Traveling Supreme members Jo Marr and Myrna Braley both had surgeries this past week and both are recuperating and doing well! Let’s all keep them in our thoughts and wish them continued rapid recovery.
Also, we have a new member Steve Merriman. Let’s see if we can talk him into sending a picture and short bio so we can all meet our newest member.
Hello Supremes, we have a time and place for our annual New Year’s gathering! We will be at the Colfax Recreation Area RV park and Campground. The dates are: check in – Dec. 28th and check out – Jan. 2nd 2021. Call the park at 318-627-2640 and talk to Nolan. As always, be sure to tell them that you are with the Traveling Supremes. The good news is that they honor the National Park senior pass known as Golden age or America the Beautiful Senior pass. Full price is $35.34 per night and $17.67 with the senior pass. Price includes tax. More info later. A special thanks to Linda Brian for her help!
Jim has reserved sites and they were placed on his credit card so if you are planning on going, please call early and secure your site. Many of us camp there several times throughout the year and enjoy the building which faces the Red River. The town is small but close to Natchitoches and Alexandria. Plans are being made to secure a tour of the Locks and Dam located behind the park and for the Kent House located in Alexandria. I’m looking at a few other options in the area so we hope to have some fun with our special New Year’s Day meal.
Again, a special thanks to Jim Hoover for securing the location.
Traveling Supreme Natchitoches Rally, Oct. 29, 2020 – Today was the last day of the rally in this historic town. Our excursion today was to Robeline to tour the remaining house of Fort Jesuplocated about 22 miles from Natchitoches. It was constructed in 1822 to protect the United States border with New Spain and return order to the Neutral Strip. The fort was in operation until 1846 and the US continued control of the abandoned fort site until the privatization of the site in 1869.
After the tour and lunch on our own, we met with Bud and Rosalyn Odom at the meeting room. They were on their way home from Houston.
Again, a special thanks to Susan Kercher for her work on this rally and Marie Moreau for the tours.
Today at the Business Meeting Rally in Natchitoches, LA, at the Nakatosh RV Park we had a quiet day with a club sponsored meal of Bar-B-Que and had a general business meeting conducted by our president Susan Kercher. The theme for the day was “Patriotism” and the room was decorated with red, white and blue and we were to wear red, white or blue clothing.
Those attending were: President Susan and Ted Kercher, Wagon Master Jim and Tina Hoover, Paul and Tandy Krugler, Michael and Patti Hutton with mom, Nellie, Pete and Mary Minnix, Les and Ida Cook, Burnel and Marie Moreaux, Guest of Jim and Tina, Steve Merrimen and Polk and myself, Linda Brian. We sang along to two songs, one led by Tina Hoover and one by Polk Brian and Mary Minnix and Linda Brian was presented a plaque for serving as the editor and publisher of the newsletter for 15 years.
Natchitoches TS Business Meeting held at Nakatosh RV – We have 9 rigs here but had about five that had to back out due to many different problems, health, rig damage and repair needs. Those attending are: Host and President Susan and Ted Kercher, Wagon Master Jim and Tina Hoover, Paul and Tandy Krugler, Michael and Patti Hutton with mom, Nellie, Pete and Mary Minnix, Les and Ida Cook, Burnel and Marie Moreaux, Guest of Jim and Tina, Steve Merrimen and Polk and myself, Linda Brian.
We arrived to the park Monday afternoon, Monday, October 26 and had our “meet and greet” time in front of Susan and Ted’s motorhome. In our host packets, we had patriotic masks and info about the area. Monday was both Ida and Marie’s birthday and Susan had treats for them and individual muffins to celebrate their birthday. Jim discussed about the need to find a good park for the New Year’s rally. Most of the parks have closed their meeting rooms due to COVID virus. He also said he had a few more caps if anyone is interested.
Tuesday morning we left at nine to go to Hemphill, Texas, to tour the NASA Space Museum. It is a small museum but worth the stop if you are in the area. The 15 minute film prior to the tour was emotional and informative. That afternoon was open for scouting around Natchitoches or resting. Some took advantage of both while the Executive Committee had a quick meeting but no voting due to the lack of a quorum.
Annual Business Meeting
“God Bless America”
October 26-30, 2020
Come one, come all! We would love to see you all in Natchitoches, Louisiana for our annual meeting and on Wednesday at the business meeting, please wear you best red, white and blue in celebration of our country! Let’s end this crazy and sad 2020 year on a high note for our club! This will be more of a tag-along so that we can all do as much or as little as you feel is safe in the scary times of the pandemic!
