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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:11 pm    Post subject: VanaGO, SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - Oct 25 Reply with quote

A new Vanagon get-together is scheduled for Sunday, October 25th. Our scouting mission last weekend found several potential venues, but exactly which one is not determined yet.

You can put this on your calendar NOW.

Location: Mission Viejo / Dana Point / San Clemente area.
Date: Sunday, October 25th
Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

We will make at least one more scouting trip to pick the exact location before announcing it. Mostly to determine if there's good likelihood of getting a group of parking spaces in one area of the parking lot to gather.
The location will be a park, or a beach in the general area.

Revenue priorities:
1. Bathrooms
2. Nice, scenic location
3. Low or no cost parking (Cost likely between $5-$10)
4. Pet-friendly
5. Walk to nearby food options
We might not be able to have all of these items fulfilled.

The region was selected to be close enough to attract Vanagon owners from the LA and San Diego areas. Those in Orange County benefit from being the closest!
How fare is this area from....?
(Give or take about 5 miles depending on the ultimate venue.)
- Oceanside: 28 miles
- Anaheim: 34 miles
- Long Beach: 42 miles
- Escondido 46 miles
- Riverside: 58 miles
- Central San Diego: 65 miles
- Santa Monica: 72 miles

Event name? None, at least none yet. Something might come to me.

Agenda? None really - just an opportunity to hang out and talk and se each other's vans.

Registration? None - please tell me if you're planning to attend so we can know what to expect.

Cost? None - except the venue's parking fee.

What's included? Nothing. Just hang out and see some Vanagon people.
Raffle, T-Shirts, Stickers? No, no, and no. Smile

What about COVID? Please plan on social distancing. This will be 100% outdoors, and provide plenty of room to KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. Please don't get inside anyone's van but your own and avoid touching, hugging, and kissing! Smile Do not attend if you have any symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, diminished sense of smell. Do not attend if you are in a high-risk group with pre-existing conditions.

Exact venue will be announced by October 19th, but will be within the area described above.

Jim Davis

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:07 pm    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

Count me in! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:39 pm    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

Russpauly wrote:
Count me in! Very Happy


So, there's two of us! Very Happy

Who else is craving some socially distant Vanagon socializing?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:02 pm    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

we might, there's a real good Hawaiian resturant in san clemente we like, so it's two birds with one brick, i should be able to talk my boss into the trip Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:03 pm    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

Sounds like fun!
Count me in, and hopefully my "two better halves" (wife and dog) will also attend!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:52 pm    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

Well, okay then. Cindy & me.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:28 pm    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

I'm game!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:29 am    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

Great markswagen, VesuveVan, shadetreemech, and WestyWanter! Very Happy

May have enough vans to make this "a thing". Laughing

Who else?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:42 am    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

I am interested, but I already have a commitment that day. If plans change, I would be very interested.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:46 am    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

Sounds good, I hope to make it there.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:51 am    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

Ooo maybe possibly. Will talk to the misses about it.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

Hoping to see you Jimmy, Mark, and Prospective!

I'm really looking forward to getting out and seeing some people for a change.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:37 pm    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

UPDATE Oct 10, 2020:
This event, called "VanaGo at Dana Point", will held at Salt Creek Beach parking lot in Dana Point.

More details soon in a new posting, but wanted to let everyone know the event is happening and it's location.

Location: Salt Creek Beach, 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point

Date: Sunday, October 25th

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:06 am    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

"VanaGo at Dana Point" is a go! Oct 25th, 2020.

It will held at Salt Creek Beach parking lot in Dana Point. The location was selected to try to include Vanagon owners from the Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Inland Empire areas.
This get-together is being promoted across numerous Facebook groups, TheSamba and other ways of getting the word out.

Location: Salt Creek Beach, 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point
Though the address gets you very close, the entrance to this parking lot is actually on Ritz Carlton Drive.
Once inside the parking lot, turn LEFT and go NORTH to the north corner of the parking lot near the lighthouse. This should be the least populated part of the lot and allow us space to park together.

Date: Sunday, October 25th

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Bathrooms: One set of bathrooms at the parking area near entrance and another set down at the beach.
Parking Fee: $1.00/hour - pay at nearby kiosk that takes cards and cash. If needed, you can leave and return freely during the time you've paid for.

Pets: Pets are allowed ON LEASH in the parking area. Please be respectful of others who may be alarmed by even friendly dogs. Please don't think this isn't meant for your special dog that doesn't need a leash, or let your "leashed" dog run free dangling the leash behind.

Food Options: Best to bring your own, but there's Zack's at the beach (0.2 mile walk) with burgers, tacos, sandwiches and salads. Also the Beach Hut Deli is just beyond the edge of the parking lot, also about a 0.2 mile walk).

Beach & Park: A big green grassy park is 0.1 mile walk toward the beach and the beach is 0.2 miles, passing the park in the way. Zack's rents boogie boards, surfboards, and beach umbrellas if you want to spend time there.

Dog Park: There is a fenced, off-leash dog area 0.1 miles through the tunnel under PCH.

How far is this area from....?
- Oceanside: 30 miles
- Anaheim: 32 miles
- Long Beach: 40 miles
- Escondido 48 miles
- Riverside: 56 miles
- Central San Diego: 67 miles
- Santa Monica: 70 miles

Agenda: None - just an opportunity to hang out and talk and see each other's vans. 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Registration: None

Cost: None - except the parking fee

What's included: Nothing. Just hang out and see some Vanagon people. Raffle? No. T-Shirts? No.
Trying to keep this very simple.

What about COVID? Please plan on 6ft social distancing. This will be 100% outdoors, and provide plenty of room to KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. Please don't get inside anyone's van but your own and avoid touching, hugging, and kissing! Do NOT attend if you have any symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, diminished sense of smell. Do NOT attend if you are in a high-risk group with pre-existing conditions.

Please pass this information onto other Vanagon friends that might not get this notice.

Hope to see a bunch of you there!

Here's an aerial map of the area and parking:
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"Your van here..."
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The lighthouse in the north corner of theparking area:
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The park:
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Cool Bay Window Bus Mural on the walk to the park:
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Zack's at the beach:
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Salt Creek Beach:
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This van arrived two weeks early. From Florida! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:14 am    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

I will be attending.
Sending out notices to several friends.
See you there! Brown Vanagon
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:57 pm    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

For those on Facebook, I've made a page for VanaGo:
(I think it's accessible without an account too.)

https://www.facebook.com/VanaGo-103742251525041



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:41 am    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

The wife and I are gonna try and make it out. Anything to get out of the house these days and this is a great excuse.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:24 pm    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

I will be there. Looking forward to hanging out and surfing.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:34 pm    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

I was looking forward to this, cleaning up the Van, makin' plans.

My daughter came out this morning and said her boyfriend had tested Positive for Covid-19. So, my daughter, Cindy & I all have appointments Monday to be tested.

Have a good time, ya'll.

This is the Way.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:35 pm    Post subject: Re: SoCal Vanagon Get-together (but not too close) - October 25th Reply with quote

VanaGo is Sunday!!

Please plan on being careful to keep your distance and following other guidelines not to spread the Corona virus.


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