154 Photos - Jun 23, 2010
Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Grand StaircasePhoto: ZionPhoto: Klondike BluffsPhoto: Photo: Arches NPPhoto: Horsethief CGPhoto: Klondike BluffsPhoto: Arches NPPhoto: Dead Horse PointPhoto: Lone RockPhoto: Lone RockPhoto: ZionPhoto: Klondike Bluffs Trailhead, MoabPhoto: Moab, with Jesse's Coyote ShuttlePhoto: Vermont 2013Photo: Vermont 2013Photo: Vermont 2013Photo: Vermont 2013Photo: Vermont 2013Photo: Vermont 2013Photo: Vermont 2013Photo: Vermont 2013Photo: Vermont 2013Photo: BoTC 2013, Selwyn Beach Conservation AreaPhoto: BoTC 2013, Selwyn Beach Conservation AreaPhoto: Watkins 2012Photo: Watkins 2012Photo: New gaugesPhoto: Watkins 2012Photo: Bon Echo 2012Photo: Babe's parking spot, in BourgetPhoto: Quebec CityPhoto: Photo: 4 kids who grew up togetherPhoto: Balm BeachPhoto: Shelter Valley Folk Festival, before setupPhoto: Buses of The Corn 2012Photo: Georgian BayPhoto: Photo: in the CatskillsPhoto: The AtlanticPhoto: Mont Saint AnnePhoto: upstate NYPhoto: Windham, NYPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Albion Hills, the whole place to ourselvesPhoto: BusFusion 2012Photo: BusFusion 2012Photo: Kabush owns a 76 bay-window busPhoto: Canadian cyclist Geoff KabushPhoto: Photo: Westy hovercraftPhoto: Photo: I got tired of using the disposable green tanksPhoto: New for 2012...Photo: Mark trying to fix the old mufflerPhoto: Fixing the muffer @ EveryBus, GreensboroPhoto: EveryBus, GreensboroPhoto: Three campers and five bikesPhoto: Warm days and cool evenings, at Lake Powhatan Campground.Photo: A chilly sunrise on the way down... at an Ohio rest stop.Photo: Photo: Replacement expansion tankPhoto: Photo: Waking up from a winter sleepPhoto: Mont Sainte Anne MTB World CupPhoto: On the way to Quebe City for the Mont Sainte Anne MTB World CupPhoto: Buses of the CornPhoto: BusFusion 2011Photo: Shelter Valley Folk FestivalPhoto: Westies at WatkinsPhoto: Photo: Vermont ColoursPhoto: Camping at Kingdom Trails, in VermontPhoto: Camping at Kingdom Trails, in VermontPhoto: VermontPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Westies at WatkinsPhoto: Bon EchoPhoto: Bon EchoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Devils Den, ArkansasPhoto: Devils Den ArkansasPhoto: Photo: Near KingstonPhoto: Port CarlingPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: This photo shows the air intake (top left) which is a K&N filter in the driver side air shaft. It's enclosed to keep engine heat out.Photo: Babe's 1997 AAZ block from a diesel Jetta (with a 2010 head).Photo: Photo: So... I know this guy, he recognizes Babe. And well... serendipity? Johnny, who I'd met a little more than a month ago is help some friends (Dana is 1/2 of that) replace a Bay they lost in a house fire. They flew to Santa Fe and bought this '73. And somehow decided to camp in the same spot this night... what are the odds.Photo: A couple of '82 westies... very similar and very different. 
Jeff (gas) and Peter (diesel)Photo: Morning at DRCGPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A first... camping at a VW camper event in a VW, much more fun than setting up a tent like I did at BusFusion. Sat. morning, already hot by 10amPhoto: the inside of my westy slider has decals from a Bombardier plane that glow nicely...
To really appreciate it, you need to curl up on the bottom bunk, feel the breeze, and look around :)Photo: Sunrise near Kalamazoo MI, on the way to ChicagoPhoto: Sunrise near Kalamazoo MI, on the way to ChicagoPhoto: Sunrise near Kalamazoo MI, on the way to ChicagoPhoto: crossing into Michigan, first time from one country to another, and it was a great tripPhoto: the dipstick himselfPhoto: rear view, on the right is where the oil fill feeds in and where the dipstick measuresPhoto: CAA to the rescue... the custom bent throttle arm broke, it took a tow to Pete's VW and a little love from Mike & Frank to put it back together.Photo: babe is already wearing team colours...Photo: a home, on the hillPhoto: camping, with bikes
this was the first overnight tripPhoto: my morning viewPhoto: bikes on the back at buckwallowPhoto: don't like the front plate, i'm sure i can find a better way of mounting itPhoto: addition of a bike rack, getting travel readyPhoto: living inside, and living outside... she's now a resident in Ontario and ready to explore.Photo: Westy and the Jetta (with the roof box 2 back) at home in toronto...Photo: Photo: and starbucks in belleville was another place to fill upPhoto: yes, a flying J is the place to fill up for dieselPhoto: driving off
The sliding door has decals from an airplane door, nice touch and one that will always keep Mathieu as part of this westy!Photo: yes, i promise to take good care of her!Photo: moving on...Photo: tip... holding up the doorPhoto: a bag of chips... part of the making it all happen!Photo: roadside, lookingPhoto: Photo: Mathieu, me and Babe, a first meeting in Rigaud Que.
Babe is a 1982 Vanagon L with a conversion to a 1.9L turbo diesel engine. Full Westfalia camper, originally from California.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: