Wicomico River, Maryland

Our third and final camping trip in June took us to a friend’s family farm along the Wicomico River, not far from the town of Newburg in eastern Maryland.  The setting was absolutely perfect for camping as the farm stands about 30 feet above the shores of the Wicomico, maybe 10 miles west of where it empties into the more famous Potomac River.  Our friend’s family constructed a cabin not far from the riverside cliffs and we parked Moby nearby.  With great views overlooking the river, we settled in for what seemed like a great night under the stars.  Unfortunately, the trip was marred by a couple of camping-related accidents that cut our stay to only one night.  The first occurred late Continue reading

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Gambrill State Park, Maryland

Where did the summer go?  The last few months just seemed to zip by, but, happily, we managed to pack in a of fun activities that left me with some good blogging material I hope to cover over the next few weeks.

June turned out to be a great month for camping.  The free time, weather, and friend’s schedules finally synced and provided us with three camping weekends in a row.  On the first weekend, just my son and I got away for an overnighter – mostly as an escape from my 12-year old daughter’s sleepover party, but also to spend a little time one-on-one.  We had a great time building fires, playing games like lawn darts, cooking over the fire, and hanging out in the bus.  It was great father and son bonding time.

The second trip took place the following weekend of June 16-18 up in Maryland.  Years Continue reading

Loose turn signal switch housing – A quick fix

Every time our bus goes in for her annual safety inspection, I wonder what quirk of this 40+ year-old vehicle might trigger the dreaded pink sticker of failure.  Let’s face it, after so many years parts and pieces do not always work as they should and while we owners often find ways to live with these imperfections, safety code says the part or piece must work as intended.  So far, knock on wood, Moby passes her inspection each year, but I give some credit to the inspectors at our garage and their acknowledgment of Moby’s age.

As a prime example, the turn signal switch is a bit finicky and has been that way since we got the bus.  Now when I say finicky, I do not mean the signals sometimes work and sometimes not.  The switch is very reliable in working the lights which is what probably saved us each inspection to date.  The problem is the switch housing and the fact it no longer mounts to the steering column properly.  Because of this, the housing Continue reading

Hitting the road in 2017

A few weeks ago, before spring blossomed across Virginia, we took advantage of some free time during the weekend and hit the road in Moby.  Not a major trip, just really an excuse to get in the bus and go, we headed out for a family lunch in Culpeper, Virginia.  The day was a bit on the cloudy side, but it was good to be bussin’ again after the winter break.  We also took advantage of the drive to have some fun with a GoPro camera Martha gave me for Christmas.  Now, after a few weeks of learning (and some procrastination), I present my first video project and, hopefully, begin a new presentation format for this blog.

VW sighting- hightop

Today’s activities including visiting our county’s fine arts festival.  The first day to hit a high of 80 degrees F, it was no wonder we encountered many motorcycles and old cars out on the road.  The road upon which we headed home after the festival traveled under the main highway before meeting the entrance ramp.  The ramp followed an incline up to meet the highway and as we progressed up the hill, I noticed the distinctive hightop of a VW bus.  Martha (who was driving at the time) did an excellent job of maneuvering into position for a few pictures.  Turns out to be an interesting bus.  It is an early bay (68-70 based on the hubcap and side reflector styles) hightop camper – at least at first glance.  The chrome trim on around the middle screams deluxe transporter.  Upon further investigation of my pictures, I could not find the electrical hookup connection typical of VW campers.  After a quick search of internet photos showed every hightop camper to have the hookup (and no chrome trim), I am thinking this is a DIY deluxe sunroof to hightop conversion.

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I’m digging the flowers 🙂

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No sign of the electrical hookups on the driver side.  The caution signs surrounding the phrase “Slow moving vehicle”.

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Parting shot