Murray grew up camping. He and his family would hitch up their pop up trailer and camp on their land in northern Arizona.
Gemma's a city girl and never went camping but loved the idea of it. (She also likes Manolos-quite the dichotomy!)
When we met each other we'd go hiking and backpacking. We'd pitch our North Face tent after a couple of hours of hiking and enjoy our beautiful surroundings. (Once sales clerk at REI mistakenly asked Gemma while she was picking up a few things for a camping trip if she was "car camping"-she was so offended. Gemma informed her that, no, she was not car camping, but instead hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and hiking out the next day with a 40 pound pack.) Yes, she likes Manolos, but she's still "outdoorsy".
Then we learned about Burning Man and Burn Stream Court, a theme camp made up of Airstreams! What an art and music festival that celebrates creativity and individualism, yet encourages community building, and operates on a gift economy, in the desert and a camp made up of shiny, silver twinkies? How awesome! We so wanted to go! We've always admired the shiny silver twinkies when we saw them down the road.
We bought our first Airstream, Sweetpea, a 1974 25 foot Tradewind Landyacht, in 2006. We picked her up near Seattle the second week of August, and less than two weeks later we were at Burning Man!
We've since brought home some friends for Sweetpea, the last one being a 1959
26 foot Overlander. We've posted some images below. We found that her floor plan allows us to be comfortable and entertain a few friends when camping for more than a few days.
We like the idea of the Pan American. We could roll the Harley into the back, add the kayak and go!
Hope to see you on the road,