On June 3 we visited Panther Junction and the Chisos Basin. At Panther Junction included a fascinating Visitor Center, after which we moved on to The Basin and took a look at “The Window”, the visitor center, and the store. Several of us followed up sightseeing with dinner at the Candelilla Cafe at the Resort.
June 4 was another rest day and some of us had breakfast back at the Candelillia Cafe together. Several of us also visited the Barton Warnock Visitor Center which consists of 99.9 acres and is known as the Lajitas Museum Desert Gardens. The exhibits inside were really interesting. That evening there was an impromptu gathering and between RV’s and a good time.
On June 6 we had our last scenic drive to the Hot Springs Historic District. The abandoned Post Office and store was built in 1927. A Motor-court was built in the mid 1920’s and charged $1 per night, $6 per week and 25 cents for a hot springs bath! The rooms were rustic and had no running water. We stopped at the High Sierra Grill for lunch/dinner on the way to camp. This was followed by a final dessert gathering in the evening.
Jim Hoover and I really appreciated the way Steve, Duane and Patty stepped up and did a wonderful job planning our tours at Big Bend. A great time was had by all!
We had 11 rigs along with two couples staying in the hotel for a great time in Big Bend. The group got together for a meet and greet the afternoon of the 31st. It was great to see some long time members, some new members, and a prospective member. Our tours were arranged by our tour guides and new members, Steve Merriman and Duane and Patty Stow.
On 6/1 we started off with a great breakfast at The Chili Pepper Café. After breakfast, we caravanned to the Castolon Historic District and the Santa Elena Canyon stopping at viewpoints along the way. Castolon remains a memory of Big Bends’ pioneer and Calvary days. There is a lot of history there. In Santa Elena Canyon, The Rio Grande is pretty low, but the natural rock walls on the Mexico side are so straight and tall and amazing. We saw ruins where a family lived with a still working water windmill and also saw the rocks called Mule Ears.
Of course after a big day of sightseeing, Steve made reservations for us all at the famous Starlight Theater. The consensus was that it was a great place to eat and unique. Several picked up gifts in the gift shop as well.
6/2 was a rest day, so we could rest, swim or sight see on our own, followed by a cookout. Everyone brought a dish to share, and we had several barbecues and barbecues. After another great meal we had a big change of weather…fortunately we were all done with dinner!
Below is an email from Susan with an updated agenda for our Big Bend tag along. No major changes, just a little adjustment here and there. As always, you can do as much or as little of it as you wish. A complete outline of the planned events can be found by clicking: 2021 Big Bend. This is also available from the main rally menu on the left, click on 2021 Big Bend Update #2. I am excited to see everyone there!
Vaya con Dios amigos! James C. Hoover
Email from Susan Kercher follows:
“Our tour guides have revised our agenda for Big Bend. The change is for June 1st. We have a reservation for 24 for brunch at the Chili Pepper and for dinner at the Starlight restaurants. Please email Steve (email@example.com) by Monday May 24th to let him know if you will be participating in the meals.
It’s almost time for us to gather in the huge city of Lajitas for our Big Bend tag along. James Hoover has emailed everyone out two documents. One is our agenda, the other is a travel log from Ron and Diane Garner that were there a short time ago. I think you will enjoy reading about their travels to the area. If you didn’t get either one, email James and request a copy.
James called Maverick Ranch RV last week, and we are still around 12 rigs or so, but they still had plenty of room so come on down and join the fun! It’s not too late.
James has been watching the weather down there and it will be hot! It has been around 100 in the heat of the day. For that reason, we will be sightseeing from the car and enjoying time in the Clubhouse and pool.
This week I became aware of a price increase at Sky Mountain. One of our members made a reservation and found that the price had increased. Many of us made a reservation when we checked out and were not aware of the increase and I wanted to let you know so that you would not be surprised when you show up. Bill and I emailed back and forth and he confirmed that the monthly rate has gone from $660 to $750 and is not taxed. The daily and weekly rates have gone up as well and you will have to add a 13.5625% motel tax. You can see these rates on the website.
This is not necessarily a deal breaker, but I think you should be informed so you can plan. In fact, I went ahead and confirmed my reservation and therefore still plan to be there this year. As always, you can call, text, or email me. For specific questions as to rates please contact Sky Mountain, or refer to the rate sheet on the website.I hope to see some of ya’ll in Lajitas/Big Bend.
Meet our new members Duane and Patty Stowe, who joined in Quartzsite. They lived in Kingsville, TX for 33 years and raised their 3 children there. He was employed by Celanese Chemical plant, and Patty was a teacher. They have 8 grandchildren that are center of their life. After retirement, they settled in central Texas. They enjoy visiting family and working in their church.
I have some information on the Quartzsite 2022 tag-a-long. We will be at Black Rock RV in Brenda on Jan 22 (check in) to Jan 29 (check out) (7 days). Their number is 928-927-4206.
Then on Jan 29, we will leave there and drive the 90 or so miles to Yuma to check into West Wind RV Resort. We plan to stay 9 days and check out Feb 7. The number is 866-440-2992. Ask about the 1/2 price special and use my name to be near the group. They said to pass along that anyone interested should call soon. I’m not sure how long West Wind will have the special. This is a tag-a-long so these dates are just what some of us are doing, but you can set any dates you want.
Call or text me if you want more info, but please do not delay and miss out.
After the show ended in Quartzsite, three rigs headed down to Yuma Arizona. Those rigs were the Kerchers, Hoovers, and Merriman. We stayed at West Wind RV and golf resort.
Southern Arizona is a popular destination for snow birds and Yuma is no exception. This year however, due to covid, there weren’t as many. For one thing, the Canadians were not able to come down due to travel restrictions. We enjoyed some food and fellowship, as well as the flea market. We enjoyed about 5 days there and headed for home.
Well, another Arizona tag along is in the books. Five rigs camped at Black Rock RV in Brenda Arizona. Brenda is located just off I 10 about 12 miles east of Quartzsite. Those who attended were the Kerchers, Hoover’s, Marrs, Merriman, and Stowes.
We started out in Brenda Arizona at Black Rock RV. Brenda is about 12 miles East of Quartzsite where the annual RV show is held. The show went on despite covid, but the crowds were way down. The plus side was that parking was a lot easier than usual.
While we were there, something unusual happened. It rained! Actually it rained a lot. So much that on the last day of the show, the big tent got flooded! I didn’t know it even rained in the desert!
The RV show in Quartzsite Arizona is set for January 22nd to Jan 30th 2022 according to the website quartzsitervshow.com. Some of us have made reservations for the 22nd to the 29th. If you are interested, call soon so you can get a site close to the group. We are at Black Rock in nearby Brenda. Call 928-927-4206. Jane is the group coordinator, but I think anyone can help you. You will have to put up a deposit, but you can get most of it back if you cancel outside of 30 days. Be sure to review the cancellation policy. As always, be sure to tell them you are with the Traveling Supremes. Also be aware that this is a tag-a-long, so come and go as you wish.
Some of us will go on to Yuma, so I will send additional information in a day or two.