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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:08 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Erik G wrote:
...as for Ripon... I thought it was dutch?

You're very likely correct.
Since my Grandparents would travel to Ripon's Swiss Club once a year for the festival, I think I always just assumed it was Swiss.
https://sjvscriponswiss.com/club-history

Further down the 99 (125 miles further south) is Kingsburg with a Swedish history of settlers.

Part of California's history had lot of Swiss, German, Dutch and other European folks making their way west, in part when/if they had skills with dairy cows. Happened later, however, then in places like Wisconsin.

Kathy's great-grandparents initially lived in the Chilcoot-Vinton area of California (admittedly very far from Ripon). In the graveyard out there there's memorials/markers set up to specifically commemorate the influence of European immigrants on the dairy farming beginnings of California.

...sorry; I just love this kind of history stuff. And now I want some cheese.

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Bryce,

Do keep the trips and the debriefs coming. Your positivity is infectious during this time of constant negativity from, seemingly, every corner. It inspires others to also shrug off the negativity, to not allow it to soak in and change their behavior towards others. You’ve got a knack for retelling your expeditions.
Ever consider having a videographer accompany you guys? I could see you guys having a YouTube channel with millions of followers or a Travel channel series.

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AS350driver, thanks for the kind words/encouragement.

Funny, I have to admit, Kathy and I fell into a long conversation on our trip with a guy whose current political and world view was about as 180-degrees away from mine as you can get.
...but that's exactly why we continued to have the conversation.
I wanted to hear his beliefs and opinions and experiences.
I wanted, perhaps desperately wanted, to have a dialog instead of the isolation we have all been experiencing.
I wanted to dispel (for/of myself, as well as for/from him) any kind of all-or-nothing side-taking viewpoints which media may emphasize as being currently common nowadays.
I wasn't out to change his opinion, and I doubt that he felt that he was going to change mine; but we did both want to hear one another. To give space for our differences, and perhaps have the chance to see something from a different angle.
One of the main things that I greatly appreciate about people is that their own lives, experiences and beliefs make them the interesting and worthwhile humans that they/we are. I attempt to learn about people since it has the ability to enriches ones self and expand an understanding of the world.
I always try to offer the same open respect as I hope to receive.
We ended our conversation with my summarizing the experience; "here's some things that I sense/heard that we have in common. We come about it different ways, and have some differing opinions, but I'm so pleased we get to talk and appreciate one another."
We both "won" since we both came away from the experience smiling and wishing one another well and to have great travels.

As to a doing video journals? Sure; why not? Set us up with a videographer (I couldn't bear the time it takes for editing).
If anyone can put up with my bad puns and my personal sense of humor/"wit", we'll gladly try to fill the space left behind by someone like Huell Howser of "California's Gold" ('cept VW-centric).

All joking aside; we're pleased when/if these stories at least give folks an arm-chair travel view of what we're up to.
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PS: It's Huell's accent (not from California) and almost child-like amazement at anything he's told that just makes him hilarious to watch.
ie: "...and you say they'd pan the gold, right here? Amazing!"


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:50 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

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Goldfield, NV is featured in the original 1971 "Vanishing Point" (great film, btw). It doesn't look very different than in 1971.

AS350driver; I don't think I've seen "Vanishing Point". I've added it to our list.

I loved the mini-bike guy and what he did with the mini-bike.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

always love to read this thread and see the pics. thanks!

as for Ripon... I thought it was dutch? I grew up with a guy who's family is pretty well known in Ripon and have been there a very long time, a lot of the streets in Ripon are named after their kids, grand kids, and now great grand kids. They were DeJong's very much dutch
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Bryce,

Do keep the trips and the debriefs coming. Your positivity is infectious during this time of constant negativity from, seemingly, every corner. It inspires others to also shrug off the negativity, to not allow it to soak in and change their behavior towards others. You’ve got a knack for retelling your expeditions.
Ever consider having a videographer accompany you guys? I could see you guys having a YouTube channel with millions of followers or a Travel channel series.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:43 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

BulliBill wrote:
Awesome get-away trip you guys! When you coming back to St. Charles, MO? Your room will be ready!

