The adventures of a guitar named Yūki

Sunday, September 11, 2016


I bought a guitar on Wednesday to use as a prop for a wedding in the desert along side my Airstream. The bride and groom were a lovely young couple from New Zealand, and the groom suggested the guitar for photos. I found a simple vintage (said to be 1960's) Japanese guitar 3 miles away in Las Vegas. The owner of the guitar was super nice and made the guitar sound great. He said a couple of the nylon strings need to replaced. I told him I wouldn't be playing it, that it was for a wedding with an Airstream. He went inside and brought out a soft guitar case, and a workbook with the title, Teach Yourself Guitar. He said, "Just in case you want to learn to play one day".

believe this guitar has special powers... No seriously. As I set up the Airstream before the bride and groom arrived, the wind blew and the guitar chords hummed. It was a beautiful and intimate wedding, and I stayed late after everyone left to look at the stars while sitting on the bumper of my Airstream strumming the strings of the guitar. 



Once back at the lot, I read the handbook while lying in bed, holding the guitar the exact wrong way the manual said to. That's okay, it was more comfy that way.



The next night I went to an open mic jam at the Airstream Park. The AC quit on my Airstream that day, so I decided I didn't want the risk of my guitar warping in the heat, so I carried it with me around downtown. It's also a nice replacement to carrying a drink, since I'm on the wagon this month. As I'm sitting with my guitar, I hear Daniel Park on the mic say from the stage, "I see someone with a guitar out there. Why don't you come up and play with our band?" Ummmmm... "I bought it yesterday", I answered. "That's okay, come up and try. Now, normally that invite would absolutely mortify me, but I found myself jumping up and heading to the stage with my guitar that I had no idea how to play. Well, it was a blast. Stone cold sober and a big grin on my face I just moved to the music and played air classical guitar. I woke up the next day smiling at my guitar. That's when I decided to name the guitar "Yūki". 
Yūki is Japanese for courage, yuki also means snow, and happiness. Those are all wonderful things.

Yūki and I headed out through the Mojave desert to my favorite stretch of Joshua Trees. Usually I have Osa Pony with me, but she's in CA this week, so I got Yūki to pose for me. There's something about a guitar in the desert, it just seems to fit.

On we went to visit my Argosy in Palm Springs. I stayed up late reading my guitar handbook, and I fell in love with the sound of the cord of G7. I'd be content just knowing that cord.

And so, I hope this passion for my new guitar friend Yūki will continue. As for now, I'm understanding the connection one gets to her musical instrument. It's like a friend who comes along for the journey with you and shows you all of the cool places you've been.




Living the Airstream Life with Karen Flett

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Author Karen Flett in Action

This spring I had the pleasure of palling around with Karen Flett of Wellington, New Zealand. Karen is writing a book about Airstreams and Airstreamers, called Living the Airstream Life. The book will be published by Harper Collins, and will be available in December of this year. To say that I'm flattered and grateful to be a part of the book with my 1972 Airstream Argosy, Acacia, is an understatement. It feels like a wonderful full circle moment since I was featured in Airstream Living written by Bruce Littlefield as my business was just taking off years ago. 

Karen at the Airstream Park in downtown Las Vegas


Karen arrived in Las Vegas and we had a great time touring around downtown, including a visit to Tony Hsieh's Airstream Park. It's such an inspiring tour each time I take it, especially since they're continually adding fun and innovative things. On this tour the shipping container garden was the latest addition that I've seen at the park. Very cool!


Garden inside a shipping container. Multifunction rave space?! 

We did a fun shoot downtown - I'll hold off on those photos since Karen will be featuring her photos in the book. It was a treat to see her work her magic behind the camera. 

We then headed off to Palm Springs to camp in and photograph Acacia. It was a great way to get to know each other and become fast friends.




Acacia the Airstream Argosy in Palm Springs, California

I loved the space that we chose for the shoot so much that I decided to park Acacia there full time to enjoy, and to have others enjoy via Airbnb. Come visit her in Palm Springs!

I'll keep you posted on the release of Karen's book. It's going to feature so much good information and Airstream eye candy, you're going to want to add it to your collection!


Happy 12 Year Anniversary, Osa Pony!

Monday, March 21, 2016


Happy Anniversary to our pup, Osa Pony! Twelve years ago we adopted four month old Osa Pony from the Lodi Animal Shelter, via PetFinder.com .

We never know how much time we have with our canines or humans- it's such a lesson to tell the ones we love how much we adore them. I'll have to read this out loud to her.


Dear Pony,

When we brought you home, we were head over heels love with you and your adorable self.
We love you more and more with each passing year.



You settled in quickly an took a liking to Airstreams.



... and soon discovered with Airstreaming, comes adventure.





