As many of you know by now that the blog is still way behind but we promise we will catch up soon. In the meantime, here is a cool video Josh made of our time at the Joshua Tree Dry Lake Bed BLM spot. This was from our stay there last week. If you do not follow us on Facebook or Instagram, the video gives you a glimpse of what we’ve been doing lately. Enjoy.
If you have been following us for awhile you might know about the Works. That’s Josh, Jessa, Jack and sometimes Cody. Like us, they are a family living in an Airstream and traveling the country. Recently they were featured in an issue of the online magazine Dark Rye. It is a publication produced by the company that owns the grocery chain Whole Foods. The issue focuses on the topic of wanderings and their story was captured in a beautifully produced video. A documentary film team joined them a month ago at their campground in Oregon. What came out of that session was nothing short of spectacular. It elegantly captured the essence of why people like us decided to leave the norm and pursue something out of the ordinary.
Being back in New Orleans is a pretty big milestone for us. Since leaving Florida, we don’t have many plans to stay anywhere more than a couple of days. New Orleans is the only big city we planned to spend more than a couple of days at until we got back to the west coast. Once we leave Louisiana and head into Texas, there are going to be more transit days and for longer distances.
Back in August, we attended an awesome Airstream rally called Alumafandango in Colorado. While we were there, PBS was interviewing a few vintage trailer owners. Our friend, Diane, was there with her vintage Wee Wind Airstream and was interviewed for the segment. We were parked right next to her and if you don’t blink, you might catch a glimpse or two of the Mali Mish.
One of the main reasons why we met up again with Kyle here in St. Petersburg has to do with what we are doing today. A few months ago, I found out that Kyle had taken sailing lessons at Charleston, South Carolina. Well before I was into Airstreaming, I was an avid sailor and had owned a handful of sailboats in my past. After chatting about boats for awhile, Kyle and I decided that since we are both spending our winters in Florida, we should get together and do a day charter.
Just so that our stay at Curry Hammock is not completely devoid of adventure, we did manage to make it out of our state of relaxation for a little sightseeing. While at Bahia Honda, we made a day trip to Key West. During our time at Long Key, we drove up to Islamorada for an afternoon at Robbie’s marina. Here at Curry Hammock, it is Crane Point Museum, Nature Center and Historic Site.
Today is Halloween and we have a full schedule so we started the day off right with breakfast… at breakfast time. I know! It was a miracle that we were up and eating out before lunchtime. Probably because we left Dan at home, still snoring away after a late night of working. Carrie took us to a Louisville staple, Wagner’s Pharmacy.
This morning we set our alarm and were ready before the sun even arose at 7 am for the tractor to come hitch up and tow the Airstream back into the service bay. We all crashed early the night before after a long day so we were at least well rested.
Thanks to its 5:30PM check out policy, today we are able to spend as much time as we want to at the Shipshewana Flea Market. It runs every Tuesday and Wednesday from April to the end of October and it is suppose to be the biggest in all of the midwest.
One of our favorite types of places to visit has to be old western towns. There are none more famous than the city of Deadwood in South Dakota. We have been traveling through some of the most well known trails of the old west to get here to Deadwood. Back in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, we missed a visit to Doc Holliday’s grave in their cemetery. While we were in Golden, we had all the intentions of going to see Buffalo Bill Cody’s grave but we missed that, too. We are determined to spend some quality time here in Deadwood, where some of the most famous western folk heroes in history made their names.
I don’t want to assume but I suspect we might be the only people who have ever completed the Denver Aluma-Trifecta. If you have never heard of the Denver Aluma-Trifecta, don’t worry, I just made it up. As many of you know, we just attended the inaugural Alumafandango event at Lakeside, CO. We also ate at the original Chipotle Mexican Grill yesterday. Today, we will be visiting the birthplace of the Silver Bullet: The Coors Brewing Company.
We decided that we would stay 3 nights when we checked into Clear Creek yesterday. That means we need to use the days we have left in Denver wisely. We have a lot of places we want to see and today is our first chance to check some of those items off of the list. First stop, we are off to the REI store in Denver we have heard so much about.