We were so happy to finally get a chance to meet Howard and Linda at the Florida RV Super Show in Tampa, Florida on January 13, 2011...we felt like we were meeting celebrities and were a little star struck! In 2012 they came "out west" and scheduled the Fall Education Rally in Oregon. We quickly registered for the September rally (click here to take you to that blog post). That rally was the birth of many wonderful, lifelong friendships. Each year since, we have re-connected with these friends and have met many more. Such a wonderful community of like-minded RV'ers!
The Boondocking Rally is the first of three rally's that Howard and Linda have planned for this year. The next one is a Reunion Rally being held in Pahrup, NV at the end of March. Unfortunately, it is too late in the season for us since we have to be back in BC by March 30. They are also having a Spring Education Rally in Pahrup in April. It seems about half of the rally attendees are experienced
boondockers like us, so it's kind of turned into a bit of a reunion meet and greet rally for us.
Now...on with the week...
Sunday morning as we were packing up, Larry and Judi stopped by to say goodbye. It was great seeing you both! Enjoy the rest of your time in Yuma and safe travels home next month. Once we were hooked up and ready to pull out, we gave Red and Pam big hugs...it has been wonderful spending time with you both again! And Steve is happy to now be the proud owner of 2 RC planes...finally! See you next year!
It was a beautiful travel day as we headed north on hwy 95. We even saw a group of burros standing by the side of the highway...thanks for the heads up, Vicki! (They were also going to the rally and were about about 10 minutes ahead of us)...
Monday we met my brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Suzanne, at Silly Al's for lunch. They were on their way back to Indio after spending a few days visiting friends in Phoenix. They, too, will be heading back to BC soon. Great seeing you both...we'll catch up again next month in Victoria.
Now that's a big circle!
We were both just about to go outside and relax in the shade when Allen came over...we had mentioned that we would love to see inside their new motorhome, so he had come down to invite us for a tour. He and Donna had recently purchased a park model home in Yuma where they plan to make their "home base" in the winter...so they also decided to trade their bigger motorhome in for something a little smaller. Its just over 30 feet long...and very nice! Congrats guys!
We sat outside in the shade for the rest of the afternoon...I was knitting and Steve reading. Rick and Kathy, fellow Canadians from Ontario, came over and joined us for a nice chat. Neither he or I remembered to bring out our cameras...sheesh!
After our visit with Rick and Kathy, we popped over for a quick visit with Kelly and Darrell and their friends, Terry and Betty (also from BC) and then it was time for dinner...love having dinner pretty much ready from the slow cooker! Afterwards, everyone gathered back around the campfire...they have 3 of them going to accommodate so many folks.
Wednesday morning at 10:00 both Steve ad I went out to attend the second seminar, power management and battery maintenance. Their seminars are always well received, informative and easy to understand.
Around noon Steve took advantage the calm winds and went out to fly his RC planes. I tagged along with the camera. He is "powering" up his Apprentice...
A little ways past Parker, we turned left onto Golf Course Drive...
It was a pretty warm day out in the sunshine, so a bunch of us gathered in shade between Pat and Bridget's rig and Bill and Kelly's. Howard and Linda also joined us. Left to right...you can barely see Nick, Howard, Pat, (empty chair is Pam's...thanks for taking the picture, Pam!), Red, Steve, me, Jodi, Bill, Vicki, Harry, Kelly, Bill...and Linda's back...
The tour lasted almost 2 hours...a little long to be standing in the hot sun...but very interesting nonetheless. We even found out more history about it...quite the stories!
As we headed out, a cold beer was mentioned...and the decision to go to Beer Belly's for lunch was made. Pretty sure this will be our very last visit there but I guess you never know...LOL. The menu selection had been reduced due to the end of the season but there was still live music...and folks dancing...
Just after 4:00, I figured I had better get home and prepare my dish for the second potluck being held tonight. Any RV-Dreamers in the area that were not attending the rally were invited to the potluck. Bob and Karen as well as Ruth and Dale joined in...too bad Les and Sue had other plans tonight!
Sure enough, it started to rain around noon and had cooled right down! So Steve and I sat inside...he was on his iPad and I was crocheting.
The activity for today was a trip out to the Desert Bar, with everyone leaving at 2:00. We were going to grab a ride with Harry and Vicki but, with it raining out, I sent a message to them to see if they still wanted to go. With 60% chance of rain in Parker, we decided to cancel. We've been there many times...including once this year already...so it wasn't a big deal to us to cancel. I feel bad for the folks that have never been and still went in the rain...it is quite the experience and SO much nicer in the sunshine!
So basically we had an inside day today. By late afternoon, Steve decided that since the rain had stopped and the wind had died down, it was time to take his RC planes out again. I sat crocheting...and Pam joined me for a glass of wine, so we sat together crocheting and chatting. Going to miss her and our little "stitching" get-togethers!
Sunday Steve was up and out early to take advantage of calm early morning wind...he managed to get a number of flights in with both of his RC planes.
It was nice to see a return of the sun after yesterday's blip. Mid morning Steve went with Red and Stan to Blythe to the hardware store for some brackets he needed to store his planes in the truck box. While he was gone, I worked on this blog update and then walked down to hear the end of today's seminar (boondocking resources) and any announcements Linda may have. After chatting with a few folks, I headed back, had a bite to eat and then took my crocheting outside to sit in the shade. Pam joined me and we sat chatting and crocheting.
After a stop in Q at the Yacht Club for lunch, the guys returned...and got to work on Steve's project. Unfortunately Steve couldn't find brackets that met his specs so the ones he got had to be cut shorter and reassembled so that he could still drive the quads out. He had a little help from Red, Stan and Pat...thanks guys!
Steve has resisted for years drilling anything into the beautiful wood panels
Leslie joined Pam and I...
By the time the demonstration was over, it was campfire time...we went home, changed into warmer clothes and headed back out to enjoy the evening. It is the last official night of the rally...although a number of rigs pulled out today. It has been a great week...and wonderful having Howard and Linda back "out west"! The RV Dreams family continues to grow and so does our contact list!