Escapade Day One

 Posted by at 2:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 012013
 

Yesterday was the first day of the Escapade RV rally and a short but busy vending day for us. The Market area opened at 9 a.m., but we were there a few minutes early to get things laid out on our table. Here is Miss Terry, ready to greet customers and take care of business. […]

Ready To Go

 Posted by at 1:59 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 302013
 

We took advantage of the last chance we’ll have for a few days and slept in yesterday morning. From now until the Escapade RV rally is over we’ll have to be up and out the door early to be at the main building and ready to man our vendor booth at 9 a.m. After a […]

Last Day At Orlando

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 122013
 

Today is probably our last day at the Orlando Thousand Trails for this winter. We leave here tomorrow to go back to Three Flags in Wildwood for two weeks. I say “probably for this winter” because we actually have another two weeks reserved here at Orlando after our Wildwood stay, but if all of Terry’s […]

Rally Notes

 Posted by at 1:04 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 292012
 

Yay, the mailing is all finished! Miss Terry worked and worked and worked just like a little dynamo, and yesterday afternoon just before they closed I dropped the last bins of envelopes off at the post office. I’m sure glad we have that behind us! Now we can concentrate on all those rally details we […]

Ohio Rally Recap

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 022011
 

Baby, it’s cold outside! Yesterday started with more wind and rain, and it never got over about 50 degrees. The rain and wind stopped sometime in the morning, but the cold never let up all day long. And the overnight low was just 33 degrees! I’m ready to head south right now! Terry and I […]

Sep 242011
 

We can spend months searching for a fantastic venue to hold an RV rally, we can recruit the best seminar presenters in the world, and we can bring in vendors offering the finest products at the best prices. We can plan every detail to the nth degree. But, the one thing we cannot control is […]

Last Day In Elkhart

 Posted by at 1:39 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 172011
 

Today is our last day in Elkhart, and I have no idea where the time went. We got here August 11, and I think this has been the fastest five weeks of my life. We had a lot of things we wanted to get done while we were here, including kayaking on the Saint Joseph […]

Sep 082011
 

It is no secret that we have not been happy with the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) for a long time, and I have written several times about the very elitist attitude of many of the people we have met at FMCA rallies, who seem to judge others by the cost of their motorhomes, rather […]

And The Wind Blew

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 192011
 

If there is one thing you can count on in northern Arizona this time of year, it’s that the wind is going to blow, and it’s going to blow hard. The wind came up Sunday, and when it started blowing, it never stopped. Yesterday morning we had to drive to Flagstaff to drop off a […]

I Miss The Rain

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 082011
 

Longtime blog readers will recall that at last year’s Gypsy Gathering in Yuma, the city received its entire year’s worth of rain on the day we parked our Early Bird arrivals. Not to mention hail, sleet, and lighting! It was a miserable experience for our dedicated parking crew, but they stuck with it like the […]

Mar 032011
 

The Arizona Good Sam rally is going on at the Yuma Fairgrounds this week, and yesterday I spent some time visiting with the rally staff and the vendors who are here for the rally. Most of them will be staying over for our Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally next week, and since a couple were vendors […]

Mar 022011
 

When I was a younger person, I thought I would never get old, and didn’t want to. What fun could that be? Now that I have almost six decades under my belt, I realize just how dumb I was back then. This is absolutely the best time of my life. When I look at the […]

Mar 012011
 

Sometimes it can be very frustrating trying to plan an RV rally. There are a thousand details that have to be handled behind the scenes, like pre-ordering enough donuts for everybody every morning, but not ordering too many and having them go to waste. Or making sure we have enough two-way radios for the parking […]

Down To The Wire

 Posted by at 2:06 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 282011
 

We’re getting down to the wire on our Arizona Gypsy Gathering rally, and everybody on our advance team is busy, busy, busy! The rally starts a week from today, and we still have a lot to get done. Miss Terry and Barbara Westerfield have been locked to their computer keyboards, making lists, setting up registration […]

Can You Say Windy?

 Posted by at 2:37 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 102011
 

It’s been so windy here in Apache Junction that I’m afraid a farmhouse might land on my ex-wife’s mother! The wind started blowing Tuesday night, and it rocked our motorhome all night long, rattling the slide covers and keeping me awake most of the night. It slacked off a bit during the afternoon yesterday, then […]

Playing Catch Up

 Posted by at 2:33 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 312011
 

We spent yesterday playing catch up, trying to put a lot of paperwork and household chores that had accumulated during our trip from Florida to Arizona behind us. It always seems like there’s a pile of laundry to be done, a stack of orders to log in and fill, and a backlog of e-mails to […]

Mar 132010
 

Friday morning we were up early again, serving coffee and donuts to our rally attendees, saying goodbye, and wishing them a safe trip to wherever they are headed next. There were lots of hugs as RVers wished us well, congratulated us on a great rally experience, and promised to see us somewhere down the road. […]

Good Sam Rally

 Posted by at 6:52 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 032010
 

The Arizona Good Sam Rally starts today, so yesterday we spent some time checking out how they were getting everybody in off the street and parked. Since this is the first time for both us and Good Sam to have a rally at the Yuma Fairgrounds, there is a learning curve.  32nd Street in front […]

Feb 022010
 

I’ve been pretty lazy the last couple of weeks, but it’s time to get into work mode. I have an awful lot to get done between now and our rally in Yuma, which is only five weeks away. I’m trying to develop two new seminars for the rally, one on the interesting stories we have […]

Jan 282010
 

We’re on the road today, headed for Yuma to check out some things at the fairgrounds for our Gypsy Gathering rally in a few weeks. One of the buildings that we thought we would be able to use is not going to be available, but they have a couple of other ones we need to […]