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, contertops, curtains and upsholstery. 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!

1948 – A Very Good Year!

Believe it or not, there are TWO vintage 1948 Airstream trailers in the Heart of Texas Camping Unit and they are both restored to absolute perfection.  One is a spectacular 1948 Liner. This is the trailer in the iconic photo of a man on a bicycle pulling an Airstream. The trailer in the photo is actually a 1947 though. The second one is a 1948 Wee Wind.  Very few Wee Winds are still around but,  there are two in the club! The other one is currently undergoing a restoration. Both trailers are  incredible pieces of Airstream history! Enjoy the photos!

1948  Airstream Liner

1948 Airstream Wee Wind

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!

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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