Join us in Buena Vista

The sky is blue, the clouds soft and pillowy, the mountains have some residual snows.  And the temps are highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s.  So far, the Buteauds and the Laningas are here enjoying the weather, the scenery, and the companionship.  And an occasional adult beverage.  More will be coming soon, why don’t you come on over too?   We’d love to have lots of company!

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The Laninga’s humble abode parked in Buena Vista
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Carol and Lou enjoying the cool temperatures (and cocktails at our place)

Kentucky trip

Kentucky Trip-Ark Encounter and Creation Museum

Memo from Linda Brian

I had thought we’d schedule the Kentucky trip to tour the Ark and Creation Museum in 2019, but after going to Kentucky this week and checking it out, I’ve decided the camping accommodations are not adequate to have a rally in that area. The Ark is so new that newer RV parks haven’t been built yet and the two parks near are old and not adequate for rallies. They open the first of April and close for winter. Also, it is a long drive to just do the two things. I think it would be better if you choose to visit the area that you tie it to a trip to the Amish Country or one of the great cities you travel through getting to northern Kentucky.

Chattanooga has Ruby Falls and Rock City, Memphis has the music, Lexington claims to be the horse capital of the world. So, I’m taking the Kentucky gathering off the list as a TS tour but am encouraging you to take the time to see both the Ark in Williamstown and Creation Museum just south of Cincinnati but in Kentucky.

The Ark was a spectacular sight to see as you toped the hill and parked your car. There are trams/buses taking you from the parking lot to the Ark but there is a lot of walking to get to the Ark and in the Ark since it is 1 and ½ football fields long. They do have wheel-chairs and scooters to rent. Inside there is an elevator or you can take the ramps which are long but have a gentle slope to get to the three levels. Suggested time to tour is late afternoon until 8:00 pm (5:00 pm is last time they admit, I think) in the summers but the best time seasonally would be when the children are in school. We didn’t have to stand in line for anything, but could see they had ample waiting areas roped off to accommodate large crowds at peak times for buying tickets are entering the Ark.  You can easily purchase your ticket on line but you still have to verify it when you arrive. The Ark has huge, 2 ½-3 foot wood beams and structural posts throughout the construction. They say it is the largest wooden structure in the world.

As you tour, you see the enormity of the storage areas that are tucked away in every area as well as cages, ramps for feeding animals and how they could have used a system to bring in water and dispose of waste. Huge pottery containers and produce or garden areas were displayed depicting ways that Noah and family may have existed for the many months after the 40 days of raining. There were plenty of areas for you to be seated to rest and to view TV screens telling the story about the flood, building of the Ark and what this story means to the Christian today. There is also a huge restaurant and snack areas.

The Creation Museum is south of Cincinnati and located about 35-40 minutes north from the Ark. They too have carts for riding in order to tour. They do not stay open as late as the Ark, only to 6:00 pm so we opted to be there when the doors opened at 9:00 am and stayed ahead of the crowd so it was nice touring. According to how much you like to read, listen to the recording and view the exhibits as to the time needed to tour each exhibit, but several hours are needed for sure. I’ve included some pictures but have sent more to John Laninga to be placed on the TS web page if you are interested.

I do encourage you to make that area a way-stop on one of your next trips. Linda

More new stuff added!

Two new items are added today.  The first is the Wagonmaster Report, and the second is the announcement of the 2017/18 New Years Gathering.

You can find the Wagonmaster Report under the menu “Officer Page” and scrolling down to the report.

Details of the 2017/18 New Years Gathering can be found by clicking on the “Rallies” menu down arrow, then on Upcoming Rallies, and then on the 2017/18 New Years Gathering link.  Or, to make it easy on you, just click here.

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New reports added

Just added are the rally reports from Canton Trade Days and Bushman’s Camp.  You can find them  by clicking on the down arrow in the “Rallies” tab, then “Past Rallies” in the menu on your left.

Also, just added a picture of our officers, who work so hard so we can all have a good experience with the Traveling Supremes.  You can find the picture under “Officer’s Corner”, and also here:

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Officers: Treasurer Bud Odom, Secretary Susan Kercher, Second VP Jerry Smith, Wagon Master and VP Deanne Phillips and President Gail Smith.

Thanks to all who participated, and sent pictures and reports.

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

(A note from your webmaster – we were out of country with limited internet for 6 weeks so I got behind on my blog and web site additions.  But they’re coming, stay tuned!)

2016 was a good year with good times and memories for the Traveling Supremes. Special thanks to Ted and Susan Kercher for hosting the New Year’s Rolling Rally in Las Vegas, Pahrump and Death Valley. I loved seeing the photos on Facebook. Looks like it was another good Traveling Supremes experience.

2017 promises to bring many more good times and future good memories. I’m ready to get started. Are you?

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Let’s forget about the boring standard ones (lose weight, exercise more, write the novel, win the lottery, etc.) and make some special Traveling Supremes resolutions.

  • Resolution #1: Attend TS Rallies and Gatherings. And do we ever have some outstanding ones coming up. Tag-Along in March to the Passport America Rally in Tucson, AZ. In April we will travel to Canton, TX for the Trade Days and immediately following will travel to Bullard, TX at Bushman’s Camp Gathering. Summer brings us to Buena Vista, CO, Ruidoso, NM and Chama, NM. Our annual TS Business Meeting Rally will be held in September followed by a Kentucky trip to see the lifesize replica of Noah’s Ark. Check out the Future Rallies section of this newsletter for specifics and hosts. Join us!
  • Resolution #2: Did you see your name in the Future Rallies section? How about resolving to put it there by hosting a Rally or Gathering. If you’re unsure or would like someone to help host, get with me. We can make it happen!
  • Resolution #3: Spread the word about our Traveling Supremes Club. We have a super new website. Check it out and refer friends, old and new, to give us a look and join. The more Club members we have, the more good times we have!

I recently saw a quote reminding me to personally keep these resolutions. I think you’ll recognize the author.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Mark Twain.

Let’s all travel supremely in 2017!

Update

From Gail Smith:

I recently heard from Dave and Deanne Phillips that as they were reading a website that they enjoy online, they discovered the following web site about RVing:  click here .  Please check this site out at your convenience.

So now we are in the spotlight and were singled out as an “RV Travel Club that they like“! We feel this is in part due to the fact that, after many months of hard work and research by our website team, we now have our new website up and running! We are having lots of traffic and many visitors, possibly due to our new location on Google’s search engine list.

Other news, however, is not so good. Two of our members are undergoing lung surgery in the latter part of January–Jim Hoover (on the 23rd) and Carol Butaud (on the 20th). Please keep both of them in your prayers and let them know we are here for them!

Hope to see you all in Bullard, TX in the spring!

Gail Smith, President