There is an unwritten rule that every RVer knows about, which states that no RV park can be built anywhere in America unless it is within spitting distance of a railroad track. There is nothing like dropping off to sleep after a long day on the road, only to be blasted awake by the Midnight Flyer blaring its horn as it rattles past you. They blow the horn so you don’t think it’s an earthquake when the train bounces you out of bed in the wee hours of the morning!
I know some veteran RVers who can’t go to sleep in primitive campgrounds way out in the boondocks unless they play a tape recording of freight trains to drown out the annoying sound of crickets and birds chirping!
Here at the Yuma Fairgrounds, which is right across the road from the Marine Corps Air Station, airplanes fly by overhead all day long. Menacing looking jet fighters, huge KC-135 tankers, that refuel aircraft in flight, and olive drab helicopters. Folks here at the fairgrounds learn to just ignore the noise, much like RVers ignore trains passing by. Sometimes we have to pause in our conversations, but it’s no big deal. Like I said in a blog last week, that’s the sound of freedom!
This being a military town, we see a lot of Marines in the local stores and restaurants. Anybody who knows me knows that I have the utmost respect for the men and women in our military, and I don’t hesitate to tell them how much I appreciate the job they do for all of us. Whether they are flying those aircraft, working on the flight line to keep them fueled up and ready to go, or sitting at a desk in an administrative job, they are all part of what keeps us secure, and we all owe them our respect and gratitude.
The noise hasn’t bothered our pals Tom and Barbara Westerfield, who are here as part of our advance staff. They are too busy to even notice. Besides helping us with technical duties, printing name tags, planning the parking, and a hundred other tasks, they have put together an excellent seminar on geocaching that I know will be a hit. They will be assisted by some other experienced cachers, Sue Pace, and “Cool Judy” Rinehimer, and between all of those guys and girls, there is an awful lot of geocaching experience. They are even going to place several caches around the fairgrounds for class attendees to find.
No matter how busy we get, there’s always time for dinner with friends. Last night Tom and Barbara, Greg and Jan White, and Terry and I had dinner at Famous Dave’s Barbecue. Here is a picture Barbara took of our group. Tom is in the front right, Jan is in the left front, then Greg, myself, and Miss Terry. Barbara was behind the camera, so you can’t see her smiling dace. Some people say that Greg and I look a lot alike, but I don’t see the resemblance. I’m much prettier!
Now, if you think that all of this dining out is an extravagance, how wrong you are! Part of our job as the advance staff is to find all of the best places to eat, so we know where to send our rally attendees. So while it may look like we’re playing, we’re actually hard at work! At least that’s what I’m telling my accountant!
Miss Terry spent some time yesterday mapping out our indoor vendor area. As of right now we have 51 indoor vendor spaces, and five outdoor vendors! Seeing the map really hit home to me that our rallies are becoming big time events!
Thought For The Day – Some people travel only to look – others to see.