...and relaxation mixed with patience.


You remind me to try new things and to be brave.



You're also a great judge of character.


(photo ©Brown Cannon III)
You've been by my side through many fun times. 




 ...including crossing the country a few times together.



             You constantly remind me to slow down and take in the beauty around us....


      



                                
... and to be persistent when I want something. (Breakfast in your case here).




                                
                You're always happy to see me with a smile, and you let me know you've missed me!




You've been a best friend to many.



                                           
                                         ... and you bring comfort and love wherever you go.



                              
 You're a professional snuggler....



                               
and you're always up for adventure!




                                           
Thank you for being a teacher, confidant, co-pilot, and devoted friend. 
You're my girl and I love you so. You continue to bring a lot of joy and happiness into our lives!

Palm Springs Lifestyle

Tuesday, February 2, 2016





Hello from Palm Springs! Happy 2016!

I'm kicking off the year with a plan to work from the road more often. What better place than Palm Springs in February?

I was back in California for the second half of January and decided to tow my Argosy down to Palm Springs early to get it in place for the vintage trailer show during Modernism Week.


Osa Pony joined me and we started out in rain (with bonus rainbow), snow on the grapevine on i5, and wild wind when we reached Palm Springs. Needless to say, we were happy to arrive. 



It was my first time towing the Argosy and wow, it makes my other Airstreams feel miniature and light as a feather. Now that we're set up at the trailer park, I'm loving having the additional space to stretch out.









I love this Palm Springs lifestyle. My campsite at Horizon Mobile Village even has its own orange tree.



My Argosy is at home here, so I'm planning on keeping it in town to use it as a get away for myself, for commercial rentals, and other adventurers after the trailer show.

I hope your 2016 is off to a great start!

Van Camping, Part One

Sunday, October 18, 2015

I've caught the van camping bug (again)! There are so many great websites on van conversions that I've been inspired by, as well as friends who are living the van lifestyle. I've been towing with Chestnut, my 1969 GMC, but lately she just has been wanting to take a break. G and I have been sharing the GMC Van until he recently bought a pick up truck for work. This is my chance for a van takeover makeover!!



I went to Malibu this week for an Airstream rental with my Luxe Lounge, and it was my opportunity to dial in the van again for van camping. Even though I regularly have an Airstream in tow, I often leave it with the client for a couple of days, have long stretches of driving to do, or I have this Airstream with me, which is set up like a lounge. It's nice to have the option of pulling over and to take a snooze in the van, find some shade from the heat while on set, make a cup of coffee, or catch up on emails in the van 'lounge'. I feel very at home in there.

So, back to styling out the van... This time I went with a coastal theme. Here are pics for you, including one from my campsite at the edge of the sand. This is super "dry camping", but it worked for me and I love the simplicity of it. As for traveling for extended periods of time in more extreme temperatures, I'd definitely need more amenities. Yet for this type of trip, it was everything I needed.







This is Part One of the vamping takeover. I like thinking about every item that goes into the van to try and keep it as minimal, comfortable, and nice to look at as possible. If you're interested in researching van camping, YouTube has some great videos of what fellow travelers have done to make their van just right for their travels. Happy Vamping!






Anniversary in Monterey

Monday, October 5, 2015

G and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary last week. We're usually content having a cozy dinner at home by the river, but this year Greg planned a getaway to the place of our first date 16 years ago - kayaking at Elkhorn Slough, at Moss Landing, in Monterey County, California. 

From Wikipedia: 
"Elkhorn Slough is a 7-mile-long tidal slough and estuary on Monterey Bay in Monterey County, California. The community of Moss Landing and the Moss Landing Power Plant are located at the mouth of the slough on the bay."

Back then, I was living in San Francisco, and Greg was living in Coloma, CA. What I remember most is 
1. Having no idea what to wear
2. The sea otters and sea lions swimming so close to our kayaks
3. How cute this kayaker guy is!

The weather in Monterey was perfect- ocean air and just right temperatures.

We had a nice anniversary dinner at the Alvarado Brewery followed by laughs as we walked on the beach. It's a trip to think of our journey together this far. We both feel pretty darn grateful to have each other, and to live the lives that we do. To me, it doesn't seem like marriage is "work", but more of a beautiful design project. Anyway... where was I? Oh yeah, kayaking...

The next morning we headed to Kayak Connection to rent some kayaks and gear for our date. We have kayaks and stand up paddle boards of our own to use, but it didn't make sense for us to travel with them this time, since we'd be coming from Las Vegas. 


