The Get’away Gals, an informal group of women from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, gather for different camping trips once a month and visit cities all over the region.
“Canned hams” in tow, the Gals recently came for a weekend of fun, frolicking, and a little fundraising on a remote stretch of the Guadalupe River in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, reports the Houston Chronicle.
The Gals haul their tricked-out vintage trailers to the campsites.
The tiny homes on wheels, which get their nickname from their rounded shape that resembles the tinned meat sold in supermarkets, were manufactured during America’s post-war era when the Interstate Highway System was a novelty and TV commercials exhorted viewers to “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet”—perhaps with a canned ham in tow.
The Get’away Gals recently celebrated their first anniversary at the Lazy L&L campground on a remote stretch of the Guadalupe. The vibe among the 85 or so participants was neatly summed up by the group’s informal motto: “Live, laugh and love to get’away.”
“We have a little over 400 members, and they’re all women: no kids or men allowed,” said Pam Sinclair of Cibolo.
“Most of us are married, and part of the fun is getting away from the husband, the house, the kids, and the pets for a few days.”
There’s no initiation fee and no annual dues.
“All you have to do is attend two campouts to see if you like it, and you’re in,” said Sinclair, who co-hosted the outing with Anne Corzine.
It’s one of many camping groups for women; perhaps the largest is Sisters on the Fly, with more than 2,400 members internationally. Others include Camping Women and RVing Women.
Not everyone arrived in New Braunfels with a canned ham in tow; many traveled in motorized RVs. But there were enough of the vintage trailers that a public tour –a sort of Parade of Two-Wheeled Homes—raised $600 for the Wounded Warrior Project at Fisher House, according to the Houston Chronicle report.
Linda Brede’s 1958 Winnebago is called Norma Faye after her mother, who had “an adventurous spirit.” The Western-theme trailer recalls Brede’s days as a trail rider, sporting larger-than-life images of a Dale Evans-style cowgirl adapted from antique postcards. She decorates the outside seating area with cowboy collectibles such as a lunchbox, a child’s place setting, even a tablecloth.
Brede, who lives in Corsicana (Texas), saddled up with the Get’away Gals because she missed the sitting-around-the-campfire camaraderie of trail riding. Besides, “It’s cheaper than therapy,” she said with a laugh.
With her 1967 Shasta named Moon Beam, Linda Richards re-created the psychedelic ’60s with multicolored flowers and far-out peace signs throughout. Inside the rolling Magical Mystery Tour are plenty of homey photos, paisley-print pillows, and a star-studded ceiling. Groovy!
“I found Moon Beam on Craigslist for $1,800,” said Richards, who lives in Temple (Texas).
“She was sitting on a deer lease, and there was a lot of water damage. I had to take off the skin to replace most of the frame. I just finished it. This is our first outing together.”
Sinclair’s trailer, a burnt-orange-tinged 1961 Nomad called Lil’ Bevo, reflects her obsession with her alma mater, the University of Texas. Dozens of longhorn images decorate the trailer inside and out, including an actual longhorn skull on the front (with eyes that light up) and tail lights made from longhorn-shaped cake molds, the Houston Chronicle reports.
And though Sherry Phelps’ 1962 Terry—more than 22 feet long—was a monster compared to its more compact brethren, the care and detail with which it has been restored let it fit right in. Indeed, the streamlined exterior, bullet wall sconces and gray-and-pink interior would have Don Draper feeling right at home.
“I probably paid too much for it, but when I did, I’d tell people I was buying my next car,” said Phelps, who is from Bartonville (Texas).
The Get’away Gals Camping Club was founded by Dixie Taylor in January 2011.
The club was organized for fun-loving women who enjoy taking a break from time to time to escape laundry, cooking, cleaning, kids, husbands, boyfriends, and bosses.
Motto: “Live, laugh and love to get’away”
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Upcoming Get’away Gals trips include campouts in Longview, during the Great Texas Balloon Race, July 23-29; and Port Aransas, October 11-14.
When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
We think that sums it up rather nicely…
Enjoy and have a safe Memorial Day weekend.