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Hanging Out at the Hangar

Last night we kept Stan and Eileen up too late, talking after we'd grilled some steaks by the pool. But nonetheless, Stan knocked on our door this morning to invite us out for a day of exploring Grapevine. It's actually quite an interesting town, with a historic downtown, a lake, and a very nice new city-run campground. Joe Moore, who oversaw the development of the Vineyards Campground, was there to give us a tour of the new facility, which just officially re-opened last week. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a nice place to stay conveniently close to DFW Airport and yet in a quiet suburban location.

It's been unseasonably cool, with temps in the 70s and occasional thunderstorms roaming through, so my concern about no A/C at night has turned out to be needless. But next week it will be back in the 80s and 90s -- more like what we'd expect from Texas this time of year. By then, we'll be plugged into 30-amp power at Roger Williams Airstream, so no problem.

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After a Texas bbq lunch (can't resist the stuff) we headed over to a local airport hangar where Stan and Eileen keep their airplane and Airstream. It's a lot of riveted aluminum under one roof. The Airstream is a '67 Overlander, and the airplane is a 1946 Cessna 120 taildragger in absolutely cherry condition. I'm dying to get my hands on the yoke. If the thunderstorms are cleared out on Sunday, Stan will take me out for a ride.

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While we were talking aluminum, Emma discovered a 4-year old girl on a bicycle and a friendly cat, so she was fully occupied. Turns out that people actually live in some of the airplane hangars. Hmmm... inexpensive and you get to keep your airplane and Airstream right in the living room! I like it.

Tonight's plan is to just mellow out. We're going to watch "The Emperor's New Groove," have a light dinner, and practice Uno and checkers. Rich C is arriving in his Airstream Safari 25 on Monday, and Emma wants to be ready for him. She's getting pretty good at checkers ... watch out Rich!


Thanks for the heads-up on the Grapevine Campground! I'm in the region and will definitely check it out.

I'm a fairly new reader of your blog and thought I'd let you know I appreciate the work it takes. Well done!

It would be interesting to see a breakdown of where Airstream owners store their trailers when they are not in use. In the Los Angeles suburb I live in I would not be able to keep a trailer on my property--too steep a grade.

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