Amarillo Ranch RV Park 12

First stop in Texas after towing 432 miles was the Amarillo Ranch RV Park. Just west of downtown Amarillo off Route 40 ~ the Ranch is a nice place for a one night stop over. The sites are bare with mostly dirt and gravel (very little grass) but, spacious and full-hook ups. The staff at the front desk was very friendly and most sites are pull-through. We were in spot #120 and it was perfect for a one evening stay. They are pet friendly, have good wi-fi and cable, a pool, clubhouse, pavilion, showers, coin laundry and a fenced pet area (not big enough for Otis but, oh well!!). Rate: $33 per night less Good Sam or AAA discount. I would recommend the Ranch for a nights stay because it’s easy access off the highway and a breeze to check-in and move on out the next morning!

A few local attractions in Amarillo: American Quarter Horse Museum, The Cadillac Ranch, Palo Duro Canyon and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

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We met the nicest couple from Texas who were heading to the Vintage Trailer Academy in Albuquerque, NM. They restored their ’73 International Airstream and it’s gorgeous. They invited to give us a tour and we reciprocated and gave them a tour of Beatrice. Check out the original wall mounted oven that still works perfectly! Airstream owners are the nicest peeps I have ever met. Always wanting to share travel stories and just sit awhile and chat! One of the many aspects about traveling in my Airstream that brings me much joy!

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Denver to Amarillo 3

I was counting down the days till my first trip of the season. After all,  since our maiden voyage last November from NJ to Denver, Beatrice has been in storage. Although this first trip was a short one yet very much-anticipated, there ended up being an interesting beginning to our adventure. The day we were to get our Airstream out of storage and in for “de-winterizing”, Denver got dumped with almost a foot of fresh fluffy snow and the temps dropped below 20 degrees. Took us a couple of days to find a clear day to get out of dodge but, finally escaped the clinches of Old Man Winter and our Texas adventure was well on its way. Destination: Fredericksburg, TX via Amarillo! We had to break the trip up because the state of Texas is so darn big! Our first stop was Amarillo. But, I’m jumping ahead as there were many miles prior to getting to our first evenings destination. The drive south on I-25 from Denver to the New Mexico border is quiet lovely. The Spanish Peaks are breathtaking in Southern Colorado. Decided to not make any unnecessary stops for yours truly to get out and take pics along the way. The trip would have taken us weeks if I had. So, I opted for some photos straight from my office seat! We were lucky as we didn’t encounter any inclement weather or snow en route to Texas. First hurdle was to get over Raton (which means mouse in Spanish) Pass which has an elevation of 7,834 ft. The drive over the pass was spectacular crossing The Big B from Colorado into New Mexico.

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Then on to Raton, New Mexico


Through Clayton, New Mexico

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Finally made it into the great state of Texas! Yee Haw!!


My office during the trip


And some shots from the passenger seat of the long stretch towards Amarillo

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Wanna Take A Peek Inside? 19

My Mother always told me, “You can’t have it all”! For the past couple of months, I felt like “I couldn’t do it all”. With a new role of caregiving for my 84-year-old Mother for the past 4 months, I decided that I truly couldn’t do it all and had to put my priorities first. Mom came first! But, happy to say that all is well on the Mom front and Hub’s and I were able to take a quick first trip of the season after her departure. Wanted to share with you, for my first post about our little Texas trip, some interior pics of our Beatrice. I am in love with my Airstream more than I could ever have imagined. The 188 sq ft is pure bliss for me. On this trip we decided to put the dining table down and use the lounge to really “lounge” in and I relished in the comfort. I hope you enjoy your tour! And many thanks to my readers for being patient with me while on my hiatus to help Mom. I’m back and looking forward to sharing lots of upcoming adventures with you. Oh, and please feel to comment on what you think of our decor! Our Airstream is a 2012, 27′ FB International Signature designed by Christopher C. Deam for Airstream which I have named Beatrice!

