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Old 12-06-2009, 10:19 PM   #2619
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Like your style Sheryl! YES we should! That would be very cool. How 'bout you get the Facebook group started if there isn't one? I never thought of it. I'd love to be part of a larger group of Airstreaming women!! I bet a lot of us would. But Lou is "Larita" aka Larry in curls, allowed to sign in?

Your pictures are great. I especially like the family shot with the Airstream. More pictures. we are as Sharon said crazy about seeing everyone's pictures!!! It helps us escape the frozen weather outside the door.

Hot chocolate ladies? I have marshmellows. Another log on the fire, ahh that feels good and warm.

Julianne, some day don't be surprised if some Easterners just don't make their way West and meet you all some day. I am sure it is on all of our wish lists. I know it's on mine!!! Make sure you post all the incriminating details with plenty of pictures.
I want to be included in the silver sister facebook, so don't forget to include me when someone has it started. Don't know how it works, but include me. Susan
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:12 AM   #2620
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I'm starting to get it

So, I'm curious how many ladies out there actually have their own Airstreams and hitch them up and hit the road on their own? I haven't met any women up until now, and I'm curious how common it is. I find it extremely empowering to have the freedom to do and go wherever I want (within the budget) and as long as I have the energy to do it with the babies in tow. I think that I was non-commital enough that having children seemed like a huge undertaking, or even a burden (before I had them) and I feel the Airstream balances out any feeling of constraint.

Do you all caravan together, take girlfriends, or guy friends, or lovers, or families? Chime in and let me know how you all use your trailers or rigs. Does anyone work out of their Airstream or are there any full-timers out there? I'm interested in who we have here in our forum and what their relationship is to their RV.

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Old 12-07-2009, 02:06 AM   #2621
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Ha - my airstream IS my love nest....

Quick resume...

H and I bought a 69 Globetrotter - fixed her up and spent a month south each winter, hit a few rallies and then his job changed. So we sold her. I felt like I was trapped with no escape pod - so all of about a month went by and I bought a 63 globetrotter that needed a lot of work. H and I tackled like clockwork and I went to my first Silver Sister Rally in Ohio - What an adventure. Met some fantastic women - that literally changed my life.

Then neighbour from H*ll crossed our path, Then H got sick, then garage caved in, then I got sick then Mother got sick, then Dad got sick. H, Dad and I got better, Mum did to some degree.

I got totally stressed and needing a life change I headed out by myself for a 2.5 month hiatus from everything. Returned home to a brand new RV garage. H was great, Dad no so good and neither was Mum - so I cared for them for a while. Then we were thrown into more land appeals and in between Mum died waiting for her dream home. And our lives were shattered. Neighbour dragged our lives out for 4 years and we lost every penny we have fighting for the right to build a house for my parents.

Now we are having to sell our home and most of our possessions, put in for a building permit on a house we don't even want - we could not even stomach living down there - but it is our only way to get back to 0 and start again with only 6 years to our retirement!

So as a House Stager spends time with us and the last 4 days we have virtually packed up most of our house hoping to get the house on the market for the 15th - we have renos to do Xmas decorations to do and a garage FULL of stuff to sort and take to the auction and dump and pack and store away indefinitely.

And to top it all - we have no idea where we are going to live or what we are going to do - other than the next step is to build a house to sell it - and live in a trailer and a boat at the water front lot while doing so.

But the positive - I am almost 49 and I am going back to school!!! I am signed up to take a double diploma in Paralegal/Law Clerk and I am heading straight into Municipal, Land and Environmental Law. In 1.5 years I will be eligible to jump into UNB and complete my Bachelors Degree in Applied Management which will then allow me with my combined Education and Employment experience to apply to the School of Law (in the US). Of course this part is the icing on the cake and one of those bucket list items.

I hope to within the next year work toward my own consulting business with my Paralegal License to follow shortly.

