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Vanagon Odometer off the rails
Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:12 am
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Vanagon Odometer off the rails
j8
Here's a photo of my 89 Vanagon odometer not working and "on tilt" while you can see the speedometer is in good working order so I know how slow I'm going, just not how far.

(This photo was taken safely - please don't assume it was the driver)


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Rear seat storage reconfig
Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:52 am
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Rear seat storage reconfig
j8
Rear heater leaked and we never used it so the Propex (Karl) got a new configuration, the kickplate (GoWesty) was replaced, and Cindy put together a long/low cover so we could store items while giving the propane furnace clearance and room to breathe.

While there's still unused space, we try to pack light - we just wanted to pack cleanly.


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Rear seat storage reconfig
Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:52 am
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Rear seat storage reconfig
j8
Rear heater leaked and we never used it so the Propex (Karl) got a new configuration, the kickplate (GoWesty) was replaced, and Cindy put together a long/low cover so we could store items while giving the propane furnace clearance and room to breathe.

While there's still unused space, we try to pack light - we just wanted to pack cleanly.


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Rear seat storage reconfig
Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:52 am
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Rear seat storage reconfig
j8
Rear heater leaked and we never used it so the Propex (Karl) got a new configuration, the kickplate (GoWesty) was replaced, and Cindy put together a long/low cover so we could store items while giving the propane furnace clearance and room to breathe.

While there's still unused space, we try to pack light - we just wanted to pack cleanly.


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89 Westy out for a ride
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:37 am
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89 Westy out for a ride
j8


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Our canine co-pilot
Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:15 pm
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Our canine co-pilot
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Wren, our GSP puppy here at 10 weeks, hanging out in the '89 Westy.


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Our canine co-pilot
Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:15 pm
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Our canine co-pilot
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Wren, our GSP puppy here at 10 weeks, hanging out in the '89 Westy.


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Double Trouble
Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:27 pm
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Double Trouble
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Spotted in the Seward neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Happy to see a pair of Vanagons!


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Best spot in the campground
Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:20 pm
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Best spot in the campground
j8
This is from the last trip our canine co-pilot took with me on a big-dog weekend.

Ripley made it to 16 and died on August 3, 2012. The last trip she preferred to lay in the van and survey the campground, although her vision was not good.

We were lucky to have her and luckier still to take her camping in the Westy.


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Formerly Rigid Hitch
Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:45 am
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Formerly Rigid Hitch
j8
We were the last car in a no-injury 4-car fenderbender chain reaction, and lucked out in that we didn't hit anyone in front of us. Our ancient hitch? Not so lucky.

We're getting a check/estimate because I'm not certain if there's other damage. Any advice?


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Spotted in St. Paul on St. Patrick's Day
Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:37 pm
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Spotted in St. Paul on St. Patrick's Day
j8
Spotted this green machine in St. Paul, Minnesota, on St. Patrick's Day 3/17/2012. Hope it wasn't parked for future work...


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Spring Drive
Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:32 pm
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Spring Drive
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Took Ripley for an unseasonably-warm-weather drive in the Westy on 3/17/2012. Windows down!


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Spoiled Sleeper
Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:28 pm
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Spoiled Sleeper
j8
It was a one-dog night last Friday. Actually Ripley slept on her bed on the floor all night, but in the early early morning after a walk & before my first cup of tea, she hopped up on the lower westy bed and curled in for a quick snooze.


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at 15, yeah she enjoys the seat
Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:36 pm
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at 15, yeah she enjoys the seat
j8
our 70lb+ weimaraner ripley is 15 and still loves to ride and camp in the westy. she was pretty tired - and needlessly cold - this last overnight so it goes she got covered up.


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Hey, Hatch-Up!
Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:05 pm
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Hey, Hatch-Up!
j8
Tested this out - two heavy-duty struts will hold the hatch up with the Paulchen rack in place. Not an ideal/long term deal but it's nice to be able to access the back without taking off the bike rack every time.


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Our Fridge Replacement Project
Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:52 pm
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Our Fridge Replacement Project
j8
Finally, it's DONE. Fabricated a new face plate for the Truckfridge 49. We took the bottom grill and added it to the new face plate. The old dometic, face plate, and door are all in storage in case one day we sell it so there's an easy reversal. This is a crappy cell phone pic, if you couldn't tell.


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89 Westy aux battery
Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:09 am
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89 Westy aux battery
j8
Cell phone pic. I am HOPELESS with electrical. Seeking terminals 30 and 87 to bypass the frig relay, as we've installed a truckfridge. What am I looking at?


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westy at peninsula state park, wisconsin
Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:24 pm
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westy at peninsula state park, wisconsin
j8
we stayed here a couple nights. weekday stay + cooler nights = quiet.


