Rally Day Two

 Posted by at 1:39 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 072012
 

Everybody seems to be having a great time at our Gypsy Journal rally, and even though Terry and I and all of our volunteers are dog tired it sure makes us feel great when people stop to tell us how much fun they are having, or how much they are learning from our seminars.

I don’t think that there are any RV rallies, large of small, that can top us for the number and variety of seminars we have to choose from at one of our events. Here at Yuma we had 27 different seminars to choose from yesterday alone, ranging from RV battery systems, to solar charging, RV fire safety, fifth wheel trailers, E-books, an RV driving class for women only, and solo RVing, RV insurance, to name just a few. All in one day!

And today we have 27 more, including things like cleaning your RV, computer security, induction cooking, geocaching, RVing in Alaska, the VA medical system, RV weight safety, and more. Terry and I were instructors for Life on Wheels, and when that great program ended, we saw a need for events with an emphasis on education but that incorporated a lot of fun things too.

We’ve also got a lot of excellent vendors here, including Becky Mason, who makes beautiful custom jewelry. This is Becky’s first rally with us, and we hope she’ll come back next year.

Becky Mason

Karen Fretwell and her husband Randy own On the Go Embroidery, and they create personalized hats, shirts, and all kinds of other neat things.

Karen Fretwell

Ron and Suzy Zuege are here selling induction cooktops, as well as LED emergency lights, among other things. Suzy is a funny lady with a quick sense of humor, and I have a good time matching wits with her.

Ron Suzy Zuege

Wil Olsen and his wife Cyndy, who was probably off gallivanting when I took this picture, are good friends of ours, and are here representing Adventure Caravans.

Wil Olsen

Rob Gambol is a tech with Redlands RV and Truck Performance Center and he’s always busy installing tow plates, auxiliary braking systems, shock absorbers, or other necessary upgrades and improvements. Last year Redlands put Koni shocks on our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage and it really helped the motorhome’s ride.

Rob Gambol

As I said, we also have a lot of fun, and last night a big crowd gathered for door prizes. There was a time when I would have been terrified to get up on stage in front of this many people, but now I love it. Yeah, I’m just a big old ham!

Door prize crowd

After the door prizes, cowboy singer and yodeler David Bradley took to the stage to put on a concert that had everybody’s toes tapping. David has performed around the world, and was named Entertainer of the Year in Branson, Missouri. He was a member of the renowned Sons of the Pioneers for years, and has performed with such silver screen cowboy singing greats as Roy Rogers and Rex Allen. David has also performed on the Grand ole Opry, so having him here with us was pretty cool. David performed at our rally in Yuma two years ago, and he was as big a hit this time as last.

David Bradley 2

Today will be more on the same – lots of seminars, lots of fun, and lots of good times. If you’re not here, you are missing one heck of a party!

Thought For The Day – You may think that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But if you take the time to water your own grass it would be just as green.

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  5 Responses to “Rally Day Two”

  1. Nick,

    The photo of George Mayleben is not George.

    I love your blog keep up the great work.

    Jim

  2. I think it’s J.D., one of the driving instructors. Don’t know his last name.

  3. Sounds like you all are having a lot of fun – makes me jealous sitting here at work.

  4. Will the embroidery people and bead lady be at Celine? Hope so.
    Looks like you are all having lots of fun.

  5. Thanks for the photos, Nick. Lookin’ forward to being at Yuma next year.

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