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

2022 Arizona

Hello Traveling Supremes!

This year there were 3 rigs at Black Rock RV park in Brenda Arizona for the big rv show in Quartzsite. It was Jim and Tina Hoover, Duane and Patty Stowe, and Steve and Lisa Merriman. The event was very well attended and it did not appear that covid fears were a factor. We all enjoyed the show as well as the flea market and a lot of fun and fellowship. 

After a fun filled week, the three rigs loaded up and drove the 90 miles to Yuma. There we were joined by Pete Minnix and Ted and Susan Kercher even drove over to spend a few days with us!  We enjoyed food, fun, fellowship and flea market shopping. Most of all, we enjoyed the mild weather with plenty of sunshine. That was quite a contrast with the cold weather that our neighbors were experiencing back home. In fact, many of the people here are Canadians seeking warm weather. Last year they weren’t here due to travel restrictions so they were as glad to be here as we were. They are really nice folks.

Well, it’s time to head east, so I will see ya’ll in Lubbock!

Vaya con Dios amigos!

James C. Hoover Jr.

2022 Yuma


On Jan 29, immediately following the Quartzite gathering, we will ‎check out of Black Rock 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.

Vaya con Dios amigos!

James C. Hoover

Upcoming Rally List

12/28/22-1/2/23 Toledo Bend, Louisiana

2023 New Years Rally, Toledo Bend RV Resort and Cabins, 114 Shamrock Lane, Many, LA 71449. Call 318-256-0002 for reservations. Make sure to tell them you are with Travel Supremes.

02/16/23-02/23/23 Henderson, Louisiana

2023 Mardi Gras Rally, Cajun Palms RV Resort, 1055 N Barn Rd., Henderson, Louisiana. Call 337-667-7772 by the October 17, 2022 deadline and tell them you are with Traveling Supremes.

04/19/23-0426/23 Hot Springs, Arkansas

2023 Hot Springs, Arkansas, KOA Holiday, 838 McClendon Road, Hot Springs, AR 71901. Call Lynn at 501-624-5912 by the March 1, 2023 deadline and tell them you are with the Traveling Supremes for your special rate.

Big Bend fine tuning

Hello Supremes,

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 (spcmerriman@yahoo.com) by Monday May 24th to let him know if you will be participating in the meals. 

Susan Kercher”

Big Bend Tag-a-long

Hello Traveling Supremes,

I am pleased to announce that we are planning a tag-a-long to Lajitas, TX just outside of Big Bend National Park. Please check out the posting under “Rallies ” > “Upcoming rallies”. Or, just click here: https://travelingsupremes.com/2020-big-bend-np/

There you will find the information that you need to make your reservation. ‎The days will be warm so the activities will include sightseeing and meals, but no strenuous hiking. The evenings should be pleasant. They also have a pool and clubhouse. If you have questions, call Susan or myself. 

PS: For all you eagle eyed RVers, the motor home shown on the Maverick Ranch RV Park home page is…. wait for it…. a Travel Supreme select!

Vaya con Dios amigos!
James C. Hoover 

Quartzsite 2021

We are returning to Quartzsite Arizona in 2021. This will be a tag along with no agenda other than fun! We are staying at Black Rock RV Village in Brenda, AZ, some 12 miles East of Quartzsite. Check in Jan. 16th and check out Jan. 25, 2021. Call 928-927-4206 and talk to Kelly. She said to tell her to put you close to the Hoovers. Be sure to ask her to explain the cancellation policys. The Cafe is open and the shuttle will be running. After Quartzsite we may go down to Yuma, but more on that later. For more info, you can call Jim. You can also search Quartzsite 2021 RV show.

Vaya con Dios Amigos!

James C. Hoover