Introducing the Still-To-Be-Named Teardrop!

The Teardrop at the Garden of the Gods, pullout kitchen in the back

Kitchen with propane stove.

Inside. I'm finally organized enough to start taking pictures of the interior. My personal belongings were already pretty minimal, but I took a few loads of things to Goodwill so now everything fits neatly under the queen-sized bed and in the drawers. That's a pop-up skylight. Plenty of headroom in here for short-little me to stand!

The interior is all done in birch. The man who made it, an octogenarian hobbyist, kept a log of the weight of every single component, right down to the door handle. This is the 4th Teardrop he's made, from his own plans, and it's the lightest yet- under 550 pounds!

If you think you've never seen anything like it, you're probably right. The creator, Egon, makes one every year in his garage as his winter project. It's his design – he was a cabinetmaker before he retired – for which he won this "Brightest Idea" award at last summer's International Teardrop Gathering in Minden, Nebraska.

I’ll be in Cerrillos for a few more days, getting organized and then I’m hitting the road. Where? I don’t really know yet. That’s the point. I’ll go where ever the road takes me!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently traveling the backroads from New Mexico to Alaska, writing and living out of a tiny Teardrop camper. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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16 Responses to Introducing the Still-To-Be-Named Teardrop!

  1. kzackuslheureux says:

    So completely stylin’! You must be in a little piece of heaven, right? Good for you, that’s super cool. Since I think it looks like a cute little pigmy hippo, I would offer the name of Talulah. hee hee, Enjoy you Travels! ~KL

  2. Oooh nice! Great pics with the Garden of the Gods as background. Looks beautiful inside. I really like the birch wood.
    I like that you name your home away from home. Does your car have a name, too?

    The outside of your teardrop reminds me of a flying spaceship….how about Starship Enterprise? Or The Intrepid (Traveler)?

    It also reminds me of a Can o’ Spam.

    I’m not sure you would want to give it that name, but it is kind of cute. :)
    It also reminds me of Star Wars’ R2D2.

    ~Lisa
    Tijeras, NM

  3. Max Reynolds says:

    Great teardrop. Congratulations and have fun. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. ehpem says:

    What a fantastic contraption!

  5. fivereflections says:

    I love it – just perfect for you

  6. sandy says:

    I love the way it looks inside, and out!

  7. mjspringett says:

    I hope your journeys keep you near an internet hookup, so you can continue to share with us out here, thanks and bon voyage MJ

  8. A niece named our first teardrop camper Woodrow and thought its shadow looked like a buffalo chasing us. So we named our new one Woodrow II. We haven’t decided what it’s shadow looks like yet, though first impression is like a pig. Can’t wait to hear what name comes to you for yours.

  9. That is really cool. I’m amazed that a queen sized bed fits in there and absolutely love the little pull out kitchen.
    Enjoy it… looks like a great home on wheels:)

  10. And to think I was in Mighty Minden just yesterday… Many older folks have been working and perfecting their craft for years. You can’t beat all they’ve learned–young folk would do well to listen and observe. Great design!

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  14. Sandra says:

    Reblogged this on Yakkergirl's Blog and commented:
    I wish I could do what this woman does ( in my youth, makes me feel like I wasted my youth!)

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