A chance encounter with an Airstream

 

Here’s something interesting!  Did you know that Airstream used to build full-fledged motorhomes?  I thought they built only trailers.  But I learned differently because I was being a little bit snoopy (maybe “curious” is a better word here).

I recently took my big white truck to a local garage for regular service.  I was walking around the parking lot while waiting and spied the back end of an Airstream sticking out from behind the building.  I assumed it was a trailer.  I was curious so I walked all the way around to the back of the building and found out it was not a trailer but a classic Airstream 350 Motorhome .. it was gorgeous and it was huge!

You can read about Airstream history here.  The photo below was snagged off the internet rather than taking a photo without the owner’s permission of the Airstream at the garage.  The Airstream in the photo below is the same year, model, and size as the one I saw at the garage.  Even though it’s only 35 feet long, it sure seemed like one big RV!

This little tidbit of information and how I acquired the information (wandering around a parking lot and looking at stuff and wondering about things) .. this brings to mind my habits with respect to exploring and taking photos and such.  I probably should correct what has likely been misrepresentation on my part about my activities.

I have sometimes used the phrase “went on a hike” in this blog to describe what I do.  Well, I don’t really “hike”.  I rather meander.  At best, I walk.  Sometimes I just stand and gaze at things around me and listen.  Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I’m out for a bit of a physical workout, or I’m in a hurry to get somewhere for some reason, and then I do get moving and “hike”.  But for the most part, I’m just too busy enjoying my surroundings to move along too rapidly.

Years ago, I was a member of a hiking club but they were all much too serious about how fast they walked and how quickly they could get to their destination and then back again.  There didn’t seem to be too much point in all of that to me.  I preferred to stop and look at things and enjoy the journey.  Not surprisingly, I didn’t stay in that club.

I probably should do more hiking for exercise, or at least more serious walking.  But meandering is what I’m really good at and enjoy the most.  I usually have a camera in hand and that keeps me perfectly happy.

So, whenever I use a phrase like “went on a hike” in this blog in reference to something I did, please take it with a grain of salt.  Maybe I did go for a real hike, but just possibly I was simply sauntering along having a grand time.


Goslings.

I’m going camping again!

I’m going camping again, yay! I just made a reservation at Kanaskat-Palmer State Park again.  Yes, I was just there in June, but I figure I’m new at this RV-ing stuff so thought I would go to the same place but try a back-in campsite rather than a pull-through campsite, and a campsite on the other side of the campground for a little different experience.  As well, my first visit was in June before school was out.  This next trip will be in July and the kids will be out for sure!  My idea is to try new things, but try them only one or two at a time.  So look for a post coming up in a day or two about my second camping excursion.

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7 Responses to A chance encounter with an Airstream

  1. Ginger D says:

    Yay, I finally got an email notice that you had a new post. I don’t know why it took so long, but maybe from now on I will get them. I went back and read postpositions that I missed. It looks like you are having a great time.

    • Ann says:

      Ginger .. I’ve heard from a few others that the email notices finally started, tho some folks have been getting them all along. I sure hope everyone is getting them now. Thanks for commenting! Please do let me know anytime something doesn’t seem right with the blog.

  2. Ginger D says:

    Sorry, my tablet has a mind of it’s own. It is supposed to say “posts that I missed”.

  3. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    Thanks for sharing your camping adventures. I am new to camping too. Bought a truck and 25 foot travel trailer in June. Took it on a three week trip, home now but heading out again soon for a week. I ONLY stayed at pull thru spots, my back up skills are awful. Good luck with your back in spot! This has been a lot to learn all by myself but baby steps and maybe some day I too will be staying in back in spots, LOL!

    • Ann says:

      Hi Gail from Buckeye AZ!

      Welcome to my blog! I think practice makes perfect, or at least it helps. I keep my trailer at a storage yard where I HAVE to back it into its spot. The first few weeks/months I had the trailer, I would pull out, drive around the yard, and back in. That’s all, didn’t even get out on the street. It sure helped me feel comfortable with the trailer in a lot of ways. When backing, I keep my hand on the bottom of the steering wheel .. move your hand left and trailer goes left .. move your hand right and the trailer goes right. Easy enough said, maybe harder to do, but it helps. 🙂 Good luck and please share your adventures here.

      • Ann says:

        Oh, here’s another trick I thought up. I keep a mirror in my driver’s door pocket so that I can hold the mirror outside and see how the front wheels of my truck are positioned. It took a bit of practice to figure out what the mirror image means, but it also means I don’t have to open the door every few minutes to figure out which way my front wheels are pointed. Whatever shortcuts you come up with Gail, please share them .. we can all learn stuff!

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