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wheel interested 08-26-2006 12:03 PM

What do you read and play in your Airstream?
I have been arranging my interior storage in the Airstream and I like to carry some games and books. I thought it would be interesting to find out what some of you like to play for games or what good books you have read or plan to read when you are in the Airstream.

Of course I have Travels with Charley, and I have A Walk in the Woods, I like the Grisham mysteries. But if I can get a new book list from this thread I will be happy. :)

For games I carry cards and dice and a bound book of many game boards, pieces and instructions, and Upwords along with Hoyle's book of games. But the two we probably would actually play are backgammon and trionomoes. I like this question because I think I will be able to vicariously live through some of your company evenings, such as rummy, Tom Collins and Bavarian pretzels. :D

For outdoor play we carry those grippy velcro circles with the tennis like ball, a frisbe, and short handled rackets with a birdie for badmitton.

azflycaster 08-26-2006 12:22 PM

I take the latest copy of "Airstream Life" with us when we go out. It reads much better when under aluminum. We carry mostly dog stuff, an endless supply of dog balls from petsmart (6 packs) and a few frisbee type discs. We also have the retrieve toy for lakes. We bring a movie or two for viewing (laptop) in the evenings. We are not big on board or card games, maybe this would be a good time to teach my wife cribage.

remcolent 08-26-2006 12:33 PM

Most of the time reading the service manual , and playing with tools.

Boondocker 08-26-2006 12:42 PM

Depends, day to day I read tons of cheap paperbacks, mostly on a trade basis so the authors cover a lot of ground. On trips the pendulum swings to travel reference material, maybe history pertinent to the trip. One of the few ‘resident’ books on board is Annals of the Former World. Fantastic story telling and explanation of geology.

GlenCoombe 08-26-2006 01:20 PM

Carol, I go through a book a week. Joined the library to cut cost. Best book in a long time is "A Land Remembered" by Patrick Smith. A very good read.

You might also like "Light a Distant Fire" Lucia St. Clair Robson. not sure if it's in print but her writing is quite enjoyable. She's done a few others...

Uberlanders 08-26-2006 02:03 PM

We carry various copies of Airstream Life and whatever we are reading at the time. But most of the time, we don't read much in the trailer. We are usually hiking, biking, swimming, hanging out with others, playing with the dog, sitting around the campfire, touring other's trailers, that by the time we get in the trailer to read we fall straight to sleep.

Goin camping 08-26-2006 02:22 PM

Reading material:
Maps, manuels, Terry Pratchett and anything else.

Cards. Lots of cards.

tin sista 08-26-2006 02:52 PM

What a fun thread!
:) Its neat to see we all have so many similar interests besides Airstreams that is! I'm writing down these titles and getting ideas for games too!

We love reading and puzzles. I grew up on scrabble even though grandma always won:lol: ! She was a reporter--unfair advantage. Also, euchre and pinochle.

Right now I'm reading Sor Juana, or the Breath of Heaven by Paul Anderson. Its great!:)

I love the 30 second mysteries they are fun and combine our love of mysteries and games. There are some for old tv shows too that are cute. They have a great version for kids I've used in the classroom!
My favorite puzzles are those edited by Will Shortz, he does the puzzlemaster presents on weekend edition too. Sudoku and crosswords. Dave says he solves problems all week at work so he likes novels. Lately he's been reading classics.

JimGolden 08-26-2006 02:56 PM

Candy Land and Battleship
My daughter (age 6) and I play Candy Land and Battleship in our Airstream. When she was five, we also went through her box of flash cards to learn the alphabet and numbers up to 25. Well the flashcards aren't much of a challenge anymore, and I always seem to lose at Candy Land. But I give her a pretty good run at Battleship :)

wheel interested 08-26-2006 03:16 PM

You sank my battleship...Hasbro? I remember the commericials! Candyland and Cootie for our little ones.

I forgot, lately we have been working jigsaw puzzles at home in the AS. I have to agree most of the time we are out like a light after wearing ourselves out, if all goes well. :)

I do like to read particularly when on the road, after dark and awaiting next light. Looks like I have new books and games to check out. Thank you!

AZstreamin 08-26-2006 04:05 PM


Originally Posted by azflycaster
maybe this would be a good time to teach my wife cribage.

Cribbage is a great game.... it's been years since I played my Grandpa taught me to play when I was a little fella...and we'd play for hours.. good memories. It's excellent for travel. We also like Outburst and Cranium... both are fun especially if you have two couples.

ALANSD 08-26-2006 04:12 PM

We play Tri-ominoes, Backgammon, good old checkers, Rummy-q ( tile game). TRi- bond is a newer game we also like. Good questions for most ages.

maxandgeorgia 08-26-2006 04:34 PM

My book stash begins with my current trip journal--leather bound, delightful to write in along with a good pen. I began this habit back in 1986 on our first trip to northern Minnesota and love rereading over our travels on snowbound days in the winter. Along with it, I keep a collection of travel books, Falcon brand and others, for the regions we are traveling to-through, for history, campgrounds, national parks and so on. I'll probably have a garden or trip essay book for my reading while Max will have his spy-thriller selection, and we always hit the book stores wherever we find ourselves for something great that is regional-cookbook, local lore. One of my favorite trip reads has taken me through the Ivan Doig trilogy beginning with Dancing at the Rascal Fair, English Creek, and Ride with Me, Mariah Montana. These are set in the Two Medicine country of northern Montana along the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Sheep herders and cattle ranchers are among the strong characters struggling in a strong land. I continue to enjoy Doig's work. Always, I find some "beach reads" to enjoy too-light, easy to put down and pick up again. How do we read so much when we are always out doing something?? Currently set aside and waiting for our upcoming trip are The Big House (a century in the life of an American summer home, reminding me of a childhood trip to the east coast when we stayed in a huge, rambling summer house), Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult, and Fall on Your Knees, one of Oprah's Book Club selections. Games: the usual dominoes, cards, chess and checkers. TV is left behind and grandkids have to provide their own electronic game "junk"! No more room! ~G

wheel interested 08-26-2006 05:22 PM

Boy I am loving this expanding book list!! I am printing all the members' selections so I have a few on hand and more to look for. Great! Same with the games I am learning about.


Originally Posted by maxandgeorgia
grandkids have to provide their own electronic game "junk"! ~G

Goodness that reminds me of my grandchildren, we have put a bit of a ban here on the video games. I don't care to use it heavily as a babysitter. Much rather have them exercising their ingenuity and muscles. You know they're having a great time if they need a bath and bandaids.

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