|Our first Airstream|
As any of my friends (or
anyone that follows me on Instagram) will tell you, I was warning
people of this years ago. "Gus, you're fighting a losing
battle" they said. " I have such a small following that I
doubt I'm making a dent in the crowds at _________". Well,
now it turns out we weren't so crazy. Now people are finally
starting to realize what happens when you put a virtual billboard
up advertising these "secret spots". Now there are movements
encouraging people to keep their f.............., I mean, to stay
quiet about these places.
Unfortunately it's too late. We've had it. One moment in
time providing the last blow.......
This past winter we visited one of our favorite spots. It's
a place that just a few years ago was unknown to the masses and
now has busloads of tourists at it's entrance. Still, it's
our favorite place and figuring "winter, what could go wrong?", we
headed out (on a Wednesday) and drove well into the night to just
get there and grab a spot. I know the place well and
getting there in the dark didn't pose any issues.
As we drove in we saw several campers along the side of the
road. Not a good sign. Already I could feel myself
getting aggravated.....the thought of all those people yelling
about this place from the mountaintops finally coming to a
head. I pulled our small condo on wheels through the
desert landscape, through the maze of trails towards a spot we
frequent, passing other spots that should be empty, but
aren't. I make the last turn and as the tens of thousadns of
lumens of light from our truck arced from right to left, where
there should have been emptiness, was another Airstream......in
"our" spot. So, back to the road we go with all the other
As far as side-of-the-road spots go, we got a decent one.
But this isn't what we come out here for. We don't come out
here to be on the side of a dirt road where the plumes of dust
from the passing cars and trucks makes it so you can't even sit
outside. This isn't an adventure. This is far from
"Epic". This sucks. This is one step short of standing
in line with all the other schmucks at disney world!!!
That night, after stephanie went to sleep I sat there,
dumbfounded. How could it be that on a Wednesday in
the desert, in the middle of winter, we couldn't find a spot in a
place where just two years ago we were the only ones for a mile in
That night was the beginning of the end for the Airstream.
That night I found myself thinking "this isn't fun anymore.
We're going to have to sell this thing".
There are places for us still. We see them all the time
when we leave camp and head out into the more remote places that
are only accessible with the truck and which unfortunately, we
can't pull the Airstream into. It's because of this that a
few years ago we toyed with the idea of buying a 4wd Sprinter
van. By converting that into an "RV" we'd be able to get
into and STAY in these more remote spots. Sitting there in
the Airstream that night, in that shitty spot along the side of
the road I realized that was what we had to do. This just
wasn't fun (for us) anymore.
So, on January 30th 2019, we bought it. And so the journey begins......