Succulents at Kayak Connection

 Before we headed out in our kayaks, Matt had us watch a quick video and then gave us an orientation. He reminded us of the imporance of respecting the marine life and keep a viewing distance of at least 100 feet. He also said that at times, even when you are keeping a distance, a sea otter may swim over and investigate you, even try and climb on your boat- at which time you should very gently use your kayak paddle to "gently shoo" them away from boat. Whaaaaaat?!  Well, I always say G's spirit animal is an otter. Wouldn't you know, I look over and this little guy is wishing G a happy anniversary! 

Anniversary wishes from a sea otter


Then the sea otter decided he might like to hitch a ride on the boat, so he started to climb aboard...
Of course we followed the suggestions given earlier, even though it was hard to not do what my imagination wanted to do, which was to make make that little sea otter my new best friend! Sea otters are a beautiful reminder to be playful together, that's for sure. 

Even though we didn't want our kayak time to end, after a couple of hours and following the tide, we headed back for the shop to return the boats.

If you love birds, sea otters, and sea lions, you will love a day kayaking here. Be sure to check the tides in advance, and give yourself time to get back as the wind comes up. The staff at the shop can help you with the planning.

G's rental boat



Having a spray skirt was nice to have to keep fairly dry. Life jackets are mandatory and they will provide you with them. They have spray skirts too. Having a hat for shade is nice. 

Spray skirt and life jacket. A hat is good to have too.



Vapur water bottle, binoculars, waterproof case, and sunglasses

I brought my collapsible water bottle, binoculars, sunglasses, and waterproof case for my phone. I'd recommend putting a small microfiber cloth in the case to catch drips when you open and close it. You may want to invest in a waterproof case for your phone so you don't have to worry about it. Make sure to clip the case to your boat if you keep it out, above your spray skirt.

As for what to wear, I wore surf shorts and a long sleeve rash guard on top, they are both quick dry and comfortable. I've come a long way in those 16 years, with many multi day river trips with G, I'm happy to say!

We came back to shore with big smiles on our faces! Thank you, Kayak Connection!

I bought a small artwork at the little art gallery next door to remember the dates we had, and will have at Elkhorn Slough.

We then decided to head down the highway to another favorite place, about 35 minutes south, Point Lobos State Park.










It was an amazing anniversary, and we can't wait to do it again. It's my turn to plan the next one, and I'm already thinking of many possible destinations. My oh my, it's amazing how time flies...

Full circle - Silver Trailer Airstream camping rentals

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Do you remember this piece of press from 2009? Well, maybe not, but I sure do. 

It was 2009, and it was huge for my Airstream rental business. A LOT of people contacted me after that post! The Coloma Resort is just up the river from our house in the Sierra foothills, and is one of my all time favorite campgrounds. I loved towing my 1967 Airstream Trade Wind the 1.3 miles down the road, setting up and styling out the campsite. What I loved even more, was reading the happy reviews of campers when I picked it the trailer up. That's pretty feel good stuff, when a family says it was one of the best vacations they every had!






A few months after that press came out, I accepted the two month TLC rental traveling down the east coast with Osa Pony, with my 1969 GMC towing the Trade Wind behind us.



After that trip I was hooked on the idea of renting my Airstream for commercial rentals- video and photo shoots. I loved the camping rentals, but the delivering and picking up limited my ability to travel. I can honestly say I've loved every single commercial rental I've been on, sometimes I pinch myself on the drive home (like on the way home from the Miranda Lambert music video my Airstream Globetrotter was in last month).  I feel grateful for the lifestyle my business offers me, for all of the people I've met along the way, the locations I've been fortunate to have access to, and all I've learned on my travels- from others and from myself. 


Silver Trailer rental at the Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas



Fast forward to last year when Daniella Faieta, the daughter of the owners of the Coloma Resort pitched the idea of having a vintage Airstream park within their campground, starting with, you guessed it, my Airstream Trade Wind. This week we delivered my trailer to the park, and soon after my 1960 Airstream Caravel and 1962 Bambi will follow. 

Daniella picked up a couple of Airstreams of her own, and we will collaborate on designs for her silver babies this fall. It will be a fun way to have a "big reveal" for each trailer upon it's completion.

What a great way to share my trailer with fellow Airstream lovers, and still have the flexibility to travel. I love when good things come around full circle, especially new and improved good things!

We are still fine tuning the details with the park, so stay tuned for details...! I can tell you that the Trade Wind will be available for rent starting May 1st, 2015 and there is no longer a 4 day minimum. Check this page http://www.colomaresort.com/airstream.php as we get closer.

UPDATE: Sept. 2015
We've decided to put this collaboration on a long term hold, but will continue to plan fun events together in the future. 

Silver Trailer will be placing Airstreams in other locations with this similar model. Stay tuned!

Silver Trailer / Vintage Airstream Park at the Coloma Resort taking shape