2022 Lubbock Rally Report

The Traveling Supremes arrived in the Hub City of Texas (Lubbock) on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the Retreat RV Park. Hosts, Ron and Diane Garner and James and Gail Smith, welcomed everyone with a meet and greet party in the clubhouse. Attending were: Polk and Linda Brian, Sue and Joe Moore, Tina and Jim Hoover, Billy and Myrna Braly, Steve and Lisa Merriman, plus the hosts.

Retreat RV Park
Office
Campground

A big event to start us off on Friday, the 13th, was a trolley ride through the National Ranching Heritage Center, which was filled with all the buildings used on west Texas ranches throughout history. It was very well done. We had a great lunch at Blue Sky Burgers.

Trolley tour at National Ranching Heritage Center
National Ranching Heritage Center
Joe Moore, Myrna Braly, Linda and Polk Brian, Diane Garner, Gail Smith, Sue Moore and Ron Garner
Early building…built to keep safe from Indians
Row 1: Billy Braly, Lisa Merriman, Gail Smith, Row 2: Sue Moore, Tina Hoover, Row 3: Linda Brian, Myrna Braly, Row 4: Steve Merriman, Diane Garner, Row 5: James Smith, Jim Hoover, Ron Garner Row 6: Joe Moore and Polk Brian

Other ranch buildings
Tina Hoover
Lunch at Blue Sky (Lubbock Nickname) Burgers

On Saturday, we toured the Buddy Holly Center and saw the actual homes of the parents of Buddy and his drummer. We drove to McKenzie Park to visit the Prairie Dog Town and have a nice picnic on the banks of a little stream, before going on to the Windmill Museum. It was filled with more windmills than you ever knew existed and was lots of fun to see. Pot luck dinner back at camp was enjoyable as always.

Buddy Holly Museum
Enjoying a picnic in McKenzie Park
Prairie Dog Town
Steve and Sue playing with the prairie dogs!
Lisa and Steve strolling through the Windmill Museum

On Sunday, the hosts supplied breakfast and everyone had free time for church or whatever. That afternoon, we went to see the Silent Wings Museum, which paid honor to the glider pilots of WWII. The guys loved it!

Silent Wings Museum honoring the Glider Pilots who fought in WWII
James peeking in a glider
Traveling Supremes at the Glider Museum

Monday was Texas Tech tour day!! Immediately after breakfast at Cast Iron Grill (provided by Garners), we went to the Tornado Memorial, reminding all of us of the May 11, 1970 Lubbock tornado where 26 died and much property was lost. We then went to the Red Raider Club where Rodney Allison (quarterback at Tech 1974-1977) took us through all the Tech Athletic facilities. As luck would have it, we ran into the brand new head football coach, Joey McGuire! He is a definite favorite around these parts!

Breakfast at Cast Iron Grill!
Tour of Texas Tech!
Billy admiring the statue
T/S meet Joey Maguire new head football coach
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Hot Springs Getaway 2023 (Amended)

Join me and Lisa Merriman and Duane and Patty Stowe the week of 19-26 of April, 2023 in Hot Springs, Arkansas at the Koa campground. We have secured 15 sites together with both 30 and 50 Amp hook ups for a flat fee of $40.00 per night. We also have use of the cabins for a fee of $75.00 per night. We have full use of the club house and kitchen as well. On Fri, Sat and Sun the club house doubles as a restaurant from 7am to 10 am for menu items. Cancellation policy is a full refund minus $2.00 up to 48 hours prior. Lisa and Patty are working on an agenda which will be presented at a later date. The cut off date for reservations is the 1st of March. The address for the Koa campground is 838 McClendon Road, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 71901. The contact person is Lynn at 501-624-5912. Don’t forget to mention you are with the traveling supremes to get the special rate!

Steve Merriman,  Wagonmaster

Rejuvenate in the thermal waters of turn-of-the-century Bathhouse Row.

Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs National Park KOA offers a great place to stay when visiting this truly unique city. The campground is just minutes from Hot Springs National Park and the historic downtown area where you can rejuvenate in the thermal waters of Bathhouse Row. Explore the history of the national park, browse the galleries, and shop till you drop. Thrill to the exciting fun of Magic Springs & Crystal Falls or experience hoof-pounding exhilaration at Oaklawn racetrack. Rock crawlers are welcome at Superlift ORV Park, just a stone’s throw from KOA. Hiking, crystal hunting, fishing, and boating are also nearby. Your campground hosts offer shuttles to downtown (fee) and free rides to Magic Springs and Oaklawn (seasonal). This KOA offers the best breakfast in the area (February – November). Pool: April 15 – September 30. Max pull thru: 80 feet.

Hot Springs Getaway 2023 (Amended)

Join me and Lisa Merriman and Duane and Patty Stowe the week of 19-26 of April, 2023 in Hot Springs, Arkansas at the Koa campground. We have secured 15 sites together with both 30 and 50 Amp hook ups for a flat fee of $40.00 per night. We also have use of the cabins for a fee of $75.00 per night. We have full use of the club house and kitchen as well. On Fri, Sat and Sun the club house doubles as a restaurant from 7am to 10 am for menu items. Cancellation policy is a full refund minus $2.00 up to 48 hours prior. Lisa and Patty are working on an agenda which will be presented at a later date. The cut off date for reservations is the 1st of March. The address for the Koa campground is 838 McClendon Road, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 71901. The contact person is Lynn at 501-624-5912. Don’t forget to mention you are with the traveling supremes to get the special rate!

Steve Merriman,  Wagonmaster

Rejuvenate in the thermal waters of turn-of-the-century Bathhouse Row.

Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs National Park KOA offers a great place to stay when visiting this truly unique city. The campground is just minutes from Hot Springs National Park and the historic downtown area where you can rejuvenate in the thermal waters of Bathhouse Row. Explore the history of the national park, browse the galleries, and shop till you drop. Thrill to the exciting fun of Magic Springs & Crystal Falls or experience hoof-pounding exhilaration at Oaklawn racetrack. Rock crawlers are welcome at Superlift ORV Park, just a stone’s throw from KOA. Hiking, crystal hunting, fishing, and boating are also nearby. Your campground hosts offer shuttles to downtown (fee) and free rides to Magic Springs and Oaklawn (seasonal). This KOA offers the best breakfast in the area (February – November). Pool: April 15 – September 30. Max pull thru: 80 feet.

Custer South Dakota 2022

After the 2022 Chama rally this year, three Traveling Supreme rigs went on to Custer, South Dakota. They were Jim and Tina Hoover, Steve and Lisa Merriman, and Duane and Patty Stowe. After three days on the road we arrived at Broken Arrow horse camp in Custer South Dakota. Many of the campers there bring horses for trail rides. 

The next day we spent the day sightseeing and shopping in downtown Custer. It’s a quaint little town of about 2000 residents. We enjoyed a meal together at the Mount Rushmore Brewing company. 

Campground
Campground
Shopping in Custer

On our second full day in the area, we returned to downtown Custer and saw some good looking cars at a Studebaker car show. Then we headed out to see the Crazy Horse Memorial which is a short 15 minute drive from Custer. We viewed the monument which is a work in progress and is a long way from completion. We also enjoyed a meal at the on site restaurant known as “Laughing Water”.

Car Show
One of the Studebakers!
Crazy Horse Memorial
Steve & Lisa at Crazy Horse

On Wednesday, we took a day trip to Wall drug. It is located about two hours north of Custer. Wall drug was much larger than I expected. We enjoyed a meal and some shopping. After our meal, we took a scenic drive out to the Badlands.

Lunch in Wall Drug
Patty and Duane
Lisa and Steve
Wall Drug
Wall Drug traffic
The Badlands

Of course, no trip to South Dakota would be complete without going to see Mount Rushmore. It is a magnificent sight by day or night. You will see people from all over the world coming to see this symbol of America. After dark, during the peak season they have what is called the lighting ceremony. It is a 45 minute program. A park ranger came out on stage and gave a talk on the four Presidents’ faces depicted on the mountain. There were patriotic songs and at the end, all veterans past and present were invited to come down to the stage and be recognized. It all made you truly proud to be an American!

Mt. Rushmore Lighting Ceremony
Mt. Rushmore by day
Mt.Rushmore by night

On our last day we drove up to Hill City and had a German lunch at the Alpine Inn. After lunch, the ladies did a little shopping in some of the quaint little shops in downtown Hill City. Then we were off to explore Custer state park and the Needles highway. This park is one of the largest state parks that I have been in! You could spend several days exploring this park but our time here in South Dakota had come to an end. 

