Retro Camping at the Lakedale Resort
While trying to plan an entirely different trip, I stumbled across a glamping and camp ground off the coast of Washington State on San Juan Island that has an Airstream Trailer (camper) that is parked lakeside and restored and can be rented out by the night. I was so enchanted by the possibility of getting to stay in an Airstream without having to own one that I abandoned my original plans and worked out all the details that would put us on this Pacific Northwest island in the sunny summertime in a glorious restored Airstream.
We really, really love the way they look. Vintage, but cool and modern at the same time. Boyd has even tried to come up with excuses why he needs one parked in our back yard. “It could be my office!” was his last sorry attempt to justify a camping trailer for a non-camping family.
So I booked our trip at Lakedale.
Two glorious nights in an Airstream at the Lakedale Resort & Campground on San Juan Island.To me, just being there and doing something different that we have always dreamed of doing was going to be the fun part, but before we left, Boyd’s creative wheels immediately started turning and pretty soon I noticed a small pile of things starting to accumulate. Things like his dad’s fishing poles & some old webbed yard chairs. A Scrabble game from his childhood that I didn’t even know we had stored away in our basement.Old sunglasses
& some clothes he found at a re-sale shop. I finally asked him what in the world he was doing since he doesn’t fish and we don’t play scrabble and what in the world are those women’s clothes for?“Airstream Trailer Vintage Vacation Photo Shoot!” is what he excitedly proclaimed. I thought it sounded fun until it dawned on me that I wasn’t going to just be helping to take photos, but that he would be dressing me up in vintage garb and taking my picture. He even brought a vintage Argus C3 35mm Rangefinder ‘brick camera’ for a prop and to take some of the photos with. I had no idea that old decoration we picked up at a garage sale years and years ago even worked?!.
Isak, on the other hand, was totally into it. He loves taking photos and Boyd decked him out with a cool James Dean kinda look and they had a blast. Our van ended up breaking down during our trip, so I volunteered to deal with that which successfully got me out of a whole bunch of the photos and left Isak to be the main subject — which was A-O-kay with me.
The Lakedale Resort was a fantastic place to stay.
Everyone was wonderful, from the General Manager to the guy who brought our firewood to our campsite. They even helped us store all our props and bikes when we had to unexpectedly empty our van and leave it in at the service center in town.
Our Vintage Vacation had some bumps and changes-of-plans along the way, but we just kept re-grouping. Thanks to the truly amazingly gracious staff at Lakedale, it ended up being better, in a lot of ways, than I could have ever imagined. Not only do we have great memories of our summertime excursion, but we also have a collection of really fun photos from our Vintage Vacation.