Summer 2013 Camping Trip to Walk the Winds Teardrop Trailer Gathering in Wyoming

Summer 2013 Camping Trip to Walk the Winds Teardrop Trailer Gathering in Wyoming

Published On: 08-27-2013 09:21pm

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Sometimes, you need a little extra motivation. Even for “vacation”. 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 “windy Wyoming” I think).

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 “pilgrimages” 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 “big ones”.

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 “next build”. We had two vintage tiny travel trailers and a restored vintage home-built teardrop trailer. There were also a couple of commercial teardrop trailers.


 A few of the homebuilt teardrops.


 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,  with Dutch ovens fired up for hours before. A rainshower nearly monkey-wrenched the potluck, but stopped just in time.


 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.

After the potluck and before the campfire, there was a “lantern light-off”. 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 “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…”



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 “have to go back” 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.


 I thought this mountain looked like a dinosaur in Dinosaur National Monument.


 Yeah, Sophie, we know. We're all tired but we had a great time.



Reader's Comments

By Wyverndesigns on 08/31/2013 @ 04:21pm

I'm not a camper. Give me a hotel room with running water and toilets! But it looks like you had fun.

By craftingmemories on 08/30/2013 @ 07:19pm

I love Wyoming, beautiful pictures. Cute teardrop trailers. I am not much for camping but it looks like you had a great time. Love the pic of Sophie.

By PutmanLakeDesigns on 08/29/2013 @ 04:32am

What a great vacation you had. There is such a peaceful feeling sitting around a campfire at night. Love your "teardrop"!

By CardsbyLiBe on 08/29/2013 @ 01:15am

WOW - this looks like it was an amazing trip. I loved seeing all the different teardrop campers. It looks like you had a fantastic time and met some great people in such a beautiful location. Loved the lantern collection too and you're little battery operated one at the end. I thoroughly enjoy camping and managed to enjoy the Sequoias again this year - tent camping though. Isn't nature wonderful?!

By RefinedVintage on 08/28/2013 @ 11:43pm

Sounds like a fabulous trip, so beautiful the scenery is amazing, those petroglyphs are amazing! I love those vintage teardrop campers too.

By Guest on 08/28/2013 @ 03:05am

Wonderful story and photos! Thank you so much for sharing, and letting us home-bodies live vicariously through you!

By PebblesatmyFeet on 08/28/2013 @ 01:23am

the park service information about the lizard petroglyphs dated them to about 1000 years ago.They are attributed to the Fremont culture. Apparently paleoindian artifacts dating back 12000 years have been recovered from the Park, tools and points, etc.

By TheSingingBeader on 08/27/2013 @ 11:53pm

What a beautiful, scenic vacation! Those little trailers are so cute. Looks like a lot of fun! :)

By craftsofthepast on 08/27/2013 @ 11:47pm

The more recent petroglyphs such as these show how artistic ability had developed from earlier times. Or that somehow it was just more evident in some cultures than in others. Maybe the indigenous people of the Americas were just as artistic as these petroglyphs show even back in 9,000 BC? Has any authority dated these particular petroglyphs? They are outstanding representational art in some of the glyphs. Anna

By EweniqueEssentials on 08/27/2013 @ 11:45pm

Looks like you are making memories! Wonderful scenery, friendly folks, time to relax - good times as summer comes to an end.

By ShanghaiTai on 08/27/2013 @ 11:19pm

It looks like a lot of fun in a beautiful location. Makes me wish our trailer was a "teardrop"!

By bluemorningexpressions on 08/27/2013 @ 10:45pm

Pam, this is an amazing journey! I love Wind River, and I will have to share this post with my DH. He loves the teardrop and I have shown him yours when you posted photos of the house and your woodworking blog post. Cannot wait to share this post, too. I wish you many more wonderful journeys and exciting places. Love the dinosaurs and Sophie looks blissfully worn out. Julie and Blu

By PebblesatmyFeet on 08/27/2013 @ 10:26pm

Sophie is our camping dog. In fact, Catherine, we had to add a tent to our gear just for her. The pup tent, as we call it provides a vestibule for the camper, a changing room, hangout for inclement weather, and a spot for Sophie's kennel. The photo of our dog was taken at the is very hard work for a sociable dog like Sophie to meet 20 or 30 new people and 10 or so new dogs and an 8-yr-old boy! She usually asked to go to bed before campfire each night!

By ShadowDogDesigns on 08/27/2013 @ 10:08pm

Forgot to ask - did Sophie go with you? What a sweet pic!

By ShadowDogDesigns on 08/27/2013 @ 10:07pm

How absolutely fascinating! Love the pic of the homebuilt woody since you can see inside. It sounds like you had quite an adventure. And I'm a sucker for petroglyphs (: Hope there are many more miles in the making for you, your husband and the teardrop.

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