Sep 072011

One of the things we love about Elkhart Campground is that everybody we know seems to pass through here eventually. And lately, we’ve had lots of friends stopping by to visit.

Monday, Charlie and Ruth Babcock, from Sterling Heights, Michigan, were passing through town on their Harley Davidson motorcycle, and came by to say hello. Charlie and Ruth are very active in veterans issues, and have been traveling around the country finding and recording the graves of all Vietnam War casualties from Michigan. The database they are collecting will be invaluable for genealogists, family members seeking information on those they have lost, and other researchers. What a wonderful project!

Later Monday, in the afternoon, our friend Al Hesselbart from the RV Hall of Fame Museum showed up and spent an hour or two with us. Al spent last winter at an RV park in Bushnell, Florida, and he can’t wait to escape the cold Indiana winter and point his Newel motorhome south again this year. Besides being the country’s premier authority on the history of RVs and the RV industry, Al is also a dedicated bass fisherman, and he is looking forward to dipping his line in some of Florida’s great fishing lakes.  Al was trying to figure out how to get his motorhome, Jeep, and boat and trailer down to Florida, because double towing is not something he wants to attempt. He had about decided to just buy a used boat and store it someplace in Florida when he comes back up north in the spring. But then I told him about the Sea Eagle inflatable boats, and specifically, the FoldCat 375, which is the perfect fishing boat. I think Al is about hooked (no pun intended), and I wouldn’t be surprised if Tim and Crystal Ryerson from Inflatable Boats 4 Less get a call from him pretty soon.

Yesterday, our dear friends and dedicated rally volunteers Mike and Elaine Loscher came by. Mike and Elaine are staying in a hotel while Michele Henry at Phoenix Commercial Paint gives their Winnebago motorhome one of her beautiful full body paint jobs, and Mike was getting cabin fever cooped up inside, so we had a nice visit. I called Greg and Jan White, who are parked next to us, and they came over to join the party. A good time was had by all! 🙂

We worked up an appetite with all of that visiting, so about 4:30 the six of us drove to King Wha, my new favorite restaurant, for some delicious Chinese food. Owner Helen stopped at our table to visit, and to be sure we were enjoying our meal. Everything on the menu is delicious, and the service is fantastic, so what’s not to like? We did not know that, in addition to being a very astute businesswoman, and absolutely beautiful, Helen is also an accomplished artist. She showed us a couple of her drawings, that she had pictures of on her cell phone, and they are fantastic. What a talent!

Back at Elkhart Campground, our friends Tom and Barbara Westerfield had arrived, on their way west after decimating the supply of lobster in the restaurants of Maine the last week or three. Tom and Barb are also invaluable to us at our Arizona rallies, so we had our top volunteers all here in one place; Greg and Jan, Mike and Elaine, and Tom and Barb. Unfortunately, commitments in California will prevent Tom and Barb from hanging out with us until our Ohio Rally, but we plan to have some good times with them while they’re here.

A hour or so after we got home, a fellow came to the door and introduced himself as Bob Saxton, and wanted to buy one of our 7-in-1 CDs with our guides to free campgrounds, fairgrounds with RV parking, casino camping, RV parks with WiFi and such. I was taken aback, because I have a cousin named Bob Saxton. I invited Bob and his wife in, and her name is Bev. Wow, my cousin Bob has a sister named Bev! So I got to visit with Bob and Bev Saxton, and even though they were not kinfolk, they were very nice people, and we got to add two new friends to our list. How cool is that?

Thought For The Day – Every day I beat my own previous record for number of consecutive days I’ve been alive.

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  2 Responses to “Lots Of Friends Stopping By”

  1. Nick,
    I’m so glad you guys weren’t still hanging around when I fell and bruised my ego. Who put that sewer drain there anyway?
    I’m feeling a bit left out. I give you a great restaurant to go to and you go there without me. Where’s the love? Maybe I’ll stop by when I come back over there and see what Miss Terry is cooking or just give you a hard time. Glad your having a good time visiting with everyone.

  2. Michele,
    These people can leave after dinner. You have to live here! I’m just trying to protect your reputation. 🙂

    You know you are welcome anytime!

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