Does anyone remember these?

I was driving down a scenic road near Darby, MT the other day and from the opposite direction came a parade of 8 Volkswagen “Things”, each a different color.  I thought “How cool is that” and actually considered turning around to follow them to see if they were going to a car show or something.

Well this afternoon on my way to Glacier, here they all were lined up in an ice cream drive-in parking lot in Choteau, MT.  I spoke with the woman standing next the green Thing and she said they are from Boise, ID (where I’ll be in a few weeks) but do road trips en masse from time to time.

The VW Thing, as it was called in this country, was sold in the early 70’s.  I saw one last year in a city somewhere (I forget which one) but rarely see them on the road.  In Germany they were sold as the VW Type 181 (oh, those wacky Germans….).

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Also on the road today I stopped in the little town of White Sulphur Springs to refill my water bottles (again). My friends Eric and Shawn gave me a plug-in cooler which sits on the floor on the passenger side of the car.  I keep 12 bottles of water in it and it keeps them cool as I drive.  My brother David, who lived in Salt Lake City for several years, taught me the importance of staying hydrated in the desert and/or at high elevation.  I buy big bottles of water at the dollar store and refill the little bottles with that.  I know you aren’t supposed to reuse bottles indefinitely.  I usually start each trip with a new set.  Given the length of this trip I will probably replace them about halfway through my journey.  Having the cooler sure beats buying ice for my Igloo every third day.

The only critter I came across today was a Moo Cow which was crossing the road in the mountains leading up to Glacier.  She was crossing the road as I came around a turn, but there was a car in front of me and we were already going pretty slow so it was no problem.

3 thoughts on “Does anyone remember these?”

  1. Wow!!! I do remember the THING. I haven’t seen one in a long time. Guess we are telling our age. 😩😩

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