Bill, thanks! We'd love to make it to your fine town again. When/as things *normalize* we'd love to make it to "Buses Nowhere Near the Arch" (correct title?).

BulliBill wrote:
... do you folks worry about more frequent oil changes for your air filter or any other preventative measures...

I was thinking about exactly this as we were on our trip. Oil, and filter's oil had recently been changed, but I think you're right. Now that we're back, it might be time to change again. We hope to see you and Kathryn again soon. Remember; you're always welcome here at our place in California.

cru62 wrote:
...There is a hot spring on the road to Silver Peak. The owner allows camping if you clean up after your self. You won’t believe the sky at night.

We almost went to the hot springs... we had hoped for star gazing, but there was enough smoke high in the atmosphere that visibility wasn't as great as we had hoped.

AS350driver wrote:
Goldfield, NV is featured in the original 1971 "Vanishing Point" (great film, btw). It doesn't look very different than in 1971.

AS350driver; I don't think I've seen "Vanishing Point". I've added it to our list.
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Although Kathy and I have been working from home, we mostly need to be close-by here in the Bay Area of California. If we could work anywhere, anytime, we'd gladly hop into "The Toaster" and make our way East again for another cross-country. Covid naturally would make it a bit less interesting (inability to go to many sites/museums, etc.) as well as risky, but the desire to be traveling is there...

Need to plan some weekend trip or something for October.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Goldfield has the highest per capita population of Veterans in the US. If you really want to experience it, go back for “Goldfield Days” in August. It is a blast! There is a hot spring on the road to Silver Peak. The owner allows camping if you clean up after your self. You won’t believe the sky at night.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:57 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Awesome get-away trip you guys! When you coming back to St. Charles, MO? Your room will be ready!

I just got to thinking after seeing all the news and videos of fire related air quality out there that with all that smoke/cinder/ash in the air out west, do you folks worry about more frequent oil changes for your air filter or any other preventative measures when out on driving adventures? Luckily, that is quick and easy to do, just haven't heard anyone else think out loud about it. Hopefully it's not an issue...

Keep up having "too much fun"!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:28 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

cru62 wrote:
Did you eat at the Dinky Diner in Goldfield?

We did indeed! We had breakfast there. For both of us, with tip, it was less than $20 and excellent. Plus, all the locals were friendly. They let us know about garage sale up the road. As the town has such a small population, we saw a couple of the same people later in the day and they were pleased to see us again.

cru62 wrote:
Met a lot of interesting folks and spent a lot of time at the brewery. Their brisket is to die for!!

They were out of the Brisket Butts by the time we got there, but the pulled pork was amazing! So tender.

cru62 wrote:
There is a guy that owns an old gas station in town who has a dismantled 60’s VW convertible in the back room. Completely rust free. He also has a pretty awesome collection of cars from his museum he had in Vegas.

Must have been this place (pictures below). Too bad we missed the convertible.
Naturally we have a lot more photos from our trip, but the majority of the ones I've posted are mostly VW-related.

Truly was a fun trip; if anyone reading this enjoys this kind of travel-exploration, just as you, cru62, exemplified, it's a fun, interesting and great area to see!

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Side note; that "International Car Forest of the Last Church" in Goldfield, NV; I was pleased to notice that none of the dead cars in the ground were VWs.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:56 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Did you eat at the Dinky Diner in Goldfield? They make a great burger. And anything for breakfast was always good.
I spent almost a year in Tonopah working on the road to Silver Peak. Met a lot of interesting folks and spent a lot of time at the brewery. Their brisket is to die for!!
There is a guy that owns an old gas station in town who has a dismantled 60’s VW convertible in the back room. Completely rust free. He also has a pretty awesome collection of cars from his museum he had in Vegas.
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Goldfield, NV is featured in the original 1971 "Vanishing Point" (great film, btw). It doesn't look very different than in 1971.
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BarryL wrote:
...Did you get the ex VVWOA lady's name? ...

