Buena Vista Gathering Update

The Hoovers and Butauds are moving forward with planning for the July 2019 Gathering in Buena Vista.

The park is Mt Princeton RV Park in Buena Vista, Co.  Arrival date is July 21, 2019 and departure date is July 28, 2019.  We have ten sites reserved.  Reservations may be made now by calling the park office at 719-395-6206.  Be sure to mention you are with the Traveling Supremes group.  If you are concerned about possibly having to cancel, ask about their cancellation policy. Reservation cutoff date is April 30, 2019.

BV sits in a valley surrounded by 14,000 foot mountains.  It attracts folks of all ages  – some looking for hiking, biking and white water rafting,  others looking for “jeeping adventures”, some for “day trip” opportunities and yet others just looking to enjoy the cool weather and beautiful scenery and to hang out with people of like mind.

We are planning to provide for several day trips to include the following: St Elmo (a ghost town) just a short, beautiful, drive in to the mountains; Salida, a quaint little town, with a mountain stream running through it, at least one exceptional restaurant, and many different shops; Leadville, a short drive which takes you to an old mining town with an excellent mining museum, a functioning old fashioned steam train, an opportunity to soak up more history, shopping, and one very good pizza joint;  a possible side trip to the Continental Divide; and other excursions are in the works.  For example, if we have enough interest, we may schedule a “day trip” to Breckenridge, Co – with a stop at the Alma Mall.  It’s unlike any Mall you have been to before.  All of these trips will be escorted.

For those who are interested, we may also be able to schedule a night out to attend a local “Little Theater” production which recounts the “bawdy” days of Buena Vista.  And, if we have a person or two looking for a real adventure, we can help you sign up for a ride down the river.  Lou, Carol and Jerry Smith did this in 2017 and it was a ride we will not soon forget. Hot springs are also available at a resort close by if you wish to just relax.  Jeeps are available to rent if someone wants to venture off the beaten path.

The main attractions are the cool weather, the beauty of Buena Vista and the surrounding area, the many opportunities to soak up history, shop, experience excellent restaurants, “day trip” opportunities and other activities.   Some try their luck at trout fishing in the nearby streams.  We will be planning several group meals – at least one at a Buena Vista restaurant which everyone seemed to enjoy in 2017.  And, we hope to take advantage of the “gatherings” offered by the park staff – these range from happy hour, to enjoying an evening at the fire pit, pot luck dinners, early morning coffee and donuts or other events planned by the park staff.

Should you have questions or just want more information, just call the Hoovers (361-228-0776) or Butauds (210-325-4256) and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.

Finally, if you plan to attend we recommend you call Mt Princeton RV Park (719-395-6206) and reserve a spot NOW! Updated: October 3, 2018

It’s Chama time!

It’s Chama time again and the livin’ is easy! The Traveling Supremes are having their annual summer fest in Chama, NM. We have 13 rigs of members and guests in attendance this week. We are welcoming new members Rod and Mary O’Hara and enjoying the cool weather, rain showers and hearty meals.

Rod and Diane Garner treated us to a hotdog supper and everyone added sides to go with the giant hotdogs.  David and Deanne Phillips treated us to a chili supper and, again, everyone added sides.

Yummy! Yummy! One thing about the Traveling Supremes is that we always have the best eats and the best of times.

The last supper….

…. Elkhart style.  The weather forecast called for a chance of rain, so we chanced it.  And were rewarded with a massive downpour.  It didn’t take long for deep puddles to form around our feet, and a move from under the awnings was rewarded with a cold shower.  Nevertheless, we all had a great time and were pleased to be able to gather on the eve of our departure.

Tomorrow we all head for different and new destinations.  Travel safely, everyone, and see you at the next event… whatever and wherever that may be.

Entegra Tour

When the Travel Supreme company went under in 2008, the motorized assets were purchased by Jayco and the production moved to Middlebury, IN.  Since then they have been cranking out high end motor homes under the name Entegra.  In fact, three of us are now driving Entegras.

Dave Phillips set up a tour of the factory, directed by an old friend Todd Hahn.  We met in the lobby, got our safety vests, hats and radios and started at the chassis area.  There we were able to take a close look at the backbone of these fine coaches.  Then we went inside and got a detailed view how the motor home itself, from the floor up, was  built.

This was most educational for all of  us.  We got to appreciate the work and quality that goes into these fine motor homes.  After the tour, we went to the Rise’n Shine bakery, had a nice lunch and sampled the goodies, including the famous “Amish Crack”, cinnamon/caramel donuts that were oh so good.  After that, we went our separate ways, including a visit to the Shipshewana Flea Market for some of us.

Wise Doughty School Auction

Every year the Wise Doughty School benefit auction is held near Charm, OH. It is way out in the country, but very well attended by locals and visitors. They auction off small items to major furniture items. Some of the furniture is very nice hand built from solid wood.

The parking lot is interesting, with cars, buggies and horses. The auction itself is in a series of tents, and there are multiple auctions going on at any one time. There is lots of food too. Of interest is the chicken grill, 5 racks of chicken, each manned by a volunteer. Every 30 seconds or so every rack is turned to prevent burning.

Overall, a fun event, even though it was extra hot. Below are some pictures. I have tried to minimize direct pictures of the Amish people as it is frowned on by their religion.

A family outing
Amish buggy congestion

So much to do….

There is so much to do and see in this region of the country.  You’ll need months to cover it all, so we split into interest groups so we can all see and visit with what holds our main interest.

Most of us went to the Warther Museum, where we all marveled at the amazing woodwork done almost 100 years ago by Mooney Warther.  The Museum was great, and the grounds peaceful and beautiful.  More than a few knives were sold too.

Others went to Keime Lumber, probably the biggest and best laid out hardware store anywhere.  Still others went to Lehman’s hardware store, much more nostalgia items on display.  Also, shopping for Amish and other local goods was popular.  Then there were the auctions…..  Suffice it to say we all had plenty of things to do.

We ended Friday with a dinner at the famous Mrs. Yoder Kitchen.  Got there early at 4:30PM, there was already a crowd waiting to get in.  Good thing the Gambles got reservations! A few pictures….

 

 

Vegetable auction and countryside drive

Produce is big in Amish country, and the selling of produce is a big event.  All across the area there are produce auctions, where farmers can sell their goods to retailers, restaurants, produce stands and others.  The produce looks just great!

Tine Hoover was kind enough to share the pictures she took, along with one from Dave Phillips and a short video from John Laninga.

(In Dave’s picture we are holding onions, not ice cream cones!)