Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy Camper

Happy Camper

With the last days of Summer dwindling down, we finally managed to rustle ourselves up a little camping trip! We went up north to the Mendocino/Fort Bragg area last weekend and had a great time camping at Van Damme State Park with my sister-in-law Isolde and her family and paying a visit to my father-in-law in Fort Bragg.

Yup, that's the new Stetson still perched atop my head where it spent quite a bit of time on our trip. I'm calling it my old man hat. The vintage hippie wrap skirt I found at a garage sale down the street from our house for fifty cents.

I used to have a few of these skirts that belonged to my mom back in the 70’s. I wore them in high school but sadly managed to not hold onto them over the years, so I was pretty excited to find this one. If my memory serves me correctly, I had one that was quite similar.

This vintage tee shirt with the hand-painted birds on it is a new favorite. It's super soft and perfectly worn-in. I found it recently but now I'm forgetting where, I think it was like a dollar fifty.

The bird brooch above my right jacket pocket was from the little giveaway package I received from Andrea and the sun/arrow above the other pocket is a vintage Boy Scout pin (very camping appropriate).

When we first arrived at the campsite, I had to take a picture when I caught my stretched out reflection in the wheel of our new to us, drum roll please…

Teardrop trailer!!!

Last year we borrowed my sister-in-law Zoe’s teardrop trailer at the end of the summer for our Pacific Northwest roadtrip and have wanted one of our own ever since. Lucas started diligently searching online for one about six months ago (and by diligently, I mean obsessively).

Finding one that we liked in good condition at a reasonable price, somewhere that didn’t require going out of state to pick it up, turned out to be easier said than done though. We finally went ahead and sold The Duck and within a weeks time, this trailer turned up on Craigslist only a few hours away and at a pretty decent deal.

Of course Lucas was on it right away and now we've taken it on its maiden voyage and couldn’t be happier with it!

Along with being compact and easy to tow in comparison to the bulky tent trailer, one nice thing about the new trailer is that there’s no set up to deal with when you get to camp, so we were able to just park it and head right off for a stroll out to the beach. Beautiful cove-like beach that it was!

Isolde and family showed up with their tent trailer and got the campsite right next door. When we returned from the beach, Clover and her twin cousins Quinlan and Lucia turned the teardrop into a cozy reading nook…

… and then prettied up the parking posts with some chalk :)

Isolde & Jonas by Campfire

Following a yummy dinner of grilled chicken burritos prepared by Isolde and Jonas at their site, we bundled the kids up in the tent trailer to watch a little DVD on the laptop while the grown ups relaxed around the campfire.

Ok, so we weren't exactly roughing it on this trip ;)

The next morning we awoke to pumpkin pancakes… mmm.

As usual, I took way too many pictures so stay tuned for more from day two!


Lisa said...

That trailer is so adorable and I love your outfit her. That skirt is so pretty. Love Fort Brag area soo much ...what fun!

Zohar said...

Looks like you had such a great time! I would loooove to go camping but instead I need to sit my ass down and write a huge paper due in a week and a half. bla.

Justice Pirate said...

that little camper is so lovely!!!!! I think your outfit is amazing too.
what great fun you seemed to have had.

bellisimama said...

mmmm, i love that area!

Alexa said...

DVDs and pumpkin pancakes? Sounds like my kind of camping. And I LOVE that teardrop trailer!!!

Courtney said...

Oh your trailer is so cute! Looks like such a wonderful camping trip. I can't get over how adorable your family is, and I can almost smell those pumpkin pancakes. What a great way to welcome in fall.

Karen/Small Earth Vintage said...

LOVE it! The perfect camping trip and that trailer is the cutest. Love the shot in the hubcap, too.

Crystal Lee said...

I've been wanting to go to Van Damme State Park. I'm so jealous of the tear drop trailer. I would love a vintage trailer, but they tend to be so expensive, so it's awesome that you found an affordable one.

Justice Pirate said...

That is great (the skating stories). I started skating in '94/'95 but my older brother was a little skater punk before that. He is 33, so that would configure. not sure what your age is. I'm an '83 baby, myself. have you posted any old photos from those days or not wanting to do that? I'd love to see them!!! I just watched a Christian Hosoi documentary last week (will put the review up soon) too. Did you like his skating?

Thanks for the compliment on my singing. I dance constantly. . . and not well, just fun and I get into music really easily. I don't know how people can ever stand still. Perhaps you are that way too!!

sally said...

that trailer is fabulous! congrats on snagging it! looks like an awesome trip. i love the ft bragg area so much, but i haven't been up there in a few years. have you ever stopped at the sea ranch chapel?

it's north of ft bragg.i was so fascinated by it when i was a kid. hobbit-land!

oh, and i looooooooooove that parrot shirt you got! wowza!

moonshinejunkyard said...

awwww, what a life!!!! ain't it grand? there is nothing like camping on the california coast; it has a clean refreshing revitalizing feel while also being cozy and homey. i just love these photos and this whole post. your outfit is my dream outfit, the kind of thing i'd like to be wearing if i were stranded on a desert island. that tee shirt rules bigtime. i still have my mom's long wraparound from the 70s that i also wore in high school and it has been all around the states with me on road trips. they are so handy and versatile and comfy!

congrats on the trailer....darling and functional and economical...what could be better?!

Anna said...

What an amazing trailer!! It is my dream to own one like that.
And I LOVE your skirt. My mom wore skirts just like that when I was growing up. And fifty cents?? What a bargain!

muchlove said...

I love your skirt and tee :) I've never had pumpkin pancakes before, but it looks and sounds absolutely yummy!

Razzle Dazzle Cosmic Flower said...

Oh my goodness that such a dreamy teardrop trailer! Gotta love those things, :) Congrats! I adore the hippie skirt. I hope you guys a good old cozy time camping, its one of the most wonderful things I enjoy.

Missa I made a name sign for Clover like you asked. I've had it for a while now I just havn't had time to post it on my blog. I'm posting it right now though. I can email you them, and also if you'd like I can email you the original.
Cheers :)

Milla said...

I'm just itching to go on a trip, you and Heather are just making it worse! I'm so happy for your new trailer, something we might consider if we ever have a bebe, seeing as the back of the car might be a wee bit too hobo for a child. It looks so amazing, and well done obsessive-Lucas, your internet stalkage is well-appointed and sensible (the same cannot be said for some of us ;)

Eyeliah said...

Oh you got one of your own, lovely!

Food, flora and felines said...

I love you outfit (again!) you have such great style!