Saturday, December 26, 2009

Work on the farm!

Been skidding logs with the Farmall out of the woods.

With the ground hard, it's not tearing it up all that bad!

It's nice have the rear hydraulics to lift the log off the ground, it pulls alot easier.

My brother built this about 2 weeks ago. It's three 10 foot bays. This end has a overhang on it, but the other end doesn't so that we can build onto it to put a couple more bays if we need too. On the lower side, we will eventually enclose that with windows to make it a 6-8 foot x 30 foot greenhouse.

This lower side will face the sun in the am. Perfect for a greehouse in the spring.

Well, it's been a while. Been working around the farm some. We just had a fabulous Christmas with the 4 boys getting a ton of stuff - we need to have a garage sale!! I've spent the day skidding a few logs I sawed out of a few downed Hemlock in the woods. The guy that hays our fields has a portable sawmill and I'm hoping he can come over and saw me up some boards for our new 10x30 pole shed that we've put up. Enjoy everyone!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

It's a boy!

Got milk?

Finn Patrick Baker - look at all that hair!


Born around 1050pm on the 3rd of December 2009. A boy! 8lbs 2.1ozs and 21 inches long.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Some pictures from Madison

Forrest McClure sent me a few photos from the International this past summer in June. Thanks Forrest. Enjoy!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Flag Pole holders

Front side of pole holder. Nice welds!

Back side solid plate aluminum.

Another shot of the 5 poler up front with a 3 poler in the background.

I've been asked alot lately about my flag pole holders.. and yes, I still am having them made! I have three, five, and even do a 7 pole holder. Email me at if interested. I offer them in patina or polished. These things are solid and rugged..and shown not polished and will outlast your trailer! They have 1" holes - I use the telescoping 12' painter poles from Lowe's. Christmas is coming - it would make a nice Christmas present.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Our farm

Here is a link to a new "Baker's Acres of Chenango" blog I'm going to be posting on... We're hosting the 1st annual Wally Byam Birthday Bash here on the farm next June - June 24-28. There will be breakfasts, potlucks, a steak and corn dinner, birthday cake celebration and fireworks here on the farm. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The image! The icon! The bike! The Frenchman?

The man on the bicycle is a Frenchman M. Latourneu, in those days a very famous bicycle rider and racer. Wally Byam was an avid fan of bicycles and heard the Frenchman was invited to the United States and it got him to thinking.
Former president of the California factory, Art Costello, called the staff together to discuss an idea. Art and Wally had heard many people say they wanted to travel, but they did not care to have a heavy trailer pulled by their car. Wally remarked, "I've got to show them that an Airstream isn't any such thing as that. If they would
like to travel with an Airstream, it is not a heavy weight to pull with your car. In fact if you wanted to you could pull an Airstream with a bicycle."
Wally located Mr. Latourneu and arranged for him to come to the Airstream factory and bring his bicycle. He arrived on a May morning in 1947 and agreed to take part in the experiment. Then with Wally taking the pictures and the entire staff watching, Mr. Latourneu actually managed to pull the full size travel trailer behind his tiny racing bicycle. Airstream chose this picture as a Trademark in 1947 and it is has been used throughout our Club history. We have seen it on stationery, articles, advertisements, cups, and clothing.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The latest addition to the fleet!

I picked this truck up last week on my way down to Quantico just outside of Harrisburg. It's a 52 Studebaker Pickup model 2R11-22 with a long box and original V8. It's a project for way down the road, but I have one. It was $300. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Picking Apples

Sorry everyone for the long delay in photos... been on the road alot lately for work and not much has been happening in the world of Airstreams lately. Today, was a great family day. We went apple picking up here to Windy Hill Orchards up in Cassville, NY - about 30 miles from our place. It was a blast. The leaves are a turning and the apple picking was great - 1/2 a bushel of McIntosh and 1/2 a bushel of Cortlands - good eating and good for baking. Next week they open their Ida Reds and their trees were just brimming full! Here are a few photos. Enjoy! Oh, by the way, Steve "Dancin Hansen" from Minnesota was the winner of the 1964 Trade Wind raffle the town's Watershed held. Congratulations Steve!

Here we are up in Cassville, NY at Windy Hills Orchard

The Baker Boys out picking apples

Nice shot of the family leaving their market.

Stanton, Bryce and Braedon in front of Zoe's burning bush.

