One thing I was determined to do with the Silvermine and His was to keep accurate records of our overnights spent and miles traveled.
Here are some statistics from when we bought her on September 7, 2011 until today, November 22, 2012 . . . which means we have owned the Silvermine for a total of 412 days . . . or 1 year, 1 month, and 15 days!
In that time we have spent exactly 100 nights tucked in her twinkie- shaped coziness. Nights have ranged everywhere from the mid 80 degrees (following a sweltering 104 day!) to well below freezing, and we have enjoyed thunderstorms and raging windstorms . . . all in climate-controlled comfort. Thanks to a very early spring in 2012 the only months that we have not camped in the Silvermine are December and January.
The Silvermine has left our driveway and returned safely again for a total of 30 separate outings. These include everything from a single one-night-stand to a 3-week continuous stretch on the road. She has racked up two extended traveling vacations – one including the Outer Banks of North Carolina, several southern Civil War battle sites, Grandma’s house in Texas, the Natchez Trace trail, and the Smokey Mountains National Park. Another involved exploring the trail the Mormons followed when exiting (after being kicked out of) Nauvoo, Illinois. While in our safekeeping she has added 13,266 miles to her wanderings and several upgrades to her ensemble.
We have introduced her to former friends and, through Airstream association have made many new friends. She has camped with a variety of trailers: the vintage camper set, the TAB set, the RPOD set, and other Airstreams of all kinds. One of her best friends is an SOB (Airstream slang for Some Other Brand!) She has dry-camped, (without any type of hook-ups), boon-docked (in places not really a campground) coutesy camped (at the home of Aistream friends), and has also settled nicely into electric, water, sewer and cable services at resort locations. All in all she is a well-rounded little trailer – in more ways than just shape.
Every once in a while, especially at Thanksgiving time (today!), I need to sit back and remind myself how very blessed we are to have developed such a network of friends through our pastime of camping!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown