Meet "Alice" the Airstream! Durango & Beyond, part 5

by Sunlight Photo October. 10, 2018 693 views

For our last 2 nights in CO, we looked on AirBnB, and found a very peaceful, pleasant, affordable place to stay in Bayfield, just about 20 minutes from Durango. Check out the view from the top of this small mountain!

It was so quiet out here. Only the sound of the breeze blowing through some aspens that were planted close by. Oh, well, and we could also hear coyotes a little ways off. So that was exciting, ha!

Perfect view of the La Platas from our front stoop. I even did yoga out here, gazing over this. It was perfect!

Perfect view of the La Platas from our front stoop. I even did yoga out here, gazing over this. It was perfect!

The sunsets were incredible!

The sunsets were incredible!

Meet "Alice," the 1987 32' Airstream Excella we rented! It has been very well-maintained and loved, with a lot of upgrades and renovation. It also had half a dozen license plates hanging as decoration, so we assume the owners have lived in it in multiple states.

It was parked right behind the owners' house, which was a little surprising, but aside from seeing them the first night to walk through the camper and show us how to use everything, we never saw or heard them! The property and Airstream belonged to a young family with a baby and a few dogs, but the wife and baby were out of town, so only Ryan was there. He was a total Colorado-type dude, laidback, sporty, ponytail and all, haha. Anyway, even though I was concerned about privacy at first, we ended up feeling like we had the whole mountain to ourselves.

We always dress up when we're camping.....why do you ask? Ha! This was before going out to dinner one night.

We always dress up when we're camping.....why do you ask? Ha! This was before going out to dinner one night.

Full kitchen, which we made good use of for breakfasts, before heading out on adventures.The owners even left a carton of eggs for us in the fridge, which saved us a trip to the grocery store! So thoughtful.

Full kitchen, which we made good use of for breakfasts, before heading out on adventures.The owners even left a carton of eggs for us in the fridge, which saved us a trip to the grocery store! So thoughtful.

Dining nook, where we also played Scrabble, and I did some coloring while Scott read a novel aloud.

Dining nook, where we also played Scrabble, and I did some coloring while Scott read a novel aloud.

I liked the sink.

I liked the sink.

The super tiny bathroom, with the (eek!) composting toilet. Just kidding, it wasn't as unpleasant as it sounds. But it took some getting used to. The owner said he has to have their water hauled by truck up to his property, so, with water being scarce, the composting toilet made sense.

The super tiny bathroom, with the (eek!) composting toilet. Just kidding, it wasn't as unpleasant as it sounds. But it took some getting used to. The owner said he has to have their water hauled by truck up to his property, so, with water being scarce, the composting toilet made sense.

Lots of Tibetan decorations

Lots of Tibetan decorations

and some Native American decor, of course.

and some Native American decor, of course.

These beaten-copper coffee cups were so pretty, but when I poured hot coffee in them the first morning, I was reminded of one of copper's properties: the ability to conduct heat. They were too hot to touch! Even the handle was burning within seconds. So, I transferred our coffee back to ceramic mugs

These beaten-copper coffee cups were so pretty, but when I poured hot coffee in them the first morning, I was reminded of one of copper's properties: the ability to conduct heat. They were too hot to touch! Even the handle was burning within seconds. So, I transferred our coffee back to ceramic mugs

generous sized couch at one end

generous sized couch at one end

cute little camper-themed items

cute little camper-themed items

Comfy king-sized bed at the other end of the camper. When we turned the lights off at night, we discovered they had stuck hundreds of little glow-in-the-dark dots to the ceiling, so it looked like the night sky! I thought that was a fun little detail.

Comfy king-sized bed at the other end of the camper. When we turned the lights off at night, we discovered they had stuck hundreds of little glow-in-the-dark dots to the ceiling, so it looked like the night sky! I thought that was a fun little detail.

more Tibetan prayer flags, flapping in the gentle breeze

more Tibetan prayer flags, flapping in the gentle breeze

Alice under the night sky. It was such a fun and cozy home-away-from-home!

Alice under the night sky. It was such a fun and cozy home-away-from-home!

Related posts on my first trip back to my hometown:

Going Home, Part 1

A Memorable Breakfast Before Going Home, Part 2

Where There Used To Be Oak Trees, Going Home Part 3

Touching The Past, Going Home Part 4

The Last Steps Along Memory Lane, Going Home Part 5

Durango and Beyond, part 1: Honeyville and the Durango-Silverton Train Museum

The Million Dollar Highway to Silverton. Durango and Beyond, Part 2

Stargazing! Durango and Beyond, Part 3

Vallecito Reservoir, Durango & Beyond Part 4

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