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depth perception
Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:12 pm
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depth perception
j8
our vanagon, in a dramatic "parked" position. note the distance from the curb - at the time i was still trying to get used to sitting directly above the front wheel.


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Ripley called dibs on the back seat
Posted: Tue May 18, 2010 9:04 pm
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Ripley called dibs on the back seat
j8
Canine copilot Ripley sleeping off a hike at the campsite this past weekend. At nearly 14, she likes laying in the van and being able to see out, supervising all our activity. Food prep is her favorite thing to watch.


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bentley image for examples/reference
Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:41 pm
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bentley image for examples/reference
j8


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Front and Rear Tables from 89 Westy
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:04 pm
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Front and Rear Tables from 89 Westy
j8
They're really grey, its just the light and the bad camera phone shot.

Front table is 16 1/4" W by 24 1/4" L
Rear table 16 1/4" W by 31 7/8" L
approximately.


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fiamma f45 awning
Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:20 pm
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fiamma f45 awning
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the awning has landed! this is an 8ft fiamma f45. hellooooo shade.


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vanagon + turkey
Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:27 pm
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vanagon + turkey
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the westy by a turkey in frazee, minnesota. not THE big turkey, but a pretty sizable turkey.


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lunch at the pit mine turned lake
Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:27 pm
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lunch at the pit mine turned lake
j8
we pulled over in buhl minnesota, for a pit lakeside lunch on the westy stove.


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on site at 10klf
Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:20 pm
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on site at 10klf
j8
my westy served as my private room at night and mobile media office during the day at the 10,000 lakes festival (10klf)

work was pretty sweet.


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Original paint at the 10klf
Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:16 pm
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Original paint at the 10klf
j8
These folks were camping next to joetiger's awesome weekender vanagon at 10klf. Interior was pretty custom, but seemed to have a hardtop camper bones.


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Peace and love at 10klf
Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:14 pm
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Peace and love at 10klf
j8
Spotted at the 10,000 Lakes Music Festival. I hope I have this in the right category - I'm good for spotting but not good for designating. Let me know.


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another shot of canine co-pilot
Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:27 pm
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another shot of canine co-pilot
j8
ripley near broke my heart - i was heading out for a solo fishing trip, but she refused to leave the back door. i waffled, and quick packed up some dog food & a bed. we didn't stay at mille lacs kathio, but rather at minnesota's father hennepin state park


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field fresh bay
Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:45 pm
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field fresh bay
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spotted this camper on minnesota hwy 95 between marine on st. croix and taylors falls.


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propex install
Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:57 pm
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propex install
j8
our propane guy did the propex install on our 89 westy but didn't follow the instructions on westyventures.com, so we had to a little fancy-dance adjustment as suggested by karl. now i'm happy!


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propex install
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propex install
j8
our propane guy did the propex install on our 89 westy but didn't follow the instructions on westyventures.com, so we had to a little fancy-dance adjustment as suggested by karl. now i'm happy!


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propex install
Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 6:10 pm
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propex install
j8
propex installed in 89 westy, under rear seat. my fave RV shop guy placed the vents in different places, but i like the look. will have to figure out the storage, tho. (via camera phone, apologies)


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propex install
Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 6:10 pm
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propex install
j8
propex installed in 89 westy, under rear seat. my fave RV shop guy placed the vents in different places, but i like the look. will have to figure out the storage, tho. (via camera phone, apologies)


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Desktop parking lot
Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:45 am
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Desktop parking lot
j8
Too bad these are the only splitties we own... we have a lot more, but they're "parked" at home or in my desk.


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Vanagon seat cover
Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:06 pm
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Vanagon seat cover
j8
The van has beautiful stock fabric on its front seats, and we've kept them covered to protect 'em from hard camping use. I sorta get dirty, wet, and generally grubby when camping.


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westy in the tourist trap
Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:36 pm
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westy in the tourist trap
j8
yeah well i'm not the first to fall for this tourist trap and taking this picture. here the westy is at da yooper tourist trap in michigan.


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grommet for rear table leg hole
Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:43 pm
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grommet for rear table leg hole
j8
the rear table leg hole wasn't beat up, but i could feel the laminate cracks coming on. this 1 1/2" computer table grommet worked perfectly... if you consider it had to be whittled to fit perfect. cindy worked the outer edge with a dremel to get it to fit. now it is in and i'd be hard pressed to remove it. if you can find them in grey, let me know. they come in a good beige for the earlier westies.


