Looking for another special friend

Ever since I sold Dexter, my heart has had an important piece missing. At first I thought I would get over it, but that’s not the case. It’s like a light went out and with it a whole heap of love went away too.

All the fun we’d experienced on our travels wasn’t there anymore

And sadly many happy memories had been forgotten while I was ill

… like buying him in the first place

We three meet in Talent, Oregon in December 2009

 

Viewing the mountains ahead for our first day of driving from Ashland Oregon to Mt Shasta California

 

Arriving in Mt Shasta – DAY ONE of our drive on 19 Dec 2009

 

One of our first VW shows in California

 

A great photo that took ages to set up – us with Hollywood Sign!!!

 

Near the start of Route 66 at the Bagdad Cafe near Newbury Springs, CA

 

One of my favourite pics of the trip – A route 66 mural on Rte 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico!!!

A write up on Dexter and our travels across the USA

 

Back in MA using Dexter to help when campaigning for a good cause

then continuing the cause by driving across USA in 2012 this time east to west

Looking rather well worn after several years and many miles …. back in California


Dexter at Canyon RV Park, Southern California, May 2014
– fun even without the drag race where it had all begun!

More than the great photos, were the people. If your heart needs warming, just read the THANK YOU page here ❤ 

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Sadly I lost sight of the many wonderful experiences as I got really sick and it was in that state that I decided to sell Dexter. At the time I could not cope with organising to have him shipped to the UK, even though I had done all the research years before and knew how to do it. To make matters worse I sold him for a silly low price. I didn’t really need to sell him. I didn’t need the money. What I did need at the time was good mental and physical health and the fact that I didn’t have those meant I lost him, too.

So now I am on the hunt for another VW bus in which to travel and spread some cheer.

Will I find another like Dexter?
Will I find another wonderful VW bus that will add sunshine to my days and light up the faces of others who meet us on the yeswecanjourney?

Add your comments below if you see or hear of any great VW buses – thank you ❤

Looking for a new owner

I wonder who will be the third owner of this amazing VW campervan?
Will it be one of you reading here? 


The first owner (before me) called this lovely old VW Westfalia ‘Dexter’ and I gave him the online name of “The YesWeCan CamperVan” so that I could start this blog and his facebook page back in December 2009 to see if we could attract a following with stories about traveling across the USA. 

At the start, collecting the bus from Oregon, we arrived with Massachusetts plates to drive cross country to Cape Cod. For those of you who would not have seen them, MA plates have the state message “Spirit of America” and that turned out to be the perfect description for this wonderful VW which ran on and on through all terrains and all weathers.

You can read the stories here on this blog and on Facebook about all the adventures from two cross country coast-to-coast road trips, that together covered over 17,000 miles. That was nothing compared to the friends we made and stories we shared with people who came to talk to us wherever we stopped. On the first trip Dec 2009 to July 2010 I learned that having a VW bus is like having a dog – as the owner you meet others everywhere you go and conversations start easily and new friendships form easily.

Right now I am just getting used to the idea of selling this wonderful VW and the emotions of saying goodbye to such a friend …. I have some details to work out with writing up an advertisement, so keep watching this space and I’ll write more soon. 

You can comment below or send a message through Facebook or email us at info@classicwagens.org if you are interested in becoming owner number three.

Thank you!

VW bus video tells history of the splitty

This is a cute video!
Jian Zhi Chen is quite the animator. Wherever you are Jian Zhi Chen – THANK YOU from all of us VW fans 🙂

You can also watch this on our facebook page at TheYesWeCanCamperVan– remember to like our page!
Thx ❤

 

Another fun weekend camping near Guerneville, CA

Our third time camping with fellow VW CamperFamily friends at our annual May weekend event at Schoolhouse Canyon Park near Guerneville.
It was as lovely as ever. Will post more pictures soon, especially those taken around the camp fire!

 

Days 2-3: 16-17 December 2009 at Heart Song House, Ashland

Remembering this moment all those years ago in December 2009, as I read about Pamala Joy today after meeting online another Ashland lady and new Vintage VW friend 🙂
Life is made up of wonderful moments of synchronicity and sometimes we notice them !

