Guest Post ~ On The Road Green with Cece and Brenda 6

My admiration goes out to folks who not only talk about caring for our environment, but, especially to those whose actions speak louder than words. May I proudly introduce you to Cece Reinhardt and Brenda Daugherty of On The Road Green. Cece had found my blog and reached out to me, kindly expressing her pleasure in reading my posts. Ironically, the day before I received Cece’s message, she and Brenda were doing an open house in Boulder, Colorado (I only live 20 minutes from Boulder) of their eco-friendly Airstream. I missed them by one day and off they went to Albuquerque! I hope I can run into these fantastic women on the road one day to meet them in person. I love what they are doing, spreading the message of green living and helping our planet earth in so many ways. Keep up the good work, ladies and safe travels. I look forward to following along on your journey through your amazing website! Enjoy their story…

We have been living full-time in an Airstream for 10 months – 2 girls, a cat and a dog.  We are driving towards sustainability one mile at a time.
What inspired us to sell your house and belongings and set out for life in an Airstream?
We wanted to pursue our passions – down-sizing our life, travel, being with friends and family, and educating about simple living.  The housing market in California was going downhill and we sold before we were completely upside down on our mortgage.  It was one of the best decisions we have ever made.  From there, we paid off our debt and pursued our dream of owning an Airstream.  At first we were simply going do a green remodel on the weekends as we had time.  Then as budget and job cuts ensued with the State of California, Cece lost her Public Health job.  With free time and creative thinking, we decided to write off for sponsorship for the eco remodel and Brenda pursued a telecommuting work schedule with her employer.  The dream of “On the Green Road” blossomed.
Many people ask about our sponsors and how that came about and how we chose our products.  Here’s the answer…
We approached companies for sponsorship – 250 in all.  It pays to be diligent and patient.  No money exchanged hands.  Products and labor were offered by the companies and in return we list them on our website, write blogs about their sustainability platform/eco products and offered to hold an open house at the location of their choice.  The sponsorships don’t support our life on the road. Costs since moving into the Airstream full-time have been out of our pocket, including open houses.  We travel the U.S. and Canada engaging people in the benefits of simple, green living because we believe in it 100%. We are currently looking for sponsors to help us accomplish this dream by helping to fund or off-setting the cost of biofuel, campgrounds and open houses.  We also created our “Buy A Mile” program where anyone with a PayPal account can donate to On the Green Road. More information can be found on our website’s main page.
Our selection of eco products was a two-pronged approach. Firstly, our desire was to be independent and off grid; therefore, we added solar power and a waterless composting toilet which allows us to maximize our time off the grid and off the pipe. Secondly, we wanted to have a healthy living environment, free of toxins and VOCs.  To accomplish this, we added organic linens/textiles and eco materials that were beautiful and healthy like cork and Marmoleum flooring, bamboo cutting boards, a kirei work desk, Paperstone countertop, a Keetsa eco-friendly mattress, American Clay walls and ceiling, eco veneer on existing cabinets and LED lighting. We sought out the companies whose products we already loved based on quality, style and aesthetics.  In many cases we bought discounted remnants, like Marmoleum and Paperstone, at eco home stores.
P.S. – our diesel truck also runs on waste veggie oil. 
We are currently on our “On the Green Road” tour. Here’s a little more about it.
We are traveling across the U.S. and Canada over the next 6 months.  As we travel, we focus on education and outreach – promoting tangible green change.  Our open houses are always open to the public and focus on teaching about sustainable living options – anyone that wants to see our set up and lifestyle should come by.  We have informational signage for each eco/green feature including the waste veggie oil truck.  In addition, we run a DVD during the event which features the before, during and after photos of the remodel. We are also available to discuss our project and answer questions.  We have met many RVers interested in making modifications but we also get homeowners looking to pick up some tricks and ideas too.  We have emailed with Airstreamers from all over the world and have met many of them.  At our recent open house in Boulder, we were lucky enough to meet Jim and Marsha Miller who have been following our journey from the beginning.  This is a real treat.  In June we will meet up with 20+ Airstreamers in Hot Springs, AR.
How far have we traveled? 8,000 miles so far 
How can you get in touch with us?  
Email us at, find us on Twitter @greenrvlife or on our website at  Join the green conversation and drop us a line.  What are you doing to be sustainable?  How are you an agent for change?  We encourage guest bloggers so drop us a line with your story.
Photo Source: On The Road Green

Airstream In The News 1

The Silver Bullet is making a comeback! Airstream is making news all over the country!!

The Airstream Bambi, circa 1960, that was recently added to the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.


Airstream Turns 80: Looking in the Rear View Mirror, Huffington Post

ABC 7 affiliate KABC Los Angeles published this article yesterday: “Airstreams, Silver Trailers, Make A Comeback“, along with this video

CBS Los Angeles shared: “New Airstream Dealership Opens in LA”

Fox just published “America’s 10 Greatest Factory Tours”

Capital Talk: Bob Wheeler from RVNN.TV

The New York Times published: “Airstream: The Concept Travels Well”

Travel + Leisure published: “World’s Trendiest Airstream Hotels”

Austin News, The Statesman wrote about: “Fashion on the roll: Mobile boutiques hit the trailer scene”

Food & Wine contributes this article: “The New Airstream Cuisine”

Wally Byam, the creator of the Airstream, declared that the goal of trailering was “to place the great wide world at your doorstep for you who yearn to travel with all the comforts of home.”

