My wife Helen has always thought the little Ford Transit vans are so cute that she’s always wanted one. Then yesterday at Natural Bridges, we got a real treat when we met Robin, an intrepid traveler who has converted one into one of the most remarkable campers I have seen. Every square inch is thought out and put to use.
Part of the charm is that she isn’t a carpenter and doesn’t use normal ways of putting things together; she relies heavily on Simpson ties.
These pictures don’t go halfway far enough in showing the ingenuity, effort and imagination of this vehicle.
She has driven it to Alaska alone, getting around 30 mpg. When backpacking, she keeps her load down to twenty lbs., so her gear consists of high-tech titanium gadgets I haven’t seen before.
She just turned 60 the day before we met her and she wants to get in all the walking she can. Anyway, it was one of those remarkable encounters one has when on the road; we talked for an hour and a half standing there in the parking lot.
Sent by Jack Fulton