Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Airstream Ranch

Oooh, the Airstream Ranch.  I can't begin to explain how excited I was when I saw it on our way to Tampa.  In November I blogged about the ranch because I happened to see a picture of it somewhere and got all excited.  Then about 12 days ago as my husband and I are on our way to Tampa for the weekend, I see the Bates RV billboard and I swear I nearly lost my breath.  I had forgotten that the Airstream Ranch was there.  Goodness, I don't even read my own blog!

I was driving on the way to Tampa so I didn't get a photo, but on the way back to Jacksonville, Tom and I stopped at the Bates RV dealership and we went to the field to see these babies.

This photo is from the highway.

After touring the RV dealership we were given directions to the field where the Airstreams were planted.  This was the first stop.  We couldn't find the dirt path originally, so I was almost in tears when I thought that this was the closest I was going to get to the Airstreams.  I know, I was being dramatic.

Then we found the little dirt path and went through a muddy, watery mess (which I still haven't washed off of my car) and pulled up right next to the trailers.

I was giddy!

In honor of Airstream's 75th Anniversary the good folks at Bates RV planted seven and a half Airstreams in a field by their dealership.

This was the only bit of graffiti that I saw on the trailers.  It's truly amazing how shiny they look.  It's a real testament to Airstream.

I even liked the rusted parts.  If I could think of the name of the wheel, hub, axel, whatever it is. Someone help me out :) 

I think that "round part" would look great as a blown up photo.  I'll have to work on that.

Just another viw of the Airstreams.  I just find them fascinating!  I hope I haven't lost any of you. 

Blah blah blah - I'm scrolling to the end of this post!

I got back into the car and Tom asked if I had gotten a straight up shot of any of the RVs.  So I jumped back out and took another dozen or so photos.  Some of the windows in the Airstreams were taken out and then painted on.  I didn't realize that when we had just driven by on the expressway.

Tires off the ground.   Whoa!  Good thing bunny wasn't here, she might have been nervous.

I'm thinking this shot would make a good postcard :) 

I didn't realize that my trip to Tampa would be SO much fun.  Who knew!  IKEA, the ornament housethe really big tree, the ocean, the bay, and of course, the Airstream Ranch!  You just never know what you'll find when you take a weekend and explore a city.

Have a great day!


Just Breathe said...

I think I have seen these. That is just so cool!

Unknown Mami said...

This is just spectacular and the last shot is perfect for a postcard!

Condo Blues said...

My family had a camper. My parents swore they wouldn't buy an Airstream because they look like upside down bathtubs. I used to feel the same way but now I love them because they are so retro. If I ever got one, it would be the one Design Within Reach decorated.

jennifer said...

You are right. That photo in black and white would make a great post card.

You are lucky. Bryan is a get there get home kind of guy. He does not do well with stops in the middle. I would never have had the opportunity to take photos. It's good that Tom supports you and points out shots that you may have missed.

*my dream vacation is a meandering, stopping at every antique store or yard sale or interesting spot along the way trip - one without a specific destination.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

soooo cool!