Introducing our 2002 Chinook Destiny
Back in July, when our life couldn’t get crazier, I found this little darling on Craigslist in Abbotsford, BC.
There is a background story, as there usually is. A few years ago, I started looking for a small motorhome that I could take on summer adventures with the dogs when Paul was working. I had already decided to practice retirement by taking summers off. Yes, I could take the Airstream, but it was too much trailer for me to take alone. The thought of backing it up by myself frightened me. Yes, I did take my little boler on solo adventures, but I must admit, I missed the amenities of my Airstream.
About 3 years ago, I narrowed my search to a Vixen. One day, I was driving to work early in the morning. Thank goodness there wasn’t any traffic, because I got totally distracted by what looked like a massive Delorean. I had just enough time to catch its name. I even joined the Vixen Owner’s Association to help me find one. I wrote about meeting a member of the club here: https://atomicpod.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/fox-hunting-and-vancouver/
Alas, I could not find a reasonable Vixen, but I knew I wanted something fibreglass. Then, I discovered Chinook motorhomes late last summer, and the search was on. From October 2016 – June 2017, I only saw 3 for sale in all of Canada. When this one was listed, I knew it was my Destiny (pun intended). I sent a deposit immediately, and Paul booked a one-way plane ticket to Abbotsford. It was just as beautiful as the pictures, so he drove it home. I prefer my wines oaky, but not my furnishings. Nevertheless, this is a lovely motorhome.
The day after he arrived home, my boler sold, so it was a bittersweet day. I owned my boler for 19 years, and I feel it contributed to defining who I am today. The following week, we attended the annual bolerama (Prairie Egg Gathering), but this time with a moulded fibreglass motorhome.
People often wonder if we are going to sell the Airstream. I believe I will always have an Airstream — maybe not the one we have, but I love Airstreams. Our current Airstream is a little small for full-time living. The Chinook is just a fun little getaway B+ van. However, we have decided to take the Chinook rather than the Airstream down into Mexico this winter. It will be more nimble.
On December 4, I finished my last day of work. Student numbers were higher than expected, so I had to return for one final term. On December 11, we left Saskatoon to start our soft retirement. Our little Snow Melter will take us away this winter!