Barry, thanks.
Her name; I am terrible about names.
I always tell folks, particularly at VW meets, that they're welcome to forget and ask my name again any time we see one another as long as I am allowed to do the same.
I forgot her name already, but I believe she said she is now 63 and used to live in Orange, CA (or was it Anaheim?). She drove a split-window bug that was stolen... named... it was a famous person's name...
Darn it. Something like "Kit Karson" or even "Spiro Agnew" (I realize those two names are vastly different, but you get the idea).
She now lives there in Bridgeport, CA.
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Epic post and trip. Great photos sharing your rich experiences. Did you get the ex VVWOA lady's name? I had to appear in the stone courthouse on a trumped up bogus ticket in my bus. So sad for the loss.
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How to avoid pandemics, heat and fires...

It had been a challenging August.
My father-in-law passed away after a long battle with a rare blood disease.

Although this is very sad for Kathy and myself, he is no longer in pain.
Both of his daughters, and his wife, were by his side as he passed.

... there's plenty more to say about this bittersweet time in our lives, but this posting is not about that. It is about seeking some normalcy and rest despite a world-wide pandemic, a record-breaking heat wave in California, and an extreme and destructive fire "season" in our state.
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Kathy and I have been very fortunate to continue to be working, from home, for jobs/causes we believe in. We have not, however, had any substantial vacation time (except weekends) for a very long time.

Naturally it was time to take The Toaster on a journey.
Labor Day weekend would have been BugoRama in Sacramento, but with Covid, it was not going to happen...

Searching maps and the Internet, where better to go to beat California's heat wave than the high western desert of Nevada?
It was going to be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the Bay Area of California.

We took off Friday (Sept. 4th) evening after work and headed to Dayton, Nevada.

Stopped in Auburn, CA for an outdoor dinner:
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Dayton was the backdrop for many of the scenes in the movie "The Misfits" (1961) including the Bar at which Marilyn Monroe plays paddle-ball.

...not sure if this is the specific bar, but if it isn't, it was very close to here in the historic downtown...

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Our main destination was to be Goldfield, Nevada where we planned to stay for two nights.
The whole trip was 1,089 miles.
Our gas mileage averaged out to 21.11 mpg.
There was a LOT of elevation change throughout the trip, and we were most often up at about 5,000 feet, but also above 8,000 over some passes.
The lowest mpg was 17.04, and the best was 23.24

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We brought all of our camping gear (which we typically have packed anyway), but had arranged to stay in non-shared AirBnB places that had very specific write-ups about everything they do cleaning-wise to mitigate the spread of Covid.

The shifting landscapes from California and through the high western deserts of Nevada were beautiful and dramatic.

We stopped in nearby Fallon, NV to stretch our legs and look at their weathered downtown, but our next major stop was Tonopah, where we went to a BBQ/Brewpub with outdoor seating.

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On the way to Tonopah we saw a lot of advertisements for a a casino/hotel which said; "Roll the dice for a free room"

Why not? We pulled up, put on our masks, went in and they had a "Chuck-a-Luck" dice cage with three over-sized dice. If you get three of a kind, you'd win a free room.

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...well, I won a free room. Approx. $76 value.
We didn't need it, or want it, but it was non-transferable and could only be used that evening.

Funny thing; a woman after us ALSO got three of a kind.
I looked up the odds; 1:36.

We were dusty and hot from the trip, so we took the room, brought our traveling drink kit upstairs, had a gin & tonic, used the shower and a little later hit the road again... we had an AirBnB waiting for us Goldfield.

(the casino/hotel):
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Also stopped for a picture op. in Tonopah when we saw this bug...

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Tonopah also has this very frightening motel/road-side attraction, the Clown Motel.
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GOLDFIELD, Nevada

This town, and its history are incredible.
When gold was discovered there in 1906, the town blew up to a population of 20,000. It was a thriving community of about 30 city blocks. Then several things happened... the gold mining dried up. There was a massive fire in the town due to the explosion of a moonshine still which destroyed most all of the town's buildings, now, the population of the town is (as of the 2010 census) 268.

