Got to thinking that we must have some pictures of our early adventures camping in a motorhome. So I pulled out a photo album, scanned (and color corrected) some prints of us in 1978 as we made a camping sweep across Florida that summer. It was in the quintessential van of its time: the VW micro-bus, camper edition. It was really quite convenient for two people – small sink that you pumped water from a tank, an icebox that relied on a nice big chunk of block ice to keep cool, food storage and prep tables on the swing out doors, and then you converted almost the whole interior to a bed at night. Oh, and a pop-up top for extra headroom and ventilation.
No AC, in fact the heater was on for the whole trip. If you ever had a VW van, you know how the lever and cable to the heating unit usually would rust shut or open, so you either had heat or you didn’t – whether you wanted it or not.
These pictures are from Fort Wilderness Campground at Walt Disney World Resort (sorry, it was an evening arrival), and Daytona Beach.
It seems we also were in St. Augustine that summer, too. 37 years ago … gosh we haven’t changed a bit!
On a later trip through Cape Cod we put a bike rack on the front of the van with two bikes attached (extra protection in a crash, no doubt), but that’s another story.