Having friends all over the place is one of the advantages of being active in the Airstream community. There is definitely a spirit of unity among Airstreamers and you never know who might show up at a big rally. With 200 Airstreams at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, it was a perfect place to connect and reconnect with Airstream friends.
We were happy to reconnect with my fellow “Airstream Life” blogger Forrest McClure and his wife Patrice. They had returned to the Balloon Fiesta to share its magic with their two grandsons. Judy and Ken Bechthold were also there from California which was nice since we had not seen them for several years.
Our friends Kate and Don Tyminski showed up from the coast of South
Carolina. Participants of two WBCCI caravans attended the rally and included old friends as well as new. We got to meet people like Ken Johansen and Phil Glassey who we had talked with on the phone but not previously met in person.
And then there was the Good Samaritan, our next door neighbor Charlie Wright. For a variety of reasons we showed up at the rally without a generator. It did not take us long to realize that even with conserving power, coming without a generator was a mistake. Charlie plugged us into his generator which helped keep our trailer batteries charged enough so we could turn on some light and power a morning shot of central heat. We never met Charlie before but his willingness to help a neighbor out sure made our four days of dry camping nicer.
You probably don’t know these people. You may be wondering why I’m writing about them in this blog. I include them because they serve as an example of the advantages of being involved in the Airstream community. In addition to travel and camping experiences, getting involved with the Airstream community is about connecting with good people who share a common interest.
I have an article that will be coming out soon in the print edition of Airstream Life magazine that talks more about ways to get involved in the Airstream Community. I hope you will find it helpful. Happy Airstreaming!
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