We took advantage of the last chance we’ll have for a few days and slept in yesterday morning. From now until the Escapade RV rally is over we’ll have to be up and out the door early to be at the main building and ready to man our vendor booth at 9 a.m.
After a quick check of e-mail, we went over to check in with registration, get our rally name tags, and check out our vendor booth. Attending an RV rally is like going to a big family reunion, because that’s what the fulltime RV community is, a huge extended family. There were so many friendly greetings, hugs, and smiles waiting for us that it took quite a while just to get past the lobby.
Longtime friends Ron and JerrieLea Hopf and Pete and Jo Peters welcomed us to the vendor area and more hugs were shared while they got us checked in. With that done, we found our vendor booth and hung up our banner, then hauled in bundles of sample copies of the Gypsy Journal and boxes of our books, camping guides, and CDs.
With that done, we wandered around for a while talking to the other vendors, then went back to our motorhome. While we were gone, our friends Greg and Jan White had arrived and were parked next to us. More hugs were shared all around.
A little later on the four of us went to Old Chicago for dinner. Greg and Jan have helped us with a thousand different jobs at our Gypsy Gathering rallies, and Greg commented that it was nice to go to a rally and not have to be busy from early in the morning until late at night getting things set up, parking all of the arriving RVs, and making sure the rally was running smoothly. One of the jobs they always took on was collecting door prizes from local businesses, and Greg said he was thinking about hitting up some of the places here in Gillette, just to get us some free meals in the restaurants around town.
Back at the Cam-Plex, we sat outside visiting with Greg and Jan for a while and soon after they called it a night and went inside, Jim and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour, who are parked on the other side of us, showed up. We talked another hour or so, until the sun had gone down and the air began to get chilly.
Today will be a short vendor day, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and then we’ll attend the Rally Opening Ceremony and after that, an ice cream social. You just know that’s going to be a popular event!
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