Van Camping Ain’t What It Used To Be!

By Steve Casar

THIS MOTHER’S BIG ROOMY INTERIOR AND POWER MAKES ME THINK BACK ON HOW DID WE DO THIS IN OUR 1960’S VW BUSES WITH UP TO SEVEN (YES, SEVEN) OF US WITH SURFBOARDS. MUCHO ROOM NOW WITH JUST TWO OF US HOMBRES .

PEOPLE JUST GET PULLED INTO THE WHAT, WHY AND WHEREFORE OF OUR TRIP IN THIS COLORFUL THING. ESPECIALLY SURFERS.

DAVE AND ROB AT WISE SURFBOARDS IN THE OCEAN BEACH AREA OF SAN FRANCISCO ARE A GREAT COUPLE GUYS WE TALKED  TO ABOUT OUR TRIP.

 

Steve Casar (center) with Wise Surf Shop salesman Dave Alexander (l) and Rob Aschero (r).
Steve Casar (center) with Wise Surf Shop salesman Dave Alexander (l) and Rob Aschero (r).

 

I TOLD DAVE ABOUT HOW I USED TO HAVE TO WAX, FIX DINGS, AND WATCH THE SURFBOARDS AS MY BROTHER, TIM AND THE OLDER GUYS WOULD CRUISE THE BEACH FOR CHICKS JUST SO I COULD GO ON THESE TRIPS. THEN DAVE SAYS, “TIM OVER THERE SAID THEY PAID YOU 25 CENTS EACH!”

YEAH, BULLSHIT TO THAT I SAY! BUT MORE ON THAT LATER.

Steve busts a move at the Wise Surfboards with salesmen/surfer Dave A;alexander
Steve busts a move at Wise Surfboards with salesmen/surfer Dave Alexander

WETSUITS ?  THESE NEW ONES ARE MORE LIKE IT!  MY HEAD ALMOST POPPED FROM TOO MUCH WARMTH.  HMMMM. MAYBE THAT WAS BECAUSE OF ALL THE PADDLING I WAS DOING AT OCEAN BEACH, CHASING WAVES, AND AVOIDING OTHERS. YES, AND I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT.

LOVING THIS COLD WEATHER THOUGH. YES, I COMPLAIN ALL THE TIME ABOUT WORKING IN THE SUN IN HAWAII. BUT PADDLING OUT ALL THE TIME WITHOUT ALL THIS RUBBER ON IS A TRUE BLESSING.

THIS CRUISE DOWN THE CALIFORNIA COAST WAS A LONG TIME COMING. WE ARE HERE NOW RELIVING OUR YOUNGER PAST AND HOPING OUR OLDER BODIES CAN TAKE IT. I KNOW OUR MINDS CAN.

AND NO, I’M NOT JUST TALKING BOOZE. ALTHOUGH A BIT OF IT SEEMS TO HELP THOSE TIRED OUT BODIES AT NIGHT OVER A GOOD TASTING CAMP MEAL AND FIRE.