I have traveled all over the world and seen some marvelous sights in my life, but I don’t think anything compares to a sunset in the Arizona desert. Each one is a masterpiece. I happened to look out the window yesterday evening as the sun was setting here at the Pinal County Fairgrounds in Casa Grande and saw this beautiful sunset. I had to grab a camera and get a quick shot.
We are getting down to the wire on our Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally, and new registrations are coming in every day. I don’t think this year’s rally will be quite as big as last year, but we’ll still have a good turnout.
Several new vendors have registered recently, including Henderson’s Lineup, who specializes in RV suspension systems; M&B Enterprises, which sells diesel engine filters and other diesel performance equipment; Reggie Collins, representing SMI towed vehicle braking systems; Lois and Mort Jensen, selling RV vacuum systems; Donna Tuffenkjian, representing Arbonne skin care products; and Tim and Crystal Ryerson, with inflatable boats and RV interior shades, to name just a few.
Many of our regular vendors will also be here, including Too Crazy Ladies selling name badges; Jaimie Hall-Bruzenak with the RV Author’s Co-op; Phil Botnick doing RV repairs; Mike and Pat McFall with Pressure Pro tire monitoring systems; and Jack Ingle from AON RV Insurance. Those are just a few of the vendors who will be offering some great RV products at the rally.
Yesterday Terry and I ran up to Sam’s Club in Tempe to stock up on rally supplies, including coffee, creamer, sugar and Splenda sweetener, cups, and all of the other things needed for the morning coffee and donuts. We also placed an order with the Casa Grande WalMart bakery for all of the donuts we’ll need every morning.
Just as we were getting back to the fairgrounds and discussing our options for dinner, my buddy Mac McCoy from Fire and Life Safety called to say he was headed to the fairgrounds. I asked Mac if he was buying dinner, and he said yes, so that settled that matter.
Mac is the premier RV fire safety expert in the country, and he will be teaching two of his fire safety classes at the rally. Folks, if you have never been to one of Mac’s classes, you need to make it a priority. And even if you have been to one, it’s never too early for a refresher. The classes are hands-on, and you will learn how to save your rig, and your life, in the event of a fire. We have had two fires in our bus conversion, and we were fortunate both times in that Terry reacted quickly based upon the training she received from Mac, and had them out in seconds.
Thought For The Day – Heroes are the people who do what has to be done, when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
Wow! Is Robert Henderson himself coming from Oregon for the Rally? If so, that’s a real coup – he is so knowledgeable about RVs, and his articles on the RV net blog are super. You really do have top-notch presenters and vendors. Yes, Nick and Terry know how to put on a good show, right down to the drag queen party. See ya!
Nick, you are shameless when it comes to getting a free meal! You should teach a class in that! At least maybe you can teach us, tee-hee!
That’s a great sunset picture. At the rally, you’ll even be able to get some sunrise pictures, too! We know how you love early mornings!
See you in about 10 days.
True. Nick is shameless about wrangling a free meal, but Mac McCoy is a sly old fox.
Mac will charge Nick twice the going rate for whatever Nick buys and then they will be even :).
Just kidding, Mac.