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Another Fantastic Airstreamer LBJ Grasslands Outing

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A&P's Airstream at LBJ Grasslands
The burn ban lifted, and a clear sky full of stars, made for a harmonious convergence of like-minded individuals over the weekend at the LBJ National Grasslands outside Decatur, Texas.

I am always blown away at how so many different people can gather, cold turkey, for the same event with the same driving passion – Airstream Trailers – and get along so darn well!

Maybe the fights broke out after we left? Leslie was a bit cold around the buns, so we did depart before the 9-pm hour, but I can’t imagine it getting any better than it was the short time we were there. As many different interests as I have, this (Airstream) is the only one that seems to be devoid of hefty egos.

Whatever the case, the consistent feeling of being welcome is one that keeps us coming back for more. This time next year, it’ll be our turn to have our Airstream there with all the others and welcome the interested trailer-less.

For those of you interested in photography, and how these images were captured, feel free to ask. I think it would be cool to put on some photography clinics at these gatherings next year, maybe have evening slideshows of the day’s photography – from everyone – and just totally dive right back into photography education.

The Big Thaw

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As the song says, “How long has this been going on?”

The chickens here at the house are telling us we may finally be coming out of the cold dark winter. So far it has been a winter for the record books here in North Texas, and that means Leslie’s business Cimarrona has kept her busy as well. It has been slow no going all winter long – to A&P’s place, and most of the work is a two person deal. Volunteers?

We are still resolute in the knowledge that the Airstream is more like a rescue pod than a trailer – rescuing us from “civilization” the “humdrum” of ongoing daily survival. There’s never been a better time to “tune in, turn on and drop out” has there?

This coming weekend there’s an Airstream gathering at the LBJ Grasslands, and the stars are aligning to get out there and visit.

Join us for some boondocking under a full moon on the mesa at LBJ Grasslands 17-19 January 2014!

The full moon peaks just 2 days before, so we should have some great moonlight to go with our campfires. There is currently no restriction on campfires from the Grasslands or Wise County, so bring your firewood! The Grasslands is an “unimproved” campsite so if you have a pop-up canopy or camp table to share bring it with you. There’s no fee for camping at the Grasslands, and they’re expecting us. I’ll post detailed directions at the end.

As usual for boondocking, plan to arrive with full freshwater, plenty of propane and empty waste tanks. Greywater release is allowed. Generator use is allowed for battery charging for those of us who aren’t solar-equipped. We try to group generator users together, but it should only take a little while in the daytime to charge batteries anyway.

Documentary filmmaker Eric Bricker will be camping with us as a guest of Paul and Ann, doing some filming and interviews for an Airstream project he’s working on. He may feel he needs an Airstream after a weekend with us!

Friday 17 January
Arrive and get set up. Remember it gets DARK out there so it’s easiest to arrive when there’s still daylight.
5-ish HOTC Happy Hour
7-ish Potluck, campfires and camaraderie.

Saturday 18 January
8-ish Grill/Griddle will be available for those who want to cook breakfast together
Lunch on your own
5-ish HOTC Happy Hour
7-ish Dinner cooked for us by Shirley and Mike Richey!

Sunday 19 January
8-ish Grill/Griddle will be available for those who want to cook breakfast together

Since this is a 3-day weekend, some of us may stay over until Monday!

Note that Google Maps and GPS navigation using the coordinates are likely to direct you on a somewhat longer route, staying on FM730 much farther. That route will get you there, but Ann recommends the detailed directions below. Note that the small Forest Service roads don’t have signage, I included the road numbers so you can locate the roads on a map.

from Wise County Courthouse square in Decatur:

Go NORTH on FM730. As you cross railroad tracks (just past US380), zero your trip odometer
odo 0.3 miles to Old Decatur Road, turn LEFT
odo 2.7 miles bear RIGHT at the fork
odo 7.2 miles turn RIGHT on CR2475
odo 7.7 miles turn RIGHT on CR2474. Road surface changes to gravel. Narrow with blind curves, be cautious.
odo 8.3 miles cross a cattle guard into LBJ National Grasslands, keep going
odo 8.6 miles bear RIGHT at fork. Forest Svc. Rd. 900, unmarked
odo 9.4 miles, turn LEFT on dirt road, FS 904, unmarked

GPS coordinates for the site: +33° 21′ 32.40″, -97° 35′ 28.11″

Link for Google map share of route from Wise County Courthouse:

Link for Google Docs share of Google Earth pointer file:

LBJ Grasslands

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Of course it’s going to take me awhile to get all the details and photos together, but here’s one in the meantime –

LBJ Grasslands Airstream Gathering 2012

There are plenty of photographs of interiors that I will go through and perhaps create a slideshow soon. It’s almost time to get in and go to Paradise – to work on our trailer. Soon soon.



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