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