Tuesday, April 19, 2011

RV-Dreams Rally comes to an end

Saturday was the last full day of Rally activities, with seminars on finding campgrounds, packing the RV for full-timing, and traveling to Alaska.  Lots of great information!  In the afternoon, we had “Rig Open House”, and we had lots of visitors to see Nicolas’ “Man Cave”!  We checked out a few rigs ourselves, and spent some time visiting with Denny & Char in their Excel 5th Wheel.  We had met them in Branson in 2008, but really had the time to talk and get to know them more at this Rally.  I think, in general, this Rally for us was more about “socializing” and less about “learning” – we know we’re ready to hit the road – we just have to sell the darn house!

Dinner on Saturday was a rib & chicken BBQ put on by the catering service – YUM!


Nick & Bryce certainly enjoyed the ribs!

We sure have eaten well this week!  After dinner, it was time for the 70s Party.  There was lots of old music, party games, and plenty of folks got into the spirit with tye-dyed shirts, beads, and whatever else they could come up with!

Seventies Party

The party-goers are definitely enjoying themselves!

I think Howard surprised everyone with his costume – especially his parents!  Linda just looked like she belonged in the 70s!


Stirling is thinking, “Is that really my son under there!?!”

Jenny and Don gave Howard a run for the money with their costumes – or maybe Don and Howard planned this . . .


Don and Jenny look the part of the 70s hippies!

On Sunday morning the Rally officially ended with a catered breakfast, and everybody said their goodbyes to those leaving right away. 


Howard and Linda end the Rally on a traditional note – “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts, and hardly a dry eye in the place!

Don and Lois were one of the ones leaving right away, so we said goodbye before we headed into Pigeon Forge for 10:30 mass.


Tom and Don enjoy teasing each other – we can’t wait to see them again – hopefully on the road!


Lois and the boys pose for a goodbye picture.

After mass and grocery shopping (we have to go back to cooking our own meals this week!), Nicolas & I did laundry while Tom & Bryce put up the new ceiling fan in our living room.  Sunday evening, Linda & Howard hosted a post-rally campfire for all the RV-Dreamers still in the campground – and there were about 40 of us there!!  Of course, there was no shortage of food – cookies, brownies, popcorn and s’mores!

It was a wonderful ending to a great week!

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