This is the entrance into Beatrice stepping up into the lounge

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Looking towards the kitchen from the front door

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I am in love with all of my pillows. Hub’s thought I was nutso but, hey ~ I’m a Glamper after all. He certainly didn’t complain when it came time to relax on the lounge. The pillows were purchased from The Brass Bed in Denver. Pillows made by John Robshaw Textiles , Kevin O’Brien Studio and the Mongolian Lamb pillows were purchased at  West Elm. And a big shout out to my friend and fellow Glamper, Monica Bennett from Just 5 More Minutes for sharing her Coscto find with me, the luxurious and cuddly sheepskins! I absolutley am in love with these!

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I wanted something fun and playful above the TV. Since I’m a wildlife photographer I thought this Papier-Mâché Animal Sculptures – Silver Deer would add a little whimsy to the room. These sculptures are handmade in Haiti and brought in by West Elm. “As part of our collaboration with Port-au-Prince workshop Carribbean Craft, we worked with artisans in Haiti to create this silver-finish stag. Made from recycled materials, it brings a wild side to walls in the most responsible way.”


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I adore Le Creuset and decided the Bea needed to sport a few items from one of my fav’s.  Oil and Vinegar, Salt and Pepper Grinders, Syrup Jar, Mugs, Creamer/Sugar, Cutting Board and Stainless Steel Demi Kettle all from Le Creuset. We also purchased these inexpensive red and black glasses from Ikea.  I love the dishes I purchased from West Elm and will have to get a good photo of them on our next trip. They are an organic shaped white porcelain with silver trim purchased from West Elm.

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I found two vintage pieces in Texas and I really adore them both. The small stamp “B” is a sweet reminder of my travels to TX and a funky store called Uncommon Objects. The burgundy painted “b” in my bedroom is a vintage letter from an old store sign. I just had to add a bit of contemporary art in Bea somewhere! “B” was also found in Austin, TX at Uncommon Objects. One of my favorite finds is my bedroom lamps from Design Within Reach. They are the Miss K and are one of my all time lux items for my Glamper.

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All of my bedding was purchased at The Brass Bed and is all John Robshaw including several of the pillows. The one velvet pillow is by Kevin O’Brien Studio and the Mongolian Lamb bolster pillow and orange lacquer box (which I love because it holds my jewelry and other small items) is from West Elm. Not sure I have ever been more comfy in a bed then my Glamper bed. I just melt every time I get to sleep in this luxurious bedding. I know ~ I am a Glamper!

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Of course, Otis has to have a Glamper water/food bowl. I found this one at Petsmart and really like it. It’s the Doca Pet Dogleg Diner Dog Bowl and is perfect. It has rubber non-skid bottom and is slightly elevated. I found the Bon Chien Dog Treat container at Harry Barker. Shown in the photo below of the pantry.

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The pantry is still a work in progress. The shelving that we purchased doesn’t work for us so I’m still on the search. However, I really like the containers that we found. The mini spice containers and stainless steel canisters are by Oggi and I purchased them at my favorite kitchen store anywhere: Der Kuchen Laden in Fredericksburg, TX. Call Kathi anytime because they ship all over the country. I’ll write more about this store in a future post. The stainless steel magnetic board is from West Elm and my red kitchen timer by Kikkerland was purchased at Red in Fredericksburg, TX.

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I have always been a fan of Laguiole French knives! So, while researching which knives to purchase for Bea, I also found this divine flatware set. Now, please keep in mind most of the Laguiole flatware sold in the US is the cheaper 15/10 stainless steel. I searched for a couple of months and finally found French Diffusion and they sell the highest quality stainless steel Laguiole 25/10. You won’t be disappointed if you decide to fork (no pun intended!) over the cash for this set. It’s heavy and very well made. Read about the difference between 15/10 and 25/10 here. It does make a huge difference. I would recommend French Diffusion to anyone. Their customer service and products are superb.

Love the shape and quality of my Curtis Stone Stainless-Steel Oil Can. I purchased directly from Curtis Stone but, it’s also available through Williams-Sonoma. And of course, we had to bring from our own kitchen our Bodum coffee press! Luv!

Mostly every other kitchen item in the cutlery drawer is from Der Kuchen Laden. That store has everything you need and don’t need but, want!

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I hope you have enjoyed my first tour of Beatrice. There will be more photos and items to share with you in future posts!

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography