Blown Away

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 222011

I was up later than is normal even for me on Sunday night, talking to my daughter via Facebook messenger. Tiffany has been dealing with some issues lately, and even though she’s a grown up lady with two little ones of her own, sometimes a girl just needs her dad. 🙂 I’m glad that, no matter where we may be traveling in our RV, we can be in contact thanks to the wonders of modern technology.

I got to bed about 3, then tossed and turned as I went over our conversation in my mind. Finally I got up about 4:30, took a shower to try to help me unwind, and went back to bed. The wind had been blowing hard all day, and during the night it picked up even more, which made our window awnings and slide covers rattle and make a lot of noise. So there wasn’t much sleep to be had.

During the day yesterday, the wind never let up, with gusts reported over 55 miles per hour. At one point a 55 gallon plastic trash can came bouncing across the campground and slapped the side of our Ford Explorer. Fortunately it just scuffed the paint a bit, and I think we can rub it out.

In the early afternoon, Greg and I went up to the fairgrounds office to pay for another week’s camping fees. The fellow in the office was the same one I talked to about holding a future rally here, and he showed us the buildings that are available. We are already locked in for Yuma again next year, but if the fairgrounds board can make the numbers work, maybe in 2013, we will give Tucson a try.

It may seem that we’re jumping the gun planning so far ahead, but that’s what it takes. RV rallies don’t just happen overnight. They take a lot of planning and work long before the actual rally dates. We just finished with our Yuma rally, and I’m already hard at work on our Eastern rally, which will be at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina, Ohio September 26-30. I have also locked in entertainment for next year’s Arizona rally. David Bradley, who was such a hit in Yuma last year, will be back to entertain the crowd next year.

Speaking of the Arizona rally, the official numbers were 176 RVs at the rally. That’s quite a bit down from last year’s 221 rigs, and I don’t know what accounts for the decrease in attendance. High gas prices? Something we’re doing wrong? We’ll be thinking about that as we plan future events.

Anyway, back to the present. All day long the wind roared, and the dust was so thick that there were times when we couldn’t see the line of RVs facing us from right across the street. I sure was glad we were not out on the highway in our motorhome in that mess! We’re still finding fine grit inside our Winnebago from the terrible dust storm we got caught in last year on Interstate 40.

About 3:30 we drove into town to do some banking, then stopped at the post office and K-Mart. It’s no high profile motorhome, but with our two kayaks on the roof, the Explorer got pushed around in the wind quite a bit. We stopped to pick up Beverly, then met Greg and Jan at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Terry and I discovered Five Guys a couple of years ago and it has been a favorite of ours ever since. Beverly, Greg, and Jan had never been to one yet, but all three gave it their stamp of approval.

While we were at the restaurant, Tiffany called to give us the latest news on results from some surgery she had last week, and about the time I hung up with her, Beverly’s daughter, Becky, called to say that she was having contractions and was headed for the ER. On the way, she dropped her two girls off at the restaurant, and I was really impressed with how well behaved they were as they had their dinner and talked about the new baby soon to join their family. (Beverly called later in the evening to say that it was a false alarm, and Becky was back home.)

It was starting to rain as we left the restaurant, and after dropping Beverly and her granddaughters off at her house, we returned to the fairgrounds, where we spent the rest of the evening listening to the rain hitting the sides of our motorhome. Sometime around midnight the wind finally tapered off, and I hope we’ve seen the last of it for a while. I’m tired of being blown away every time I step outside.

Thought For The Day – Ham and eggs: A day’s work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.

Nick Russell

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

  6 Responses to “Blown Away”

  1. I don’t know how many rigs canceled at Yuma because of the high wind.

  2. I don’t know how many rigs canceled at Yuma because of the high wind. We’re at Bullhead City sitting in a campground called Ridgeview which describes it perfectly. We had all kinds of crud blowing up here.

  3. Nick Fat chance of your being blown away. LOL

  4. The wind certainly had something to do with it.

    But, how about marketing? I’m sure you send an e-mail to all who attended the previous year but how else do you advertise?

    I’d also like to see your list of vendors and list of seminars earlier than you posted them this year. That might help those who have signed up convince others to go. Often, until someone sees a list of what will be going on, they won’t sign up. Then it becomes too late and they make other commitments.

  5. Hi, Nick & Terry – NO WORRIES about ‘doing anything wrong’ – The western rally in 2010 was terrific and we planned to attend this year too. However, as you know, family and other stuff can get in the way of most any plans, and we spent the rally week dashing to/from Phoenix for a variety of reasons. Your rallies are GREAT – keep doin’ what yer doin’ !!! Thanx, L ‘n D

  6. Hi Nick & Terri,

    Just wanted to say thanks again for the terrific rally. Once again your attendees came through for us and we had a successful and fun time.

    We also wanted to express our support for moving the rally to Tucson. It’s one of our favorite places. And by the way, if you’re going to be around Prescott anytime soon, let us know, it would be fun to get together.

    All the best to you.

    Kim & Don

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