Chama 2022 followup

Hello Supremes,

I spoke with Bill at Sky Mountain today. He reports that the water is back on, and things are getting back to normal. Currently, Tina and I are still on track to be there on August 1st for 30 days and some of your names were mentioned so I hope that we can all meet up in the mountains and enjoy some cooler weather. It has been well over 100 where we live, so we are ready. Also there are still 3 rigs going on to Custer South Dakota. 

These are challenging times for RV travel and we will continue to monitor fuel cost and availability, but right now, we are a “go”.

I do think that quite possibly going forward, our RV travel and club events may be closer to home, maybe in the Texas and or Louisiana area. On that note, I would like to give special thanks to James and Gail, as well as Polk and Linda for their work in planning our next couple of events. 

Safe travels and God willing I will see you in the mountains.

Vaya con Dios.

James C. Hoover Jr.

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):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/4462135410501619/posts/5213010448747441/

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

2021 Chama

2021 Chama Gathering

Do you want to be cool in August next year, then make your plans to join us in 2022 in Chama for our annual gathering at Sky Mountain RV Park.  This year we had 15 rigs, some coming for the entire month while others came for a few weeks but all for the week of 15th through the 21st to join in great fellowship with our RV family.  Those attending were:

Newly appointed President Jim Hoover (former Wagon Master) and wife Tina; Secretary Myrna Braly; newly appointed Treasurer Billy Braly, newly appointed Co-Wagon Masters James and Gail Smith, Jerry and Hessie Smith, Dave and Deanne Phillips with son Darren and wife Tammy Phillips; Louis and Leona Keyser; Mary and Pete Minnix; Steve Merriman; Larry and Nita Denmon; Joe and Sue Kelly; Ron and Diane Garner; Jim and Sarah McElroy; new member Don Spencer; and Polk and Linda Brian. 

Prior to our arrival and the start of the week of our gathering, those who were here attended the annual parade in town.  Sunday was the opening day of the week for the gathering. Monday we had our rain delayed entire-park gathering to hear music performed by Sarah, who is park employed.  She did a great job and some of our own members, James Smith and Ron Garner told some impromptu jokes giving Sarah a quick rest. 

Since this is a gathering and not a planned rally, everyone does their own thing. Some enjoyed the beautiful drive to Pagosa Springs to shop and enjoy eating at different restaurants. Since most of us have been coming for many years, we’ve done the typical touring sites so not many travel anymore to the monastery, or to Ghost Ranch which was the home and studio of painter Georgia O’Keeffe, or take the famous Gumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad to Antonito.

Our days are usually filled with visitation outside different rigs, playing cards in the shade or in the park erected tent which we had for the whole week. Some have been known to share ice cream cones or either cake and coffee in the afternoons.  Also, Chama has one of the best small grocery stores around which does a booming business, one of the best spots in town.

Tuesday and Wednesday we had two Executive Committee meetings, one to fill vacant positions to the officers which just recently came open and another to give input for the agenda for the upcoming Durant rally in Oklahoma, September 15-20th.

Wednesday evening we had a pot-luck meal at the tent and welcomed our newest member, Don Spencer, to our club.  After our meal, Jim Hoover explained about the change in our officers.  Susan Kercher who was our president had resigned due to the sale of their rig and move to California, so Jim who had been our Wagon Master was moved up to fill her position.  Susan will be an emeritus member and has agreed to do the webpage.  Bud Odom, who has served our club for many years as our treasurer requested to be replaced and the executive committee approved and asked Billy Braly to serve which he graciously accepted and James and Gail Smith willingly accepted the newly opened wagon master’s job as co-partners.  After Jim explained the transition of officers, James gave an update on up-coming rallies which were already in place and those he and Gail had just added to the calendar including the New Year’s Rally, so make check the web page or watch your email for dates and rallies and make plans to attend as many as you can. 

Friday we had our annual evening meal of bring-your-own steak for grilling with side dishes in the tent.  This is always a hit.  So come join us next year for a great time.  Call now for reservations because it fills up fast. 

(Pictures in next post)

Linda Brian

Chama/Sky Mountain notes

Hello Supremes,

This week I became aware of a price increase at Sky Mountain. One of our members made a reservation and found that the price had increased. Many of us made a reservation when we checked out and were not aware of the increase and I wanted to let you know so that you would not be surprised when you show up. Bill and I emailed back and forth and he confirmed that the monthly rate has gone from $660 to $750 and is not taxed. The daily and weekly rates have gone up as well and you will have to add a 13.5625% motel tax. You can see these rates on the website. 

This is not necessarily a deal breaker, but I think you should be informed so you can plan. In fact, I went ahead and confirmed my reservation and therefore still plan to be there this year. As always, you can call, text, or email me. For specific questions as to rates please contact Sky Mountain, or refer to the rate sheet on the website.I hope to see some of ya’ll in Lajitas/Big Bend.

Vaya con Dios amigos!
James C. Hoover Wagonmaster 

Wagon master report

Hello Supremes,I hope that all of you are well. This year is almost gone‎ and most of us are glad to see it go. I look forward to better times in 2021 and hope that our personal and family lives will be more normal. Along with that, maybe our traveling and camping can resume. Upcoming events include New Years at Colfax campground Dec 28 thru Jan 2. There are 4 rigs going at this time so it will be more of a tag-a-long with no planned activities due to social distancing.

Also, there are 5 rigs going to Quartzsite AZ arriving on January 16, then going on to Yuma after the show. This is also a tag-a-long with no planned activities other than fun and fellowship.Also planned for 2021 is our annual trip to Chama. Official rally dates are August’s 16 thru August 21 but as you know, Chama is more of a come and go as you please event.

If you have questions about these events or if you would like to host an event in 2021, you can‎ call, text, or email me.Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.


Vaya con Dios amigos!
James C. Hoover

Rallies for 2020

Hello Supremes,

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!

Vaya con Dios amigos!
James C. Hoover

Business meeting

From Linda Brian

TS Members, I’m getting more excited about the North Louisiana “Southern Pride” Business Meeting to be held at Lincoln Park, Ruston, Louisiana for September 23rd to 27th. But before you come to North Louisiana, don’t forget we have two other gatherings, Buena Vista for July 21-26 and Chama on August 18-25th. Check the web page for details.

Now for info about the NL “Southern Pride” Business Meeting, don’t shy away because you think it is just a business meeting, you’ll be disappointed. I want to encourage you to go ahead and call for your reservations early (318-251-5156). You will not be given a site number but when you arrive you pick out the site you want and park. Most all sites are easily accessible to the club house.

This is a rally that is hosted by your executive committee. You will be served a welcome meal, two breakfasts and desserts on two other evenings. We will eat as a group at an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet with a senior discount and we’ll meet at an Italian Restaurant for a group meal which is across the street from Miss Kays’s (of Duck Dynasty) bakery. You’ll have options of several tours in three cities, Ruston, Monroe and West Monroe. We’ll have a few guest speakers through the week and you’ll learn why so many people are proud to be from North Louisiana. You’ll learn about some of the well known people from the area including a visit to Duck Dynasty. Our decorations and meals will reflect the culture of the area and that is not South Louisiana culture or dishes, I’m talking about North Louisiana pride, country food.

So mark your calendars now with the date and call to register. Tell them you are with the Traveling Supremes. Hope to see you in September in Ruston. Linda Brian