Bath Time!

Finally, we’re taking the Airstream for a long-needed bath! It’s been stored since our return from Yosemite in May. Although we’ve made several visits to restock, remodel and replenish, we haven’t been able to tend to the bugs and tar and grime from our nearly 3,000-mile adventure. So we’re taking it to our favorite backyard…

First Real Mods

This weekend, we drilled holes. They were the first real physical modifications to our Airstream. We had done some earlier “soft” modifications, consisting primarily of replacing a curtain and hanging a wall clock. But this was the first time that we actually made a physical modification to our Airstream’s structure. And, we’re happy to report,…

The Grandest of Canyons

Halfway to Yosemite, we decided to take a side trip to the Grand Canyon. In a word, the canyon is spectacular. We had both seen it on previous visits, but the effect was the same: overwhelming. We brought Baxter and Ranger along for the experience, and they quickly became “celebridogs.” Some Aussies even asked to…

The Better Half

Although we saw Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome on our first visit to the valley, we didn’t really appreciate its grandeur until we trekked to Glacier Point. Arriving at the point, we were quickly overwhelmed by Half Dome’s immediacy and enormity. The imposing granite crest was offset by a cloud-filled blue sky above a carpet of…

Peace in the Valley

Our first full day in Yosemite Valley brought with it the disappointment of overcast skies and low-hanging clouds, which had the unexpected benefit of creating an almost mystical appearance to some of the park’s most iconic rock formations, including El Capitan, Sentinel Rock  and Half Dome. However, a quick hike near Bridalveil Fall and Cathedral…

First Impressions

After setting up the Airstream at our Oakhurst site, we immediately headed to Yosemite, undaunted by the cool weather and light rain. First stop, the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, located at the southern-most entrance to the park. The grove has more than 500 mature trees–among the largest and oldest living organisms on Earth. Some…

The Grand Canyon of Texas

Situated near Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle, Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the U.S., roughly 60 miles in length with an average width of 6 miles. The canyon’s depth ranges from 800 to nearly 1,000 feet, displaying dramatic geologic features, multicolored layers of rock and steep mesa walls. It was the…

Storm Before the Calm

Anyone who has ever planned a 10-day road trip knows that the preparation can be daunting. After all, there are supplies and provisions to be obtained and stowed, reservations to be made and confirmed, lists to be compiled and checked, and itineraries to be planned and finalized. And, as Robert Burns reminded us, the best…

Route 66

That California Trip

In one week, we plan to motor west on Route 66. Our destination is Yosemite, but we’ve arranged to see Amarillo, Gallup, Flagstaff, Winona, Kingman and Barstow along the way–cities made famous by the 1946 R&B classic. We spend some time after work each night and on the weekends preparing for this first long road trip in…

Unexpected Pleasure

In the business world, this is known as being flexible and adaptable. In our world, it’s known as compensating for inadequate planning. We took delivery of our 2014 Airstream 22FB Sport on Saturday afternoon. We had concerns that it might not make it up the driveway and, even if it did, it might not have…