Waving goodbye to 2016!

“Never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life."

 -Dolly Parton

It’s no secret here at Tinker Tin that Dolly Parton means a lot more to us than just a blonde busty little pistol with one hell of a voice. We like to consider her more, as our unofficial life coach. This year and every year we try to follow her words of wisdom, or Dolly-isms! The quote above is one of our favorites- and we used it to continually check ourselves throughout the year.

We love what we do, so it’s hard to always call it work, but even we need to be reminded to take a break from our trailer projects & to hit the road and camp in these little pieces of American history… the way they were meant to be enjoyed!!

2016 has been a year filled with new (well… new for us) trailers, lots of new friends & exciting new adventures (cough cough The Trailer Pond cough cough)! Before we head on down the road to 2017 we wanted to stop & share a few of our favorite Tinker Tin adventures from 2016...

A long time dream of ours has been to open a campsite venue and this year after a lot of blood, sweat and tears that dream came true! Welcome to The Trailer Pond at Alta Colina!

A long time dream of ours has been to open a campsite venue and this year after a lot of blood, sweat and tears that dream came true! Welcome to The Trailer Pond at Alta Colina!

The official Tinker Tin Trailer Park at Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2016! 

The official Tinker Tin Trailer Park at Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2016! 

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The 9th Annual Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally in Pismo Beach, California is the biggest vintage trailer rally in the world! It's our most favorite time of year -  getting to camp with fellow trailer-ites, geek out over trailers and history, meet new friends & more! Come down and check it out this next year on May 20th, 2017! 

The 9th Annual Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally in Pismo Beach, California is the biggest vintage trailer rally in the world! It's our most favorite time of year -  getting to camp with fellow trailer-ites, geek out over trailers and history, meet new friends & more! Come down and check it out this next year on May 20th, 2017! 

Yosemite National Park

We delivered a couple vintage trailers into the Yosemite foothills this summer, then headed straight into the park! The above left photo was taken at Stoneman Meadow in the Yosemite Valley in 1929, the photo to the right we took in the same place on our trip in 2016! Almost 100 years later how lucky are we to be able to enjoy these same incredible views that will forever be preserved!

We took the 1956 Jewel on our Eastern Sierra campout! It's always so exciting hitting the road with these old campers!

We took the 1956 Jewel on our Eastern Sierra campout! It's always so exciting hitting the road with these old campers!

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Dolly Parton floatin' up on stage like the little angel that she is! All our dreams came true this year when we finally got to see Dolly live in our own home town at Vina Robles!!

Trailer life after 5:00! A whole lot of trailers + trail rides + cocktails!

Trailer life after 5:00! A whole lot of trailers + trail rides + cocktails!

Sprucing up the 1958 Kenskill! 

Sprucing up the 1958 Kenskill! 

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"There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling under the stars." - Jack Kerouac

"There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling under the stars." - Jack Kerouac

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Horse camping at Lake San Antonio in the Spring! 

Horse camping at Lake San Antonio in the Spring! 

Photoshoot for Rodeo Quincy & Barrel Horse News in Cayucos, featuring our 1953 Crown vintage trailer and bell tent! It was such a privilege spending the day with our rodeo team girls + Quincy Freeman & Kathryn Barks! Those are some talented lady bosses right there! 

Photoshoot for Rodeo Quincy & Barrel Horse News in Cayucos, featuring our 1953 Crown vintage trailer and bell tent! It was such a privilege spending the day with our rodeo team girls + Quincy Freeman & Kathryn Barks! Those are some talented lady bosses right there! 

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Good times were had by all at the 2016 Ocean Mesa Vintage Trailer Rally! 

Good times were had by all at the 2016 Ocean Mesa Vintage Trailer Rally! 

For the last 7 years Tinker Tin has headed out to Texas for the junk shows! Here's a recap of our 2016 Spring visit! 

For the last 7 years Tinker Tin has headed out to Texas for the junk shows! Here's a recap of our 2016 Spring visit! 

A few of our favorite things....

A few of our favorite things....

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Our feet were sore & our hearts were full after dancing the night away at our 3rd annual Tinker Tin Trailer Prom at BarrelHouse Brewery in Templeton, CA! Trailer Prom was inspired by Junk Gypsy prom in Texas & all the old Texas honky tonks, that we fell in love with years ago on our 1st trip to Texas!! We LoVe loved how the JG Prom brought all the old junkers + junk lovers, plus friends old and new together under the stars for 1 magical night a couple times a year! We wanted to recreate that for the Vintage Trailer community here on the west coast- so Trailer Prom was born! One special night a year, Californian's can now 2 step the night away with fellow junkers, history lovers, and most importantly trailer enthusiasts!!

Our feet were sore & our hearts were full after dancing the night away at our 3rd annual Tinker Tin Trailer Prom at BarrelHouse Brewery in Templeton, CA! Trailer Prom was inspired by Junk Gypsy prom in Texas & all the old Texas honky tonks, that we fell in love with years ago on our 1st trip to Texas!! We LoVe loved how the JG Prom brought all the old junkers + junk lovers, plus friends old and new together under the stars for 1 magical night a couple times a year! We wanted to recreate that for the Vintage Trailer community here on the west coast- so Trailer Prom was born! One special night a year, Californian's can now 2 step the night away with fellow junkers, history lovers, and most importantly trailer enthusiasts!!