What of the town that still exists is fascinating.
A few historic buildings that survived the 1923 fire, some of which you can arrange to take tours of.
Two Saloons.
A few shops to attract tourists.
A diner for breakfast and lunch...

...and so much more.

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Like many of the freeways and highways in NV, typically this time of year folks pass through on their way to Burning Man.
One of the shops in Goldfield had these "Art Cars" (abandoned?) that sadly had bugs stuck to them...
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...but that's not all; Goldfield has the "International Car Forest of the Last Church"
It is basically someone's property (now a non-profit) with cars stuck into the ground.
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Met a nice family in this new VW at the "Forest". They had three young kids; reminded me of my childhood; five of us going camping and hiking in The Toaster back in the 1970's.
They asked to share a photo-op.
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But what else can you do in Goldfield?
...well, naturally you can drive over to nearby Gemfield and look for interesting rocks.
Some local land owners allow visitors onto their property; a couple miles off the highway to look around, and with the honor system, you pay $1 per pound of rocks you remove. We picked up some beautiful rocks.

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...and with any good ghost town Goldfield had a fantastic graveyard with a great many graves which really illustrated how challenging the gold rush was on the folks who made their living there.
This one reads:
FINIS E. FOLSOM
JUNE 27, 1917
AGE 34
ELECTRIC SHOCK
AT RED HILLS
MINE
ELECTRICIAN


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As always when we travel I'm always looking for other air-cooled VWs on or off the road. Here's a few we saw, I missed taking a picture of a Ghia in Goldfield, however.
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After two nights in town we had to decide how we wanted to return to the Bay.
Originally we thought we'd go through Death Valley and stop at Scotty's Castle.
...however, Scotty's Castle had a flood a year or two ago and they are still trying to refurbish it AND the temperature in Death Valley was predicted to have a high of 120 degrees.
We spent awhile looking through maps and decided to stay on the East side of the Sierras and head towards South Lake Tahoe.

We're so glad we did; we had the road to ourselves for much of the way.

I wish I had taken pictures of all the warning signs about animals that might be in the road at various parts of our trip. They included: cows, bulls, burros, bears and deer.
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In parts the smoke from California's fires (and possibly some from Nevada as well) were in the areas that we were. Tragic, but it also made for interesting light.
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Kathy took this picture near Dyer, Nevada:
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Passed by Mono Lake in California on our route...
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We continued to Bridgeport, CA which was pretty crowded with people (it was Labor Day) and stopped for a burger (regretfully not that great).
Kathy took this photo of what the place had to offer(!?!??).
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We ate in the bus, had a nice conversation with a local business owner who was passing by. Although she doesn't have any air-cooled VWs now, she was once secretary for the Vintage Volkswagen Club of America. She had known Gene Berg, and many folks who were in Southern California when she lived there in the 1960's through the mid 80's.

We continued all the way to South Lake Tahoe where, due to the 3-day weekend ending we had our pick of inexpensive and clean places to stay.
Due to Covid, the not-too-distant California fires, and wind, most everything (including the Lake's Beaches) were closed, but we had a good time walking around. Despite all of the challenges most of California was experiencing over the weekend, the air and sky around Lake Tahoe was excellent.

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In the evening we made it Himmel Haus; an excellent German restaurant..
All of their dishes are freshly made there, including their sausages and the beer selection was excellent (we took a ride-share to get there and back).
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By Wednesday we had to return to home, but had a great stop on the 50 at "Strawberry Station"

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I assume that some/many of you already know Jenny and "Squirrel" who were wonderful to talk to. Not only are they bus owners and enthusiasts, but they obviously are great for their local community as well as for folks passing through. Their general store includes anything and everything you could need from camping gear to snow gear, rock climbing gear as well as good food, VW memorabilia, snacks, etc.

Truly nice and friendly folks.

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...Squirrel started to realize that we may have met previously at a VW meet or two and/or that we knew each other via the Internet. He said that he remembered that I am always in that orange shirt that, yes, I was wearing. He pulled up facebook, and yeah; there I was wearing the same shirt there on my profile.
We had a good laugh; I thought "The Toaster" preceded Kathy and myself, but I guess that yes; I wear that shirt a lot when we're on drives or camping.

