Last week, I bought a 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon Weekender Edition for our endless outdoor adventures to come. She seems to be in mechanically sound condition, but needs some good interior and exterior scrubbing before we take her on our first trip. We named the young lady “Tootsie Roll”.
The Volkswagen Vanagon is the ultimate outdoor vehicle, because it does not cost much to pick one up, that means you have more money to actually go places, and it has enough room to comfortably sleep in plus it stores all your outdoor adventure gear. It also is not very difficult to repair it yourself. There are multiple websites that list all kinds of tutorials on how to repair almost everything on that vehicle.
In September 2010, Dana and I traveled to Bali and hiked the highest mountain on the island, Mount Agung (10,308 feet).
In order to see the sunrise on the peak of the mountain, we started our hike at 2am in the morning. We stayed in a Hotel near the base of the mountain. The Hotel was the only one in the town and it was absolutely awful. I recommend sleeping in your “nice” Hotel room the night prior, wake up 1-3 hours earlier (depending on where you stay on the island) and start the hike, rather than staying in a crappy Hotel room near the base of the mountain. You will get a much better good-night-sleep.
We started our hike near Agung’s temple, which is located near the base of the mountain. Agung is a very holy mountain to the locals and it is recommended not to hike it without a local guide in order to fully “respect” the mountain. Our guide picked us up at 2am and drove us to the base. It was nice having a guide, as the trail can be rather primitive at times and we had many questions about the mountain and the island. The guide also supplies you with additional gear such as head lamps, rain coats, etc.