Enchanted Trails

The Enchanted Trails RV Park and Trading Post was an oasis in the middle of the desert for me. After a stressful day I finally had a warm place to sleep, wifi, showers, laundry. It was a luxury I didn’t think would even be possible before I got to Texas!

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Vickie put me up in a trailer named Della, a 1974 Silver Streak. I walked in and collapsed on the floor from happiness, exhaustion, and the weight of the sheer road magic that was just bestowed on me. An overwhelming wave of relief washed over me all at once. I was terrified, drained, and overjoyed at my dumb luck.

 

 

Once I finally picked myself off the floor and explored all the little details of the trailer. I found a decorative plate of the State of California, which was beyond perfect. Instantly I thought, “This is meant to be.” An incredible turquoise sectional couch took up the front part of the trailer. The 70s vibe was fully accentuated by the slick atomic print curtains. There was vintage travel magazines, more decorative plates (one that even said “Bless This Trailer”), vintage board games, ceramic pink flamingos, and even an entire set of vintage melamine dishes and cups in the cupboards!

As soon as I was finished exploring my trailer, I went outside to explore the rest of this magical place. Enchanted Trails has seven different vintage trailers (including Della) that you can rent very affordably during the spring and summer months. They are all equally adorable and look amazing all parked right next to each other. Some of them even have matching vintage Hudson cars parked next to them!

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The main building has very toasty bathrooms and wonderfully hot showers! There is also a marvelous rec room filled with vintage Route 66 memorabilia, a game room with retro arcade games, and a TV room too! The laundry room is also filled with vintage laundry equipment that is beyond adorable. In the summer you can also take a dip in the lovely pool as well!

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However, even if you’re not staying at Enchanted Trails RV park, don’t forget about their Trading Post! They have quite a delightful gift store that’s fun to visit even on its own. There’s a lot of unique souvenirs and chachkies that really have a retro, glory days of Route 66, trailer park living theme to them.

I cannot tell you enough how much I loved my time at Enchanted Trails. Vickie was extremely generous and let me stay in Della for four nights, even though I was planning on only staying for one! I don’t know if I would have made it through those four days without her kindness and endless generosity.

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The amazing thing that I realized though is that this kind of road magic is normal for Route 66. We’re all humans and we’re all on this planet together. What most people on the mother road realize is that it’s infinitely easier to be nice to people than not. It’s easier to be kind, generous, and helpful no matter the person’s politics, religion, or values. You would think that taking a long road trip by yourself would be isolating, but it really almost shows you how connected and similar we all are. We’re truly all in this together.

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Ode to a Walmart Parking Lot

The duality of life in America is perfectly exemplified by a Walmart parking lot.
A sight for sore eyes after driving all day, you cruise around to find the perfect spot to call home for the night.
Not too close, but not too far from the main entrance either.
Close enough to the truckers, but far enough so that the sound of their engines idling all night is just a soft background hum.
You claim your stake, settle down, and listen to the sounds around you.

The sounds of real life America.
Families going to shop for their groceries for the week.
Teenagers hanging out and causing trouble.
Some cars drive by with a sappy, mellow tune barely audible, and others make everything vibrate around them from their turned up bass.
Minivans, big lifted trucks, adventure rigs, RVs, beater sedans, daily drivers and everything else in between is in this lot.

Perhaps there exists no better representation of what America really is than a Walmart parking lot.
People from all walks of life, all different values, beliefs, religions, theories, economic backgrounds, families, languages, races, colors, lifestyles, genders, sexualities, identities, cultures, experiences, and infinite amount of differences are here.
They all are valid here, they are all provided the same thing.
Just a safe place to park, be it for an hour or for the night.

Yes, the experience is different for all.
Yes, sometimes it’s less safe than others,
Yes, there’s better places to park out there.
Yes, their business practices are less than admirable, to say the least.
Yes, people are constantly coming and going.
Yes, it’s loud.

But they are open to everyone.

Isn’t that what makes any country great?

Go sit in a Walmart parking lot and tell me what you see.