During the summer of 1998, before our last year of college, my husband and I went on an 8 week journey across the US in a 1974 VW Camper Van. So many wonderful memories were made with that great little bus.
We mostly camped, but occasionally stayed with relatives and friends, parked in a few parking lots over night and stayed in a hotel or two.
We started in Flagstaff, AZ and drove 10,000 miles winding our way up the west coast, heading east after Seattle to Washington D.C. then back towards Flagstaff. See that little detour in Southern California (below)? Our engine blew up on day 2 (!) near Santa Maria. Hubby’s mother drove from San Diego and rescued us so that we could spend a week putting in a rebuilt engine ($ChaChing$). After that little hiccup, we were on our way again.
She was the prettiest little bus. Bright orange and cheerful. When we bought her for $2400 she was disgustingly filthy. We scrubbed her up, made new curtains, reupholstered the back seat, and put new seat covers in the front. After lots of motor work, she was purring too –even more so after the new engine. Very slow on the road , but steady. Sadly we sold her for $3500 to help us pay for that engine and the small dept we had generated from the trip.
Lots of good memories, but a funny one was all of the people who would stop dead in their tracks to watch us drive by, often times shooting a peace sign at us. We’d laugh and laugh and laugh. Good times, good times!