Texas Gulf Coast Holiday

We started the year off right with a Christmas and New Year’s trip to the Texas Gulf Coast. First, we spent several days in Port Aransas with my parents. We stayed in an RV park that was…well…what can I say, we were packed in there like sardines! To be fair, the park was very nice, we just haven’t stayed in that many RV parks and never in one where you don’t have room to put your awning up! Having full hookups is always nice, but next time we will find a place to dry camp where we have a little room around us. Most of our time in Port Aransas was spent either walking on the beach or cruising around town in a rented golf cart. It is legal in Port Aransas to drive golf carts on the city streets as long as you stay off the main highway. It was such a fun way to see the city, souvenir shop, stop for lunch, drive on the beach and park and watch the ships come in. It was money well spent. My parents loved it! We enjoyed beautiful clean beaches, fabulous sunrises, and shrimp every day! (The Castaway was excellent!) It was a wonderful Christmas to remember.

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A few days after Christmas we headed up to Matagorda Bay Nature and RV park. Wow…what a wonderful surprise this place was! The park is located where the Colorado River meets the Gulf of Mexico so you have a river on one side and the beach a short walk away. I must say, we are in love with this place! Our site was so spacious and beautiful. We didn’t really know what to expect so we didn’t take our kayaks.  Big mistake! Fortunately, the park offers kayak rentals so we rented a tandem kayak…twice!  New Year’s Day we walked down the beach (way, way, way down the beach!) and found the most beautiful seashells I have ever seen.  It was another day to remember! Our cat Mister was happy not to be left at home, Dan baked bread in our 51-year-old oven and I….walked, and walked, and walked. Everyone was happy! We will go back…for sure!

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Caddo Lake State Park

Located in far East Texas near the Louisiana border, you will find beautiful Caddo Lake, a sprawling maze of bayous and sloughs. Depending on rainfall, this maze of slow-moving bayous, wetlands, and backwaters covers about 26,810 acres of cypress swamp.  To really experience the beautiful forests of cypress trees draped in Spanish moss, you need to get out on the water. Canoe rentals are available or you can take a guided pontoon boat ride.

We camped at  Caddo Lake State Park with the Heart of Texas Camping Unit. Several other club members brought their kayaks and canoes so we all got together and explored a paddling trail. The trail is clearly marked but I was glad I took along the GPS…just in case! It would be very easy to get disoriented and lose your way in the maze of cypress trees. We paddled 9 miles that day. It was a great day and another fun camp out!

 

We camped!

Our goal for the last several months has been to have the trailer ready in time to attend The Texas Country Air Rally in Quanah, Texas last weekend and…we made it!

The last month or so has been “all trailer, all the time”. Every spare minute has been spent hoping to get it ready to roll. During that time we installed the new Suburban furnace and ducts, pex plumbing, Dometic Penguin low-profile A/C, solar panels, new Dometic refrigerator, Trimetric Battery Monitor, SeeLevel Tank Monitoring system,  new cabinetry, countertops, curtains, and upholstery. There are a few things we weren’t able to finish up though. We still need to install the door jamb, header and bi-fold door at the bathroom. We hung a temporary curtain there for now. (I love the bug fabric from Ikea!) The front bed still needs the cabinet face, drawers and doors installed. The green skirt is just temporary as are the spiders and other Halloween decor. We plan to cover the mattress in the same Sunbrella fabric we used on the dinette cushions so when the sheets are off the bed it still looks nice. We still have much to do (polishing…yuck!) but couldn’t be happier to have it this far along! We slept great and are looking forward to leaving many Happy Trails!

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The Texas Plains Unit were the hosts of the Texas Country Air Rally and the people of Quanah were amazing. They welcomed 95+ Airstream trailers and motorhomes into their downtown area for three days of non-stop activities, food and fun. When we arrived at the Hardeman County Safety Area we were met by the County’s Mayor and Judge. They presented us with a big bag of welcome goodies and escorted us to the town square.  They parked us in front of the beautiful, newly restored, Hardeman County Courthouse. The highlight of our trip was a guided tour of the courthouse by Judge Ronald Ingram. He was full of information about the history of Hardeman county, Quanah, and the restoration of the courthouse.  It was an excellent tour…all the way to the top! Thank you, Judge Ingram! Several outdoor areas were set up for meals and the Three Rivers Ballroom was the meeting place for just about everything else.  There were seminars to attend on everything from astronomy to outdoor pizza oven construction, concerts in the ballroom every evening, walking tours of the town, Historical Museums, and an open house on Friday for everyone to show off their trailers. We met many new and interesting people we hope to camp with again someday, and of course, it was great to see all our friends in The Heart of Texas Camping Unit again!

