Remember that start mileage from Part 1 of this story?
Here’s the arrival reading, showing we drove only 112 miles to Schoolhouse Canyon Campground. A tiny trip for The YesWeCan CamperVan.
Why then did it seem longer? Probably all those stops (Petaluma for Tillamook buses, Sebastopol for Citibank, Bodega & Bodega Bay to see where Hitchcock filmed his thriller “The Birds”, the Russian River view and Guerneville, peaking at the women’s festival, Community Church and Radio station, stopping at ATM Bank of America for camping fees, and shopping at Safeway for beer and early morning coffee).
We knew we were in for a treat in Guerneville, when we met the Safeway store security guard at 5.30am Saturday and she told us if we needed any help at the checkout, we just had to oink the pig. “It’s the best way to get attention from the people filling the shelves”, she said. Okay!!!! Oink, Oink!!
Gotta say, this reminded us of the other pig in a store way back in 2009, some 25,000 miles ago, at the very start of our travels in The YesWeCan CamperVan (read that story here – photo caption ‘Pigs do fly in California’).
Anyhow, back to Guerneville ….. after a short drive out of town, past Korbel, we eventually arrive at the Schoolhouse Canyon Campground. The VW Camper Family’s 6th Annual “Bus City” is in full swing. VW’s camped all over under huge redwood trees. Which spot to choose, we wonder?
And then a friendly wave beckons, and we move into this welcoming space, with two beautiful vanagons and a Toyota Forerunner (just like the one Carole drove in 2000 on her first ever coast to coast drive across America).
Three very nice women, Ginny, Connie and Barbara, welcome us.
And then we notice other members of their VW family … these little chihuahuas…..
with a VW bus all of their own, which they happily share with a couple of bigger dogs, too …
The next door neighbour, Thom, is from the same area as us. His recently acquired canoe made his bay window look quite the adventure wagon
Thom’s wife, Amy, created a banner for “Bus City 2014” which she asked us all to sign …. I think many forgot!
Carole left me to chill out and rest in the shade of the redwood trees ….
while she went over to the picnic table ….
to see if she could help with breakfast preparation.
She brought strong cheddar cheese, a great addition to eggs.
Had not quite imagined frozen eggs though.
Dang, those vanagon fridges must be powerful!
Nothing beats VW camping gals! After a little thaw, the scramble is looking pretty good and the end result is yummy!
After this proteinaceous breakfast and warm company, Carole toddled off to look for the creator of this event (now in it’s 6th year). She’d met Big Blue online in 2010 and couldn’t wait to meet him in person.
“Big Blue” was easy to spot
What a great plate !!!
Also love that riviera pop top ….
Quite a few more pop-tops around in the Redwoods ….
and other ways to keep cool inside one’s VW camper …..
Our favourite one, though, is the dormobile roof from GB (sorry for the bias). Look at that little vent – isn’t it sweet?
Lots of bay window buses and vanagons, here, yet only two split windows – a little different to the events in southern california where splitties often prevail.
This split window has a hippy paint job ….
and this green and white one ….
had been newly painted the owner told us.
Well, after all that bus spotting and photo taking, it’s off to the river for a dip …
A welcome space to enjoy the redwoods, birds, butterflies, and river … and time to play
a welcome chance to cool down
and enjoy one’s VW family the old fashioned way
After that adventure, tea back at camp … (happy sigh….)
… more time to visit ….
and swap tips on better ways to camp.
A battery operated fan – great for a bay window with no fan of its own
a mini portable grill/BBQ
and ingenious methods for attaching awnings to VWs; it’s all in the spirit of the wonderful VW family
Time also for Carole to hand out our VW4Causes sticker ….
One here on the Toyota. Thank you Connie (don’t you just love that reflection of our campervan in your rear window too!)
Then Barbara with the lovely vanagon …
let us put one of our stickers on her colourful rear window (thank you :)) ..
… just before she got packed up and ready to go (you see, the doggie house has gone)
Going around to say bye bye is never easy – campouts always seem too too short …
Nothing left to do now except move The YesWeCan CamperVan to a shady spot ….
get out the tea tray ….
put on the kettle …..
make some tea and think about England (just joking)
Here’s to Bus City number 7 !!!!!!!
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