Taking a roadtrip in a van should be exciting enough to justify itself. But if some of your crew is less keen on the idea, here's a list of points to convince them of the unquestionable awesomeness of van life.
- It’s a party on the go complete with necessary built-ins: warm beds, kitchens, heaters and piñata hangers.
- Plethora of embarrassing sticker locations for the birthday girl (or boy) to remember all those great life-moments.
- Sliding door makes beer and bathroom access easy.
- Swivel captain’s chairs, because the Eurovan is the true mullet of transportation: business in the front, party in the back.
- Curtains create the illusion of privacy for those special moments.
Once your stubborn friend eventually caves, you can arrange an adventure like this! Over the weekend a dear friend of mine celebrated her birthday and this year I wanted to make it extra special. Living in Colorado, it’s pretty easy to find a scenic spot to party outdoors, but this can be a challenge for a February birthday. Fortunately, our neighbor state of Utah is obliging and [sometimes] provides a nice escape from the grasp of old man winter. The weather outlook seemed great with temperatures reaching highs in the 50’s and 60’s.
Knowing that 4 of us + 1 husky would be Moab bound, it was obvious that the vehicle of choice would be the well-loved 2001 VW Eurovan, complete with pop-up tent. While the hipster in me wanted the Westfalia, the rental company only lets them out in summer. But the Eurovan proved to be perfect for our adventure, especially once adorned with birthday banners and stick-on decals to fully embarrass, and surprise, the birthday girl.
Of course as the weekend approached, a massive snowstorm dumped snow across the Southwest, and we were driving through the mountains in a near blizzard. Fortunately, our van was a trooper with fresh snow tires! We made it to Canyonlands to find cold and foggy conditions, not exactly the warm desert with beautiful views we were hoping for. And by cold, I mean single digits. Brr.
The van was perfect though, providing us with shelter from the elements, a base camp to defrost, and a not-so-great sound system to rock out and let the party rage on. There is nothing like a VW van to attract curious, likeminded outdoorists, or to creep out those that are more suspicious. Fortunately, that’s nothing that a Mountain Standard trucker hat, craft brew and a smile can’t remedy.
Written by Field Agent Matthew Eaton