Thursday, September 10, 2015

Carpe Camping! Girl Camping Moments, 2015

'Carpe camping!' In other words, camp whenever you can.

I love all chances to go somewhere with my own little home(s) on wheels, and seize them often. Here are some carpe-camping snapshots from spring and summer 2015.

March: First outing of the year for Iron Pony, 1972 Red Dale. A group of us got pre-season campsites at Hells Gate State Park on the Snake River, Lewiston, Idaho. It was great just to be out that early in the year, but also an unforgettable Girl Camping weekend for the exciting jet boat trip we took up the Snake River into Hells Canyon.

Hold on, everyone, big rapids coming up!

End of April: Girl Camping on the Salmon River for our Spring Rendezvous at Swiftwater RV Park, White Bird, Idaho. The Airstream, third trailer from left, is my aluminum abode; it spends the winter here, and goes home right after the Rendezvous weekend.

Like Iron Pony, the Airstream is a 1972 model. Name: Big Chief. ('Big' is right, because it's over 30 feet long and weighs 5,600 pounds, empty.)

Mid-May: Girl Camping weekend at a friend's country place for her birthday celebration. Maiden voyage with the 1965 Chief trailer I bought late in 2014. It earned an A+ for remaining dry during a steady downpour!

The Chief brand was manufactured in Seattle, and that's about all I know about it. This model has beautiful turquoise/aqua appliances, and I named it Crazy Horse.

Early June: Iron Pony gets all dolled up for the Farm Chicks campout in Riverside State Park in Spokane, coinciding with the annual Farm Chicks Antique Show.

This is always a fun gathering, with attendees from far and wide.

Mid-June: An impromptu overnight stay in Montana with several fellow members of Sisters on the Fly--the log-cabin trailer belongs to Miss Linda, who was traveling with Miss Patty. I was treated to a
bunkhouse stay, as I didn't have a trailer with me.

However, I was able to furnish the first round of Happy Hour drinks on the front porch of our hostess!

July 4th Weekend: A Girl Camping weekend at GIRL CAMP! The little mountain town of Elk River, Idaho, puts on a great fireworks show, and there's nothing quite like the parade of locals down Main Street. Since we do believe in 'Sum Boyz OK,' this is a co-ed camping weekend.

Obviously OK with Mark, hubby of Miss Mig, both of whom were in the parade!

There's been more in 2015, but I'd better end this post here just so I don't keep you forever. Thanks for coming along on the ride so far!


  1. So how much fun can a gal have? I just rcvd. my "You're following an Aristocrat" emblem in the mail & told hubby I have to get it put on before we head out next weekend. Aren't these old gems a blast?

  2. Wow, I really enjoy your posts about camping. I wish that I lived nearer so I could tag along.

  3. Ditto Sharon's comment. How do you get out for camping so early in the season in your part of the country? I drove from CA this past early April, and made it through Utah and a bit of Colorado before the westher got really bad. All my plans were sure messed up (I still camp in a tent so the weather canbe a disaster for me.)

    1. We choose the warmer-weather areas for early-spring camping--Idaho has some banana belt pockets. Then we hope the weather will permit towing to get there, and not be icy--some years, winter lingers longer than others.

  4. Hi There- We just bought a 100% original 1972 Red Dale and can't wait to pick her up on the 27th of Sept! We've already named her foxy and can't wait to kit her out. Would love to see more pics of the interior of yours! Keep up the fantastic blogging!

  5. You should be able to search for 'Red Dale' in the previous posts. Should be some interior shots in there somewhere! What size do you have? I have had a 14 and a 17-footer, both 1972s.

  6. The listing says it's just over 14' with the tongue, the interior is quite small. The kitchen area has a cooktop and 2 drawers and a door below it, then the fridge next to it, with no drawers between. The few pics I have seen of interiors of 14 footers all have a set of drawers between the stove and fridge. It has a pull out rear bed and single bunk over in the rear, and then dinette up front. Hope that dinette is big enough for us and our 2 kiddos! Here's a link to the original Ebay listing

    Any way, do you know of any good resources for Red Dale info? Thanks. I love your recent post of your summer adventures. Sad that the West is burning. We are in MN and having a glorious summer.

    1. Congrats on your find! You should enjoy it! Info on Red Dales is scarce. The company was in Longmont, Colorado, and the original owners' names were Red and Dale. They started with truck campers, and added travel trailers later on.

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