Well my friends say I don't have just one guardian angel, but several who work in shifts. I felt so much better after the surgery that I put on my body brace, threw my two labs in the Explorer and hooked up the old classic 1966
Airstream 25 foot Tradewind I bought this year and headed for Montana. I had never been there or even pulled a trailer before, so I thought it would be fun to go take a look around.
A chance phone call from a friend just as I was crossing the Montana border told me that they knew someone with a ranch nearby and would make a call. Next thing I know I am making a turn onto a dirt road at a little ghost town and twenty six washboard miles later I end up on a 1200 acre ranch in Centennial Valley set right up next to the snow topped Continental Divide with acres and acres of grassy meadows filled with wildflowers. The owner of the ranch pointed me over to a stand of Aspen and pine trees and said, " Pull the trailer in there. You are welcome to stay as long as you want."
My labs were in heaven with streams, creeks and ponds all over the place to play in all day long. We took long walks through the meadows and up the canyons. There were guest houses to sit out the afternoon thunderstorms and cook in, showers, laundry facilities and even a big library to explore in the evenings. I pretty much landed in heaven and I stayed for a month and a day.
A very close friend of mine who was a famous artist had passed away right before the trip, which we had planned to go on together. The owner of the ranch also knew her and greatly admired her art. In thanks to him for letting me stay there to heal, I gave him one of her last small paintings that I had found in the trailer.
He even extended his kindness once more after I came home in letting me park my Airstream up at his 400 acre ranch here in the hills of Ojai where I live. Now I can go take o quick vacation only 5 minutes from my house where I can go and paint for several days with my dogs for company. I am working now on doing a large painting for him.
Bartering is definitely the best, you never know where it will take you
Even my mechanic is trading work on my car for one of my paintings....
All during my entire trip up to Montana I was amazed at all the Airstream travelers who came by to visit and took the time to explain how all the systems in my trailer worked as I was so new to it all. The Airstream Forums have been incredibly helpful also with figuring out some of my repairs and responding to my requests for information. Little did I know what a great group of people I would come in contact with the day I went to Starbucks just for a cup of coffee and ended up coming home with my wonderful Airstream that was sitting across the street for sale.