Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2011 Escapade, Gillette. WY. August 31, 2011

We are coming to you from the 51st Escapade in Gillette, WY at the beautiful CAM-PLEX this morning. We are parked in the Box Elder Campground, row “D”, site 34 with hundreds of other RV’s.

When we got home from our 1000 mile trip back to Eastern Nebraska, we were rather exhausted. We almost made the decision not to come over to the Escapade but it rained all day Monday and that gave us a chance to relax and recoup. There are just too many of our good friends over here that we wanted to see so here we are. Plus the weatherman promised clear skies and a beautiful day Tuesday. He was right Tuesday was beautiful. We hurried up and sent out a couple PressurePro orders and headed West towards Gillette. It was a super day and the 112 mile drive was enjoyable.
Before we left, I wanted to dump my tanks. I love the way the air system on this Foretravel lets you tip from one side to the other, raise or lower the front and rear. That comes in real handy and helps get the rain off your roof and awning.

We called and told our good buddies Art and Caroline Fennell that we were about 10 miles away. They are in charge of Security and advised us just where to turn and said “we will be there waiting for you”!  When we pulled into the big wonderful Cam-plex, there they were on their golf cart waiting for us. After some hug’s they lead us directly to our parking spot....full hookups and 50amp’s. Now how is that for service? Boy it pays to know the right people in the right places…  Thanks so much guys!!

We got comfortably settled in and then ventured over to the main complex area. It wasn’t long until we were meeting all kinds of friends and long lost buddies. We ventured through the Vendors area and that made me remember all the times we stood in  booths at Rally’s like this. Ah, it seemed so great to not be working and being a regular attendee for a change. We even had a few hugs with some of our old Vender buddies.
After looking everything over and talking with friends for much of the afternoon, we headed on back to the Rig and about Happy Hour there was a knock at the door. Several other Foretravel owners were near by and invited us over. There are about 6 Foretravel owners here that we got to meet and talk Foretravel  with. A couple of them even bought their Foretravels from MOT just as we did and even from Mel, the same salesman.

Since there were no activities that evening and it was an “on your own” night, we had some of the Roast Beef that Ann had given us that was left over from the funeral luncheon. Boy it hit the spot.  Later our friends,  Keith and Donna, stopped by to say hello and shortly after that, Mark and Dortha stopped.  It is so great to see all these folks.

During Mark and Dortha’s visit Megabyte2 decided to create a little excitement. We hadn’t noticed that we had left the front door slightly ajar. Silently and without anyone noticing, she slipped out into the big vast campground. When Mark and Dortha got up to leave, we noticed she was gone, Oh Dear!! It was high panic time for us all…….would we ever find her.....while I got my shoes on for what I expected to be a long search and started out the door, here she came zooming back in the door.  Mark and Dortha had seen her under the Motorhome and she was scared and when she saw the chance she decided to get back home, where she was safe and sound…   WOW, were we relieved. Praise the Lord !  What a great day,,,,all’s well that ends well!

Today we will continue wandering around like a couple “regular attendees doing a few things of our choice. Then tomorrow night, us and about 30 others will be initiated into the local Elks. A lot of the Elks clubs across the country have Campgrounds and hookup’s for RVs where a lot of our friends stay, so were looking to join them.

Friday we will say our farewells to all and head back to our little “Heaven on the Hill” in the Black Hills and guess what. We are going to move into our CABIN……..  We are excited!!

It is a GREAT WEEK!!!! As we continue to thank our Father in Heaven for all he has provided us…..

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squawmama said...

I am so happy for you guys that you decided to go and have fun at the rally... kinda wish we were there since so many of our blogging friends are there. Sadly we are not Escapee members and no where near there. Actually in the opposite corner of the states ~ lol. Glad Megabyte came running back in!!!
Have fun

Sue and Doug said...

glad to hear you changed your minds after all!..have fun at the rally..some days 'hugs' from old friends make everything right with the world!..Ms. Megabyte is a sneaky little devil!!

David, Sheila and Stella the Beagle said...

Glad you guys made it, wish we were there too. We are in Forest City, IA, headed back to the farm in NW IL today. Yesterday we came here and did the Winnebago factory tour like we annually do just for fun. It is always nice to see what is new and exciting. Not exciting is the 5 hour return trip, LOL.

Have fun!!!

Dave & Sheila

Janna and Mike said...

Glad you decided to go to the rally--hand out some hugs for us. We are sure enjoying this Elks Lodge campground in ID.

Ruth said...

I know how your hearts must have sunk when you realized that your little Megabytes had escaped. We had the same thing happen last time we were south when one of the guys doing some work inside our rig left the door open. Our Arthur decided this was fun and led us a merry chase until we finally cornered him. My heart was in my throat!!!!!!

Jim and Sandie said...

We're in Site C-42 - so not too far from you guys. Jim and I are driving the shuttle golf carts this afternoon. But hopefully we can meet up somewhere and at least say hi. Been so busy it's hard to find time to visit.

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Good to see you made it to the Escapade, I know you guys will have a great time. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna....

Happytrails said...

Glad you guys made it back safely!! Sounds like you have a nice site so just sit back relax and enjoy the company of great friends!! Have fun!!

All Because Two People Fell In Love said...

Mom & Pop's,
Glad to see the drive went well for y'all. I'm sure y'all are going to enjoy being a spectator verse working. Of course Pop's after you add up all the money Mom has spent on the cabin you might have to come out of retirement to make a few dollars. Just kidding. I know y'all are going to enjoy "The Cabin". I cannot wait to come up there just so I can spend the night in it. It looks so Beautiful!!! We Love Y'all,
Your Kids

Sherry and Charley Dilworth said...

So glad you made it to Gillette!! We saw you way across the room but could never catch up with you!

And it sounds like Megabyte2 is feeling better and that is good.

Sorry that we did not get by to see you again while we were in Custer recently but I am sure we will have the chance to meet again someday.

Safe travels and have fun moving into your beautiful new cabin!!

where's weaver said...

Megabyte2 keeps you on your toes. So glad she is a good girl and doesn't wonder off too far. She know where she can act like she is the queen. Enjoy the rest.

Al Bossence said...

Glad you decided not to pack in your blog Mike:))