29 Mar

A Trailer Story

The Avion trailer of Gail Bable and her husband is a labor of love and a work in progress. Gail and her husband found the trailer on Craigslist only an hour and a half from their home base of Ohio. Gail and her husband own a Fifth Wheel for long trips but their favorite way to camp with their grandchildren is in their vintage Avion. Gail also recently purchased a vintage pop up for her Girl Camper travels!

Gail's favorite camping buddies, the future girl campers, granddaughters Kat and Scarlett!

Gail’s favorite camping buddies, the future girl campers, granddaughters Kat and Scarlett!


The 1966 Avion is 28′ long with plenty of room to move around.


Gail and her husband bought their trailer from the original owners and its 50 years young. They sanded and refinished all of the cabinets.


The twin bed models are a great floor plan for traveling with multiple generations.


The Avion has a rear bathroom. These beds look so cozy for sleeping late, rainy afternoons and snuggles with Grandma!


Unlike their shiny cousin the Airstream, the Avion’s aluminum is anodized and will never be shiny.


The 28′ trailer was a part time residence in Florida for the previous owner who took out the fridge and replaced it with a full size one. That comes in handy when Gail uses it at Beaver State Park where she works and lives as a camp host from April to November.


29 Mar

Girl Camper #25 Solo Women Travelers Q & A

On this week’s show my guest is Ginny McKinney. Ginny is a solo woman RV traveler and she will be answering listener questions about traveling alone in an RV. Ginny was my guest on episode 5 of the podcast where she talked about the loss of her husband Dan and how traveling with the sisters on the fly helped her to learn the ropes of RV travel. Ginny writes a blog on travel and navigating widowhood on Facebook called Marshmallow Ranch. In the News Roundup I chatted about my trip to the Western North Carolina Gear Fest where the Blue Ridge Chair Works company’s handmade chairs were on display. Alan Davis, the company’s founder donated a Blue Ridge chair to a lucky listener. To qualify go to www.girlcamper.com and register for the blog alerts. I also have a new blog post out for Go RVing featuring my new friend Linda Henderson and her beautiful pictures of her native Arkansas.

22 Mar

Beautiful Blackwater Falls West Virginia

On this week’s show, Matt Baker, Superintendent of Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia gives us an insider’s view on the most visited park in the state. He talks about the many hats he wears as the Superintendent and what his favorite job perk is. Janine also discusses her trip to Blackwater Falls and the surrounding area including her meeting with local pottery artist, Ben Nelson. Ben will be “throwing”  the new Girl Camper coffee mugs on his wheel in his shop, “MUD”  in Thomas, WV. Listener emails are also answered.

15 Mar

Girl Camper #23: Thinking About Buying a Trailer?

On this week’s episode the talk is all about buying a trailer. I’m going to break it down for girl campers and give some food for thought.  Before you make a big purchase you might want to ask yourself a few questions; How many people will be using it? Where will you park it? Do you know what your camping style is? Tune in and find out! I will also be chatting about the Philadelphia RV show and my guest blog for the Sisters on the Fly’s, On Age and Attitude feature. I also share the story of 90 year old Norma who opted out of cancer treatment and decided to hit the road in an RV with her son and daughter in law.

Driving Miss Norma

Spring Gulch RV Campground

Timothy Lakes Campground


13 Mar

On Age and Attitude

The sisters on the Fly were nice enough to ask me to guest blog for them on their site’s “On Age and Attitude”  blog spot. I was so happy to do that because the older I get the more I feel that age really is just a number. The Sisters on the Fly prefer to think of themselves as ageless. If not ageless, then co-founder Maurrie Sussman says she’s 12! ” Twelve was my favorite age. We were in awe of everything! We had no boobies yet, hadn’t been kissed yet and boys were a pain!” Pretty much sums up 12 in our day. 

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Maurrie Sussman, co-founder of Sisters on the Fly, who began fly fishing when her kids left the nest.

This week I read about 90 year old Norma who refused cancer treatment and instead sold everything show owned and with her son Tim and daughter in law Ramie, took off to see the country in a 36′ motorhome. Now that’s age with attitude! That’s the kind of woman I want to grow up to be! Her son started a Facebook page, Driving Miss Norma chronically all of her excellent adventures. She is proof that age really is what you make it. I imagine Miss Norma has always been a lady with a good attitude that took a pragmatic look at life and said, “oh well!” to things she had no control over.  I’ll wager she  “moved on” from life’s disappointments, not wasting time with “should’ves and could’ves.” Thank you Norma for reminding me that I have to start now becoming the woman I want to be when I am 90!

Miss Norma

I am following Miss Norma and hoping to be just like her when I grow up!

Read my guest blog for Sisters on the Fly

Read about Miss Norma