Yep Lou and Larry - you know exactly where I am headed with this don't you. If I can do one thing in my life and that is to change a system that is so damn corrupt and unfair - it is the OMB and the Provincial Planning Act! No one should have to go through what Peter and I have - to build a simple 1100 square foot home in keeping with the surrounding development meeting all the regulating agencies permits, with a reasonable request for relief on the set backs to simply have "neighbours" throw us into an appeal system that SUCKS! (no better word comes to mind)

So I start in Jan and finish just before my surgery - yep a new ankle at the end of April. I hope to at least sit and enjoy the view of our beautiful waterfront lot while they build a house on there - I will enjoy gloating at the DR. - we may be Rocky - bloodied soar and broken - but we are not defeated! And we have the last say as it has always been OUR land NOT HIS - and HOW dare he think he has the right to privacy on OUR Land and to think he is any better with more privileges because of his D and R!!!

Sorry Sheryl - you have caught me at quite a time in my life! and easily taken off track....

I love my Airstream - any airstream and all airstreams. I love the independence. And yep women traveling alone get quite a lot of people coming up and commenting on how amazed they are that we are alone and doing all that their H's are doing.

I am sure we could all tell some pretty crazy stories....

We "Easterners" are long over due another Rally -but we need to get it out of Michigan tee hee - no offense MICHIES?? - but how about a trip to Kansas - that would be cool - of course I would come on over to Mich and Caravan down with you all. Seems I may have quite a bit of the summer off!!! But I have to wait till I can walk again.

Face book is a great idea too - I don't visit it much - just no time but would be interesting to see how many outside this forum there may be out there.

PS for those following - Peter is motivated now to finish the LadyBug - hmm that will be re-named as he wants it for him!! ha could it be cause I keep calling the ModPod Mine....

He has had to sell his tracker so I told him he will need his own TV too

But I think he is into the idea of becoming Captain K - he has really missed not having his boat in the water these past two years! and he does not get to travel south with me either poor fellow - really needs a break from all this stress.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:41 AM   #2622
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Well Sharon I was just about to email you to see what was going on. Good Luck with all your plans. If you need a place to recuperate we have plenty of room!Would love to do a rally in NC but just don't know how to go about it-maybe we can get together on it.
Sheryl, my husband has some serious heatlh problems and I do most of the hooking up and driving. He can "back up" and I am working on it but I do all the hook up and all the driving. We made several trips to the mountains and I did just fine. I have found that there are so may people willing to help that I feel pretty confident. On one trip we met an 85 year old woman who drove a huge motorhome and towed a car. She was with a group of mostly female retired "singles" and it really encouraged me to keep on keeping on.We have met and made some great friends throughthis forum. I love the FB idea.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:53 AM   #2623
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Wow this was a busy thread overnight!

I love the FB idea. There is a WBCCI group on there but not a Silver Sister page, at least not that I know of.

Would love to meet some of you gals out East. I am in Arizona but I do travel all over the country. I am lucky enough to have the freedom to do that. One reason I packed up and moved out here from Seattle was to experience new places, still haven't seen all that the SW has to offer but I am getting there. One of my closest friends lives in Minneaplois, Kansas and is always asking me to tow on up there. So many places I want to see and experience.

Caravaning is a blast. I hadn't done it until recently because I am so use to taking off on my own. My friends Louis & Sergio have a '62 Ambassador, we caravaned to Northern New Mexico and back together (around 1200 miles). It was a treat for me since I usually just travel with my pooches, not really stopping much. With Louis & Sergio we stop to have leisurely lunches and nice long rest stops, they have two dogs as well. Its nice to have someone to chat along the way with. We even talked about getting CB's so we dont have to text and drive!
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:01 AM   #2624
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First, I'm trying to figure out how to post some photos. Ok, I may have it figured out.

Second, why isn't there a "group" called silver sisters? or is there? Shouldn't we create a group, and a facebook group and get Airstream Women all over the country (and world) to communicate with?

