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Route 66 (sort of) to the Grand Canyon and beyond

A three-week, 5000-mile road trip loosely following Route 66 from central Illinois to the Grand Canyon. With a few side trips … We leave Beigeville Heights, Wisconsin, on a Friday morning and drive directly south, then turn to the southwest at Bloomington, Illinois, when we catch Route 66. Or, perhaps I should say “the nominal […]

Lake Superior Circumnavigation 2

The Camp Westfalia crew recently embarked on another Lake Superior Circle Tour: 1000 miles around the wild and rugged shores of the Greatest of the Great Lakes. Ride along! We drive north today toward the inland sea of Lake Superior. Happily cruising along in very light traffic under sunny skies, when suddenly an old El […]

Pacific Northwest 2

We recently returned from a four-week, 6800-mile Westfalia road trip from Wisconsin to the Pacific Northwest. We leisurely followed Highway 101 down the Pacific Coast through much of Washington and Oregon, then returned through John Day country and spent a few days in Yellowstone National Park. We drive hard from Wisconsin and arrive at Badlands […]

Seaway Trail to Nova Scotia, Week 4

Having toured the shores of the Bay of Fundy, learning about local maritime history and discovering tidal bores and million-year-old fossils, we now set about exploring Acadia National Park. Day 22: Winter Harbor, Maine We break camp on the Schoodic Peninsula and head for Bar Harbor. Along the way we stop at the Mount Desert […]

Seaway Trail to Nova Scotia, Week 3

Day 15: Digby, Nova Scotia Over breakfast we write postcards to family, and I include one to the original owner of our Westfalia, who I recently met by chance. She and her husband picked the van up at the factory in Hannover, Germany in the summer of 1983 and had it shipped to their home […]

Seaway Trail to Nova Scotia, Week 2

Day 8: St. Peter’s, Nova Scotia A fresh sea breeze drifts in from the bay while we enjoy breakfast in camp. We pack up the Vanagon and drive the inland route along the shores of Bras d’Or Lake nearly to Sydney, then turn south to Louisbourg. In 1713, a fortress and fortified seaport was built […]

Seaway Trail to Nova Scotia, Week 1

Six thousand miles along the Saint Lawrence Seaway through Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, to Maine’s Acadia National Park. “I have travelled around the globe.  I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty Cape Breton outrivals them all.” Alexander Graham […]

Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and Acadia NP

The Camp Westfalia crew recently completed a 4-week, 6000-mile roundtrip tour in our 1983 Vanagon Westfalia, tracing the northern shore of the St. Lawrence Seaway eastward from Wisconsin through Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia  to the Atlantic, then returning home along the south bank of the Seaway. Highlights include: Montreal, Cape Breton Island, Bay […]

Great Northern Roadtrip, Day 1

A 3800-mile cross-country roadtrip from Wisconsin to Glacier National Park, retracing portions of the routes of Lewis and Clark, and the nation’s northernmost transcontinental railroad. “No sand or heavy mountain grades, Mosquitos as scarce as hen’s teeth, No bad creeks or rivers to ford, Plenty of water, no sand storms, Eighty tourist camping grounds, all […]

Gallery: Southwest by Westy

Some additional photos from Camp Westfalia’s “Southwest by Westy” travelogue >>