Posted by at 12:48 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 282017


Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection.

The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog. Just a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’ll share, because I really don’t have anything else to talk about. (Yes, mark this date on the calendar, folks. Nick didn’t have anything to say.)

I’m hearing a lot of good reports from people who attended the Escapees RV Club Escapade in Tucson, Arizona last week. Some said it was one of the best ever. But I’ve also heard a lot of grumbles because the vending area closed on Thursday, while the rally didn’t end until Friday. We always had a problem with that when we were vendors at Escapade. After traveling hundreds, even thousands of miles to get to a rally, paying quite a bit of money for a vendor booth, and donating door prices, we always felt shortchanged when the vending ended before the rally did. Vendors need every opportunity they can to make a sale, and many rally attendees wait until the very last day to make their purchases. I’ve heard from three or four who were upset because they planned to go back to the vendors and buy things they had seen during the week, only to find out that they had already closed the vendor area. Everybody loses in that scenario.

Speaking of Escapade, I have not seen a calendar listing yet but I’ve been told that next year’s Escapade will be back in Sedalia, Missouri May 27 – June 1. Sedalia is a nice little town and Missouri has tons of things to see and do. I hope you can include it in your travel plans.

This year’s Escapade was held at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, and Terry and I have stayed there many times over the years. In the past, the Fairgrounds RV Park closed April 1 and did not reopen until the fall. But since they recently expanded the number of RV sites considerably, I wondered if they were going to extend the camping season. Since we plan to be in Arizona in June, I called to see what I could find out. And as it turns out, except for Fair Week, they are now going to be open year round. The woman I talked to at the RV park office didn’t know what the rates would be, but they have always been less than any of the campgrounds in Tucson.

Yes, I know it’s going to be hot in Tucson in June. Heck, it’s hot there already. But we will be stopping there to see my cousin Beverly before we go up to the White Mountains, where Terry’s folks have a permanent site for their fifth wheel at the Hon Dah Casino RV Park. That’s just a few miles from our old hometown of Show Low, where my daughter and her kids live. And at 6,500 to 7,000 foot elevation, it’s a lot cooler than down in the desert.

Yesterday was another writing day for me and I knocked out about 4,000 words. I need to get as many under my belt as I can, because we’re supposed to have company on Wednesday. Our good friend Al Hesselbart, the world’s expert on the history of recreational vehicles, is planning to come and spend the day with us. We always have a great time with Al, and I usually learn something from him in spite of myself.

Somebody asked the other day how I get the audiobooks and other things we give away as door prizes in our weekly drawings. Except for my books, Miss Terry’s cookbook, or the set of back issues of the Gypsy Journal we recently gave away, everything else is donated by the authors themselves. So please, when you win a book or audiobook, after you have finished it, take the time to leave a review. Leaving reviews is the best thing you can do for an author. Believe me, they help book sales tremendously.

Speaking of our weekly giveaways, some other folks have noticed them, too. A couple of RV dealers have contacted me offering to donate a $500 or $1000 gift certificate to be used toward the purchase of a new or used RV, and a membership camping organization wanted to offer a three day, two night stay as a door prize. The only obligation the winner would have is to sit through an “informal sales presentation.” Gee, such a deal! Just about every membership campground will give you that same three day, two night offer so their hard selling reps can get the opportunity to try to get you to buy in. I don’t think so. And as for the gift certificates from RV dealers, those don’t even warrant a reply.

Well, that’s it for today. It looks like about 860 words. For somebody who didn’t have anything to say, I sure droned on and on, didn’t I?

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  2 Responses to “Potpourri”

  1. Check out Tra-Tel RV park in Tucson. Great monthly rate.

  2. The sign on the fairground office said $125 for the week and $25 per day. They really have done a lot of improvements. I was surprised when one of the fairground people came and asked us for suggestions that would improve the park while we were manning the Volunteer/Club Info booth.

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