October 26th: Arrival 5:00. Meet and Greet to get welcome packets and say hello to friends! We will be safely distanced…details to follow!
October 27th: Tag-along to the Columbia Space Shuttle Museum 10-11:30 ($5.00 fee). Those interested in lunch at a restaurant will be on their own but info on restaurants will be in packets provided! Afternoon will be on your own!
October 28th: 12:00 Delicious lunch catered and provided by our club…details to follow! Followed by Business Meeting (no sleeping allowed lol)!
October 29th: Tag-along to Fort Jesup State Historic site, a Mexican-American War Era Fort! (Free for seniors 62+). Afternoon on your own!
October 30th: Departure!
Please sign up soon so we can get a head count for the luncheon! If you have any questions, please give myself or Jim a call. Thank you…Susan Kercher and Jim Hoover!
I hope that everyone is staying well during these trying times. I don’t think that many of us are used to staying home this much. We didn’t get to have the gathering in Elephant Butte due to the virus so we are ready to go camping! Chama is next!
Sky Mountain in Chama opened up on May 15th and I spoke with Bill this morning and he told me that they were open for full ocupancy but with some “social distancing”adjustments. The Bath house is closed, laundry is closed for the moment and only one person (with mask) allowed in the office at a time. Pretty much the same things we are doing in our own locations. He did advise that if you have reservations, you should call or email to confirm that you are coming. If you do not have reservations you need to contact them to see what they can do as August is pretty well booked. The official dates for the Chama gathering is August 17th to 21st but just come when you can.
Also, I just set the date for our fall business meeting for October 26th (check in) to the 30th check out in Nakatosh campground in historic Natchitoches Louisiana. You can call Amy at 318-471-7147between 7:30 and 3:00. The group rate is $27.86 per night. As always please tell her that you are with the Traveling Supremes. Also note that number may be different than what is in you campground guide or online.I am also thinking about a tag along to Yuma again in January 2021. More on that later.We are in need of a host for our New Year’s gathering as well. If you have any ideas, please give me a call, text, or email.See you on the road!
Certainly COVID-19 has enormous impact and some very serious potential issues, especially for us older folks. We (John and Susan) would recommend each and every TS member to exercise caution, wash your hands, and be diligent.
Your webmaster is not particularly worried about the virus. But what does concern us is then potential of getting it when we are far from home. If we get it, someone may need to change our diapers, and that is not a TS service O(.
But this is a personal issue. So in the exercise of extreme caution, Romola and I have decided to stay close to our family and not go to Elephant Butte. As of this writing, there is no reason to skip a rally or gathering. Just be aware of the risks and make your own decisions.
After the Quartzsite tag along, some of the Traveling Supremes went down to Yuma (about 90 miles south) to visit members Louis and Leona Keyser at their winter place. Making the trip were TS members; Jim and Tina Hoover, Paul and Tandy Krugler, Pete and Mary Minnix, Roger and Jo Marr along with their friends Frank and Maureen McWillams and of course Louis and Leona Keyser.
In the Traveling Supreme tradition there was good food, fun and fellowship and a few card games. We went shopping at a local flea market that had lots of RV supplies as well as other goods. We even went to prison! The old Yuma territorial prison that is!
Great fun and great friends. I can’t wait until our next TS gathering in Elephant Butte NM.
Jim and Tina Hoover’s Quartzsite tag-a-long came to an end after nine nights of fun and cameradery. Louis and Leona Keyser, Paul and Tandy Krugler, Pete and Mary Minnix and Ted and myself rounded out the members. We also brought guests Warren and Joyce Blakely into the tag-a-long for the week.
The RV Show was the big draw to Quartzite and we all attended the show numerous times (thankful for the shuttle) as we learned of something new someone else had found or after thinking over what we had seen. Most of us also took the opportunity to look at new and used RV’s for sale. I thought a couple of people were close to making a purchase! But alas, no one walked away with a new RV!
The group took advantage of the campground cafe being open this year! Reviews were mixed on the food but overall everyone seemed to enjoy. We also had lunch in town and dinner at the local Mexican restaurant. Saturday night we invited some friends of ours to the campground for dinner at the Cafe with the group. We had met them in Fresno and they are full time RVer’s. They were boon-docking for the week and it was interesting to hear about their experience.
We ended most days with a nice campground ﬁre…thank you Jim and Tina! We had lots of stories and laughs and I think Tina managed to get a few campground card games going. In my opinion…a good time was had by all!