Thursday, June 2, 2011

Farewell RinaCamper

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)
Buyer: Olympia
Steve: No, I mean where did you grow up?
Buyer: Olympia
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?
Steve: Yes...

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.

7 comments:

Alexis Gradwohl said...

What a jack ass. I would have loved to see Steve's face when he was having this conversation. Congrats on selling it, and can't wait to see the new one!

Courtney said...

Ha! Was just reading this post aloud to Nick...he's wishing we would have bought the Rinacamper :)

Megan, Ryan & Addi said...

It's the end of an era! I cannot believe the RinaCamper is gone! So many memories for you guys in that little camper, but you will make many more in RinaCamper 2.0! I am a bit disappointed that your beloved camper was sold to such a dumbie though...

Marge said...

I am so sad.... good times in the RinaBega.... look forward to the next generation in the future!

Tara Holmes said...

That is like a death in the family. I am sorry for your loss. :( Here's to a new and better Rinacamper in your future.

Brady Andrew Weedin said...

Oh my gosh I can't believe that dude!! Crazeballs...I'm bummed I won't get to see the RinaCamper when you come in July but excited about the possibility of a new one!!

Lyndsy said...

Sadness! Although i cannot wait to see what you guys do with Coug Trailer 2.0!