Favorite Travel Quotes

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
Innocents Abroad

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." -- Fitzhugh Mullan

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

Airstream Life – All About an Iconic Trailer

©Bert Gildart: The current issue of Airstream Life, a magazine devoted to the life style (naturally) of those who love this iconic aluminum trailer, features a number of my images – used to illustrate my story on San Diego.

Condors (5 of 3)

California condor, one of the most beleaguered of birds

The magazine might be described as “slick,” for images are always reproduced with startling clarity.  The magazine is, of course, devoted to America’s most iconic of all trailers, something advertisers recognize.  (Anyone watched recent TV ads for Xarelto, a drug used to prevent the formation of blood clots following surgery?  If so, you’ll notice the ad is continuously back dropped with a happy couple traveling the southwest in their Airstream Travel Trailer.)

I’ve written for Airstream Life since its inception about seven years ago and am the only contributor whose work has appeared in every issue. Rich Luhr is the magazine’s editor and Janie and I have rendezvoused with him, his wife, and his daughter in states that vary from Maine and Florida west to California, Oregon and Montana.

But Janie and I have also used our Airstream as our home while working for other publications and on several books, shown below.  Obviously we love national parks and Rich lists me as a masthead contributor where I receive designation as his national park correspondent.

Appropriately, my story on San Diego mentions national parks, and “America’s Finest City” offers several.  But San Diego is also loaded with state parks, county parks and one of the world’s most successful zoos.

Night life is exciting prompting the title “The Wild Side of San Diego.”  Naturally the story is back dropped by “a couple” in their Airstream (a 30-foot Classic)!

My story, then, discusses Cabrillo National Monument, a whale watching adventure, and a visit to the historic Whaley House, where Airstream friend Bill works as a docent and is himself pictured in my story.  Not surprisingly, perhaps by virtue of the condor image, the story describes the San Diego Zoo, the latter of which has played of major role in restoring this much beleaguered bird.  In fact, when we visited the zoo this past spring, the zoo was celebrating a birthday (the 30th I think) of its efforts to preserve this largest of all world birds.

Because the condor is such a special creature I was delighted the magazine’s layout specialist assigned a full-page display for the image (It was not an easy image to make!). As well, my 20-second time exposure of San Diego at night dominated the facing page, retaining, of course, its horizontal dimensions. All together Airstream Life used seven of my images and with copy spread over six pages.

SanDiegoNight (10 of 1)

City lights of San Diego showing iconic Emerald Plaza


My next story for the magazine is on Canyon Country, and it features some of the same canyons used for the Xarelto ad.  It’s all great stuff so get yourself (Sutton RV) this iconic silver trailer and then learn about all the great places you can explore by reading all the exciting stories in Airstream Life. I understand 2012 was Airstream’s most successful year – ever!



*Bryce Canyon National Park




4th ed. Autographed by the Authors

Hiking Shenandoah National Park

Hiking Shenandoah National Park is the 4th edition of a favorite guide book, created by Bert & Janie, a professional husband-wife journalism team. Lots of updates including more waterfall trails, updated descriptions of confusing trail junctions, and new color photographs. New text describes more of the park’s compelling natural history. Often the descriptions are personal as the Gildarts have hiked virtually every single park trail, sometimes repeatedly.

$18.95 + Autographed Copy

Big Sky Country is beautiful

Montana Icons: 50 Classic Symbols of the Treasure State

Montana Icons is a book for lovers of the western vista. Features photographs of fifty famous landmarks from what many call the “Last Best Place.” The book will make you feel homesick for Montana even if you already live here. Bert Gildart’s varied careers in Montana (Bus driver on an Indian reservation, a teacher, backcountry ranger, as well as a newspaper reporter, and photographer) have given him a special view of Montana, which he shares in this book. Share the view; click here.

$16.95 + Autographed Copy

What makes Glacier, Glacier?

Glacier Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Crown of the Continent

Glacier Icons: What makes Glacier Park so special? In this book you can discover the story behind fifty of this park’s most amazing features. With this entertaining collection of photos, anecdotes and little known facts, Bert Gildart will be your backcountry guide. A former Glacier backcountry ranger turned writer/photographer, his hundreds of stories and images have appeared in literally dozens of periodicals including Time/Life, Smithsonian, and Field & Stream. Take a look at Glacier Icons

$16.95 + Autographed Copy

5 Responses to “Airstream Life – All About an Iconic Trailer”

  1. Adam Says:

    Now that’s tha kind of post that makes a guy smile!

  2. Bill D. Says:

    Thanks, Bert, for your beautifully written and illustrated story, “The Wild Side of San Diego”, which appears in the Fall 2013 issue of Airstream Life magazine.

    It was a joy showing you and Janie the historic and haunted Whaley House in Old Town, San Diego.

    Note to readers:

    1. The following day, Larry and I joined Bert and Janie for a photo shoot at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. See more of the story and our photos, including another stunning close-up of that California Condor:


    2. See Xarelto’s recent commercial that features a couple traveling the Southwest in an Airstream travel trailer:


  3. Ronny Magnusson Says:

    Where are you going to be this week and next?

  4. Bert Gildart Says:

    Bill, thanks for the beneficial additions to my posting on Airstream and its use in the Xarelto ad. And thanks much for the wonderful tour you and Larry provided Janie and me of Safari Park. Wasn’t that an incredible day!

  5. Bert Gildart Says:

    Ronny, we will at home, though we do have some appointments. Always enjoy hearing from you and viewing photos on your Facebook page taken of the wildlife on your farm.