Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Arizona driving tour, day five (part three)

While I loved the town of Bisbee itself, our sleeping accommodations were definitely the highlight (and what brought us there in the first place): The Shady Dell, an RV park equipped with vintage airstreams and trailers.

We stayed in the 1954 Crown, which, according to the website, was "Earl and Marge’s beloved vacation home on wheels for more than 40 years." (I'd love to know more about Earl and Marge, but as of now their identity is a mystery.)

Each of the trailers comes with a small patch of astroturf and my favorite metal outdoor chairs.

I like the hexagonal tiles leading up to the door.

The faded crown logo above the window.

In addition to the astroturf, each trailer also sports a couple of pink flamingos.

The view out the window included some beautiful flowers (as well as Dot's Diner...but that's for another post.)

The view from the back (feels a little like spying).

The keys to the Crown (and the bathrooms).

Each trailer is decorated around a different theme: this one seems to be "red,"* which nicely correlates to the stripe of red on the outside. The cookie jar actually contained a package of Fig Newtons--one of the many cute little touches provided by the Shady Dell. (Do not be alarmed--I am pretty sure the cookie jar is re-stocked regularly. We ate the Fig Newtons days ago and are feeling fine.)

The seating area, where we enjoyed some ice cream later on. (Chips and salsa were also planned but dinner was a little too filling.)

The Crosley radio somehow only plays music from the 40s and 50s. The cups and saucers would have been perfect had we actually brewed up some coffee in the working percolator as planned. The wooden photo album contains messages from previous Crown-dwellers. Apparently this little trailer has seen a lot of action!

One of my favorite things in the Crown was the viewmaster, which contained reels of famous cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.

Other amusements provided in the Crown are a deck of cards and this puzzle that Dave is playing with right now on the cozy (but very comfortable) bed.

This is what I would have liked to have been doing that night (relaxing on the chairs outside the trailer and enjoying a book and probably a drink) but it was just a little too cold outside to do that for too long. We managed to travel to Arizona on the first overcast week in months.

*The red inventory: 2 bath towels, 2 wash cloths, 2 hand towels, 2 mugs, 4 bowls, 2 plates, 2 saucers, 2 metal cups, cherry shot glass, waste basket, cookie jar, cherry curtains, coffee and tea canisters, blanket, outdoor chairs, the base of a container of sugar packets, some kind of wall hanging I can't describe, and the piping on the seats.

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