The last couple of days have been really great but sooo busy. The educational part of the Rally has been everything and more that I could hope for. I love the format…we spend 1 hour per topic which is just enough time to give solid information and answer questions but not enough time to really glaze over. The topics were great and included Basic RV Maintenance, Batteries, Electrical systems, Traveling in Alaska, TV on the Road, Internet on the road, among other topics. Every night we have had a catered dinner and one night we had a pot luck which was tons of REALLY good food. My favorite though is at the end of the day when there is a social hour with an activity. Weds was Handy Gadgets where people showed cool things they had made of repurposed for RV’s. Our friend Kelly had taken a packing divider and turned it sideways to make a mountable wine glass rack. You wouldn’t believe how much discussion there was around how to safely carry wine glasses in a camper 🙂
Thursday night was the Newlywed game and they had three groups, experienced campers (5 years or more), Newbie Campers, and Wannabees. Lee volunteered us for the Newbie group and we were doing pretty good until the bonus question where they asked where the bottle opener was. I was super excited because we had forgotten a bottle opener and I couldn’t open my Wachusetts Ale we had just bought a new one and I knew exactly where it was. Lee wasn’t so sure where it was and in any case he always goes for the funny and he cracked up the whole room with his answer of “Does anyone have a bottle opener we can borrow.” In such a small space you really can’t find anything plus we keep moving things around trying to see which space fits best.
Along with lots of great classes, activities, and just all around fun there has been time to have some great conversations with other newbie couples like us. Kelly and Bill cane one night Greg and Cori over last night and in both cases were talking to past 11pm. For those who don’t know I am an early bird and Lee often conks out on the couch by 9pm, but the great conversation, a little bit of alcohol, and a campfire and I really could have talked well into the night. Even if I I had not learned a single thing (which is definitely NOT the case) the opportunity to meet with other couples has been tremendous. We were having such a good time meeting folks in little groups we invited all the newbie couples back to our place for the free night. Everyone brought whatever leftover food they had lying around (which worked out way better than I expected) and their chairs and whatever they wanted to drink. We gave several tours of the rig and folks really liked some of the features and some of the small customizations Lee has done. Folks stayed from 5:30 to past 10 and we have a really really good time. Tomorrow is internet on the road, boon docking (which I am super interested in) and how to find a campsite which I am VERY interested in…some of the folks doing this longer know the greatest trick for finding these beautiful relatively inexpensive campsites. Here are some great pictures from the party. I made some a pitcher of mai tai’s btw and they were a big hit!! See the recipe below.
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