Odds and Ends

Summer 2014-Fall 2014

While doing some photo filing and editing, I realized that  some of the camping trips Tallulah Belle had taken in 2014 had not yet been documented, and so I will now post a few of them.

June 2014:   In the small town of Rayne, Louisiana, close to our home, there is held a car show every June, and I was able to get Tee Girl ready to go for the one this year. The event is held at a pavilion/outdoor space and draws  quite a few really sweet restored cars every year. The management was happy to have our camper at the show this year, because it was something different and it has a strong 50’s/60’s vibe as well.

I had finally gotten around to fabricating and installing a rock guard for the front jalousie windows, as these are almost impossible to replace if they become damaged. They were built by the Hehr company 50 years or more ago, and at this late date, parts are scarce. So, gentle readers, if you have a trailer with front jalousie windows, it is a REALLY, TRULY, MOST EXCELLENT idea to have a rock guard to protect from water or flying road debris while under tow.  I got aluminum  stock  and tinted polycarbonate from Lowes, and a pair of rock guard arms from www.vintagetrailersupply.com   and knocked it together in a couple of hours, for a cost of about $150.00. Cheap insurance indeed!

The rock guard, when deployed in the up position, also gives another place to put a small awning to match your larger trailer-side awning, but as yet we have not made one for Tee Girl. Rest assured that it IS on the to-do list!

So anyway, on a beautiful Saturday in June 2014 I towed Tee Girl to the site of the car show, and was directed to set up on a flat, emerald green and freshly mowed grassy area between displays of glittering vintage Detroit iron.

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If only all campsites were green and flat like this!

 

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Tallulah Belle feels at home with some of her fellow vehicles from the same time period!

 

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Pink flamingos?  Yes, please!

 

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Vintage Shasta sign is propped on camp chair.

 

I brought along a recent score, a New Old Stock Shasta Trailers embossed tin sign which features a Deluxe just like Tallulah Belle!  When the outside was set up and arranged just so, Melinda worked her magic and arranged the interior in a display of circa 1960 time capsule goodness.

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Yes, that is the original IRONING BOARD!  Also note the vintage toaster and rack of highball glasses on shelf above stove.

 

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Sorry abut that, the pic printed sideways. Anyway, a display of vintage anodized aluminum cups and pitcher over the refrigerator.

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Dinette ready for lunch, circa 1960

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Love me some vintage!

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The whole smash, vintage dishes, radio, fan…everything!

 

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Sit down and have a soda..in a glass bottle!

 

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Time warp!

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There’s that ironing board again. Who does ironing while camping????

 

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The gaucho and that damned IRONING BOARD!

 

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View of the rear of the trailer as seen while sitting in the dinette area.

Of course, I had to wander around and look at the cars. What’s a boy to do??

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Here is a suitable tow vehicle. See Tallulah Belle in top right of photo.. she agrees!

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Sure it’s a cliché now, but damn aint it purty!

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1956 Chevy 2 door hardtop (no post). This would be a nice tow vehicle also.

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YES!  THAT”S IT!!   A 1961 Plymouth Fury convertible. This would definitely be a great tow vehicle, but needs a color change.

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Oh well, can’t afford a classic tow car right now, so I guess we’ll stay with the trusty F-150!

All in all we had a tremendous day, met a lot of car enthusiasts who fell in love with the trailer and made some new friends. It’s funny, that no matter what kind of car they had in the show, majority of people who looked at the trailer were amazed, and you could see wheels turning in their heads after taking a closer look. Perhaps next year there will be some car/trailer rigs at the show??  We’ll see!

We took the trailer to a close by state park in August, called Palmetto Island Park, which was overall a nice place, but the camping sites were literally carved out of Louisiana swamp/scrub land and overgrown on all sides which leads to a closed in and hot camp. (No breeze can get through)  Nontheless we enjoyed a few days of no cell phones and quiet solitude.

 

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Palmetto Island park, August 2014

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Camp site surrounded by tall trees and dense foliage.

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What we cook on while camping, Camp Chef 3 burner stove and griddle.

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Cooking awning and trailer awning have large covered space to sit under!

 

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Yes, it was hot and sticky. No breeze can blow through the dense greenery and add the South Louisiana heat and humidity!

Of course our Snowshoe cats went camping with us, but only Ziva was interested in coming outside and exploring a bit (on a leash, of course!)

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Snowshoe and Shasta!

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Try to get a cat to hold still for a photo!

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Here is one way to get the cat to look at the camera!

After the frenzied repair session chronicled in the previous chapter, our next outing was to the Texas Renaissance Festival in November 2014.  We went late in the season when the weather would be cooler and more pleasant. Or so we thought. It actually got freaking  COLD at night, so we had a fire pit and wrapped up in blankets to stop teeth from chattering.

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COLD!

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Quite pleasant in the warmth of daytime.

 

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Night shot of Tallulah Belle at TRF.

 

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A good idea to put flags on your guy lines so drunken revelers do not stumble into them in the dark.

 

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Another night shot.

 

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At TRF, November 2014

 

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View from our campsite, TRF.

 

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A look at some of the hundreds of other campers at TRF.

 

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The campgrounds ad TRF.

 

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There were a few older trailers but not many.

The 2014 visit to TRF was our 10th anniversary of going to the RenFest, but I myself have been attending as far back as 1984, where I saw some then  unknown performers juggling and doing magic…they were called Penn and Teller. Yes, the same Penn and Teller!

As always, we had a great time at RenFest, and added some costume items (me-really cool knee high buccaneer boots and Melinda-Baltic amber cuff bracelet and earrings) but alas, the weekend was over far too fast, and then it was time to return home and get Tallulah Belle secured for oncoming winter weather.  2015 was just around the corner and who knows what adventures await?

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