Lunch in Hill City
Needles Eye Tunnel
A car going through the very tight tunnel!
A new friend!
Bison

Vaya con Dios Amigos

James C. Hoover

Chama Gathering 2022

We had a cool gathering in Chama with twelve rigs in attendance including guests Darren and Tammy Phillips, past members of the club, who joined us.  Susan and Ted Kercher also joined us from California while staying in a cabin close to the park, making thirteen total.  Many came for the entire month, others including us came for 3 weeks while Don Spencer and the Newman’s for several months.  It is always like coming home when arriving at Sky Mountain RV Park in Chama and getting to spend time with our extended family, TS Members.  Those attending other than Susan and Ted and Darren and Tammy were: President Jim and Tina Hoover, VP/Wagon Master James and Gail Smith, Secretary and Treasurer Myrna and Billy Braly, Steve and Lisa Merriman, Don Spencer, Sue and Joe Kelly, Jerry and Hessie Smith, Dave and Deanne Phillips, Ron and Diane Garner, new members Max and Karen Newman and us, Polk and Linda Brian.  The day we left Duane and Patty Stowe came into camp getting ready to travel north for another TS trip.

Naturally we get to enjoy visiting prior to and after the designated week of the gathering.  One example prior to the week, we had an ice cream gathering at Sue and Joe’s rig with Jerry and Hessie helping host.  Most everyone attends church each Sunday and it is a must to shop regularly at the local grocery which has everything. We did notice that some of the eatery places had closed due to Covid, to lack of help, or a surge of break-ins.  We did get to enjoy Sarah’s singing in the grove of the park or in the newly erected club house. She is a long time helper at the park and a special person to all.  One Saturday we were able to gather downtown to attend the Chama Days’ Parade and eagerly gathered thrown candies.  One evening, many of the group attended an auction and dinner just south of town which helped the humane society. Some of us drove into Pagosa Springs at different times for shopping at Walmart and eating at special restaurants we’ve enjoyed over the years. Some played cards and the men did get to go cut sticks after the designated week was over.  The Merriman’s hosted two fish-fry’s and some had campfires to enjoy.  Also, we had a memorial for a longtime camper here and friend to all of us, Raymond Bullock, who passed away several weeks ago.  He and Mary Ann have been coming for a long time and she too helps in the park and is loved by all.  So you see we have kept pretty busy in additional to our RV visiting on a daily bases. Oh, nearly forgot, a few went to the doctor and we were all depressed that our, afore mentioned, Mary Ann, had a stroke and is in the hospital in Albuquerque. So, please lift up a prayer for her.  

Our gathering began with a snack night on Monday which is always enjoyable and with varied dishes.  We were able to use the newly constructed building which hasn’t been completely finished but is closed in which keeps us out of the weather (pollen and mosquitos).    We also had a steak night on Thursday with each couple bringing their own steak, hamburger, or chicken for the grill and a side dish.  Delicious as always!  

We did have an Executive Members’ meeting during the week where the list of newly nominated officers was presented and they also attended the meeting as guests.  The ballots have been sent to each of you and the nominees will be voted on at our business meeting in Galveston in October.  Hope you can make it!  Also, at the meeting, Myrna reported we have $5,960.53 unencumbered as a balance in our treasury.  Two upcoming rallies which will reduce the budget some are: The Galveston Business Meeting Rally sponsored by the club will be Oct. 12 leave on 16 at Jamaica Beach RV Resort and then we will have our New Year’s Rally on December 28 to leave on January 2, 2023, in Many, Louisiana, at Toledo Bend RV Resort and Cabins.  Check the web page for more detail.  Again, hope you can make both. 

 Linda Brian

As a reminder, if you have not gone to the web site, travelingsupremes.com, and requested or signed up to receive notices when our Web Master, Susan Kercher, posts updates, please do so now.  Sometimes sponsors of different rallies will send you a notice about a rally but sometimes information is sent to Susan for her to send out and if you are not signed up you will not receive the notice.  

Linda Bria

TS Business Meeting Rally

REMINDER:

The 2022 Traveling Supremes Business Meeting is coming up at Jamaica Beach RV Resort in Galveston, Texas, on October 12-16, 2022.  It will be hosted by the TS Executive Committee.  

