Earthship VW bus/sauna, Big Cottonwood canyon, Utah (2016) – Lomo photos, colour

Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus front

As documented here and there, i once owned a 1974 VW bus and travelled all over the place and enjoyed many adventures and undertook extensive repairs and renovations. as it goes, it sat in my Granny’s backyard as my travels took me further afield to foreign lands, as such, i passed it along to cousins who sold it to a fella called Zac, who also let it sit for sometime in garage before some adventurous and creative folks called Honi and (Dayglo) Dave bought it for a daughter and quickly realized that it would be an unfit vehicle due to reliability concerns.

You see, Honi and Dave have some great rental lodges and extensive compound in Big Cottonwood canyon (outside of SLC Utah) which they rent primarily to skiiers/boarders and other recreate-ers. They already have a hottub, tipis and so on and converted the noble “Earthship” into a sauna. We connected over some serendipitous internet-happpenstance and  i rallied up a gang of pals to go visit. H&D were wonderful hosts and the visit soon turned into an all-night party including hot boxing the sauna (in a couple different ways, soaking in hot tub, and firing up the jukebox in the Mangy Moose cabin. Incidentally, a momma moose and her kids paid a visit.

The bus has been privy to weddings, parties and all sorts of merriment. As is obviously, its extensively painted and decorated, the insides gutted (who knows what lost items were found) its parked in a flower bed of sorts. They presented me a key which travels with me all ’round the globe.

Here are a few pieces of documentary evidence snapped wth Lomo La Sardina (sardine can) camera. Also made a series of friendly postal pictograms with these images. Many of these snaps were captured by Jamielee Eldridge.

Earthship VW bus/sauna: inside the bus sauna (enter via passenger door)
Earthship VW bus/sauna: inside the bus sauna (enter via passenger door)

Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus front and passenger side
Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus front and passenger side
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus driver's side
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus driver’s side
Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus driver's side in flower bed
Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus driver’s side in flower bed
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus camper top
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus camper top
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus driver's side
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus driver’s side
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus driver's side, leaning in
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus driver’s side, leaning in
Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus and tipi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus and tipi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus and last chance saloon
Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus and last chance saloon
Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus passenger side
Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus passenger side
Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus driver's side rear quarter
Earthship VW bus/sauna: bus driver’s side rear quarter
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave in hottub talking to Marty and Honi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave in hottub talking to Marty and Honi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: Marty and tipi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: Marty and tipi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: tipis and shed
Earthship VW bus/sauna: tipis and shed
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and Marty at tipi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and Marty at tipi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and Honi at tipi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and Honi at tipi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: grandeur of the tipi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: grandeur of the tipi
Earthship VW bus/sauna: tipi village
Earthship VW bus/sauna: tipi village
Earthship VW bus/sauna: koi pond and tipis (with Honi and Marty)
Earthship VW bus/sauna: koi pond and tipis (with Honi and Marty)
Earthship VW bus/sauna: Marty inside Mangy Moose Lodge with snowboard museum
Earthship VW bus/sauna: Marty inside Mangy Moose Lodge with snowboard museum
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and giant bear in Mangy Moose lodge
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and giant bear in Mangy Moose lodge
Earthship VW bus/sauna: 7" jukebox inside Mangy Moose lodge
Earthship VW bus/sauna: 7″ jukebox inside Mangy Moose lodge
Earthship VW bus/sauna: 7" inside jukebox at Mangy Moose lodge
Earthship VW bus/sauna: 7″ inside jukebox at Mangy Moose lodge
Earthship VW bus/sauna: "rare" Jack-alope" sighting, displayed on wall
Earthship VW bus/sauna: “rare” Jack-alope” sighting, displayed on wall
Earthship VW bus/sauna: shed, with skiis
Earthship VW bus/sauna: shed, with skiis