Pardon the interruption…

I had seen the new 2017 F250’s a few months ago and thought that would be nice to start retirement with a nice new truck that would last well into that retirement.

In hindsight we do like the space in our current setup, crew cab (4-door) with a shortbed. But ideally I would really like to have a long bed for storage of all our ‘stuff’. However a crew cab with a long bed is REALLY long! The best compromise is an extended cab with a long bed. We really won’t need the space for extra people in the truck on the road but we could use another 1.5 feet in the bed.

So why not get a new one, find the combination you want? That setup is very hard to find. Crew cab short beds are a dime a dozen (well a bit more expensive than that). The other option? Order it.

We did.

Here is what is on order:

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Ordered on 6/28. Got a VIN and it should be built on 8/22.

Should be fun!

Anyone want to buy a gently used 2013 F250 with just over 30K miles?


I used to get all the rally information from the Airforums and their calendar. However things have changed a bit. Many more rallies are being announced and coordinated on Facebook. There are two primary groups that we follow, Southern California Airstreamers and Northern California Airstreamers. This rally was announced there.

It turned out to be a small rally and a good one for us due to its’ proximity to home. As an added benefit, our friends the Chen’s were able to make it also! It had been a while since we could camp with them and this time they had no kids with them. I am sure they missed kids but just a little…

We started out the trip with a present from our daughter:


Appropriate for Roxie as she loves the mountains. Me, I just pretty much love anywhere with the trailer.

We got there Thursday and were able to relax a bit. There were a few of the other Airstreamers there and the Chen’s were coming in a bit later on Thursday also. There were only about 12 Airstreams signed up for the rally and about 5-6 were there already. We visited a bit with them (George got a selfie-stick):


We all walked around the Calico Ghost Town on Friday. One of the benefits of staying at this campground is admission to the Ghost Town is included. Roxie and I had been there before but we were both very young, single digits young. But some jokes never get old (Roxie fell for this one):

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Actually I fell for it also when I was young.

After the Calico walk we decided to go into Barstow to get some things and lunch. We ended up at some hole-in-the-wall Salvadorean restaurant, Cafe Las Pupusas. It was down in a residential area but very good. We got some fuel, propane, hit up the Walmart and went to the Outlet malls there. Later that evening we ended up eating at Peggy Sue’s Diner, fun and nostalgic.

Saturday was the day to go shooting. We went out in some back roads to find a secluded spot. There were numerous others shooting also but we did find a spot:


I also have some videos of Roxie and I shooting:

That evening was the normal Airstream pot luck. It was also a surprise baby shower for Cara and John. It was always nice to see the other ‘Streamers.

Sunday was the getaway day for most but not us. We were there until Monday. The Chen’s were going to leave on Sunday but since they lived so close they stayed around for a bit and we visited the Calico Cemetery:

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Here is a shot of the Airstreams there:


Then us and the Chen’s:


On Monday, another rally was over and we headed home. Here is a shot of Franco’s trailer with the Calico mountain at sunset: