Gold with an Automatic Transmission
Elwha - perhaps one of the more epic and moving river stories of the past century. Once one of the most important rivers on the Olympic Peninsula, the Elwha was damned in two spots in the early 1900s to power the growth of the region. While the dams created electricity to power important industries, they also destroyed miles and miles of critical habitat, ancient salmon runs, and many traditional Native American patterns of life. Recent studies have documented the damage that dams cause, and with great leadership and courage, the Elwha dams were torn down in a grand experiment a few years ago. The Elwha River was returned to it's natural state. Much was destroyed in the process, but in the ensuing years so much beauty and bounty has returned. If you travel to the Olympic Peninsula, be sure to visit the Elwha River to learn more.
Elwha the van has lots awesome upgrades - a slightly larger motor, an upgraded and built-in fridge, and a heater to keep you warm on cool nights. As a full 'Westy,' she sleeps 4, has a built-in cook top and sink, and lots of storage. Elwha even has hand sewn curtains. She drives great and camps even better.