Well, it’s not much of a remodel really, but the carpet is coming out and an easy-care, vinyl floor is going in. We’re waiting to hear when the floor is delivered, so we can take the Airstream in for the change. Another repair needed is to the awning, which needs to come off so some stitching can be replaced. It came undone in a 45 mph cross wind on our last trip to South Dakota. Here is what happened to us on that trip, our third voyage in the Airstream. As written in a postcard to a family member:
Dear ___, Here is a picture of the Badlands, which were Bad for us. We left home to spend the first night in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and our Garmin bounced us over every brick road and railroad track in town. When we FINALLY found the place we were trying to go, it was only a short exit off the highway. You know how some people name the ‘’voice’’ on their GPS? Ours has a new name; “Route Bitch”. The next day we experienced 45 mph winds while cruising down the road. When we arrived at the campground, our awning had come undone, along with around five feet of stitching. We also noticed we had lost the cover on our air conditioner. Who knows where that went? After our tour through the Badlands, when we stopped in Wall, SD we found a wheel missing on the Airstream. Not only the wheel, but all six bolts holding it on had sheared off. Too bad that when the wheel came off, it dented the aluminum skin around the wheel-well. The next morning we noticed the fans were barely running and realized the 12 volt system had died; a replacement was sent overnight to the next campground. After driving back through the Badlands three times to find our wheel, we finally gave it up to the canyons. It was sad to find Alcoa, who made the aluminum rim, no longer makes rims and our wheel is now considered a “collectible”. The repairs to the Airstream can’t be made until the beginning of October, since there are only three places to take it: Alabama, the factory in Ohio, or Oklahoma City. :O Whomever said “The Third Time’s The Charm” wasn’t on this trip.
Thinking of You, Be Glad You’re Not Here.
I suppose you might say that everything happened to us all at once. Surprises occur when you acquire a 10 year old Airstream. Some TLC is in order, while we ready our Mother Ship for the next excursion. This trip might be known as “When It Rains It Pours” or rather, “When It’s Windy Outside, It Really Blows.” You decide.
1-1/2 cups pomegranate juice
2 oz. Absolute Citron vodka
1 oz. Cointreau liquor
Cup of ice
Splash of sparkling water (optional)
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
Shake ingredients in a shaker and pour into chilled martini glasses.