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Westy tee molding gap, closed
Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:13 pm
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Westy tee molding gap, closed
j8
It is common for the Westy tee molding to gain a gap due to age and cold. Our 1989 Vanagon Westy was sheltered but chilled this winter, and the cabinet tee molding showed a little shrinkage.

To remedy this: take one hair dryer + your hands + a little patience = nice, tight tee molding.

Warm the tee molding gently with the hair dryer, you want the plastic pliable, not smoking or melting. Firmly and confidently press it back into place. Once it is there, hold it for a moment. You're a human clamp! Doesn't take long to close the gap. When the tee molding is cool and back in place, just close the cabinet door. Rinse, repeat, YMMV.


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Westy tee molding gap, closed
Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:13 pm
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Westy tee molding gap, closed
j8
It is common for the Westy tee molding to gain a gap due to age and cold. Our 1989 Vanagon Westy was sheltered but chilled this winter, and the cabinet tee molding showed a little shrinkage.

To remedy this: take one hair dryer + your hands + a little patience = nice, tight tee molding.

Warm the tee molding gently with the hair dryer, you want the plastic pliable, not smoking or melting. Firmly and confidently press it back into place. Once it is there, hold it for a moment. You're a human clamp! Doesn't take long to close the gap. When the tee molding is cool and back in place, just close the cabinet door. Rinse, repeat, YMMV.


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Westy tee molding gap, closed
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Westy tee molding gap, closed
j8
It is common for the Westy tee molding to gain a gap due to age and cold. Our 1989 Vanagon Westy was sheltered but chilled this winter, and the cabinet tee molding showed a little shrinkage.

To remedy this: take one hair dryer + your hands + a little patience = nice, tight tee molding.

Warm the tee molding gently with the hair dryer, you want the plastic pliable, not smoking or melting. Firmly and confidently press it back into place. Once it is there, hold it for a moment. You're a human clamp! Doesn't take long to close the gap. When the tee molding is cool and back in place, just close the cabinet door. Rinse, repeat, YMMV.


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Westy tee molding gap, closed
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Westy tee molding gap, closed
j8
It is common for the Westy tee molding to gain a gap due to age and cold. Our 1989 Vanagon Westy was sheltered but chilled this winter, and the cabinet tee molding showed a little shrinkage.

To remedy this: take one hair dryer + your hands + a little patience = nice, tight tee molding.

Warm the tee molding gently with the hair dryer, you want the plastic pliable, not smoking or melting. Firmly and confidently press it back into place. Once it is there, hold it for a moment. You're a human clamp! Doesn't take long to close the gap. When the tee molding is cool and back in place, just close the cabinet door. Rinse, repeat, YMMV.


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Westy tee molding gap, closed
Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:13 pm
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Westy tee molding gap, closed
j8
It is common for the Westy tee molding to gain a gap due to age and cold. Our 1989 Vanagon Westy was sheltered but chilled this winter, and the cabinet tee molding showed a little shrinkage.

To remedy this: take one hair dryer + your hands + a little patience = nice, tight tee molding.

Warm the tee molding gently with the hair dryer, you want the plastic pliable, not smoking or melting. Firmly and confidently press it back into place. Once it is there, hold it for a moment. You're a human clamp! Doesn't take long to close the gap. When the tee molding is cool and back in place, just close the cabinet door. Rinse, repeat, YMMV.


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Goose Island Campground
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:16 pm
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Goose Island Campground
j8
At Goose Island on Hwy 128 outside Moab, UT 08/06/04 at our first site of the 10 days in aught four trip.


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VW Bus + Vanagon parade
Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:20 pm
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VW Bus + Vanagon parade
j8
A buncha buses & a sweet vanagon showed up for a commercial on Franklin Ave in Minneapolis. Taken 11/30/2007 by my better half.


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Barely a backseat driver
Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:03 pm
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Barely a backseat driver
j8
For the happy dog thread


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Pop-top after
Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:37 pm
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Pop-top after
j8
Surprise! For our anniversary, my better half completely surprised me - completely - as in "no idea" with a "vanniversary" present. That's the Westy wearing a brand-spankin-new 3-window pop-top hot off gowesty.com in fast-dryin' water-shedder. There's 6 1/2 hours worth of pop-top replacement in secret! That's love, baby.


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Pop-top before
Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:36 pm
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Pop-top before
j8
The tent I knew so well...(taken earlier this year)


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tethered & trusty westy
Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:06 am
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tethered & trusty westy
j8
like a horse outside the saloon, the van waits for us while we checked out an old somewheres-in-wisconsin cemetery that wasn't on the map.


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vanagon at sandhill
Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:16 pm
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vanagon at sandhill
j8
taken on the trumpeter trail in the sandhill wildlife area, central wisconsin.


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