Jun 132016

I have said many times that if you hang out at the Escapees Rainbows End RV Park in Livingston, Texas and at Elkhart Campground here in Indiana long enough you will meet every RVer in the world. Sooner or later they all come through.

We have been coming to Elkhart Campground since our first year on the road 17 years ago, and we’ve never been here when we haven’t run into a lot of RVing friends. Yesterday was no exception.

Terry and I were both really tired from our long trip to Elkhart from Alabama, so we slept in a little bit yesterday morning. When we got up we were still not fully recharged, so when our friend Chris Yust sent me a message saying that she and hubby Charles were going to go for a ride to explore the area and asking if we wanted to come along, I begged off. After traveling 700 miles in two days, we just didn’t want to go for a ride. I’m sure we’ll get together again while we’re all in the area.

Sometime in the afternoon I took some trash over to the dumpster and ran into Bonnie Kappler, a fellow author who is parked just a couple of sites down from us. We chatted for a few minutes and then walked back to our motorhome so she could say hello to Miss Terry. Her husband Kevin came looking for her just about the time that our pals Tom and Barbara Westerfield arrived. They had just driven in from somewhere west of Chicago.

We all talked for a while, but I knew that Tom and Barbara were both hungry, so the four of us went to one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in the country, King Wa. We’ve been eating there for a long time and when we came in the waitress greeted us and welcomed us back. A moment later the owner, Helen, spotted us and came over to give us hugs and say she had missed us. Helen is a beautiful and talented woman, an artist, an astute businesswoman, and just an all-around wonderful person.

This was Tom and Barbara’s first time at King Wa, and like everybody we have introduced to this restaurant, they were very impressed. We had a nice dinner and enjoyed catching up with them and what had been happening since we saw them in Atascadero, California last fall.

After dinner we went back to our motorhome so Terry could show Barbara some of her latest weaving projects. About that time, Wendy and Bill Brock came by to say hello. They only stayed a few minutes, but I’m sure we’ll see them again, since they’re also going to be here for several weeks.

I’m not sure what’s on the schedule today. Between visitors yesterday I started working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, so I’ll plug away at that for a while, and I expect some more friends will be stopping by. As I said in yesterday’s blog, coming here is like coming home, and we have a large extended family in the area.

Congratulations Don Crockett, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Death On The Pedernales, book five in my pal George Wier’s popular Bill Travis mystery series. We had 91 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

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  One Response to “Friends, Friends, And More Friends”

  1. I think the most inviting part of rving…as you and others share, is the mighty host of great friends you meet!!

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