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

Upcoming Rally List

08/15/22-08/20/22 Chama:

No host tagalong, Sky Mountain Resort RV Park, 2742 S. US Hwy 84/64, Chama, NM 87520. call 575-756-1100 for reservations.

09/02/22-09/09/22 Custer South Dakota:

No host tagalong, Broken Arrow Campground, 25446 Sidney Park Road, Custer, SD 57730. Call 605-517-1964 for reservations

10/12/22-10/16/22 Galveston Texas:

2022 Traveling Supreme Business Meeting, Jamaica Beach Campground, 17200 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd., Galveston, Texas 77554. For reservations call Angela at 409-632-0200.

2021 Chama

2021 Chama Gathering

Do you want to be cool in August next year, then make your plans to join us in 2022 in Chama for our annual gathering at Sky Mountain RV Park.  This year we had 15 rigs, some coming for the entire month while others came for a few weeks but all for the week of 15th through the 21st to join in great fellowship with our RV family.  Those attending were:

Newly appointed President Jim Hoover (former Wagon Master) and wife Tina; Secretary Myrna Braly; newly appointed Treasurer Billy Braly, newly appointed Co-Wagon Masters James and Gail Smith, Jerry and Hessie Smith, Dave and Deanne Phillips with son Darren and wife Tammy Phillips; Louis and Leona Keyser; Mary and Pete Minnix; Steve Merriman; Larry and Nita Denmon; Joe and Sue Kelly; Ron and Diane Garner; Jim and Sarah McElroy; new member Don Spencer; and Polk and Linda Brian. 

Prior to our arrival and the start of the week of our gathering, those who were here attended the annual parade in town.  Sunday was the opening day of the week for the gathering. Monday we had our rain delayed entire-park gathering to hear music performed by Sarah, who is park employed.  She did a great job and some of our own members, James Smith and Ron Garner told some impromptu jokes giving Sarah a quick rest. 

Since this is a gathering and not a planned rally, everyone does their own thing. Some enjoyed the beautiful drive to Pagosa Springs to shop and enjoy eating at different restaurants. Since most of us have been coming for many years, we’ve done the typical touring sites so not many travel anymore to the monastery, or to Ghost Ranch which was the home and studio of painter Georgia O’Keeffe, or take the famous Gumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad to Antonito.

Our days are usually filled with visitation outside different rigs, playing cards in the shade or in the park erected tent which we had for the whole week. Some have been known to share ice cream cones or either cake and coffee in the afternoons.  Also, Chama has one of the best small grocery stores around which does a booming business, one of the best spots in town.

Tuesday and Wednesday we had two Executive Committee meetings, one to fill vacant positions to the officers which just recently came open and another to give input for the agenda for the upcoming Durant rally in Oklahoma, September 15-20th.

Wednesday evening we had a pot-luck meal at the tent and welcomed our newest member, Don Spencer, to our club.  After our meal, Jim Hoover explained about the change in our officers.  Susan Kercher who was our president had resigned due to the sale of their rig and move to California, so Jim who had been our Wagon Master was moved up to fill her position.  Susan will be an emeritus member and has agreed to do the webpage.  Bud Odom, who has served our club for many years as our treasurer requested to be replaced and the executive committee approved and asked Billy Braly to serve which he graciously accepted and James and Gail Smith willingly accepted the newly opened wagon master’s job as co-partners.  After Jim explained the transition of officers, James gave an update on up-coming rallies which were already in place and those he and Gail had just added to the calendar including the New Year’s Rally, so make check the web page or watch your email for dates and rallies and make plans to attend as many as you can. 

Friday we had our annual evening meal of bring-your-own steak for grilling with side dishes in the tent.  This is always a hit.  So come join us next year for a great time.  Call now for reservations because it fills up fast. 

(Pictures in next post)

Linda Brian

Big Bend, Part 2

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!

Susan Kercher
President

Chama/Sky Mountain notes

Hello Supremes,

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.

Vaya con Dios amigos!
James C. Hoover Wagonmaster 

Quartzsite followup

Hello Supremes, 

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.

James C. Hoover 

Arizona update #2

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.

James C. Hoover Jr.