Sep 022010

I guess we’ve finally made the big time. There is at least one You Tube video of our Hoosier Honey beauty contest online. Check it out, and you’ll get a chuckle or two! Just don’t let your kids see it. Not because it’s dirty, but because if they realize how much fun us old farts are having, they might think we’ve lost our collective minds, and try to put us in a home somewhere!

Yesterday was another busy day at the Gypsy Journal rally at Elkhart Campground. We are running five one hour class sessions a day, with four different seminars offered in each session. That’s a lot to choose from! I presented two different seminars yesterday, Cemetery Stories, which tells some of the tales of lost love, mystery, and even humor, that we have found in burying grounds from coast to coast; and 100 Miles From Here, in which I demonstrate how RVers can find all kinds of interesting places to visit, and things to do within a 100 mile circle, from anywhere in the United States. It’s a perfect example of day trip adventures away from the RV park.

I also sat in on Roger Marble’s Genealogy 101Breaking Through Your Brick Walls seminar, and caught the second half of the Kayaking For Beginners seminar presented by Matt Streib, owner of Fluid Fun Canoe and Kayak Sales in nearby Bristol, Indiana. Our rally attendees all seem to appreciate having the opportunity to attend seminars on both RV and non-RV related topics.

At 7 p.m., it was time for our evening entertainment, a concert by the McKinney Washtub Two.


It was a fun filled show, with old songs some of us didn’t even know that we had forgotten, and favorites we all sang along to, interspersed with some comedy songs, jokes, and just an old fashioned good time.


Husband and wife team Whitt and Judy McKinney make music on everything from guitar and mandolin, to washboards, spoons, a flute, and even a kazoo!


They made a lot of new friends and fans with their performance, as was proved when we passed the hat for donations to reward them for their show. We are looking forward to having Whitt and Judy at another of our events in the future.

I was surprised during one of the sing along parts of the show when I realized that the beautiful voice I heard beside me was my good buddy Greg White. Among all of Greg’s other talents, he’s a great singer too! Is there anything that man can’t do?

When the concert ended, we chatted with folks for a while, and then Greg and Jan drove us to a nearby restaurant for dinner. It was after 9 p.m., but during rally week we just can’t get away any earlier. Fortunately, we have so many good friends like Greg and Jan, Mike and Elaine Loscher, Donna and Stu McNichol, and others too many to list, that look out for us and make sure we don’t forget to eat, because we’re so worn out at the end of the day.

Tomorrow is our last full day of the rally. We’ll kick it off with coffee and donuts, courtesy of Explorer Insurance and MorRyde RV Suspensions. I’ll be doing two more seminars today, The Reluctant RVer, which helps new and wannabe fulltimers get over their second thoughts and last minute cold feet; and Laugh Your Way Across The USA, which is brand new, and will be just a collection of the funny and goofy things that have happened to us as fulltime RVers, or that we’ve seen along the way. 

It’s been a busy, fun week, and it’s not over yet!

Thought For The Day – The most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  One Response to “We’ve Gone Viral!”

  1. Almost equally scarey were the words “I’m from company headquarters, and I’m here to help you”. We called them seagulls because they flew in, dropped do-do all over the place, then flew out.

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