We spent five months on the road in 2011. We started the journey with Alumapalooza 2011.
This provided a great opportunity to learn more about how to do what we’re doing. There were sessions on maintenance, towing, cooking, decorating, just all kinds of things. Mary’s favorite was the sessions on dutch oven cooking.
After Alumapalooza, we headed east in Ohio to visit our good friends Denny and Charlene Wyler. We set up residence in their yard for a couple weeks.
It was great being able to spend time with them. Plus Kyle got in some great bike rides.
Kathryn got to see Lake Erie.
Mary and Charlene did some dutch oven cooking.
And Charlene sent us off with treats for the road. It is nice to know a baker.
From there, we headed down to Tennessee to see Kyle’s mother. We worked on finishing out the basement. Kathryn even got in on the act.
We then headed west in Arkansas and spent a week at Lake Catherine State Park.
This ended up being our favorite park we stayed at this year. There is a power plant across the lake from the park, but the park is quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed the hiking paths and Kathryn enjoyed the horses.
While in Arkansas, we did get to experience our first blowout on the Airstream. Roughly 100 degrees in the shade, sitting on the side of I-40 changing the road side tire while traffic blew by at 80 mph. Terribly fun. We got rid of all the Goodyear Marathons the next week.
We then headed into Texas to visit Kyle’s father. He set up full hookups in his backyard for us, including 50 amp power. What a great dad. As he lives close to Fort Worth, we made a visit to the Fort Worth Stockyards.
From there we headed down to Stephen F. Austin State park. This was the summer of the Texas fires, and one day we had a red sky and ash fall on us. It was a bit spooky.
We then headed over to Austin for Kyle to work at the office for a week. From there, we made another visit to the Airstream factory to get various repairs done.
Overall, we had a great time. Kyle got to enjoy working in some great environments.
Kathryn was “trailer schooled”.
We got to visit friends and family. And we got a great taste of living the Airstream life.