Further down the 50, we stopped in Folsom since we had brought an empty growler and stopped at Red Bus to get it filled.
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We had been following the news of the weather, the fires, and the smoke during our travels, and we returned home to the apocalyptic-looking orange "Dune" -like sky in the Bay Area once we returned.
This picture was taken at 4:00pm on Wednesday.
The street lights around town were on.

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It was a great get-away.
Although there's LOTS of challenges in California, the US and the world at large, it was well worth taking a safe-as-possible break to go out and be reminded how friendly and great people are, and how we are all experiencing these challenges together.

We hope you all are also safe, healthy and doing what you need to do to remain that way. At the very least; hop in your bus and take a quick spin.
I promise it'll put a smile on your face.
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Perfect VW Weekend...

Started on Friday; Kathy and I had to go up to pick something up in Citrus Heights, California (not far from Sacramento), so we also went to Folsom to give the "Red Bus Brewing Company" a try...
https://www.redbusbrew.com/

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The folks were really nice there, and they recommended a local Mexican place that has take-out.

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The name of the Brewery was inspired by the owner's Bay Window Red Bus.

and then...

FINALLY; a VW event!

Yearly, around this time, is the annual "Bug Bash" meet in Antioch, CA.
It was canceled this year, but some excellent mindful Bay Area VW folks got together this "Pre Bug Bash" cruise.

Following best practices for health and safety for Covid, it was a socially-distant cruise that had us driving from Concord, up into the Berkeley and Oakland hills through groves of pines and oaks, up the ridge with a spectacular view of the entirety of the San Francisco Bay, and back down and around to Orinda, CA where there was a Hofbrau resturant that had take out.

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Perfect weather, got to catch up with friends and meet new folks too.
There were THREE "Things" at this cruise.
Only 3 split-buses... 2 Ghias...
I think in all we were around 25 VWs.
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You can check out all the snap-shop photos I took here:
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We hope everyone is having a good summer despite Covid, and that you are having the chance to take some safe trips in your VWs.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

It’s a person. Quite famous, I might add. I met him once as we were gassing up our planes at the Calexico, CA airport.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:54 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

AS350driver wrote:
...Do you know how Ripon, Wisconsin intersects with Lucas and American Graffiti?

No; I didn't. You've peaked my curiosity though.
Ripon, CA has Swiss/Germanic cultural roots and history, which I imagine is likely true of the one in Wisconsin as well (?).
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:50 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

It’s interesting you mention George Lucas, American Graffiti, and having cider in Ripon CA. I had cider in Ripon one time. But it was the other Ripon, in Wisconsin. Do you know how Ripon, Wisconsin intersects with Lucas and American Graffiti?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:19 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Couple more "Social Distancing" trips in The Toaster...

A couple Sundays ago we took a day trip to Modesto, CA.
You know; birthplace of George Lucas. Also where "American Graffiti" takes place (filmed elsewhere, but it is the inspiration of/for the film).

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Was a total of 191 miles round trip, and very worth it.

Not far from downtown is the Tuolumne River Regional Park where we walked around a bit in the water.

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On our way heading back, we stopped at a small hard cider place in a business park just outside of the town of Ripon, CA.
Tapped Apple: https://www.tappedapplecider.com/
It was easy to social distance everywhere we went to. Wore masks, of course, while ordering our samplers, but with no one else there, and a nice cool breeze in the shade of the business park buildings, it felt, for a moment like everything was "normal".

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This past weekend we actually went camping. Both Kathy and I took Monday off from work, partially because with some California campsites re-opening, they are pretty booked solid, but I managed to get a reservation for the Oak Bottom Campground up near Somes Bar, California (Northeast of Redding).
Campsite's Webpage: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/srnf/recarea/?recid=11560

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The area was amazing. Apparently there are six rivers around there.
The campsite was doing a LOT to follow social distancing protocols as well as constant cleaning of the pit toilet bathrooms.

