Memphis Gathering Update!

Note: The NEW GATHERING DATES ARE: Arrive Monday April 8 and depart on Saturday April 13.

The weather forecast and the snow melt is not cooperating for our Memphis Gathering. We decided we better find another campground away from the river!   Note to self…do not have an RV Rally in Midwest in April lol!

Our new location is at the Memphis KOA in Marion Arkansas, a little north and west of Memphis. We have 7 rigs attending and as of yesterday they still had a couple of sites available if anyone else is interested, please let me know right away. We are still working on our agenda, as the impending rain may change things a bit.  Fortunately, we have a room available after 10:30 in the morning for games and happy hour!

For board members that are attending, I am planning to have an Executive Committee Meeting.   I will be sending you additional information on that in the next couple of days. If anyone not attending the Gathering has anything they would like us to discuss, please let me know. My phone is 619-972-6471, email susankercher@aol.com

Susan Kercher

Memphis changes, part 2

As the rains continue all over the country, there has been an update on the National Weather Service river forecast. They are now showing the river will not recede below the 31 foot mark until the 27th, which is not going to allow the park time to do any cleanup for our rally. This information was sent to me by Michael and Patti Hutton who have been following TS posts and would like to join us at the Memphis rally! Thank you Michael and Patti and we look forward to meeting you both.

Ted and I have decided to delay the rally until April 8, 2019 and hopefully this will give the river time to recede and Tom Sawyer’s time to clean up! The NEW GATHERING DATES ARE: Arrive Monday April 8 and depart on Saturday April 13. Those that can make these new dates and would like to join us, please let me know by text 619-972-6471 or email susankercher@aol.com.

Some of the things we are planning besides watching the barges go up and down the are: Memphis Rock and Soul Museum ($11 for adults).

There are several other museums we may want to think about, such as the Pink Palace or Civil War Museum. Dixon Gallery and Gardens ($7 for adults) and the Cherry Cafe. Multiple gardens with classical sculptures and world class paintings inside.

Peabody Hotel to watch the duck walk! Not joking…live ducks! Graceland for those that haven’t been.

Thanks for your patience,

Tes and Susan Kercher

Memphis Gathering update

As of this time we are still planning to have a West Memphis gathering from March 27 to March 31, 2019. But you may have noticed the park is closed due to high water. And the park does not answer phone calls or emails when it is closed. But current Weather Service projections are that the water level will be below 31 feet when the rally is planned. Just in case, I plan to call another campground that is not near the river and check their availability as a backup plan.

Please text me at 619-972-6471 or email me at susankercher@aol.com if you are still interested. If the Weather Service is correct, the park will not re-open until March 16th. I’m sorry it’s going to be last minute and I will send out another message about an alternate campground in a day or so. Also the details are on the website or check with me on the plans for the gathering.

So stay dry and think positive thoughts, and join us for a fun rally. Wherever it will be held.

Thank you for your patience…Susan Kercher

Lunch at Pat’s

If you’ve been a Traveling Supremes member for any length of time, chances are you had lunch during Mardi Gras time at Pat’s Riverside Seafood restaurant. A real Cajun treat, serving only the freshest seafood. The Cooks, Butauds, and Moreaus all showed up for lunch. Alas, Burnel was stilL under the weather a bit and stayed at home. And, we had a pleasant surprise, charter members Dave and Cynthia Reed came by to say hello.

So we had plenty of old stories and fresh seafood for an terrific lunch.

Entrance to Pat’s restaurant has plenty of other sights to see

Cynthia and Dave Reed

The Reeds and Cooks

The Butauds, Laninga’s and lonely Marie

Mardi Gras!

Not a Rally, not even a gathering, but more like a get together… the Butauds, Cooks, Laninga’s and Moreaus met in Lafayette for some fun togetherness. And, of course, with it being Mardi Gras we had to attend the parade and collect beads. But before all that Marie prepared some most excellent shrimp etouffe. Too bad Burnel was feeling under the weather but except for that the hospitality and getting together was most appreciated. Even the weather held with no rain or cold spell!

The group (sans Burnel) getting set up for the parade

The parade started by some impressively large horse patrols

There was some most impressive musical effort taking place
One of the 25 or so floats

You want beads? No problem!

Some pretty fancy beads

Elaborate art work on the floats

Buena Vista Update

From Lou Butauds

Just a quick note to remind everyone who may be interested in joining our Gathering at Mt. Princeton RV Park in Buena Vista, Colorado that the time to make your reservation with the park is NOW! The Gathering starts on July 21, 2019 (arrival day) and ends on July 28, 2019 (departure day). If you wish to arrive early or extend your stay work that out with the park when you make your reservation. The park is very popular and for good reason – prime area to visit, well managed park, and good amenities. It generally fills up early for the season. Park telephone number is: 719-395-6206.

Carol and I will be arriving in Buena Vista on July 19 on our way back south from visiting Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Sturgis and the Badlands. We will be in the Rapid City area for about a week. We plan to leave Buena Vista on July 30.

As to our reservations, I spoke to Cindy, Owner and Manager, just recently and she confirmed she is holding ten spaces for our group. We currently have five who have expressed an interest but only three are planning to be in RV sites. Dakes and Butauds will be in cabins. So, please call and make your reservation today if you are interested. Discuss cancellation rules with the park when you make your reservation. I plan to tell Cindy that she can recoup any unused reservations on April 1, 2019.

Once I know who plans to attend, the agenda will be tailored for the group. We know the area very well and will select from the attractions that seemed to be of most interest to the 2017 group. Of course, time will be allotted for individual interests and choices and some “do your own thing” time. All day trips will be escorted.

Buena Vista and the surrounding area offers lots of historical and interesting places to see, good places to eat, usually great weather, shopping for those interested and the unmatched beauty of the surrounding 14,000’ mountains. We are also planning to visit a couple of excellent restaurants the group enjoyed in 2017. We will have group functions such as breakfast and pot luck, but these all require that we reserve a facility – another reason for needing commitments now. Should you have any questions, feel free to call Carol and me or Tina and Jim. Telephone numbers are: Lou and Carol – 830-755-4441, Jim and Tina – 361-228-0776.

Remember, make your reservation now! Hope to see you at Buena Vista in July.

Downsizing your coach?

The Cooks and the Phillips travelled to Tampa for the big RV show. As luck would have it, the Smith’s (James and Gail) were there as well. They also ran into the Bayless’s.

Driving these big motor homes is difficult and many people downsize their rigs. The Cooks and Phillips took advantage of the RV show and downsized to a Cricket. They also took the Smiths for a ride. Now they fit into the smallest RV sites!

Actually the Cricket is a cool little electric cart that fits in the back of many SUVs. Great for those huge RV shows as well as getting around the largest RV Park.

Left: Deanne and Dave, right: James and Les,, back Gail and IdA