Monday, August 17, 2009

A long day

Yesterday, I departed for Big Run, Pa where the latest Airstream we purchased was located.. ya know, the one I've been eating Crow Stew for... the 73 Sovereign. Well, I drove over, hooked on and rolled! And rolled I did.. about 262 miles worth taking my time and going easy (especially on those PA mountains (and the Suburban knows PA mountains)). So here it is all set up at the Travel Trailer Village here in Dumfries, VA - that's right - I'm staying in it this week. It's very nice - for a 70s... will make the perfect home office. I will admit, I did the 70s fiber optic readout on the rear drivers side that pipes the light from the rear tailights to the side of the trailer so that the driver can see what's happening back there. Pretty ingenious if I do say so myself. More pictures later.. I'm beat and heading to bed!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Stole it!

For $750, can you blame me?

Eating Crow - part II

Yeah, I've got a big fork here.. but look at what this one has on it.. first, it comes with the original aluminum propane tanks - not pictured.

It has one of these on-board 12v propane powered Onan Generators for charging the batteries - perfect for boondocking (which may end up in the SOTR)....

It has a nice little catalytic heater that will take the chill off the office on those chilly fall / spring days.
It has one of these night double step aluminum steps

And it's one of those International models.... love the Red, White and Blue.

Now, for an office, how can I go wrong. Plus, it'll probably be hid in the barn so people don't know I have a 70s Airstream.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Eating Crow

Well, we knew it would not be long... but I've got another Airstream related birthday present coming.. I could not resist this one... and yes, it's a 70s Airstream.. actually a 1973 Sovereign (not of the road) that is sitting in Pennsylvania in a field.. Thanks Marc! This one will be brought back to life while I use it as my home office (Zoe' wants me out of the house)..... So, here are a few pictures.. Plan right now is to go fetch it mid August.. Thanks Zoe' - my fabulous, wonderful, wife.. if she were a Native American - her name would be OneWhoPutsUpWithTons! It is in remarkable condition. Rear twin beds, front gaucho, center bath. It has some hail damage outside but nothing major. We'll also turn this one into a little guest cottage as well for here on the farm.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Here we are on Ole' Smokey!

The boys waiting on the log car!

This past weekend we traveled down to Catawissa, Pa to go to Knoebel's Family Amusement Park.. we LOVE this place. So, on Friday afternoon we departed and headed south. As we were leaving our place, the sky opened up on us and it rained all the way to Scranton... and in Scranton, it was really a deluge!!! I got off of I81 due to the construction and traffic and took the Turnpike there in Clarks Summit and at the first exit, I bailed and headed for US Route 11 south... it was alot of fun in and out of small towns, all the way to Bloomsburg, PA.. where we then headed south to the Springbrook Family Campground. When we pulled in, there was Hunt and Sue Jones of New Jersey waiting.. a pleasant surprise. I knew Jerry and Sonia McConnell were coming too, with their daughter Colleen, who is my son Stanton's age. It turned into rain that night.. so we hit the hay early. The next morning, I awoke to Hunt's 50s GMC rumble and went outside.... Hunt and Sue were headed out.. seems his truck insurance was expiring that day, so they headed for home.. they'd been up to Michigan to the Tin Can Tourists Rally.. and had a blast...we missed you guys. So, around 11am us two families headed for Knoebels.. it was a beautiful summer day and we had fun.. well, my second ride was a motion ride and it took me a few hours to have fun... but I did none-the-less.... for some reason, roller coasters make me laugh... and laugh I did... some say it's screaming like a little girl.. but, I'm laughing - really I am...
Here are a few pictures.... we departed early on Sunday and took our time meandering along in the spitting rain... a nice weekend. Our next outing is our very own 1st Annual Baker's Acres of Chenango Family "Just Camping" Get Together here on our farm, August 7-9. I'm working on getting things ready for it..

Friday, July 17, 2009

My new plaque - sneak peak

A while ago I purchased a "Wally Byam Cravanner's" plaque off Ebay and I had some stickers from it made for our WDCU and joint METRO DETROIT Caravan members. Then, I sent it off the Vintage Trailer Supply (link at left) to have then re-created.. and when I got home from this week's trip, this is what was waiting for me.. it's a nice treat after a red-eye from California. Now, I've got to mount it! Thanks Steve. He'll have them on their web site soon - within the next week I'm told but here's a little sneak peak.