- Posted January 4, 2013 by
South Bend, Indiana
This iReport is part of an assignment:
VW camper van memories
Joe's Van - The Gift of a Lifetime
This one night sleep over was all it took for the kids to convince us we just had to have the bus! We finally said yes – the kids were happy! We drove it home and starting looking for an opportunity to go on a camping adventure with our fully provisioned bus. We found a one page Internet website advertising the “Inaugural Campout for Buses by the Beach” (www.busesbythebeach.org) at Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon, Michigan. We decided to check it out and found some amazing VW buses and people there. Almost 11 years later, those people and others have become like family to us and we have had the privilege to help raise money for the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. (http://www.phoenix-society.org) We have travelled to many fine sunsets and sunrises in the bus, connecting and reconnecting with friends old and new – and with each other. The bus has changed us and our expectations about what it means to be successful in life. The world looks quite different rolling down the road in the slow lane to your next adventure. So, we were blessed to be given a great gift by our family that has strengthened family ties and our faith in humanity.