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. 

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!

Vaya con Dios Amigos

James C. Hoover

Chama Gathering 2022

We had a cool gathering in Chama with twelve rigs in attendance including guests Darren and Tammy Phillips, past members of the club, who joined us.  Susan and Ted Kercher also joined us from California while staying in a cabin close to the park, making thirteen total.  Many came for the entire month, others including us came for 3 weeks while Don Spencer and the Newman’s for several months.  It is always like coming home when arriving at Sky Mountain RV Park in Chama and getting to spend time with our extended family, TS Members.  Those attending other than Susan and Ted and Darren and Tammy were: President Jim and Tina Hoover, VP/Wagon Master James and Gail Smith, Secretary and Treasurer Myrna and Billy Braly, Steve and Lisa Merriman, Don Spencer, Sue and Joe Kelly, Jerry and Hessie Smith, Dave and Deanne Phillips, Ron and Diane Garner, new members Max and Karen Newman and us, Polk and Linda Brian.  The day we left Duane and Patty Stowe came into camp getting ready to travel north for another TS trip.

Naturally we get to enjoy visiting prior to and after the designated week of the gathering.  One example prior to the week, we had an ice cream gathering at Sue and Joe’s rig with Jerry and Hessie helping host.  Most everyone attends church each Sunday and it is a must to shop regularly at the local grocery which has everything. We did notice that some of the eatery places had closed due to Covid, to lack of help, or a surge of break-ins.  We did get to enjoy Sarah’s singing in the grove of the park or in the newly erected club house. She is a long time helper at the park and a special person to all.  One Saturday we were able to gather downtown to attend the Chama Days’ Parade and eagerly gathered thrown candies.  One evening, many of the group attended an auction and dinner just south of town which helped the humane society. Some of us drove into Pagosa Springs at different times for shopping at Walmart and eating at special restaurants we’ve enjoyed over the years. Some played cards and the men did get to go cut sticks after the designated week was over.  The Merriman’s hosted two fish-fry’s and some had campfires to enjoy.  Also, we had a memorial for a longtime camper here and friend to all of us, Raymond Bullock, who passed away several weeks ago.  He and Mary Ann have been coming for a long time and she too helps in the park and is loved by all.  So you see we have kept pretty busy in additional to our RV visiting on a daily bases. Oh, nearly forgot, a few went to the doctor and we were all depressed that our, afore mentioned, Mary Ann, had a stroke and is in the hospital in Albuquerque. So, please lift up a prayer for her.  

Our gathering began with a snack night on Monday which is always enjoyable and with varied dishes.  We were able to use the newly constructed building which hasn’t been completely finished but is closed in which keeps us out of the weather (pollen and mosquitos).    We also had a steak night on Thursday with each couple bringing their own steak, hamburger, or chicken for the grill and a side dish.  Delicious as always!  

We did have an Executive Members’ meeting during the week where the list of newly nominated officers was presented and they also attended the meeting as guests.  The ballots have been sent to each of you and the nominees will be voted on at our business meeting in Galveston in October.  Hope you can make it!  Also, at the meeting, Myrna reported we have $5,960.53 unencumbered as a balance in our treasury.  Two upcoming rallies which will reduce the budget some are: The Galveston Business Meeting Rally sponsored by the club will be Oct. 12 leave on 16 at Jamaica Beach RV Resort and then we will have our New Year’s Rally on December 28 to leave on January 2, 2023, in Many, Louisiana, at Toledo Bend RV Resort and Cabins.  Check the web page for more detail.  Again, hope you can make both. 

 Linda Brian

As a reminder, if you have not gone to the web site,, and requested or signed up to receive notices when our Web Master, Susan Kercher, posts updates, please do so now.  Sometimes sponsors of different rallies will send you a notice about a rally but sometimes information is sent to Susan for her to send out and if you are not signed up you will not receive the notice.  

Linda Bria

TS Business Meeting Rally


The 2022 Traveling Supremes Business Meeting is coming up at Jamaica Beach RV Resort in Galveston, Texas, on October 12-16, 2022.  It will be hosted by the TS Executive Committee.  

If you have not yet made your reservations, please call ASAP to (409) 632-0200 and ask for Angela.   Rates differ according to weekday/weekend and location of RV spot.

Of course, in addition to our annual installation of officers and business meeting, we will be treated to a scrumptious shrimp boil with all the trimmings furnished by the Club. We will tour Moody Museum as well as many other sites that are available in Galveston, which is a tourist Mecca all the time, but is especially perfect weather in October!  The park has a great pavilion for our gatherings and even a lazy River if you are so inclined!

Please join us for fun and fellowship for this annual rally!  We look forward to seeing you there!

James Smith


2023 Mardi Gras Rally

Here it is, folks!  For all those who have never been treated to a Mardi Gras celebration In Louisiana—lend me your ears!  We will be going to Lafayette, LA for 2023 Mardi Gras parades and festivities on February 16-23, 2023. Call Cajun Palms RV Resort, 337-667-7772, tell them you are with the Traveling Supremes, and MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS SOON!  We have 15 spaces reserved but there is an October 17, 2022 deadline for sign-up. This is a very popular resort which fills up fast so if you think you might go, make a reservation. They have a very reasonable cancellation policy. 

We plan to go to some parades, eat our fill of Cajun food (someone’s famous gumbo and someone’s bread pudding?), and tour around South Louisiana to our hearts’ content.  BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!!

James Smith

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):

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

2022 Galveston, TX Business Meeting

October 12-16, 2022

The 2022 Traveling Supremes Business Meeting is now scheduled for Jamaica Beach RV Resort in Galveston, Texas, for October 12-16, 2022.  It will be hosted by the TS Executive Committee.  

For reservations, please call (409) 632-0200 and ask for Angela, if possible.  Rates differ according to weekday/weekend and location of RV spot.

More details will be forthcoming in the near future.  Get your spot now!


Traveling Supremes dues for the 2022 travel year are due! We thank those of you who have already paid and we look forward to receiving the dues from the rest of us! Dues for returning members is $20.00!

Please mail your checks to Myrna Braly at P.O. 6687, Tyler, Texas 75711 or email Myrna at with any questions.

Passing of Kay Hauffe

On December 23, Kay Hauffe passed after a long battle of pulmonary issues.  Henry asked me to notify those who would remember her.  Kay was always upbeat and had many unusual life experiences to share with many of us.  Henry and Kay were always a team in everything  they did and he was always by her side during her health problems.   

You may read Kay’s obituary by going to  You may comment at that site or send a card, Henry’s address is:86520 North Factory Rd.Folsom, LA 70437

From Ardis Schenk

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Ted and I want to wish all of you Traveling Supremes a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

We sure wish we were going to be traveling to Caldwell, Texas to be with you Cowboys and Cowgirls for a Yellowstone New Years Eve Celebration! I can’t wait to see pictures…not everything in Caldwell has to stay in Caldwell 😉

I wanted to mention that I reserved a cabin for us at the Elkhorn Lodge during Chama Time…8/15 departing 8/21 and we hope to see you all there! We may also be going to Yuma the end of January but do not have our reservation yet!

Christmas holiday design. Realistic silk red bow with ribbon, 3d balls, fir-tree branches, berries. New Year background. Vector illustration.