My Thoughts: The VW Camper Van

It was a cold and drizzling afternoon back in April along Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY. My wife and I were in town overnight for a film festival as we darted in an out of the local shops. My wife can never pass up a bookstore and rightfully so. We came upon the Northshire bookstore and immediately went in, spending about an hour browsing. I’ve never been a really big book reader but the older I get I find myself enjoying it more. I’m very selective in what I read but that is part of the enjoyment. Anyway I came across this book “The VW Camper Van” a biography by Mike Harding. It was $7.98 so I figured what the heck. As a car guy I had always been fascinated by the camper van. As a matter of fact I stopped to look at one for sale along route 4 in Woodstock, VT last summer. In all honestly I think it would be neat to have one a trek across the States with it. In 2022 Volkswagen will be releasing a brand new all electric van. Hopefully my 2007 Ford will hold on until then??????

What I loved most about this book was the history and how the Volkswagen Bus all started in the bombed and burned out ruins of postwar Europe. How the camper van culture evolved and is still evolving. I did not realize how popular they still are across the pond. One downside to this book was that I felt the middle portion of this book dragged on a bit and the author was just trying to fill pages. I had to set it down for a bit and read another book in the interim. However the fun soon enough returned and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Some of the English words made me chuckle as well. You don’t hear the words Bloke or Lorry often here in the United States. It was a fun read and I recommend it if you happen to see it or can get it at your local library.

Cheers!

1969 Volkswagen Bus converted transporter Lake George, NY September 4th 2016. © Joe Geronimo
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History Past: The White House

It’s June 1953 and Dwight D. Eisenhower graced the Oval Office of the White House. This installment of “History Past” takes us into my collection of historical images, as these 3 iconic Kodachrome’s were taken while on a tour of the White House.

White House "South" Washington, DC June 1953. © Joe Geronimo Collection
White House “South” Washington, DC June 1953.
© Joe Geronimo Collection
White House "North" Washington, DC June 1953. © Joe Geronimo Collection
White House “North” Washington, DC June 1953.
© Joe Geronimo Collection
White House "North"  Tour getting ready to begin. Washington, DC June 1953. © Joe Geronimo Collection
White House “North” Tour getting ready to begin. Washington, DC June 1953.
© Joe Geronimo Collection

Photo of the Week:

Ohio Bicentennial Barn Holmes County. ©Joe Geronimo 2012.
Ohio Bicentennial Barn Holmes County. Kodak Ektachrome 100 ©Joe Geronimo 2012.

This weeks “Photo of the Week” is of the Holmes County “Bicentennial” barn near Holmesville, Ohio. I photographed this barn in 2012 while traveling. Ohio Celebrated it’s Bicentennial 1803-2003 and artist Scott Hagan completed his five-year mission of painting the Bicentennial logo on at least one barn in each of the 88 counties in 2002.

Photo of the Week:

I had the privilege to witness an Amtrak training drill involving several law enforcement agencies. To watch these men work and train was amazing. Such professionalism. During  this drill non-lethal rounds were used. Please note that I have removed several faces in order to protect some of the involved. © Joe Geronimo
I had the privilege to witness an Amtrak training drill involving several law enforcement agencies. To watch these men work and train was amazing, such professionalism. I cannot divulge what this drill entailed but non-lethal rounds were used. Please note that I have removed several faces in order to protect some of the individuals involved. © Joe Geronimo

Photo of the Week:

Yggdrasiltunet Bed & Breakfast on the island of Kvaløya in Northern Norway.
Yggdrasiltunet Bed & Breakfast on the island of Kvaløya in Northern Norway.

This weeks “Photo of the Week” comes from Katie Vaz a local artist from Candor, NY. Katie traveled to the northern Norway island of Kvaløya near the city of Tromsø to relax at Yggdrasiltunet a farmstead bed and breakfast. Please take a moment to visit Katie’s website either by clicking on her name or by following this link. http://www.katievaz.com