Last night was a heartbreaking night at our house as we sadly said goodbye to our trusty 1967 Aristocrat Travel Trailer. After much thought and a growing family, Steve decided it was time we sell our 16ft RinaCamper with the hopes of eventually (soon) upgrading to a larger trailer. We never had a chance to take Raleigh out in the trailer, but we know it would have been a bit tough in the confined spaces.
Over the past four years, we've put hours and hours into fixing up this trailer to make it a cozy home-away-from-home and that's exactly what it has been for the two of us. We also had the privilege of traveling to some great places and make some wonderful memories with our trusty trailer - Deception Pass, Lake Chelan, Friends of Fitch (Port Gamble), Harstine Island, Whidbey Island and Pullman. Along the way, on each road trip, we'd always receive a honk or a wave from fellow Cougs which always made us extra proud.
Probably the hardest part about selling the RinaCamper was the person we sold it to - he was very nice and was ecstatic to get his hands on an Aristocrat...BUT...
Buyer: So, what's the deal with the Cougars on the trailer?
Steve: Ummm where are you from? (thinking this guy must be from out of state)
Steve: No, I mean where did you grow up?
Steve: The Cougars...as in Washington State University it's where my wife and I went to college.
Buyer: Oh, that's the mascot of the state school? Is it a baseball or football team?
Breaks my heart that the highest bidder on our DIE.HARD.COUG'ED.OUT. TRAILER had no idea what he was truly purchasing. I guess on the brightside, Steve and I know that we won't ever go to Pullman and see the trailer in the tailgating lot as that would probably break our hearts even more.