Beginning of our Airstream Safari dream

We were recently retired from our professional jobs in the health field and were enjoying volunteering as docents, meeting and greeting people from all over the world as they visited Cabrillo National Monument and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse in 2006.

HPIM2313 CNM Docent BillHPIM2296 CNM Docent Larry

Someone mentioned taking their Airstream travel trailer out to the desert and I began thinking about the name Airstream that I heard old-timers reminisce about in glowing terms many years ago on the sideband CB radio.  Yes, they still make Airstream trailers! We did tent camping years ago and now that we were retired, it didn’t take much for the spark of this idea to take hold and become an obsession involving months of research on Air Forums, talking to friends with an Airstream, and visiting dealerships.

It made sense to us.  We live in San Diego, which has wonderful parks along the beaches, and in the mountains and deserts where people enjoy camping year round… no need to winterize a trailer here!  So by November 2006, we knew what we wanted, visited a dealer, and placed a custom order for a 23′ Airstream Safari trailer that would have two solar panels, and awnings on three sides.  It was built by Airstream, Inc. in Ohio and we took delivery of it in January, 2007.

Picking up Safari from dealer

Within two weeks, we had the trailer prepped and loaded with supplies for our maiden cruise to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.


It didn’t take long to spread our wings, set the sails (awnings) and enjoy the desert life!


I visited nearby Font’s Point and felt like I was at the top of the world and living the Airstream life… or as some would say, “Living riveted!”*

HPIM2182Bill,Font's Pt, Anza-Borrego

*This is a link to a YouTube video.


About Bill D.

Bill is a retired RN who has enjoyed working as a docent in a well-known historic house museum, and now is a proud volunteer in San Diego's newest state-of-the-art hospital, Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center. He enjoys reading, writing, and meditating, especially about mindfulness as discussed by Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh. (Photo credit: Jokie Tolentino)
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