If you’ve ever found an apartment, a couch, or a job interview on anything that you found on Craigslist, you know there’s a certain “roll the dice” factor associated with it. Usually you don’t win. (And unusual smells could be involved in all.) But we found the Airstream, Bronco, and our cozy “glamping” spot – all Craigslist treasures.
Here are a few pics of the spot overlooking the Monterey Bay near Santa Cruz, up in the mountains. It’s chilly at night, but sunny and 70′s during the day in the winter. We’re headed down again soon (hopefully!) and will let you know what the summer is like. Getting the trailer up the steep, one lane, gravel road was a challenge. Joel was actually sliding backwards a bit at one point; with the brakes to the floor on the Bronco. But once we got to the clearing, it was amazing! We rolled in right at sunset; not planned, as it took longer to drive it down from the Napa area that day…and like 3 days later than we thought it’d be due to rain. Such a highlight to a week of sleeping in the back of a car and playing DIY trailer fix up. (The curved wall made of pegboard is the divider to the “bed fort” that we made; Joel is allergic to the cats, so couldn’t have them sleeping on his face.)
There are some logistics that go into this that we won’t go into, as it was a lot of boring stuff. Like finding internet or shipping Amazon goodies (outdoor stove, shower, etc.) as even having an address to send it to was a challenge. Before we got the shower hooked up we were just hosing each other off with freezing water, as you’re up on a mountain and have limited options. It was hilarious, though, and made the hot outdoor shower amazing when it was hooked up. Even cooking and doing dishes outside was a welcomed change of pace.
More on the interior + “stick your arm out” shots of ourselves to follow. If you missed the journey down, or just want to oogle at our cats some more, you can see a few images here.