Airstream trailers visit Westside

       An American tradition in traveling found its way to the Colorado Springs Westside over the past week. The fifth annual Rocky Mountain Vintage Airstream Club Rally brought scores of the distinctively curvy shaped trailers to the Garden of the Gods Campground on West Colorado Avenue, which the visitors used as a base of operations from Aug. 5-10.
       The Schmitz family was one of the campers, driving in from Kansas City, Mo., with their two young children. They own a 1959 Airstream that they bought three years ago. This was their second straight year coming to the rally here.
       In addition to enjoying the local climate and the attractions, Chuck Schmitz said a draw for him is getting to meet some of the “certified characters” that chance the open road to attend the rally. “It's like a screening process,” he said. “Something always breaks and you have to go look for parts.”
       His wife, Lisa, said she enjoys the “nostalgia of the '50s, that lifestyle.” And inside the silver trailer, “everything is just real compact and efficient.”
       Airstreams have been built since 1931, according to the company website.

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