Destination: Lake Skinner Recreation Area Campground in Winchester, California. No rally. No props or show display. Just a small group of vintage trailer devotees who enjoy camping, relaxing, visiting and sharing vintage trailer stories.
Friday the 13th (just a coincidence) did not start like a regular day. When I grocery shopped at my neighborhood store for the trip, the toilet paper aisle was empty (except for one package that stood alone on a shelf and a weak inventory of water). What did this forecast? We were only slightly aware that there was a flu-like virus going around -- although Disneyland, Universal Studios and sports venues had begun closing. Was it safe to go camping? I began to use the elbow bump for greeting folks altho’ there was still some hugging going on — mostly in jest.
It had been raining all week and rain was forecast for the entire weekend. Who would show up? Would we be camping by ourselves? We decided to tough it out. Guess we are now considered to be elderly; our children would have preferred we stay home having knowledge of a virus and weather forecast. Well, rain did not stop this hearty group of trailerites. None of us had camped at Lake Skinner before but the Ross’ previously scouted the campground for the Cervantes’, our talented wagonmasters.
Upon arriving, the temperature was chilly and it had been raining for a couple hours. We took a walk down to the lake; electricity had already been out for a couple hours. We went to the camp store to check on propane which they could not provide due to the electrical outage. We then just drove around the park; it was beautiful and clean; everything had been washed by the rain. We even saw a small Airstream trailer group in another clearing. Our group arrived one by one throughout the day. Puddles of water were expanding. Tarps went up and trailer awnings were slanted for rain runoff, etc.
That evening, we enjoyed the camaraderie of friendship catching up with one another and roasting marshmallows around the (propane) campfire as we did throughout the entire weekend.
AND THEN . . .
And when we returned home it was a completely different world. No more handshakes or hugs . . . It seemed no person, state or country was safe from the Corona Virus, later to be identified as the Covid-19 pandemic. At first we joked about hoarding toilet paper, hand-sanitizer and shared with one another videos and pictures of creative masks and began quarantining ourselves.
Of course, we all know now how serious this all was and still is . . . Throughout the weekend family and friends started texting us with the news that school districts were closing and work sites were being shut down. The world had changed. We later told our adult children and grandchildren, we had never experienced anything like this before -- ever!
Group events like vintage trailer rallies and shows have been cancelled. It is now early September 2020 and our county of residence is still shut down.
All I can say to our dear friends is, "Please stay safe, healthy and strong."
And even if you don't know us, I will say to you, "Please stay safe, healthy and strong."
Green Acres was the place to be. Vintage trailer camping is the life for me. Land spreadin' out so far and wide. Keep The city, just give me Ocean Mesa. Remembering Green Acres as a television series that ran from 1965-1971, it was the theme for the Ocean Mesa Rally. Since it was not open to the public, we got to enjoy everyone's company that came for the vintage trailers, their caretakers, a fun and welcoming Saturday night cocktail party around the pool, rock and face painting, baby goats from El Capitan, Jiffey Pop fire popping contest, and a delicious potluck (we actually had corned beef tacos for St. Patrick's Day), VIP Events and a sundowner toast gathering. Thanks to Barry & Liz Marks and Jim Stuebe & Denny Kennedy for all their hard work to make the weekend shine in brilliant happiness for all . . .
While Modernism Week was February 16 – 26, 2017 and many wonderful events were offered, the vintage trailer show took place on the very last 2 days. The vintage trailer exhibition showcased a diverse collection of trailers, buses, motorhomes, vendors and vintage tow vehicles. Vintage trailer caretakers were on hand and talked about their trailer’s history, restoration and travels.
"The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area."
[Modernism Week is also a charitable organization, providing scholarships to local students pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design; as well as supporting local and state preservation organizations and neighborhood groups in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California]. Modernism Week is a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
The resort successfully hosted their second annual vintage trailer and classic car show. Their choice of tribute bands had the audience dancing on their feet. All trailers are not shown in the pictures -- I was not able to take snapshots of some trailers as my camera battery ran out; and I did, too. My apologies if your trailer is not shown. The resort provided many vintage-style activities throughout the weekend giving us many choices. Another positive aspect of this event is that your friends and family can participate with the group (not parked within the vintage trailer section though). Most resorts and campgrounds cannot accommodate non-vintage recreational vehicles at these events. Golden Village Palms in Hemet can . . .
The 4th Annual Vintage Trailer Show took place on June 25, 2016 with 40+ vintage trailers in attendance. Here are a few pictures of the trailers to enjoy. Thank you to David, Steven, Christi, Ken, Murphy Gang (staff) and fellow trailerites for such a wonderful weekend. We know how much work it was to put on this fund-raising show/mini-rally. Steven worked non-stop the entire weekend; we were exhausted just watching him. What a great team you have David! Your events are always user-friendly!!!
Just want all the participating trailerites to know what an enjoyable weekend it was -- even better than we thought it would or could be. We absolutely enjoyed each and everyone of you along with your terrific (cute, beautiful, historic, creative, unique) individual vintage trailers + bus + motorhome + sporting goods general store, etc. Loved the condensed space which allowed for lots of interaction between us. Those of us that were able to stay-on Saturday night had another special opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie between members of our group with an addition of a couple of trailerites that dropped by to say hello (as other vintage trailer friends did throughout the day). It was great to see old and [make] new friends again . . .
Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5Sc4DkIDlo&sns=em
for a short video of this rally on Fireball Tim Lawrence's World's Coolest VINTAGE #TRAILER SHOW - FMV366,
This was dry camping with plenty to do and see in the Lake Havasu area. Hosts Cherri and Mike provided a relaxed and pleasant climate which contributed to the friendly networking and interactions with fellow trailerites. We met plenty of visitors, permanent residents and part-time snow birds as well as folks camping elsewhere around the lake. Many new friends were made (many spend half the year in Havasu) which brought folks from many different states - yet we had all our little gems in common.
Great area for exploring. This year, we visited the Independence Museum, the Lone Pine Film Museum (a tradition) and the Cerro Gordo Mining Town. For the Cerro Gordo excursion pictures, please vsit the Roadtrippin' section.
"One thing I learned this weekend, you could have the biggest trailer gathering in the most beautiful area but if you have the wrong people it's no fun. Lynn Follstad and Larry put together probably the funniest rally I've been to yet . . . For those who missed it, well you missed it . . . If you didn't know someone when they got here you sure did know them when they left . . . It was a great time had by all and I can't wait till next year it's going to be bigger and better if that's even possible . . . " --Scottie
[crazy laughter - old friends - new friends - 43 trailers - relaxing - good weather - scenery - campground all to ourselves, etc.]
David Neel's Buellton Bash is one of the most popular vintage trailer rallies in southern California. He condenses a myriad of activities/events in just a couple days challenging us to stay actively engaged. This annual Bash is so successful, he is adding a third day in 2016. We were so busy participating that we did not get as many pictures of the many fabulous vintage trailers in attendance that we'd have loved to get.