In just over 24 hours from this post myself, Emily and Charmin will all be climbing aboard Stella and heading out to Lamoille Canyon. I would be lying if I wasn’t having any reservations. Let’s see why.
- Mom is not going.
- Emily is going.
- Charmin is going.
- Stella is a 21 year old VW Westfalia.
- We are driving across one of the most desolate areas in the country in Stella (did I mention she is a 21 year old VW).
Now I knew what I was getting into when I purchased Stella and I fully expect her to make the trek safely. She in fact has already made 2 long distance treks. One from Bend to Newport Oregon and then all the way home to Reno. Another a round trip from Reno to Lake Almanor. She performed beautifully both times.
This time however, I will be the only “grown up” on the trip and any and all responsibility however is mine and mine alone. Luckily I am heading out there to meet a group of people for a midweek wedding and I suspect if I don’t show they will make some phone calls (if they have service that is).
I have been giving her lots of love. Had her reviewed by a vdub mechanic who has given her a thumbs up, checked all her fluid levels and gave her a nice rubdown. I have been treating her right.
The real comfort for me is that she’s a camper. If something goes wrong, at least we will have a place to sleep till the Cavalry arrives.