When the time presents itself, one pastime my wife and I always enjoy involves weekend or day long visits to the small, quaint towns that dot the region around where we live. Usually, these trips are not planned, but rather happen as last minute get-a-ways from the normalcy of the daily routine and often the end result of “we need to get in the bus and go!”. As the kids become older, we find the opportunities for such luxuries dwindle and require more effort to pause and release ourselves from the pull of chores, work, and responsibility in general. It is for these fortuitous expeditions, Continue reading
Our continuing VW adventures during the month of September saw me and my son traveling once more to the great state of New Jersey for the All Air-Cooled Gathering. Held at the Swim and Sport Club in the town of Flanders, the Gathering includes two nights of camping (Friday and Saturday) followed by the car show, swap meet, and new parts vending on Sunday. This year’s show theme – commercial vehicles. With the demise of some other well-known shows, this one is now the largest in the Middle Atlantic States and, quite possibly, the East Coast. In either Continue reading
On the Labor Day holiday, my wife’s family decided to gather in Shenandoah National Park, VA to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday. The weather was great and having just completed a great trip to the Bug-Out VW show we wanted to continue our bus adventures by bringing Moby along to enjoy Skyline Drive!
The road is the northern section of the 469-mile long Blue Ridge Parkway connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee with Shenandoah NP via the Blue Ridge Mountains (a portion of the greater Appalachians Mountains). Approximately 105 miles, Skyline Drive winds its way through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia Continue reading
I cannot believe seven years have passed me by since the last Bug-Out VW show I managed to attend. Held every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend (on Sunday), the show was a staple for me early in this hobby. With such an absence, and the show’s move to a new location, I made sure the schedule was clear this year.
The show moved from its original location at the Old Dominion Speedway back in 2011, when the speedway sold its land and relocated. Over the past seven years, Bug-Outs continued to draw VWs from around the region to Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, VA. Last year, the former owners of Old Dominion opened their new track, Dominion Raceway, in Thornburg, VA with the Bug-Out making its grand debut last Continue reading
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
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