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Sheryl~ Where were those beach pics taken? Camping close to water is my favorite too but I haven't been able to get as close to actually putting my chair right on the beach.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:20 AM   #2625
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Lou and Larrita (aka Larry) here

Ditto the love nest thing, Sharon!
Larry and I are both retired. I retired to do some traveling with Larry but he had a heart attack and 5 stents in his heart. Thought I could retire after 31 yrs. of teaching fourth grade. Retired and then got full custody of my parents who were not able to care for themselves. So for the past 9 yrs. we were caregivers for them. Both are passed now. We have a little Argosy Minuet. March we found a beautiful Excella 1989 29 ft. rig. We have enjoyed getting out and about more this summer. Larry retired from owning and operating his own steel hauling trucks/trailers so you know he doesn't like ME behind the wheel. I do the hitch up and loading part. He does the driving. You can look back and find Larrita in the photos. We were anxious to meet all of the fine women that we have been talking to on this forums for several years, so Larry went with me to the very first Silver Sisters rally.....dressed in drag. He is comfortable in his masculinity! We had a blast!
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:36 PM   #2626
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There are lots of us women who tow, back, hitch and unhitch. Meeting more every day. My motto is that if he can do it, it can't be that hard! HA HA! In fact I just bought a motor home that is in Maryland. I am in Tennessee. My bf doesn't want me going to get it alone and he is busy. I assured him that I could do it. Afterall, I've been towing a trailer a lot longer than I have known him! In talking with a male friend of mine, he said that he would have to have a talk with the bf to let him know that I don't need him to take care of me, just to love me. I'm going up on Jan. 2 with or without him!

Whey, glad that is out! Can someone pass the hot chocolate? I have some Bailey's to share.
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:43 PM   #2627
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MMM baileys thanks Kathy. You go girl! Congrats on the new moho
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There are lots of us women who tow, back, hitch and unhitch. Meeting more every day. My motto is that if he can do it, it can't be that hard! HA HA! In fact I just bought a motor home that is in Maryland. I am in Tennessee. My bf doesn't want me going to get it alone and he is busy. I assured him that I could do it. Afterall, I've been towing a trailer a lot longer than I have known him! In talking with a male friend of mine, he said that he would have to have a talk with the bf to let him know that I don't need him to take care of me, just to love me. I'm going up on Jan. 2 with or without him!

Whey, glad that is out! Can someone pass the hot chocolate? I have some Bailey's to share.
Amen sistah! I dated a guy for 3 weeks, we were going to go camping, he actually thought I was going to let him drive and tow my Airstream, think again pal. That was the end of that relationship.
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:35 PM   #2629
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A little trivia on the silver sister front... The birth of the Rivettes...

Along long time ago in a far away burg there was a regional meeting for a Doe Toe with our Western Sister Michelle, a Rivette Rush when Sharon came from Canada to retrieve another of her Airstreams, A Summer Solstice, our first rally held to visit the motherland, the Airstream factory, a luau where Vicki seasons, and then another the folowing year, the We Can Tow It Rally. In the fall we rallied in the Mackinaw area, somewhere along the line naming Laura Miss Rivette!

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We had several very nice logos that were created expressly by and for the Rivettes by Stephanieand Jamie, Sharon and I, but Steph has been our graphics expert printing signs for every rally and making Rosie real and making us Rivettes!!

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Sharon decided the Board needed to be identified so she came up with this whimsical picture.

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And so I leave it to you to guess which one is "Larita." Please add you favorite Girl Power pictures whether they be solo, rally or your Airstream. Thanks for letting us walk down memory lane with you. I know many of you have recently joined us here at the campfire.
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So, I'm curious how many ladies out there actually have their own Airstreams and hitch them up and hit the road on their own? I haven't met any women up until now, and I'm curious how common it is.
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Hi Sheryl,
I'm new here too. Until I found these forums recently, I thought I might be the only woman traveling solo with my new airstream. I do take my dog with me. He's an australian shepard named Skipper, but he's not much help with the hitching/unhitching, etc. I have noticed that people seem very surprised when they figure out I'm traveling alone and taking care of everything myself. I'm in my late 30's, and I work as an Engineer for a fire department in Northern California, so I'm used to driving large vehicles. I'm hoping to go to the Western Silver Sister's rally in March. I think it'll be fun to meet other women-travelers
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