Picture Credit:Ken Simms
Could this really be it? Going to work, staring into a computer screen for hours every day so I could have health insurance and pay for a house increasingly boxed in by newly constructed townhouses? Then returning home so depleted I just wanted to escape via my TV screen?
Back in 2009, that screen presented the PBS National Parks series by documentarian Ken Burns. I was struck by the fact that this country has set aside millions of acres of diverse, pristine wilderness for its own sake, and it registered deeply. We have 59 of these treasures right here in America. As I watched, I started to list all of the parks I’d been to — and all that I hadn’t.
Article source: http://crosscut.com/2016/08/national-parks-visiting-all-59/
THEY are real showstoppers, the kind of retro vehicles that turn heads. I’m talking, of course, of the classic VW Campervan, you know those super cute wee bubble campervans you see easing around Scotland’s roads.
I’ve long been a fan of camping and campervans, indeed I’m the author of Cool Camping: Scotland. There really is something special about these air-cooled classics, which hark back to the 1960s and 1970s.
We hired our VW campervan from Vintage VW Campers in Falkirk. The lovely owners, Richie and Ishbel, have a real passion for their little fleet of vans and had my wife and I, plus our two wee girls, enthused before we headed off on our weekend adventure with ‘Ziggy’. Here are 7 reasons you too should take a vintage VW campervan for a tour around Scotland.
Depending whether you’re skipping rocks along Lake Superior or spinning a glowing rave hula hoop at Burning Man, you might have very different ideas of what it means to camp. Having witnessed the four-day Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee last week, and also being an avid camper in the traditional sense, I have noticed the intricacies of both.
When posed head-to-head, our “Campers Report Card” might surprise you.
Campgrounds (and the backcountry) are a more purist realm of the outdoors, with folks mostly there for the peace and calm of nature. Festival goers, on the other hand, embrace a raucous, ‘if you need it, it will fall from the sky’ camping mentality – plus go-go boots. More on this later.
It might seem obvious who the award for better camper goes to, but it’s not that simple. Here’s a rundown of where each ‘camp’ excels:
Article source: https://gearjunkie.com/festival-campers-vs-rugged-campers
It looks like someone has wheeled a vintage van into the bedroom. In a way they have as the Circu Bun Van Bed is as close to the real thing as you will get indoors.
Your eyes do not deceive you, this is a bed, but it looks like an old school VW. It is the work of Portuguese manufacturer Circu, which is producing a limited number of these, primarily aimed at children.
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THIS JOURNEY INCLUDED three ferry trips, but it can still be classed as a road trip, right? Let’s just say yes. Here’s my best road trip.
Article source: http://www.thejournal.ie/best-road-trip-2711803-Apr2016/
Calling all Volkswagen aficionados: this delightful, matching Microbus and camper van just might be the best vintage VW set up we’ve seen yet.
Recently sold at auction for $159,500 and first reported by Outside Magazine, the restored van is a highly sought-after, 23-window 1963 Microbus in its original two-tone color of turquoise and blue white. This beauty has all the whistles, like a safari windshield, full-length sunroof, and 50-brake horsepower four-cylinder engine.
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When it was announced that the new VW Microbus-based van concept would be revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show, it should have been obvious that the van would be a piece of overwrought electronic gadgetry. But still, I held out a little hope that the company was finally bringing back a (relatively) affordable and efficient people/gear hauler, one that would be ideal for surf tripping.
Long live the travelling van – VW unveils the 2016 California T6 Camper Van
Since its launch back in 1988 and to this day the Volkswagen California remains a unique offering by being the only factory-built camper van on the market, and has pretty much set the benchmark in the sector.
The adventure continues as Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles unveil the new 2016 VW California Camper Van boasting a new engine range with fuel efficiency improvements of up to 15 per cent; DSG and 4MOTION options with power outputs from 102PS to 204PS; new driver assistance features, adaptive suspension and new infotainment system; new safety systems including Driver Alert, Brake Assist and Automatic Post-Collision Braking; plus a new and improved interior layout and packaging.
Based on the recently revealed Transporter T6, the new California remains the only factory-built camper van on the market, and offers a host of improvements and new features for buyers who want the ultimate home from home.