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Itching to get started!

Good grief…it’s been awhile since my lost post!  The summer is almost over, and you know what that means… camping with the Heart of Texas Camping Unit!  The first camp out has been scheduled for September 19-21 at the Bosque River RV Park in Hico.  Thinking about our friends and all the fun we will be missing is all it took to get us itching to get started on the Safari.

We ordered the stripper from Vintage Trailer Supply and will strip what’s left of the clear coat off just as soon as we get some cooler weather.  After that, we will be ready to start gutting the interior and removing the belly pan so we can get a good look at what we are in for.

In the mean time, I made a new web site banner for a new trailer! We love this little Safari and can’t wait to get started.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Urban Camping in Dublin, Texas!

We may have been camping on a vacant lot but, to us, it was another little piece of  Airstream Heaven! The campout with The Lone Star Vintage Airstream Club and The Heart of Texas Camping Unit in Dublin, Texas was a blast. Between visiting with friends, meeting new people, the St. Paddy’s Day parade, the Carnival, and all the great food at the potlucks; we came home stuffed and exhausted but very Happy Campers!

There were so many beautiful trailers I couldn’t put my camera down! Hope you enjoy the photos!

Pot of SILVER!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The VAC Rally in Dublin over the weekend was another awesome time with some of the best folks you will ever meet. I have tons of photos to go through still, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites in honor of the day.  An amazing thing happened Saturday evening. We had a storm scare just as the pot luck was about to begin. Everyone made a mad dash to their trailers to put chairs away and awnings up. Amazingly, the storm just missed us and the most beautiful double rainbow you have ever seen came out. It was “magically delicious”!

Enjoy the photos and have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

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Peace – Love – Dublin

We are finally in our new home! We have slept in our big bed for a few nights now, taken a few very long hot showers, relaxed in our recliners in front of the TV, and are starting to feel like normal people after spending 6 months living in our Airstream. Honestly, I have to wonder, how in the hell do those people do it? Full timing is tough! Maybe if I was traveling around the country, exploring new places on some big grand adventure, I would be in heaven. But, living in roughly 180 square feet, parked in the same spot for 6 months,  during one of the coldest winters on record in Texas, is a like hell on wheels! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love our Airstream and we are  die-hard campers, but… let’s go somewhere!

And so we are! The Heart of Texas Camping Unit is hosting the Lone Star Vintage Airstream Club Rally in Dublin during their St. Patrick’s Day Festival. 2052114_origWe will be doing some urban boondocking on a lot just down from the city park where many of the festival’s events will take place. Saturday there will be an open house from 2:00 to 4:00. If you are in the neighborhood, and would like to see inside some amazing  Airstreams, come to Dublin, Texas

See y’all in Dublin… Erin go bragh!

Full-timing….temporarily!

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IMG_2875Throughout the entire rennovation process of our Airstream, Dan and I kept saying, “Remember, we may be living in it someday!”.  Well, here we are! We sold our home, put everything in storage and are camped out in front of our future home. We have been here for over a month now and our trailer has been a perfect temporary home.  Yes, it gets a little cramped at times when Dude wants to lay, well….anywhere! He’s a big boy and takes up a lot of floor space!  Our cat, Mister,  prefers to lay under the trailer where it’s less crowded. And Dan and I are just…..happy campers!IMG_2873

It has been a dream of ours for some time now to build a barndominium, as some people call it. We needed a bigger shop, less house, and a permenant place out of the elements for our trailer.   The progress has been slow but things are about to start happening now. We have the forms up, the plumbing in, and are ready for the concrete trucks to roll in and pour the slab.  We ordered a kit building from Rhino Steel Building Systems and it will arrive on Wednesday.  We have hired a guy to errect the building then we will move inside and finish out our new home and workspace.  Very exciting stuff!

The next scheduled Heart of Texas Camping Unit camp out is on Halloween.  The camp out last year at Fort Richardson State Park was our first time to camp with the unit and is where we met many of our new friends. We can’t wait…should be Spooktacular!

Lonestar Vintage Airstream Club Rally

We made it back from the rally….exhausted! There IS such a thing as having TOO MUCH FUN! The Shagadelic Airstream Gig at Barefoot Camp Rv Park was far out, righteous and groovy!

