I hope that everyone is staying well during these trying times. I don’t think that many of us are used to staying home this much. We didn’t get to have the gathering in Elephant Butte due to the virus so we are ready to go camping! Chama is next!
Sky Mountain in Chama opened up on May 15th and I spoke with Bill this morning and he told me that they were open for full ocupancy but with some “social distancing”adjustments. The Bath house is closed, laundry is closed for the moment and only one person (with mask) allowed in the office at a time. Pretty much the same things we are doing in our own locations. He did advise that if you have reservations, you should call or email to confirm that you are coming. If you do not have reservations you need to contact them to see what they can do as August is pretty well booked. The official dates for the Chama gathering is August 17th to 21st but just come when you can.
Also, I just set the date for our fall business meeting for October 26th (check in) to the 30th check out in Nakatosh campground in historic Natchitoches Louisiana. You can call Amy at 318-471-7147between 7:30 and 3:00. The group rate is $27.86 per night. As always please tell her that you are with the Traveling Supremes. Also note that number may be different than what is in you campground guide or online.I am also thinking about a tag along to Yuma again in January 2021. More on that later.We are in need of a host for our New Year’s gathering as well. If you have any ideas, please give me a call, text, or email.See you on the road!
After the Quartzsite tag along, some of the Traveling Supremes went down to Yuma (about 90 miles south) to visit members Louis and Leona Keyser at their winter place. Making the trip were TS members; Jim and Tina Hoover, Paul and Tandy Krugler, Pete and Mary Minnix, Roger and Jo Marr along with their friends Frank and Maureen McWillams and of course Louis and Leona Keyser.
In the Traveling Supreme tradition there was good food, fun and fellowship and a few card games. We went shopping at a local flea market that had lots of RV supplies as well as other goods. We even went to prison! The old Yuma territorial prison that is!
Great fun and great friends. I can’t wait until our next TS gathering in Elephant Butte NM.
Jim and Tina Hoover’s Quartzsite tag-a-long came to an end after nine nights of fun and cameradery. Louis and Leona Keyser, Paul and Tandy Krugler, Pete and Mary Minnix and Ted and myself rounded out the members. We also brought guests Warren and Joyce Blakely into the tag-a-long for the week.
The RV Show was the big draw to Quartzite and we all attended the show numerous times (thankful for the shuttle) as we learned of something new someone else had found or after thinking over what we had seen. Most of us also took the opportunity to look at new and used RV’s for sale. I thought a couple of people were close to making a purchase! But alas, no one walked away with a new RV!
The group took advantage of the campground cafe being open this year! Reviews were mixed on the food but overall everyone seemed to enjoy. We also had lunch in town and dinner at the local Mexican restaurant. Saturday night we invited some friends of ours to the campground for dinner at the Cafe with the group. We had met them in Fresno and they are full time RVer’s. They were boon-docking for the week and it was interesting to hear about their experience.
We ended most days with a nice campground ﬁre…thank you Jim and Tina! We had lots of stories and laughs and I think Tina managed to get a few campground card games going. In my opinion…a good time was had by all!
January 1, 2020. A new year and decade begins. The Traveling Supremes wish all of you the very best for the next time period.
We slept in this morning, then met for another fabulous meal. No one can cook better than the TS family. And no one can eat any better! So most of us were there for one last chance to raise our calorie count. Some left early (hope you’re feeling better Linda), some immediately after, and some are still here for a while. Regardless, we wish you all safe traveling and good health. Look forward to seeing you in Quartzite or Elephant Butte or..
The day started with an early breakfast of pancakes and sausages, cooked by “the guys” . It was tasty, but no pictures… who wants to have their pictures taken at 7AM?
The RV Park puts on a New Years Party, and most TS members attended. The evening consisted of a buffet, followed by song and dance. In fact, the TS group did well: Barbara Smith won the Twisting contest, James and Gail won the slow dance contest, and Ida Cook won the raffle for a free night at the park.
As the evening progressed we got more involved. Many of us danced or sang along with music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. All in all, a very pleasant start of a new year (and decade). May it be good for all our friends and family.
The day started with a most gracious invitation from Ron and Diane Garner to have a buffet breakfast at their house. So we piled in our cars/trucks (car pooled, of course) and drove to their beautiful house in Longview. There they had a tasty spread of food and drinks all laid out for us to enjoy. After that we socialized and admired Ron and Diane’s house… and Ron’s antique cars.
The afternoon was personal time. Each of us was able to shop, read, take a nap, play cards or whatever.
In the evening we had a grilled steak dinner. The park has a large grill that we could use, and we all brought our own meat. TS members also brought an excellent assortment of side dishes and dessert. Enough to say none of us left hungry. After dinner we had our gift exchange. There were some very nice gifts too, enough to spark some enthusiastic “gift stealing”. A fine end to good day.
The first day of our 2019/2020 NY Rally saw rigs coming from near and far. TS members gathered and told tall tales and in general shot the breeze and got reacquainted. James Hoover started off the meeting at the happy hour with greetings and announcements.
Dinner was served, a most excellent Texas dinner of pulled pork, baked beans, and potato salad , followed by cherry and peach cobbler. We all helped ourselves and thanked Hessie Smith for her most excellent dinner preparation. We campers do know how to eat!
This was followed by a spirited game of bingo, where winners scored big White Elephant prizes. In fact, one of the prizes was a white elephant. And roosters, earbuds, cutting boards, candle sticks, much much more. It quickly came to 8:30 when most people our age go to bed and the evening drew to a close. More to come…
I just picked up a supply of Traveling Supremes hats. There are two styles, a summer hat with mesh and a winter hat in solid material. They will be available at the New Years Rally at a cost of only $13 each.
Be sure to pick one up so you too can be among the RV fashionistas.
A few days ago I spoke with Charlene at the Antique Capital RV Park and was very pleased to find out that we now have 15 rigs signed up for our New Year’s Gathering! She also informed me that all had purchased tickets for the dinner show on New Year’s eve. That’s good news and even more good news is that there are still openings for sites and tickets so don’t miss out on the fun. If you aren’t signed up, call soon before they’re all booked!
Hessie sent me a copy of the flyer advertising the dinner and performance on New Year’s eve. I have attached a picture of it. Looks like fun! If you have already reserved your site, keep an eye out for additional information in the coming weeks.
Also, don’t forget about the tag along to Canton trade days
after the Gathering if you are interested.