enjoyed it then and are enjoying it now.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!