If you have not yet made your reservations, please call ASAP to (409) 632-0200 and ask for Angela.   Rates differ according to weekday/weekend and location of RV spot.

Of course, in addition to our annual installation of officers and business meeting, we will be treated to a scrumptious shrimp boil with all the trimmings furnished by the Club. We will tour Moody Museum as well as many other sites that are available in Galveston, which is a tourist Mecca all the time, but is especially perfect weather in October!  The park has a great pavilion for our gatherings and even a lazy River if you are so inclined!

Please join us for fun and fellowship for this annual rally!  We look forward to seeing you there!

James Smith

Wagonmaster

2023 Mardi Gras Rally

Here it is, folks!  For all those who have never been treated to a Mardi Gras celebration In Louisiana—lend me your ears!  We will be going to Lafayette, LA for 2023 Mardi Gras parades and festivities on February 16-23, 2023. Call Cajun Palms RV Resort, 337-667-7772, tell them you are with the Traveling Supremes, and MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS SOON!  We have 15 spaces reserved but there is an October 17, 2022 deadline for sign-up. This is a very popular resort which fills up fast so if you think you might go, make a reservation. They have a very reasonable cancellation policy. 

We plan to go to some parades, eat our fill of Cajun food (someone’s famous gumbo and someone’s bread pudding?), and tour around South Louisiana to our hearts’ content.  BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!!

James Smith
Wagonmaster

2023 Toledo Bend New Year’s Rally

Happy New Year!


Yes we are having our annual TS New Year’s Rally while hoping the gas prices will be down some. This rally is usually well attended and we encourage you to mark your calendar and make plans to join us at the Toledo Bend RV Resort and Cabins (318-256-0002) which is located on the huge man-made lake, Toledo Bend, just east of the Texas border and about a half mile from the Pendleton Bridge near Many, Louisiana. The rally will begin on December 28 and we’ll leave on the 2 of January.


We need at least eight rigs to get the building for our use which is located near the water. Be sure and tell them you are with the Traveling Supremes to get
your $10 nightly discount if we have the 8 rigs. They have another building with an exercise room and game room with plenty of tables for fellowship.The sites we will be in have some concrete and are mostly pull-through. Keeping mind that they do have cabins if you prefer.


Plans are being made for some touring but mostly we enjoy the New Year’s night gathering with “Dirty Santa” better known as stealing someone else’s gift. We’ll have snack night and we’ll be eating out at the Fisherman’s Galley which is a steak and seafood restaurant located less than a half mile from the park. More details will be emailed to you later and posted on the web page as the time draws near!

Linda and Polk Brian

Chama 2022 followup

Hello Supremes,

I spoke with Bill at Sky Mountain today. He reports that the water is back on, and things are getting back to normal. Currently, Tina and I are still on track to be there on August 1st for 30 days and some of your names were mentioned so I hope that we can all meet up in the mountains and enjoy some cooler weather. It has been well over 100 where we live, so we are ready. Also there are still 3 rigs going on to Custer South Dakota. 

These are challenging times for RV travel and we will continue to monitor fuel cost and availability, but right now, we are a “go”.

I do think that quite possibly going forward, our RV travel and club events may be closer to home, maybe in the Texas and or Louisiana area. On that note, I would like to give special thanks to James and Gail, as well as Polk and Linda for their work in planning our next couple of events. 

Safe travels and God willing I will see you in the mountains.

Vaya con Dios.

James C. Hoover Jr.

Chama 2022 Update

James and Gail Smith wants the Traveling Supremes know what is going on in New Mexico. Chama is having fires all around it and most recently has had a disruption in the water supply that threatens to last quite awhile. Everything is shut down and train isn’t running. Hopefully it will be ready for us August 15-20! But it is still our beautiful, peaceful, cool Chama!

Gail Smith found a video from a Facebook Page called ”What’s up in Chama” and wanted to share it with us (I hope the video will open, will work, if it doesn’t, text or email me and I can forward to you):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/4462135410501619/posts/5213010448747441/

Ted and I are planning to join the Traveling Supremes in Chama and will be at the Elkhorn Lodge from August 15-21. We hope to see everyone there for CHAMA TIME…Susan Kercher