Ear: Beetles

"The Volkswagen Beetle is ending production, but that doesn't mean it will be forgotten!" Perry Sun of New York wrote.

"Vintage Beetles and other air-cooled Volkswagens were out in full force at the 21st Annual Highway 1 Treffen — a yearly coastal trek made by the owners of air-cooled Volkswagens from the Canadian border to the Mexican border over the span of 10 days."

"Aptly named after the German word for 'meeting,' this year’s Treffen brought together hundreds of VW enthusiasts and featured beloved, classic VW vehicles including a 1964 Beetle and 1973 Thing …" and Karmann Ghias and VW buses

"The drive kicked off on July 19 in Port Angeles, Washington," he noted, "and made 10 stops along the way before concluding in San Diego." Photos of the caravan are shown, courtesy of AirheadParts; more are at bit.ly/2019treffen

So, wonder no more why there was a Beetle invasion on July 19, our venerable city of Astoria was the VW enthusiasts' first stop. The group left the next morning, heading for their next destination, Coos Bay.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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