Best of 2011 #3 – Our aluminum home

Escape pod to the Oregon Coast

In our continued attempt to avoid the worst of Kansas City’s weather, Kyle and I spent August escaping to the Pacific NorthWest, and what a good long trip like that requires is an escape pod, and preferably a vintage one. During our months of research on older travel trailers, we discovered that Idaho has an unusual abundance of campers. So at the beginning of the month we started our trip by showing in Sun Valley (where I won Best of Photography), and from there we launched our search. After some hunting in Boise we bought this beauty that would be our home for the next month – a 1971 Timberline that was built in Sandy, Oregon by the Kipers family.


1971 Timberline Trailer

Oakridge Oregon

After picking it up, we headed to Oakridge Oregon to see our friends Ben Beamer, Laura Robson, and Jill Silvey, and found ourselves right in the middle of Mountain Bike Oregon. We jumped in on mess hall duty, helping our friends feed the 500 hungry bike riders, and prepped our new trailer for its upcoming coastal adventure.

Carl G Washburne State Park

With all of the options we magically choose the most beautiful park in the mid-coast of Oregon where we had a week of exploration. We are both in love with our new portable home,  travel trailer camping, and the Oregon Coast. We are looking forward to next summer’s adventure!

Washburn State Park Trail

Trail from our campsite to the beach.

Oregon Coast near Florence

Just a bit of blue sky.

Oregon coast

I was mesmerized by the sound of the waves against the rocks!


We are looking for more camping ideas for next year (both near and far). What is your favorite camping spot?


  1. bigjim January 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    my favorite camping spot is your backyard! xoj

    • Chris January 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

      Yes! Big Jim’s Sports Camper.

  2. Ann Greene January 18, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Our favourite camping spots are right here on Vancouver Island! Come up and visit and we’ll share the secret routes to extraordinary hideaways. Hope you’re continuing to have a wonderful Guanajuato experience and are becoming conversant in espanol! Garry says hello too.

    • Chris January 18, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      Thanks Ann we would love to come for a visit!

  3. Dan Smith April 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Love your enthusiasm for the Timberline! My grandfather was Paul Kipers Sr., the developer, designer, and manufacturer of the Timberline. I was raised in the business but chose a different career path as an educator. I have a renewed passion for RV’ing and specifically Timberlines. They are simply the very best of vintage trailers. Enjoy and encourage others to vintage camp!

    • Chris April 4, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      That is a fantastic family legacy! We praise your grandfather often when we are in in our Timerline. And Paul Kipers Jr (your Uncle?) was very generous with information for us when we wanted to add AC. I just booked the first week of our annual month long excursion today. This summer will be our fourth of living for a month plus in our Timberline while traveling and photographing in the Northwest. Thanks for getting in touch, perhaps we will cross paths in a campground soon.

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