Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Wow ! Time goes fast when you are having fun.
We left Tiffin's in Al. early March, so we had 3 weeks to get to Las Vegas. I'm so use to driving to the next place , it was hard to say , " We have to slow down and we can see things along the way" . We headed south to the MS shore area. We stopped at some casino's had some fun and stayed in their parking lots.
We visited Gloria Jane for a week , Fun time seeing the area and eating La, Cajun food. She headed to the FMCA Rally with Pat & Sherman, so we headed west. We could have stayed in her yard but we wanted to keep moving.
We decided we woud do the Casino's alone the way . Some were better to us than others but we were ahead, and it was a fun experience.
We found a Coast campground, rested and relaxed for a week, then traveled closer to Waco TX. to another Coast Campground for three days. We went to golf driving range for some practice.
Met a Tx. Staff couple and visited with them and got the scoop, were to go what to do before going into the Samboree.
We got to the TX Samboree on Sunday and we were keep busy with seminars and visiting. We were taken out to DQ every night. When you are with Good Sam you have to have your ice cream and fun at DQ. What a wild bunch.
Sat. was my birthday and they suprised me at DQ with cards , a teddy bear and a dozen Yellow roses. I can't tell you how pleased I was.
After spending a week with our Good Sam friends we headed to Las Vegas for the rafting trip.
The first day winds were so strong we decided to stop early. It was 91 outside. When we woke in the morning it was 20 and we had snow on the coach and car. Oh well, you never know.
We arrived in Vegas and went to Visit Al's brother in law.
The next moring we were picked up at the Resort, 17 of us, taken to airport, flown into the canyon and to a ranch, picked up by a small bus , taken to ranch where we were flown by helicopter , four at at time , farther into the canyon and the raft we would spend three days on. We were flown in and the people who had been on the seven day trip were flown out.
The weather was great , temp about 75. Great morning trip. stopped for lunch and then continued on Trip. A Fun, small rapids trip. Around 4 we landed for the night. We got instructions on how to set the tent and the cots. A great supper , setting around talking and to bed for a busy day. We were told we would hit some BIG RAPIDS, to wear our rain gear.
It rained during the night , cold and rainy all day. We had a great breakfast then on to the river. It's funny it rained the rest of the trip but it didn't rain when we ate. This day was fantastic The rapids were so BIG. When the guides said suck the rubber they ment it. You leaned forward as far as you could so you wouldn't be pushed back. Rapids one after the other , a thrill of a life time.
We camped a little earlier because of the rain and we were cold. The guides got hot , thick, New England Clam Chowder. Told us to get tents up. Then they came around with Shrimp cocktail.
Our dinner was salad, Thick steak and Rainbow trout. You couldn't have asked for or gotten a better meal in the best restrurant.
We sat around a fire for awhile then early to bed.
Last day , another great breakfast, and on the river again. Along the trip we would stop to see the waterfalls and sights. I took a water proof camera, I have to have them developed. NOt sure how they will come out. WE have a site on the web that we can put pictures and comments. My mail with the codes is home so I will get it later. Friend on the trip said they would share.
WE were rafted to a spot and a speed boat picked us up. 30-40 miles of super speed to a big bus that took us back to the resort.
THe raft was going to be taken apart and trucked back to the start for another trip.
On the trip we had two sisters, two brothers, 2 groups of 3( friends in College), Father & Son, An engaged couple, a gal alone from Brazil , Al & I. WE were the oldest. It was a great 100 mile grafting trip, trip of a life time.
Now we are "On The Road Again" . We have to move fast, The NM director would like us in ASAP, but we couldn't get there until Monday. We had a fun busy week, I only knew a few people, I had never been to NM before. WE were in Roswell, Where the Aliens landed. I was told we had to go to the musieum. It was fasinating. Things I didn't know. I was told I have to see the movie "Paul".
WE left NM and headed to the OK Samboree. Alone the way, we were instructed in TX , we had to go to the Palo Duro Canyon. Beautiful sights. Thanks Fayrene for telling us to see this.
WE arrived in Ok on Monday afternoon. Tues. we went with Diane/ John and Betty/ Geno to dinner and the Casino. A real fun time with these guys. They are vendors and once the show starts there's only time to go by, say Hi and get a hug. It was fun to be able to spend some time with them.
We went out with another gang to lunch at Casino. They gave us money off the buffet. Because it was our first time there. We got cards. Al got a dollar, It was my birthday month so they gave me two cards, I got $8. They gave me a 12.95 coupon for the buffet. Buffet was 7.95 so it didn't cost us much for lunch with that coupon and two $3 off coupons.
We stayed about one hour to play and gained a little.
The Samboree was great. There were about 30 for the TX Samboree there so we went to Brams everynight. This is another great ice cream place.
WE had some extra excitement at this Samboree. The Director announced that , someone brought to her attention, that this was the first Samboree that Ice was delivered to the rig site.
We had dime size hale.
We had to go to the tornado shelter once. The weather brodcasted for the next week was severe storms and more tornados and it looked like it was following I 40 east.
We decided we are going east but we would drop down to I-20. Good thing we did, weather has been good. Each day as we travel we look at the weather channel and it' has announced the Tornados and the damage done. So glad we decided this.
WE just got through Atlanta Ga. anad we should be at the NC Samboree around 4 this afternoon. We hope to see some of our friends from NC and the states around them.
We are looking forward to another great week, then we will head on Home to Maine , with a short stop in the Lewiston/ Auburn area for a Class reunion .
Sorry, this is so long but I wanted to try to get caught up. Not sure what excitement is ahead for us. Hopefully a little quieter.
Hugs and love to you all.. Remember you must be out there making memories too.