Sunday, November 3, 2013

Glamping Gipsy-Style

Sorry to introduce Gipsy the Teardrop to Hillcrest Cottage Life in such an abrupt way, but I must. 

I had planned on a showing her make-over which has been happening since she came to Hillcrest Cottage last July. Her 1946 vintage self still has a long way to go before she is finished... but, fall in Arkansas is prime camping season, so... ready or not... she took to the very winding Ozark back roads for her inaugural "glamp" out.

There's so much to tell, it is best for the words to be few.

Say "hello" to Gipsy the Teardrop.

Green tea time... even in the forest.

My commercial for Mexican Coke with real cane sugar... bottles only.

It's all about the company...

... and the food (juicy, tender steaks and grilled veggies)...

...And the peaceful fire... s'mores, too...

...Also, the hot coffee and the bacon. (Okay... so we ate a lot.)

On the way home, there was a quick stop at my forefathers' hometown... Clarksville, Arkansas.

You know it's a small town when pumpkins on the courthouse steps survive.

One of my relations planted all the trees which surround the courthouse.

The long and winding road back to civilization.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How much sleeping space does Gipsy have inside?
Answer: More leg room than our antique double bed at home. Also has a handy shelf for storage and lots of head room.

Question: Was it cold inside since it was 33 degrees that night?
Answer: No, with two comforters, and the little window was even open, the temperature was very toasty.

Question: How much "work" has Gipsy had since you acquired her?
Answer: Tons. We are doing the work ourselves, with initial help by awesome brother-in-law. There are many more work days ahead. I didn't realize how much time her restoration would take.

Question: Could she be towed by a car smaller than your Expedition?
Answer: Absolutely. Gipsy is very light.

Question: Where did you get the name "Gipsy"?
Answer: Glad you asked! "Gipsy" by the Ink Spots was the number one hit in 1946. Also, taken from nickname of English evangelist Rodney "Gipsy" Smith who said:
"There are five gospels of Jesus Christ—Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and you, the Christian.  Many people will never read the first four."


  1. Love, Love, love all of the pictures!!!!