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The campsite host suggested a great isolated area of the nearby river to go swimming, and we had the river (our bend of it) to ourselves where we swam to a beach populated by butterflies and picnicked.

In the early evening we had deer walking through our campsite.

It was a bit of a long trip to camp (700 miles round-trip) but so worth it.
Did the math; we averaged 23.73 miles per gallon.

This would have been the weekend of one of our favorite VW Camping Meets; "Camp & Shine" at Clearlake, CA, but that was canceled due to Covid-19.
We were missing our regular camping trips so much, and having the chance to be out with "The Toaster" in nature again, and safely isolating, was wonderful.

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On our way back this past Monday, we stopped in Redding, CA (where it was 105 degrees) and visited Wolfgang International for the first time.
Great place; great people.
Wolgang International: https://wolfgangint.com/

I loved their comment that they have one of the most expensive store counters:

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...and out back...

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...so I hope all of you are also managing to stay sane, stay safe, but still get to drive your buses here and there.
It was really tough to find ourselves back home again isolating indoors, but we also feel very fortunate to be working (from home).
Tomorrow (Saturday) we have another day trip planned already with The Toaster.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:31 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Travels during Quarantine...

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Kathy and I took a quick trip up to Chico, California and back yesterday in The Toaster.

We hadn't seen Kathy's folks in months and months, and although we're still in "Stage 2" of Quarantine, we decided to go up to have a social-distant lunch with them in their backyard and garden.

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On the way there I was lamenting (as I often do) about how rare it is these days to see ANY air-cooed VWs on the road (our friend VolksFire, waved at us on the Freeway from his 1998 Jetta TDI as he passed us; he was driving out to do some work on one of his water-cooled VWs. I wish his transmission was fixed for his split-double-cab).

While getting Shubert's ice cream (in Chico) to have for after lunch, however, a lovely 1956 Rag-top Bug pulled up in the parking spot behind us.

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The owner, Dave, said he's had the bug for about 23 years, if I remember correctly. We spoke of how we were all missing going to the regular annual meets like Kelly Park and Buorama. We hope we'll run into him again sometime either in Chico or at a future VW meet.

Took a slightly longer route back, we were kind-of hoping that perhaps the Penny Candy Store in Live Oak, CA might be open, but it wasn't.

Strong gusty winds had The Toaster doing a little bit of a jitterbug on parts of the 80 as we made our way south, and we also saw (and smelled) the huge plume of smoke from the "Quail Fire" burning in Solano County, closer to the 505 Freeway that we had taken in the morning. As of this morning, that fire has burned 1,400 acres. Wind and dry conditions in California never mix well (thanks Global Warming).

When we got home we let know Kathy's folks that we made it back safe & sound; Chico ended up having thundershowers late in the afternoon after we had left.

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Overall; great drive. 340 miles all together.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:53 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Random stuff we've been up to.

Hope that everyone is healthy, happy and safe.
I've been in my mind a little too much lately (for all the obvious reasons), so I'm briefly here today practicing escapism before returning to my work (currently at home) for a non-profit that I believe in.

Just looking for a moment to relax, and VWs make me content and happy, so here I am on TheSamba.
(no, I don't wear masks at home; just photographing my new mask)

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Kathy and I have been taking a few drives to get out of the house.

Back on Saturday, May 16th, 2020, there was an informal caravan called "CoVan2020" that drove from San Francisco down to Monterey.
It was mostly Vanagons, the only split being us in The Toaster, and the only Bay being a VW friend of ours, Will.

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This woman's sweater was hand made for her by a friend of hers.

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Pit-stop at a berry and pie place:
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It was a good time; nice VW folks, all of us were social distancing, using masks, etc.

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The weekend after that (on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020) Kathy and I ended up taking a much longer drive...
We didn't know exactly where we'd end up, and naturally I had everything we needed if we somehow were able to camp somewhere, but ultimately we drove, picnicked, relaxed, and returned home.
340 miles

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Town of Fort Bragg, California:

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Moment of zen:

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