The King & Queen of Trailer Prom!

The King & Queen of Trailer Prom!

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To end this little blog, we wanted to say thank you to every ramblin’ soul that has been a small or large part of our adventure this year. We love you and couldn’t do this without you!!

Happy Trails,

Tinker Tin Trailer Co.

Happy New Year!

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Meet our Tinker Tin Team Rider: Kathryn Varian

The Next Generation of the American Cowgirl!

Tinker Tin has sponsored this talented cowgirl for two years now, and we couldn't be prouder to have her represent our brand inside and outside of the arena. You might be wondering how Tinker Tin Trailer Co. and a rodeo cowgirl might go hand in hand, so we thought we would just let one of our favorite historical cowgirls do the explaining. In the words of one of Dale Evers,

“Cowgirl is an attitude. Cowgirl is a pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands. They speak up. They defend the things they hold dear. A cowgirl might be a rancher, or a barrel racer, or a bull rider, or an actress. But she’s just as likely to be a checker at the local Winn Dixie, a full-time mother, a banker, an attorney, or an astronaut.”

This 17-year-old cowgirl fits the Tinker Tin bill to a T with her pioneer spirit and fearless pursuit of success inside the arena and outside of it! Kathryn grew up in Parkfield, Ca. A tiny ranching community with a population of just 18 people. Growing up on her family’s working cattle ranch, the V6, she doesn’t just use her western skills at rodeos but puts them to work on the family ranch as well. In Kathryn's own words, ‘I have been rodeoing since I was three years old and my feet didn't reach past the saddle pad’.

Her years of hard work and dedication for her sport has paid off. Kathryn is currently a junior in high school and has already qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals twice in pole bending. She has traveled all over the US, competing against the top rodeo athletes in the nation and ended up placing 10th at Nationals two years ago. With that level of talent we’d be willing to bet John Wayne himself probably wouldn’t challenge her on horseback (if he were still with us, God rest his soul)!

Check out the Q&A below to learn more about Kathryn!

Q: What events do you compete in?

A: I compete in every girl event. I do barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, team roping, and cutting. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about rodeo?

A: My favorite thing about rodeo is the process: from training horses and spending hour after hour in the practice pen to the rush of adrenaline when I rope a calf. I love it when I figure out something that's wrong, even if its slight, because it makes me feel like I'm getting somewhere.

Q: What are your favorite events?

A: I absolutely love pole bending because my mare Mizzy is as good as they get. When she is making a good run, it feels like we're flying. I also really love breakaway because nothing beats the feeling of roping a calf and hearing the snap of your rope as it breaks away. 

Q: Can you tell me about your favorite horse?

A: Mizzy is an incredible 21-year-old mare that has been born and raised on our ranch. My sister Lauren trained her at the age of nine and rode her for her entire high school career. When she graduated, my dad thought I ought to keep her in the rodeo circuit so as a sixth grader I jumped to a whole new level of a horse. Mizzy can do anything. I breakaway rope, goat tie, run poles, and run barrels on her. She also rides out on the trail and is super great to brand on. She's a once in a lifetime kind of horse and I'm very blessed to be able to ride her.

In the eighth grade my incredible mare Mizzy took me to Des Monies, Iowa for the Junior High School Rodeo National Finals in the pole bending. Then freshman year came and I ended up second in the state on her in the poles and went on to be 10th in the nation at the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR). Sophomore year I ended up the state champion pole bender and went back to nationals.

Q:  What are your proudest rodeo accomplishments to date?

A: In the last few years I have had some pretty great successes. My freshman year I was second in the state in the poles, then went on to be 10th in the nation, and then my sophomore year I won the state in poles. I also won the CHSRA District 7 all around in the 8th grade and was WCJRA all around cowgirl in 2013 and 2016. 

 

Q: What has it been like growing up on your family’s working cattle ranch?

A: There is such a huge variety of things I get to do on the ranch. I meet thousands of people a year that come to our ranch for tourism, get to gather cattle with the entire Varian family, have an unlimited amount of land to hike on, and get to spend my days surrounded by horses... every cowgirl's dream. On top of this, I am taught a range of skills that come along with life on a ranch that I could never learn anywhere else.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about the western way of living?

A: The western lifestyle is the only way of living that is a sport, an occupation, and a style. If you're a carpenter, you wouldn't wear your toolbelt to the bar or spend your Sunday building a house just for fun.

Q: How do you plan to keep the western heritage alive? 

A: I want to educate people about the western life through tourism on the ranch. The closer people are to the land and the livestock, like we are, the more people will love and understand it. 

Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of rodeo?

A: I go to high school in Paso Robles and am currently on the Crimson Newsmagazine staff as a journalist. Crimson has taken me across the nation multiple times and has opened up a whole other world to me. It has showed me how powerful the press can be, even if it is just a high school publication.

Q: What makes you proud to be part of team Tinker Tin?

A: Tinker Tin is an inspiration to me because it shows the power of the entrepreneurial spirit. I hope to one day emulate this lifestyle in the western world.  

Stay tuned to see how our favorite cowgirl does this year!