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Category : Vanagon

In October 2013 I bought a 1983 water-cooled Westfalia and named him Chief Pete.

Chief Pete goes almost everywhere with me because he’s my home.

Concerned about the future of Chief Pete? Help him out with some GoBucks! GoWesty has quite a few parts we always want/need, but can never quite afford at the moment.


On our way south down the coast! Chief Pete really needs a wash but we have priorities right now. Get away from the salt water!


Fog rolled in today, not so good for painting. So, another day without a door. And ya know, fog means cold. I got a tarp for a door.


I suppose with that first coat of primer I screwed myself out of a door tonight… It’s gonna be a chilly one, but worth it to nip the rust in the bud. (Chief Pete is getting lots of little face lifts before I hit the road later this month, he’s gonna be so sexy.)

Back on the Road

Bye bye Portland! Chief Pete is back on the road! And he’s running better than ever. We’re hoping to see a bear tonight in these woods. Grrrr.

Lonnie’s Oil Pump Puller

Vanagon oil pump is out! Fourth tool’s a charm. Now it’s super customized with a sturdier tee and less depth. Here’s to never giving up (and credit cards). Thanks again, Lonnie!


Yes! Hiker Apache gets a Pepsi at Warner Springs Community Center. Last time I saw this guy he was vegging in Belden. He sat quietly while I received a box containing shoes of the wrong size (big bummer) and some other major trail drama went down. I love this guy’s mellow, and mad style. See… continue reading

Big Sur

My first time in Big Sur! Parked on this pull out yesterday afternoon and couldn’t bring myself to leave. So I didn’t. People came and went all night, but I just hung out reading, drawing, drinking wine, eating salmon curry, and sleeping.

Picked Up

Hiker trash I hauled to San Rafael. I hitch hike enough that it is important to also give rides to hitch hikers. These guys hiked a little of the Lost Coast but then decided it wasn’t for them. Johnny, You (left), Me the bulldog, and me. So cool.

New Tires

New tires and a proper alignment for my van: priceless. It really cruises now, steers easily, tracks, no rolling resistance, and moves loads safely. I got the Hankook RA08 light duty truck tires to replace the brand new passenger car tires that had gotten completely chewed in under 1000 miles due to a very bad… continue reading

Little Package