First I want to tell you about Barefoot Camp RV Park and the owners Jackie and Charlene Brister. It is located on their working cattle and sheep ranch in Bend, Texas on the Colorado River. The park is beautiful, clean and  so peaceful, we didn’t want to come home.  Jackie and Charlene were so sweet and went way out of their way to make us all feel welcome.

Charlene brought Buttermilk Pies, Pecan Pies, and the best deviled eggs I have ever eaten to the pot luck and barbeque. Jackie brought his amazing antique corn grinder out and demonstrated it for everyone. If you have ever been to Canton, Texas at First Monday you may have seen or heard one like it.  We all took fresh ground cornmeal home with us. You don’t meet people like the Brister’s very often. Thank you so much, Jackie and Charlene, for everything!

On Friday several of us hiked the trail to Gorman Falls in nearby Colorado Bend State Park. It was a beautiful hike through a native Texas landscape of wildflowers, cedar trees and cactus in bloom. The change of scenery was dramatic once we descended down the rocky path to the falls. It was just beautiful. If you visit the park, don’t miss this!

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If you have ever met the President of  The Heart of Texas Camping Unit, Ann Flannagan, you know how incredible she is. She goes way, way beyond the call of duty for the club. She is so creative…she makes you want to be more creative! She held a few tie-dye parties at her home to create the fantastic tie-dyed shirts you see everyone wearing in these photos. The tablecloths on the tables and the adorable wood flower stakes with our names and WBCCI numbers were all Ann. She is AMAZING! Thank you so much Ann Flannagan for all you do for the club…you are one “Groovy Sister” and we love you!

I love the way the light reflects on an Airstream at night. I couldn’t resist walking around and taking a few pictures of the beautiful trailers and their owners enjoying the evening. Thanks Diane for posing for us! Fun stuff!

That brings us to ….”The Gig”! Dan and I aren’t usually the “dress up” type but…we got sucked into this and just went for it! Thank goodness there were other like-minded, far-out  groovy people out there to be hipsters with us!

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The barbeque was amazing and I’m so sorry I didn’t get a picture of  Tony and Sandra. They brought the food and served it up in true Texas style. Thanks guys!

It was a fantastic weekend. We  made some new friends and saw some spectacular trailers. Doesn’t get any better than that! Happy Trails!

Oh…and…Peace and Love to all our brothers and sisters of the HOTCU and the Lone Star  VAC!

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Polishing and Painting

Polishing sucks…OK…It sucks!  But…the results make it all worthwhile. We did a first cut with Nuvite last year to get the worst of the corrosion off but haven’t really had time to work on it since then. The Vintage Airstream Club Rally is this weekend so for the past few weeks we have been trying to get more done on the outside. Besides polishing, one priority was to repaint the badges and install the blue plastic trim insert.  After driving ourselves crazy looking for automotive paint, in the right colors and in small quantities (don’t need a quart!) we decided to just go with what they had at Auto Zone. We used Rustoleum Enamel spray paint. The blue was really the only color that had to be perfect, and it was. I painted the  “Airstream” letters on the front and back by spraying paint in a cup and brushing it on. You had to paint fast before it dried but it worked! To paint the red, white and blue “International” badges I taped each area off  and sprayed them. On the white section I just painted right over the “International” then quickly used a rag and thinner to clean the paint off the chrome letters. It was much easier than trying to tape it off…I tried that. I used the same method on the ID plate on the front…just painted right over the whole thing then wiped it off with thinner. I put 3 coats of paint and then a clear coat over everything…hope it lasts! The blue trim snapped right in and matched perfectly. It was really warm the day I installed it so I tried to get it in there as tight as possible. It was cold that night and the next morning there was about an inch long gap next to the badge where it had shrunk. I was sick! But, after the sun hit it, it expanded and fit perfectly again. Oh well…it’s hot here most of the time anyway!

We are still a long way off on the polishing but with the paint and trim…she looks fantastic! We are off this weekend to The Lone Star Vintage Airstream Club Rally in Bend, Texas. We can’t wait to see all the vintage trailers but mostly to meet up with friends again. The theme is “The Shagadelic Airstream Gig” so…think hippie! We are camping at The Barefoot Camp and RV Park located right on the Colorado River. Hopefully there will be enough water to play with our kayaks!

I’m not sure if we will have cell service but if we do, I’ll be posting pictures on instagram. You can follow me @stephanieintexas or @danintexas. It’s going to be far out and groovy weekend!

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