Photo Source: New York Times

Shooting Star Drive-In & Airstream Hotel Reply

With a passion for Drive-Ins, shooting movies and Airstreams, Mark Gudenas (host and proprietor) built his dream Airstream Hotel Resort ~ located in the heart of Southern Utah’s Red Rock Canyon Country. Shooting Star Drive-In Airstream Hotel features 360-degree views of the Grand Staircase, the Escalante Mountains and Dixie National Forest. You can choose from 8 different Airstreams as your accommodations, each decorated to resemble the dressing trailer of a Hollywood Movie Star while they were shooting on location. Or bring your own Airstream, full hook-ups available. And what could be more fun than hanging out after dark to watch an old flick at a 1960’s inspired Drive-In theatre?  Sounds like a good time to me!

Photo Source: Shooting Star

Hub’s Hints: How To Hold A Wine Glass 2

HUB’S HINTS – Wine Tips

How to Hold a Wine Glass. . .

This week I wanted to respectfully and delicately broach a subject that may, on the surface, seem a bit trite.  But, like many things in life, there is an actual “proper” way of doing everything.  I believe that most everyone would like to demonstrate knowledge and experience in all matters and appear intelligent, cognizant, sophisticated and socially appropriate.  Then again, some of the people I come in contact with don’t seem to care at all.  Forgetting for a moment those heathen types who don’t care and are oblivious and to let all those who are interested know, there is a recognized and proper way to hold a wine glass.  Generally there seems to be a misunderstanding regarding this situation.  I have seen many different variations of this subject in restaurants, clubs, bars and at private functions (and, at varying states of inebriation!).  In the course of this post, I would like to explain the reasons and benefits for holding a wine glass in a certain prescribed manner.  Not only is this a matter of proper etiquette but, it also demonstrates respect for others, the winemaker’s art and the wine being consumed. Also, it will insure the maximum pleasurable experience for the consumer.

Please understand, there are many reasons why wine is normally served in stemware of various types and sizes (see Riedel wine glasses for additional information).  But, before explaining the rational behind how to hold a glass – this is how it is done.

Hold the stem of the glass between your index finger and thumb and / or your thumb, index finger and middle finger.  Like this. . .

Or this. . .

An acceptable variation would allow for the “pinkie” to support and balance the glass under the base.  This is especially important with large-sized wine glasses that may feel a bit cumbersome and difficult to balance.  Like this. . . 

With a sophisticated, debonair and “wine aficionado” flair, one would pinch the base of the glass with the thumb and index finger.  Like this. . .

Now the No No’s!

Never allow for the fingers or palm of the hand to come in contact with the bowl of the glass.  Like this. . .

Do not cradle the glass in your hand like a brandy snifter.  Like this. . .

Don’t grab the entire stem of the glass with your fist.  Never like this. . .

Looking back at these photos taken by my wife, I can see why I was never selected as a hand model!  Short, pudgy fingers, fat little hands and unattractive fingernails – even a top grade manicure would not have helped!

The reasons and rational ~

There are a number of considerations in this regard but, to start let’s examine the situation from one’s personal enjoyment and satisfaction.  If for no other reason  (I suspect this particular blog viewing public is more respectful than to have their own personal satisfaction above all other considerations or, I would not say anything and allow those poor unfortunate souls to wonder aimlessly in the wine consumption world and confirm their lack of understanding and social graces).  But, to maximize your personal appreciation and satisfaction consider the following:

Visibility ~ with wine, there is a definite visual appreciation of the clarity, brilliance and the appealing color variations of the wine.   If the bowl of the glass is smudged, smeared, imprinted and encrusted with whatever you had on your hands before grabbing the glass the visual aspects of the wine will be marred and not at all attractive.  Think about fried chicken, no matter how you wipe your hands there will be some unsightly residue remaining that would be transferred to the glass.  If the glass is not clean and clear of foreign material, the beautiful color, the subtle color variation, the clarity and brilliance of the wine cannot be truly appreciated.

Aroma ~ depending on what you had on your hands and how much of it is transferred to the glass, (with some people, I wont go there) a definite odor may be present that can conflict with the delicate aroma and bouquet of the wine.

Temperature ~ please be aware and understand, the temperature of the wine can be altered with the warmth of your hot little hands.  If the temperature is not at optimum condition, a less than pleasurable experience will be registered.  Temperature is more critical with white wines and rose that are intended to be consumed at cooler temperatures.  The heat from your hands can take the chill off of the wines in a very short time frame.

Etiquette ~ while in public eye (the best habits are practiced in the privacy of one’s home), it is important to adhere to a few social graces.  In this day and age, society seems to have adopted a more “relaxed” attitude and / or a complete and utter disregard for proper etiquette.  I believe that compliance with a few old (and now, apparently somewhat antiquated) social graces demonstrates knowledge, intelligence, self-respect and a consideration for others.  You wouldn’t chew with your mouth open, smack your lips, slurp your wine or wipe your mouth on the tablecloth so, why hold the glass improperly? 

Respect ~ holding the wine glass properly demonstrates respect and consideration for the host, the restaurant establishment, for others in your general vicinity, the winemaker’s art and ultimately respect for the wine being served and consumed.  An unsightly glass has the capacity to distract from the wine and adversely affect the entire dining party.  For maximum appreciation for the laborious task of winemaking and to insure a quality oriented appreciation for the wine, please consider holding the glass in the proper manner.

For those of you who that are aware of this situation, I beg your indulgence.  For everyone else; you may now consume wine while in public with reckless abandon and with the utmost confidence that you are demonstrating a superior knowledge, a special understanding and an expertise on the subject.

By-the-way, I am aware of new and fashionable wine glasses that do not have a stem.  I for one am not a proponent of this type of glassware for all of the reasons outlined above.  I would avoid them like the plague!

This blog was honestly and sincerely intended to be helpful.  Thank you for allowing me to share this seemingly “trite” but, important information with you.