Well, all of the weeks of planning and preparation are behind us, and today is the day the Early Birds arrive at the Yuma Fairgrounds for our Fifth Annual Western Gypsy Gathering RV Rally! We know we have a long, hard day ahead of us, but at least the weatherman is not predicting the severe storm we had to deal with last year on Early Bird day. Here is a link to my blog about that misadventure, in case you weren’t here for all the fun!
Miss Terry, myself, Tom and Barb Westerfield, and Greg and Jan White have been here for over a week as the rally advance staff, and yesterday afternoon the rally parking crew arrived, to be on hand to greet today’s arrivals. I’m not exactly sure how many rigs came in, but hopefully we have enough folks to get the job done in the most efficient way possible. Here are some of the parking crew’s rigs, staged to dry camp overnight.
An army travels on its stomach, and so does any gathering of RVers, so my buddy Dennis Hill from the RV Driving School had volunteered to host a pot luck dinner for the parking crew, featuring his famous butt. Well, not exactly his butt, but his famous smoked pork butt. Dennis loves to cook, and I’ve been hearing about his creations for years, so it was nice to finally get an opportunity to try it. All I can say is WOW! It was way beyond delicious! Here is Dennis, in the bright orange shirt, telling folks about how he prepares his meat. The smoking process takes 22 hours! But it’s worth every minute.
Folks wasted no time getting in line to fill their plates, and I don’t think anybody went away hungry!
If there is anything RVers like as much as eating, it’s laughing, and we sure did a lot of that too, as we sat around and told lies, swapped stories of our adventures on the road, and just enjoyed being together. As Dennis said, this is what RVing is all about – good friends sharing good food and good times together.
We sat out visiting until it got too dark to see, and then the party broke up. Thank you Dennis, for your hard work and generosity in making sure we all had a good time.
The Good Sam rally ends this morning, and they are all supposed to vacate the fairgrounds by noon. We will start parking RVs just as soon as the fairgrounds staff gives the place a quick once-over to empty trash cans, make sure everything is in proper working order, and ready for us to begin. That should take about an hour, so by 1 p.m. we’ll start filling the place back up.
If you’re headed this way, be sure to look for the rally signs as you come down 32nd Street, and turn at the big red arrow and pull into the front parking lot from the 2 1/2 Street entrance. Our parking crew will greet you, and direct you to the proper staging area until it’s time to move you onto the fairgrounds. Please be patient with the parking crew, and remember, they are volunteers who are here giving their time, to make things easier for you.
If you haven’t registered for the rally, we still have lots of room, so just come on down and join the party. And if you’re a snowbird staying in a Yuma RV park for the winter, and don’t want to move your RV, no problem, we have day passes available! It’s going to be fun!
Thought For The Day – Teamwork is essential; it gives them someone else to shoot at.