Today, my handsome, talented, hard-working, Renaissance-man, husband, Colton turns 30. For his birthday, he wanted to take Maeve the Westy for a long road trip to Yosemite National Park. I agreed because he took me to Mexico for my 30th, and I love the idea of hiking some of the national park trails. We are now on the road, living the van life, for the next three weeks. You can follow along on Instagram, and be sure to check out our stories too, @loveyoumoretoo @coltondaine .
Maeve is a 1978 Volkswagon Westfalia camper van. She has two full beds, a sink and stovetop.
We purchased Maeve 7 months ago from an adorable family in Austin. They wanted her to go to a good home, and Colton had been searching for months. I knew it was a match made in VW heaven. We drove back from Austin in the rain with broken windshield wipers and cold air blowing through the vents. Although it was freezing, we laughed the whole way and dreamed of where we would take her.
Choosing a name for a vehicle is time consuming. We wanted a name that sounded old/had a cool meaning. At the time of purchase, we were deep in to HBO’s Westworld. If you have seen Westworld, you know that Maeve is a strong, elusive, sexy character. We liked the name and looked more in to it.
The name Maeve originates from Ireland (one of our favorite countries) and means “she who intoxicates.” Considering Colton has been enamored by Westfalias since his first time seeing one, we knew this was it. We hope Maeve will bring us to places with intoxicating views and stay strong throughout our journey.
Although she was in pretty good condition, we wanted to make her ours and shine her up. First, we took her to the shop to get her engine and all mechanics tuned up. We have had a couple of issues since, but Colton is quickly learning how to fix many of them.
Once the mechanical to dos were complete, we sent her to the paint shop for a complete overhaul. Colton chose java green as the main body color. We finally got her back after waiting a couple of months.
Then, Colton worked hard to complete the inside. He laid down carpet, reupholstered the back seat, swapped out the curtains, created cute curtain rods, made white side panels, and more.
Austin to north Dallas (about 220 miles)
North Dallas to Lake Ouachita and back with the pups (about 600 miles)
North Dallas to Baton Rouge, then Gulf State Park and back (about 1,400 miles)
Current journey: Dallas- Big Bend- Marfa- Tucson- Joshua Tree- Los Angeles- Yosemite National Park- Sequoia National Park- Las Vegas- Grand Canyon- Antelope Canyon/Grand Staircase- Santa Fe- Palo Duro Canyon State Park- Dallas
Be sure to follow along on Instagram and check back over the next few weeks for travel guides for each destination.
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