The 'YesWeCan' Journey ... driving, exploring, making others smile and educating while we go!

Past two days have been resting at Earth Song House, enjoying Ashland and test driving the VW Westfalia.

Pamala Joy, my host, and I have discovered some areas of mutual interest and connection: we both care for the environment, reduce our use of water and electricity, and we also both trained with Chloe Wordsworth in holographic repatterning.

Pamala has won several awards for her volunteering work in feeding about 1000 people in need in Southern Oregon. She founded the Food Angels, an organization that now has 60 volunteers who pack and deliver food to homes in the area. I filmed Gretchen, a volunteer, talking about their work and the kinds of fresh foods that they provide.

In season were persimmons, a delicious fruit. The day before I had seen boxes of them delivered. To see the video of Gretchen go to our Facebook Fan Page for the YesWeCan…

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An afternoon out in the sun after a wet, wet winter

Beautiful scenery around Clear Lake, and quiet roads make for wonderful VW touring country, though to get here you will probably encounter a few challenging gradients and tight hairpin bends 🙂

As you can see the result is well worth the effort!

 

Dexter and Mt Konocti, Lake County, Northern California, May 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS from the VW world

MERRY CHRISTMAS from the VW world 

from VW christmas tree decorations ….

VW bauble for Xmas tree

Dr Pepper VW BEETLE Tree Gift

Pepsi Cola VW BEETLE Tree Gift

…. to VW Christmas cakes …

VW Bus Cake + Peeps

…. who knows what you might wish for ?

VW Bus Santas

…. after all, in VW world, anything is possible 🙂

VW with Reindeer - Xmas Wish

MERRY CHRISTMAS from me

and from my VW bus

The YesWeCan CamperVan !

If you’d like to send us a special Christmas gift,                                 we’d love you to  click here on our highlighted                                    The YesWeCan CamperVan 

This link will take you to our VW Facebook page, and                  when you get there, please like our Page …….. then share            this request with your friends, too.

   We are trying to reach 2000 ‘Page Likes’ by year end, and we’ve a long way to go. If you could help us reach this target, it  would be a wonderful gift from you to us and many others, because you’ll be helping us reach more people with our educational messages through our work at VW4CAUSES 

Thank you!

P.S.
Even Jesus agrees – see below 🙂

(thanks to VW enthusiast Ryan Bautista for this photo) 

VW Jesus Xmas Tree decoration

YesWeCanJourney Blog Visitors

The chart below shows the number of views per month since I started this blog, from the time I first collected my wonderful 1971 VW Westfalia from Oregon in December 2009. Little did I know then that The YesWeCan CamperVan would carry me through so many miles in such a short space of time. 14,000 miles over two years, including only nine months on the road, is pretty awesome, isn’t it?

Yet the performance of this blog, in terms of numbers of visitors, by no means matches my VW.

Statistics for YesWeCanJourney.Wordpress.com - monthly number of views

So I am asking you to please share your opinions via the comment box below … or on our Facebook page in the Note on Blog performance about what you’d like to see more of on these pages and the topics that interest you most. Or maybe it’s not so much the content as the medium that you prefer e.g. less words, more photos, or more videos?

Would sure appreciate your input.

Thank you.

 

Special conversations for Thanksgiving

Please take a look here for an interesting conversation to be had at Thanksgiving …. http://thinkingleaders.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/engage-with-grace-this-thanksgiving-holiday/

Ten years on …

Ten years since September 11th, 2001. When it happened many of us thought it would change our lives forever, help us to remember what is most important in life and treat each other far better as a result, didn’t we?

taken by Carole Brown, Easter 2011

How odd then that during the last decade here in the west, the news has been filled with stories in which greed has prevailed or stories of how very poor we are these days now they we don’t have such big earnings or big homes or the material riches we once had. Stories of con tricks by certain people or certain corporations, criticism of governments and civil unrest, and news of more wars and killings fill the media.

Maybe it’s time to stop today on this tenth anniversary of September 11th and reflect on the best things that have happened in the last ten years and anything we did that brought love and hope into the world.

Please add your reflections and make a comment below to bring some light into this world. Thank you.

taken by Carole Brown, Christmas Day 2010

Hope