The Gold Rush

Michael and Domi checked out the lower section of Kern River near Kernville and Lake Isabella in the Sierra Mountains of Southern California last week in order to find out more about its white water rapids, because they want to kayak down there. While observing the flow of the river, they discovered an actual gold mining camp.

It was very interesting for Domi and Michael meeting and talking to the gold miner. He was telling them that he’s making money for all his daily needs by chasing gold.

The Kern River is one of the most storied rivers in the West, as well as one of the most dangerous ones. Merle Haggard actually wrote a famous song about the Kern.

Above you can see one of the signs put up by the miner including his mining claim and its number. Gold mining is obviously getting back in trend, as the stakes are high.

Gold was discovered for the first time along the upper river in 1853 and is still a hot spot for gold rushing men in the West. Below a picture of the miner’s home.

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Herbie’s Hall Effect

While we spent time in Veracruz, Mexico, Domi bought a complete hall effect distributor kit (including ignition module) for our American Love Bug. Just a couple days ago Herbie got his new feature installed and he seems to feel very well with it.

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American Graduation

Our neighbors and dear friends, Diego and Pablo Ramírez graduated from Ridgecrest’s Sherman E. Burroughs High School this year. It was a great honor for us getting invited to their commencement exercises at the school stadium.

California’s VW Classic 2012

Today Herbie and Domi visited the reportedly “greatest VW show on earth”, better known as California’s “VW Classic 2012” in Irvine, near Los Angeles. Hundreds of air-cooled Volkswagen showed up and the Love Bug enjoyed being part of the show.

The Greatest VW Show on Earth

Herbie and Domi are going to appear at the reportedly “greatest VW show on earth”. The 30th “VW Classic” will take place at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, California, on June 10. For more information about the show, just follow this link!

If you’re planning to visit this year’s “VW Classic” too, it would be a pleasure for us meeting you there! This will probably be the last VW show we’ll take part, before flying back to Vienna, Austria, continuing our World Tour in Herbie No. II.

Blogging Half-Year Jubilee

Herbie’s World Tour already started in September 2009, but the “dot-com” just exists since last December. Umpteen thousand people all around the globe were following our adventures within the last six months of driving Herbie across America.

Since March our blogging host offers country related stats. Within in those three months we got visitors from all colored nations you can see above. Our Top 10 are Brazil, USA, Germany, Austria, Peru, Paraguay, France, Canada, Ecuador and Norway.

The Love Bug Sound

When we were at the junk yard the other day, we discovered a feature, Herbie really needed. There it was, a VW Bug from the early 1960ies with an original horn on it.

This is a six volt horn exclusively made by “Hella” in Germany for Volkswagen.

Domi removed the horn we bought once at a common automotive retailer.

Finally Herbie got his voice back! As our Bug is actually running on twelve volt, the six volt horn is much louder than normal. But this is exactly what we were looking for.

Junk Yard Window Shopping

Today we went “window shopping” at a local junk yard here in Ridgecrest, California. Domi spotted many vintage air-cooled Volkswagen. R.I.P. – Rust in Peace!

Together Again!

As we are back in Southern California since May 25, Herbie and the camper got together again. Our trip to South America was made exceptionally without the trailer.

In 2010 we found our new friend and camp’s host Lyle Gregory from Ridgecrest.

Ridgecrest is the only incorporated city along Highway No. 395 in Kern County.

Here you get an interior look of our camper “QEK Junior” from East Germany.

We just installed mini blinds at the front and rear window instead of curtains.

Mount Whitney vs. Death Valley

Herbie’s camp in Ridgecrest, California, is located right between the highest mountain peak and the lowest elevation basin in the contiguous 48 United States of America.

The summit of Mt. Whitney reaches a total height of 14,505 feet (4,202 m).

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Mount Whitney is just 85 miles (136 km) East-Southeast of Death Valley.

Death Valley’s basin Badwater has the lowest elevation in North America.

The Badwater basin in Death Valley, at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level, also holds the record for the highest reported temperature in Western hemisphere, 134 °F (56.7 °C).