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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorgeous. I love that area. Looks like wilderness to me! A state park campsite is wilderness to some folks and we all like looking at Vanagon pix. Hope nobody is so shy they won't post photos taken off the edge of a major highway that gives the illusion of being in the wild. More Vanagons and trees to look at! I like the vacation photos in general. So where are the pictures of Vanagons parked in front of Paul Bunyan or a Giant Ball of String? You know...Big Giant stuff??! Post those folks! Those are fair game too, IMHO.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Deer Island, New Brunswick.
My wife and daughter can be seen watching whales from the campsite and my son is romping on the beach.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All packed up and getting ready to head out after a quick overnighter outside the ghost town of Caribou (elev 10060, pop 1), just west of Nederland, Colorado. It was a clear night, the Milky Way was brilliant, with lots of satellites and shooting stars. But, I forgot to check the wind forecast and the wind pushed the van around so much all night that it felt like we were on a boat. But it was warm and comfy inside.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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couple from camping on beaches in FL on my 7k mile road trip from CO to FL

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: The Palouse country, southwest Washington Reply with quote

On a 2 week camping trip from Seattle to Glacier National Park (Montana). Here is a photo in the Palouse area of Washington, near the 'town' of Diamond.

(For those who know about parking hot exhaust in wheat straw.......I risked this photo because there was heavy rain the night before and the wheat straw was soaked. And because it is a family farm....)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:44 pm    Post subject: TDI Syncro at Jackson Lake and Yellowstone Reply with quote

Not a westy, but...

One of my favorite views. we had just canoed on String and Leigh Lakes in Grand Teton NP.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We went camping/fishing/canoing at Bucks Lake near Quincy CA and in the night a HUGH bear (350 lbs easy) woke us up rummaging around outside the van. I banged on the side of the slider and he ran off, but came back 2 hours later and woke up the next campsite, who's yelling woke us up. The bear then stayed around for 20 minuets before leaving for good.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it's not exactly a giant ball of string but how about a couple of shoe trees?
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I found this place in the middle of nowhere on Hwy. 20 between Vale and Bend, OR. I was driving my new Westy home to Napa, CA after buying it in Boise, ID.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is yesterdays loop from Santa Fe to Jemez and back

Valle Grande is a volcanic basin created when the mountain top blew off. Supposedly bigger than Mt. St. Hellens eruption.
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here it is last winter
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In this next shot there IS a van, can you spot it.. It is at San Antonio Hot Springs, a 5 mile forest road takes you there.
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After the hot springs, roll into the tiny town of Jemez.
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Inside the bar, notice the bearskin and other assorted tools of survival in the wilderness.
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Then leave by way of Jemez Pueblo, which has some incredible red rock formations.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a few from a trip this summer:

Never thought I would get stuck in gravel this size.
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Well, since we are stuck, might as well make camp
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Getting out with a little help
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somewhere in B.C. Could be Quesnel

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This weekend up in Roosevelt National Forest.

Found this spot the night before, just as the sun was setting. We were the only people for a mile or two. Not bad for Labor Day weekend. The night sky offered up a million stars and a few shooting stars with temps in the fifties. Nice!
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Best seats in the house to see the Medicine Bow Mountain Range. We were on an old logging road in Pingree Park.
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We met up with our neighbors up around Red Feather Lakes at their "awesome" spot. It turned out to be right off a well traveled dirt road(opening day of bow hunting season). I'm still coughing up dust bunnies. We found this spot just a couple miles away and well off the beaten path. I think I'll pick the spot next time.
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Doesn't it look like a pissed off Indian Chief? Cool!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's some pics of our last trip, not exactly wilderness in the forest sense, but still, it was out there and fun Smile

camping out in capital reef...
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action shot in moab...
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on the beach in texas...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hey Sodo, what size bike is that on the back? Do you have any close-up pics of that set up?

Honda CRF250X weighs about 275 lbs ready to ride and the carrier weighs 35 lbs including the ramp. More photos of the motorcycle carrier here: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2497718#2497718

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Steering back to the thread's theme's PHOTO thread.....
This was taken on Aug 22, 2008 Logan Pass, Glacier National Park (Montana)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday...

Out with the kids for a beautiful Labor Day holiday weekend at Campsite 7, somewhere between Caribou and Rainbow Lakes Colorado.

Spent the day leisurely exploring the nearby forest and abandoned mine sites, plinking with the wrist rockets and sighting in the bows.

All leveled and ready to start cooking dinner: steak, shrimp, pepper and mushroom kabobs with pressure-cooked rice. The trick we learned on our last Moab trip was to make a little extra of everything to go into the breakfast burritos the next morning.

The dead pine in the background is an increasingly common sight along the front-range as the pine-beetles move east. So far, the infestation here has been relatively light, but the Lodgepole pines west of the Continental Divide have been devastated, with 60-70% losses. They've begin clear cutting the large areas of dead stands around Frisco to protect the watersheds against an anticipated large-scale fire.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hers is mine Smile Northern California. Little Grass Valley Res.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:56 pm    Post subject: Re: TDI Syncro at Jackson Lake and Yellowstone Reply with quote

Westy Steve wrote:

Speaking of threads, I'm still waiting for the photo with the Vanagon in
front of a giant ball of string Exclamation
Or a giant Paul Bunyon.


One Giant Paul Bunyon:
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...at the Trees of Mystery...south of Crescent City, CA
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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just kidding

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

where 128 and hwy 1 meets in Mondecino county Ca.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some photos from our trip in Norway.

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