Calico

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:

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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):

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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:

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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:

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Then us and the Chen’s:

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

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Christmas camping

My family always seems to be very busy. Hard to get together for anything. Christmas (2015) was going to be at my sister’s house in Bishop. Both of her daughters and families have moved back to Bishop so all of them were going to be there. Our mother from Arizona was also making the trek. That pretty much meant we should make every effort to get there this year. Also with retirement coming up we don’t know the next we will all be in one place.

It was a go. I got the time off. Since the house was going to be full we had planned on taking the Airstream and staying in an RV park there. Bishop can be very cold in the winter so we figured having hookups would be the best with the trailer. I made reservations. We could even use our heat pump (reversed AC) units to heat. We were going to drive half way to Tehachapi the first night and stay at the Love’s truck stop there. This would make our next leg a much easier drive.

As everyone knows, plans change.

I realized if Bishop was too cold the heat pumps would not work. The limit for heat pumps is around 30-40 degrees. We have been in Bishop in the winter when it got down to 12 degrees! That wouldn’t work. The option would be and electric heater, our propane Heater Buddy or the main furnace. Either way that didn’t necessarily mean we needed an RV park. So I asked my sister if we could park in her driveway and tap on to 15amp power. The answer was ‘Of course’. So we were now staying at the house but not in it.

Our mother was flying from Phoenix, to LAX, to Mammoth the day that we were going part way but that had a hiccup also. Her flight to LAX was just fine but the flight from LAX to Mammoth did not even take off because they feel they could not land due to weather conditions. So she was stuck at LAX. Change the plans. Go down to LAX, pickup Mom, bring her back to Visalia. Leave the next day with Mom and the trailer and do the drive in one day. OK. We can do that.

Luckily, Cindy (sister) thought of her getting on a shuttle that goes to a parking service in Van Nuys. That cut 30-60 minutes from our trip. We left around 5pm and got home around 1am.

The next day we didn’t get a fantastically early start but headed to Bishop with no issues. We got there around 4pm and the ordeal was over. Here is a shot of the mountains on the way:

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I was very nice to spend the holidays with the family. As an added bonus our son Aaron and his girlfriend Rachel made it:

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Also in attendance was our daughter Hannah and her boyfriend Lukas:

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This made us happy to have everyone there. Can you tell?

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Everybody survived, even this one:

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I tried a variety of heating methods during the stay there. First night was the Dyson Hot/Cold. It didn’t really keep up. Second night was the Heater Buddy. It did well but the canister did not last all night. The final night was the furnace and it was the way to go. Of course it got down to 12 that night! It actually snowed for a bit the first day we were there. You can barely see it in this picture (we even got to stay in a gated community!):

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We trucked home directly with no issues nor did Mom have any issues flying back.