The Story of Moonshadow, Our Vintage 1955 Airstream Overlander.
How it Found Us and Changed Our Lives.
How it all Began
|Circa late 80s Hwy 50 in Nevada|
Spike purchased this Airstream in 1978 from the original owners, Roy and Alice Atkinson who were friends of his. At the time Spike was a young, energetic member of the Nevada Watercolor Society in Las Vegas. Alice Atkinson, octogenarian fellow Society member was as enthusiastic about painting on location as Spike. He often took her along on short painting excursions in his Land Cruiser. Their friendship developed over several years of painting together.
Spike had been talking with the Atkinsons about his idea of getting a pop-up tent trailer to use on longer painting trips. One afternoon Roy told Spike he wanted to show him something. They walked from the mobile home where Roy and Alice lived to a storage yard at one end of the trailer park. Roy pointed to an Airstream trailer parked amongst other RVs, boats and old cars.
“That’s what you should have, something like that Airstream. How'd you like to own that?” he asked.
Spike, then a commercial artist with a young family to support replied “Dream on!” There was no way he could afford such a nice trailer.
“How much have you saved to get one of those pop-up things?” Roy persisted.
Spike told him he had about $600.
“Well, that's my Airstream, so let me ask you again, how'd you like to have it?”
“Are you kidding, how much do you want for it?”