News from April, 2008

Theme Rally – Illinois Beach St. Park – May 16-18

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Weather was great, except for a little shower Saturday evening. Cooking out the Lewis and Clark Way” with Dutch Ovens, really worked out well, thanks to our excellent chefs, Dolores Mayo, Sandy Whitesell, and Sharon White. Main courses Friday night were: a chilli dish with a cayenne kick (It had a biscuit topping.), a Manwich type beef (also with a biscuit topping) and Chicken and dumplings Stew. Dwight bought and cooked the sweet corn. Everything was great.

Saturday morning featured two layered dishes of diced potatos (one was with onions and green peppers) on the bottom, a layer of scrambled eggs in the middle and a melted cheese topping. We also had cinnamon rolls baked in the Dutch ovens.

Saturday afternoon the guys helped Dave Mayo install a slightly used Hensely hitch on his trailer. There were a lot of supervisors and photographers and a few people who actually worked. It all came out well.

Saturday evening we dined at the Resort Lodge. Those who ordered the pizza or the Yankee stew were well pleased. Sunday morning our chefs made a Dutch oven Blueberry Cobbler.

Between all the cooking, we walked the beach and nature trails and had several campfires.

Ten trailers participated and four members stopped by to visit us Saturday afternoon. Harry Cramond stopped by with his Ecstasy three wheel motorcyle powered by a hopped up small block Chevy V-8. It looked strong enough to pull an Airstream but he did not have one in tow.

April Rally – Amboy- 25th – 27th

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

We had a cool windy weekend with a some rainstorms Friday night and cool sleeping weather. We had 17 trailers attend, as well as one motorhome and a B-van. We also had ten of our friends “sans trailers” stop by for visits on Saturday. We cooked 2 inch thick boneless pork chops on the grills outdoors but had to eat indoors due to the weather. It was a good weekend to have the rally at Amboy with the large hall, complete kitchen and five hot air furnaces to keep us warm. Indoor sports (Corn bags, jokers, and cards) were the action, but we did get to have a campfire Saturday night. We voted on the election of Region and International officers, but put off the election of our unit officers. Our little shed outdoors got flooded over the winter and the fairgrounds people had pulled it onto the dry roadway before we arrived. Some things got wet and moldy and had to be thrown out. Most things on the higher shelves were salvageable. Five of the couples that are going on a Unit caravan to International Rally in Bozeman,MT spent three hours with: computers with cellphone Internet cards, TrailerLife Campgrounds Guide and Woodall’s, planning their trip. It was a labor of love. Modern technology makes the planning a little easier. A few members assembled an advertising bulletin board to be displayed at Adventure RV in hopes of recruiting a few new members. Even when the sun came out, it was too windy to fly our flags. We all had a good time catching up with how our friends weathered the winter either here in Illinois or in the south.

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