Sometimes, you need a
little extra motivation. Even for â€œvacationâ€. That motivation this summer was
to take our teardrop trailer and join several other tiny camping trailers at a
planned gathering in Wyoming,
Walk the Winds. Walk the Winds is named for the Wind River mountain range where
it is held (and for â€œwindy Wyomingâ€
A teardrop trailer
gathering is a fun three or four day camp-out with - you guessed it - teardrop
trailers and often tiny travel trailers. Trailers can be home-built, vintage,
and commercially built. Large gatherings have become famous â€œpilgrimagesâ€ for
teardrop enthusiasts. Some large gatherings in the West include the Dam
Gathering of the Tears, held annually in California,
the International Teardrop Gathering (ITG) in Minden
Nebraska, and the International Redwoods
Gathering (IRG) in California.
The Dam Gathering is the longest running teardrop trailer gathering; 2013 was the 20th. The ITG has
been held alternate years since 2003 and the IRG has
been held on the even years. We and our trailer, Snigel, have not yet
made it to one of the â€œbig onesâ€.
What the smaller
gatherings lack in attendance, however, must be made up for with the opportunity
and time to really visit with folks, make new friends, pick the brains of the
more experienced (fill in the blank) builder, planner, wood finisher, camp
cook, traveler, vintage camping gear enthusiast. Walk the Winds turned out to
be an intimate gathering of 15 trailers. There were many first-time builders
there, others were on their second trailer or had plans for their â€œnext buildâ€.
We had two vintage tiny travel trailers and a restored vintage home-built
teardrop trailer. There were also a couple of commercial teardrop trailers.
Â A few of the homebuilt teardrops.
Â A vintage homebuilt that was restored by a neat lady from California. She was traveling with her 8 yr old grandson.
A new home built teardrop. The owner has a cool story of his first trip out someone followed him until he stopped to find out "where he could get a trailer just like it".
Another home built "woody" or wood-sided teardrop.
Saturday night was a
potluck dinner for the full gathering,Â with Dutch ovens fired up for
hours before. A rainshower nearly monkey-wrenched the potluck, but stopped just
Â A gem of a vintage travel trailer is what you'll find at the end of the rainbow. These folks were on the home stretch of a cross-country trip Northern California to Long Island, NY and back.
the potluck and before the campfire, there was a â€œlantern light-offâ€. Most of
the lanterns were vintage and modern Coleman gas lanterns and the event was a
feast for the eyes and ears as the pressurized fuel and burning mantles hissed
and glowed in the dusky light. It really was impressive. While we own and camp
with an old Coleman cook stove, we do not have a gas lantern so we brought our
little battery LED model. It looks like a forlorn wannabe at the end of the lineup.
Well, you know the song â€œthis little light of mine, Iâ€™m gonna let it shineâ€¦â€
While the Walk the Winds
gathering was the motivation (or excuse) to travel this summer, we camped along
the way to and from the gathering in places new to us. We now have a list of
places we just â€œhave to go backâ€ to. Perhaps on the way to Walk the Winds 2014?
Here are some highlights:
Camping all by our
lonesome in Irish Canyon in Northwest Colorado.
Canyon Rim Campground in
Flaming Gorge, Utah.
Red Canyon in
Flaming Gorge, Utah.
Casting of Camarasaurus
bones found in the Quarry at Dinosaur National Monument, Jensen UT
View of our teardrop from
a short but steep hike to view petroglyphs in Dinosaur
National Monument, Jensen UT
A few of the petroglyphs
we saw in Dinosaur.
Â I thought this mountain
looked like a dinosaur in Dinosaur
Â Yeah, Sophie, we know. We're all tired but we had a great time.