Friday, March 24, 2017

NORTHWARD BOUND - DARN

Well, that was a busy week.  We joined 916 other RVs and three tents at the Pima County Fairgrounds on the east side of Tucson, AZ Saturday to Friday.  We took in a few presentations but found that after RVing for so many years that most of them were a bit redundant for us.   We met a lot of people who had been to Vancouver Island and many more intending to visit.  Just two people who I spoke with said they would never go to the Island because of the ferry cost.
We had many conversations with very friendly people and we were surprised at how many are full timing and how long some of them have been.  We were on the road just before 8 am this morning and are boondocking a couple miles from Bouse, AZ tonight after travelling 441 kms (276 miles).  It has been a gorgeous day and the ground is carpeted with many different types of flowers here.  I was out with my camera before and after supper.
The weather is looking a bit iffy on our projected route north through Nevada, Idaho and Oregon.  I wasn't able to bring up any highway webcams last night with the poor internet our Verizon air card was giving us.   We seem to have a much stronger signal here, or at least, less people on it.  I will try later to see if I can check out the route and projected weather.


The ROW is an area of tables with each one representing a chapter or group within Escapees

Hugs are an integral part of Escapees

More of the ROW, this is Eastern Canada's chapter

Aileen and I shared the table duty for the four days and four hours each day

My turn

Paul Evert's RV had a large display of new and used RVs and they made several sales, but not to us

Escapade was held at the Pima County Fairgrounds which were pretty in their own right

There were nice sized dog runs with separate enclosures for large and small dogs

Over near the dry camping area, there was this large mass of tumbleweeds piled up against the fence

Several evenings we had large gatherings for music and entertainment.  Bruce in yellow, Pam, Al and Laurie are from our chapter

The attendance over the week was 2652 but not all came out to the evening presentations

This particular night we were entertained by Woodie and the Longboards from California.  They are rated as the #1 Beach Boys tribute band.  They also did some Eagles tunes but they were much better covering the Beach Boys.

These two images show part of the vendors display area


Campers on the left and background and display RVs on the right.  Yes, that is rainwater on the pavement as we had some wind and rain to start the day.

Display RVs on the left

Willie, Waylon and Mitzy getting ready for the pet parade

Pet parade


Inside a couple of the new RVs on display


Our group went out for supper at the Brushfire BBQ Co in Tucson last night.  The food was pretty good and reasonable priced.

Nobody went home hungry!