We’ve been busy getting our 1961 Aljo ready for camping season, so I’ve been visiting secondhand stores and estate sales to see what 1960s stuff I can find. Today I scored! Look what I found.

A mid-century Welby starburst clock

I got the clock for $5 at an estate sale. We were going to take off the wood spikes so that it would fit into the trailer, but a quick search on ebay shows that these are selling for over $200. I think I’ll think twice about modifying it. I may sell this and get what I really want, An Atomic Lounge piece of art from here.

I also picked up these great wooden salt and pepper shakers. They have “Made in Honduras” printed on the top. The sides with the S and P are similar but all of the other sides are different. They stand about 6 in. high.

The similar sides showing S and P
One of the other sides
Another side
And yet another side. They're all different.

I also got these for $5 for the pair. We have a friend who has a Tiki Lounge themed vintage trailer. We’ll probably give them to them for the trailer.

A few weeks ago, I picked up a few more things for the Atomic Lounge including this great Last Call/Happy Hour sign.

Last call sign
Last Call flips over to read Happy Hour

This sign lights up and sits perfectly in the front window of the trailer.

I also scored when I found a box of swizzle sticks from the old Hoyt Hotel in Portland. It was torn down in the early 70’s and was the home of the Barbary Coast Bar. It was the place where Darcelle got her start.

Swizzle sticks from the Barbary Coast at the Hoyt Hotel

This only shows a few, but I got about 500 of these swizzle sticks. I think I’ll hand them out to people who visit during the vintage trailer rallies.

I also picked up a few other things that I haven’t taken any pictures of. I’ll be sure to include them in future posts.

So, what does Kendall think about all of this shopping?

C'mon, mom, let's just go camping!
I just can't stand it anymore.

Spring Flowers

Kendall went camping this past weekend at Champoeg State Park and found some fun spring flowers to crawl around in. The spring weather was gorgeous! It was in the low 80’s  – unheard of for Oregon in April.

I've never met a dog that loves flowers as much as Kendall does.
Hanging out in the sunshine and daisies.
It doesn't get much better than this.

The Maiden Voyage of the Atomic Lounge

As I mentioned a week or so ago, we are now the proud owners of a 1961 Aljo vintage trailer. This past weekend we joined a number of other vintage trailer owners for a rare nice weekend in April for a gathering in Oregon. This was our first trip out in the Aljo. I spent all of Thursday frantically sewing curtains for the trailer so that we’d be ready to take her out.

Our "new" 1961 Aljo trailer
We're transforming her into the Atomic Lounge
This bed is more comfortable than our one at home.
All of the comforts of home.
A rare Airstream
Isn't it beautiful? You should see the inside!
Look at the combo vintage car and trailer!
An Aloha trailer built right here in Oregon
Another Aloha trailer
This is one gorgeous Roadmaster
It had a full size range and refrigerator inside
Kendall loves that she can see out the windows when on the bed now
Kendall's new trailer
Who wants to go camping with me?


Cavalier Camping by the Cowlitz

This past weekend we headed up to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Packwood, WA. It’s just south of Mt. Rainier and north east of Mount St. Helens. It was a gorgeous weekend for camping. My two sisters and my sister’s husband went with us. Here are some of the pictures from the weekend.

Camping can be pretty exhausting and dirty (if you sleep on the ground)


The Cowlitz River as seen from our camp site


Can we go home yet? I don't like to get dirty.


The Cowlitz River a bit upstream from our camp site


Home sweet home for a few days

The weather was beautiful, but we weren’t there for the fun and games. We took care of some stuff and did some shopping at the Packwood Swap Meet. Looking back at my pictures I noticed that I didn’t take a single picture of the people I was with. I hope my sister will share some of their pictures.

More Cavalier Camping – Vintage Style

We spent last weekend camping with our teardrop trailer and vintage trailer friends for whom I do the newsletter. There were 49 trailers there at last count. The weather was almost perfect. It did sprinkle toward the end of the trip on Sunday, but it wouldn’t be camping if there weren’t a little rain. I think it’s rained every time we’ve been out camping in the last three years.

There were a lot of dogs on the camping trip. Some we’ve met before and others are new friends. I was able to get a few of them with their trailers. Spike, who was featured in our Wordless Wednesday post, was camped right next door in a nice little teardrop trailer.

A few of the teardrop trailers
Camping in style
A Cozy Cruiser teardrop trailer

Many of the teardrop trailers are home built while others are built by manufacturers. It’s a lot of fun to see what people have put into them. The traditional teardrop trailer is 4′ x 8′ and has a hatch in the back that lifts up to expose the galley. Two people can fit inside to sleep just fine, but it gets a bit cramped when you add a dog or two.

Some of the tow vehicles

Many of the teardrop trailers are pulled by antique or classic cars. They usually weigh less than 1000 lb, so they’re easily pulled by most cars.

Another tow vehicle and trailer
An Airstream Bambi and a Scamp (I think)
Colorful camping
A beautiful combination
A teardrop trailer from the 1940's
A cute dog named Libby camps here
A great little Frisbee dog
Another camping Cavalier
Live music cowboy style

There was even live music on Saturday afternoon. The Cow Chips played for about 2 hours.

It was all just a little too much to handle

Later that evening we had a huge potluck dinner. Many of us cooked in our Dutch ovens. I made chicken enchiladas, which was enough for about 20 people. I’m hoping that someone who was camping with us took some pictures of all of the Dutch ovens lined up before dinner.

All of this was followed by THE BIGGEST BONFIRE I have ever seen. The camp out was on private property and they had been saving up all of the debris on the property in a giant burn pile. It was a sight to see! It was so hot there wasn’t any chance of roasting marshmallows on it. Someone built a smaller side fire so that people could make s’mores. A big thanks to Spike’s mom for the bonfire picture.

The biggest camp fire I've ever seen

If you’re in to vintage trailers or teardrop trailers, be sure to check out the web site for The Teardroppers of Oregon and Washington, or TOW for short.