Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Update on the fun-loving 'Sisters on the Fly' and their vintage trailers

Maurrie, Sister #1 (left) and Becky, Sister #2
The 2014 season will be The Sisters on the Fly's 16th year of: "Offering empowerment and sisterhood through exceptional outdoor adventures.

Maurrie Sussman of Phoenix, Ariz., and her real-life sister, Becky Clarke of McCall, Idaho, are the driving force behind Sisters on the Fly, a unique group of women who love to fly fish, ride horses and caravan with vintage trailers.

It all began in the summer of 1999, when Becky and Maurrie were sitting on a drift boat in Montana. “We were happily drinking a glass of wine in celebration of catching an 8-pound Brown trout,” recalled Maurrie, “and we thought it would be fun to share this with friends.”

Since then their “sisterhood” has grown to more than 4,000 women ranging in ages from 21 to 95. “We are average women having extraordinary adventures,” she said.

Sisters on Caravan.
"Along the way we decided it would be much more fun to outfit some vintage trailers and drag them down the road with us," said Maurrie. "How good it is to fall into your own feather bed at the end of a long day of fishing and wake to the smell of coffee right outside your door in the morning. Pretty good, I’d say."

 A number of the rigs are from the 1950s and '60s and range from 12 to 16 feet. Models include Shasta, Scotsman, Aloha, Airstream, Scotty, Holiday, Aljo, Leigh, Crown and Empire.

“These trailers took on personalities of their own, and that of their owners," said Maurrie. "They are proudly, and some fantastically, decorated with kitschy themes and love.”

There are a number of Caravan Events on the books for 2014 including:
May 9-13, 2014Mazie's 95th Birthday Bash 
June 5-12Cowgirl College
July 25-28Grammas on the Loose 
July 31-4Montana Rivers of Awe 
August  9-14Fishing School 101  
August 22-28Cowgirl Boot Camp 
Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2014Dude Ranch Retreat 
September 15-20Epic Glacier & Craig Trip 
October 4-8Couples on the Fly 

Maurrie and Cowboy
The one-week Cowgirl College, set for June 5-12, 2014, "Is pure heaven for all cowgirls and I mean pure heaven. You don’t need to know how to be a cowgirl, but it helps if you know the front from the back of a horse," said Maurrie.

You can reach them through their Web site, You can join this incredible group of women for an annual fee of $60.

Photos: Courtesy of Sisters on the Fly.

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