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There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Teardrops

There can never be too many teardrops in a person’s life.

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Say WhatTeardrop trailers, that is.

And there can never be too many teardrop trailer gatherings.

This past July 4th–our first ever spent in our new home state of Arizona–we joined up with a teardrop trailer group known as Arizona Roundup for a holiday weekend camping event. The gathering required participants own either teardrop trailers or vintage trailers dated pre-1980.  Let me tell ya’, the cozy, classic, and funky factors of the trailers were way off the charts (and we’ve seen some pretty interesting trailers in the past!).

The event took place at the Kaibab Lake Campground near a town called Williams in northern Arizona.  The campground is part of Kaibab National Forest and is only about 60 miles away from the southern entrance of Grand Canyon National Park.

Unfortunately, the weekend started with a communication snafu, resulting in the campground setting aside only half of the campsites we needed for the event. But ya’ know what . . . teardrop and vintage trailer folks are a friendly lot, so attendees salvaged the situation by agreeing to the only option available: doubling up at each campsite.

We were one of the last trailers to arrive at the event, so had few choices on where to crash. Bent on staying near the center of the action rather than on the fringes, we were happy to take up the campground office’s compensatory one-time offer to allow trailers to park on the turnaround road in our dedicated loop area. We made camp at one end of the turnaround road . . .

WILLIAMS_07042015_082while another teardrop trailer made camp at the other end . . .

WILLIAMS_07042015_045Though we technically camped on a paved road, we were happy about our setup. Tons of space around us to spread out. Plenty of room for the dog run. And exceptional real estate for putting up our over-sized American flag . . .

WILLIAMS_07042015_002We had some rainy weather to deal with, which served to remind us why we love our teardrop trailer so much more than tent camping. Rain? No problem. Time to curl up inside on the queen-size bed and read a good book or take a little nap.

Knowing the event included a Saturday afternoon picnic, Mark made his Dutch Oven Sweet Potato Curry Chicken recipe to share with 30 or so folks who gathered at one of the covered (thank goodness!) picnic areas. Thanks to everyone else bringing equally great appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we probably ate better than our forefathers did on Independence Day 1776!

After the community food fest, we headed over to downtown Williams, AZ, for a good old-fashioned 4th of July parade down their main street–a vibrant stretch of historic Route 66.

Williams, AZ is a super-fab place to visit on your way to or from the south entrance of the Grand Canyon. It’s chock full of restaurants, music, and gift shops . . . and even the occasional play-acted cowboy, shoot-em-up showdown in the streets.

But especially on this Independence Day weekend, there was no shortage of patriotic spirit in Williams . . .

and no shortage of teardrops, since a half dozen or so of our teardrop trailer-event folks joined in on the parade, too . . .

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On Sunday, Mark and I spent the afternoon at Grand Canyon National Park. The weather was still snotty, but we enjoyed the park just the same. If anything, cloud cover adds interest to the canyon.

When we were exiting Grand Canyon National Park, we were treated with an elk sighting that perfectly wrapped up a great day and an awesome weekend. Check her out . . . isn’t she purty?

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Check out the Williams area if you ever get a chance. And if you’re interested in future camping events in the Arizona area open to vintage trailer owners and teardrop trailer owners (both vintage AND new), check out the Arizona Roundup web page .

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4th of July Teardrop Trailer Gathering in Northern Arizona

DSC07948_copyCamping brings people together, and what could be more cozy than a vintage trailer and teardrop trailer gathering to experience a truly nostalgic version of camping? This weekend, we head off for our first teardrop trailer gathering since we moved to Arizona earlier this year. I’m so excited. I always love camping, but I especially love it when I know I’m gonna meet some great people.

This gathering’s in northern Arizona at the Kaibab Lake Campground near a town called Williams.  The campground is part of Kaibab National Forest and is roughly 60 miles away from the Grand Canyon.

We’ll join what looks like a nice group of folks who gather under the name Arizona Roundup. Event participants own either teardrop trailers or vintage trailers dated pre-1980. Check out the Arizona Roundup web page if you are interested in future camping events in the Arizona area open to vintage trailer owners and teardrop trailer owners (both vintage AND new).

As for us, we’re looking forward to the pot luck dinner on Saturday. Mark is making his Sweet Potato Curry Chicken recipe in a cast-iron Dutch Oven. Can’t wait to meet the other folks and see what they’ve got under their pot tops!

Happy 4th of July, folks. Have a safe holiday. Go out and make a [few] new friends!


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Sue J signatureOur last teardrop trailer gathering was in California at Lake Perris:

2014 Lake Perris Teardrop Trailer Gathering: Photo Gallery

2014 Lake Perris Teardrop Trailer Gathering: Dutch Oven Cooking

And the Dutch Oven pot luck dinner at the 2014 Lake Perris event looked like this . . .

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UPDATE: 

Click on the following link to see highlights of the 4th of July weekend  . . .  

Highlights of 4th of July weekend 2015

 

2014 Lake Perris Teardrop Trailer Gathering: Photo Gallery

Okay, Folks! There’s far too many to caption each one. Rather than do so and risk not getting these photos out quickly, here’s what my camera and Mark’s camera captured at the 2014 Lake Perris Teardrop Trailer Gathering:

 


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2014 Lake Perris Teardrop Trailer Gathering: Dutch Oven Cooking

Did someone say Dutch Oven cooking? Oh, yeah!

We had a fantastic time at the 2014 Lake Perris Teardrop Trailer Gathering this past weekend (March 27-30). As with many events for me, it’s the unique food around an occasion that makes the memory stick. Here’s a video of many of the Dutch Ovens cranking away in the common cooking area:

Other teardrop trailer owners prepared their Dutch Oven recipes at their campsites and brought their finished products to the shared area just in time for chow call. At 5 p.m. Friday evening, all Dutch Oven chefs were on line with plate and utensils in hand ready to sample these fabulous looking entrees and desserts:

 

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Teardrop Trailer Gathering 2014: Perris, CA

We’re stoked about the upcoming camping gathering for vintage-style teardrop trailers this month in Perris, CA. This year will be our first time attending the gathering. You can bet we’ll be fully equipped with cameras and pen/paper to chronicle the event as best we can. I’ll probably leave Mark to the photo taking–his iPad currently produces better photos than my camera does. And I will happily tackle some impromptu interviewing and writing. We’ll do our best to capture the essence and splendor of the event.

They’ve just added a special dutch-oven cooking night. Mark is a dutch-oven-cooking fan. He loves to wow me with his pizza and apple cobbler when we’re teardrop trailer camping. On occasion, he lights up the dutch oven outside at home and makes me my favorite: sweet-potato curry chicken. Anyway, I can’t wait to check out this event and see what everyone else conjures up in their dutch ovens. Stay tuned here at TEARDROP ADVENTURES for teardrop trailer photos and hopefully some great stories from the 2014 Teardrop Trailer gathering at Perris, CA.

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The galley of our home-built, vintage-style teardrop trailer

If you have a vintage or vintage-style teardrop trailer and have time to slip away with it to Southern California from March 27-30, 2014, why not come and join us? We’d love to see you there!

Registration Information for 2014 Teardrop Trailer Gathering in Perris, CA

Happy Trails,

Sue J.