Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Welcome, Amelia!

Over the last 5 years or so, we have thoroughly enjoyed the use of an Outback travel trailer. For the first couple of years, we borrowed it from one of the founders of a company I used to work for. We actually used it more than the owners did and a few years ago purchased the trailer for our family. We have used it for tailgate parties, camping, and trips to Gramma and Grampa’s house. Our girls have quite literally grown up with the camper and neither has any memory us NOT having the camper.

You should see the way their eyes light up when we get ready for a trip. If we are going camping for the weekend, typically, I would bring the camper home from storage on Thursday night so that we can pack up and be ready to hit the road on Friday. We don’t usually tell the girls when this is going to happen, so often their first indication that we are going camping is when they look out the window and see the camper hitched to my truck at our curb. This always causes jumping and cheering and a great amount of anxiousness to take their chosen toys and pillows out to their bunks.

Over the last couple of years we have been daydreaming and window shopping, looking at all the nice, new features on brand new campers. Outdoor kitchens, ceiling fans, roomy bunkhouses, extra half-baths and power awnings all are drool-worthy amenities for anyone who has spent time at all in a camper before. We have become big fans of a fairly new builder, Open Range. They have some great floor plans and lots of the new “must have” features. Between our wish lists, daydreams and some impending work that was needed on our Outback, we decided to take the leap and purchase a brand new camper.

Our Outback camper was a fantastic travel trailer for us. It was several years old, and was a great camper to learn on. I got accustomed to pulling a large trailer, we confirmed that our family loves to camp, and we got to see what features and functions were most important to us as our family grows. We all learned so much over the last 5 years when it comes to RV’ing.

So, here she is! We are very happy to introduce, Amelia!

Amelia, you say?

I really wanted to name our new camper. I wanted a name that was either from literature or a historical figure. I wanted an adventurer, explorer or pioneer and “it” needed to be a “she”. It is our hope that from this camper, our girls will get to explore parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Trips to Disney and the original colonies are also on my wish list. Who better to inspire young, beautiful minds than Amelia Earhart? Grace and Hailey’s adventures with Amelia will start this weekend as we head to Tyler for a multi-celebration holiday weekend with our family. Weekends on the shores of Inks Lake, a visit to SeaWorld and a trip to northeastern Oklahoma and Branson, Missouri are all on the flight plan for Amelia this summer. And I can’t help but think that Mema and Pa would definitely like Amelia, too!