As we get closer to the Escapees Escapade rally next week at the fairgrounds in Goshen, Elkhart Campground is getting busier. Yesterday it seemed like one RV after another pulled in. But there is still plenty of room for anyone needing a nice place to stay until the rally starts.
Terry and I have been coming here for more years than I can remember and owners Bob and Gita Patel are wonderful people who have made us part of their extended family. When we first visited the campground their two sons were little boys, and today both of them are fine young men and honors students in college.
With so many folks arriving at the campground we are seeing more and more familiar faces. Unfortunately, I can’t always put names with those faces. I love RV rallies because there, people wear name badges so I don’t look so dumb.
Paul and Sally Wagner have been staying here every summer at least as long as we have, and they came over for a visit yesterday morning. Later on we were outside trying to arrange things in the back of our Explorer when Larry and Marilyn Forbes came walking by and stopped to chat for a few minutes. And later on when I went up to the office to pick up a package of my books that UPS had delivered I met up with a couple of others whose names escape me. And then sometime during the afternoon our friend Al Hesselbart came over and spent a couple of hours.
Today our pals John and Kathy Huggins from the Living The RV Dream podcast, and Charles and Chris Yust from C&C Insurance are due in, and tomorrow Don and Sharon Del Rosario will show up. It’s going to be a family reunion!
On a sour note, I heard from a gentleman yesterday who owns a vacant strip mall that has a fast food restaurant out front. He said he is a weekend camper himself and always used to allow RVs and truckers to pull in and park overnight. But last fall a couple in an RV headed south for the winter stopped for the night. Apparently while they were asleep, someone broke a window in their truck and stole the wife’s purse, a camera, and some other stuff. Now they are suing him for damages. So he has blocked off the lot and nobody can park there anymore. I can’t say as I blame him. What jerks.
Thought For The Day – Given a choice, always go with the decision that will give you the best story to tell later on.