Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Web Architecture Consultant specializing in open source frameworks.

10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Syncro Solstice 2014

Our Camping Crew I like to think I've been part of the VW Community for many years. In reality, I've been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the restoration of my '66 to finish. When we bought our Syncro last year, I became an active participant again. Last Thursday, we took full advantage of this wonderful community - joining a bunch of folks in Moab for The Syncro Solstice.

The Syncro Solstice is an annual Volkswagen Transporter Jamboree produced by enthusiasts in the Intermountain area. The event hosts both 2WD and 4WD vehicles in an off-road desert-style family-camp-and-expedition Jamboree, held late spring in Moab, Utah. Our Eurovan, Bus, Doka and Microbus friends are a hit and also very welcome.

My parents joined us for this camping extravaganza, as did our "we love to go camping" border collies. The people were great, the vans were inspiring and the views, mesmerizing. We love Moab and the weather was gorgeous the entire time.

VW Sunset

Syncro Camp B Sunset

Matt, Barb and Joe at the Syncro Solstice Syncro Solstice day tripping Syncro Solstice day tripping Ooo Rocky Mtn exhaust Nice Struts

Our Syncro in action Old Blue Sunset

When we weren't 4x4ing, we visited Arches National Park, Canyonlands and did a few hikes. Did I mention how perfect the weather was?

National Park Lovers Arches Lover

Moab Sunset

On Saturday, we cruised along Potash Road for a couple hours before heading back to Denver.

Syncros love good roads Flower Power!

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We made it from Moab to Denver (350 miles) in 5 hours, with only one stop. Our Syncro ran like a dream. On Sunday, we attend our first VW Show as participants - Volkswagens on the Green.

Yeehaw! Our first VW Show!

We didn't win any trophies, but we did win a $25 gift certificate to Rocky Mountain Westy. The questions and compliments poured in and we had a lot of fun meeting a bunch of new folks. Kids especially loved our "upstairs bedroom". Having the rig cleaned up fetched comments the rest of the day while driving around: "super jealous", "that's awesome", "wanna sell it"?

All I could think was, you ain't seen nothing yet folks -- wait until you see my '66 Porsche Bus! :-)

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