Carol Ann, you and Roy really have to 'join the group' to really get the feel and all the fun and friendship that's at one of these rallys.
I hear you Jim.
In 06 I really needed to work on our "new" trailer so we could take a big trip out east. We were not sure how the old dog would handle camping. Emily was our first meet and we didn't quite know what to expect. We experienced the group effect on the way back from out east at the PEI meet.
In 07 I still had a lot more work I needed to get done on the trailer, but we made a point of scouting preferred areas in the group sections for 08. Yet we still met lots of great people and reconnected with old friends from previous meets.
In 08 we were expecting a new pup when online site registrations became available. We decided it would be safer to get a regular site rather than potentially annoy people with a new pup that was not yet even part of our family. I did a little less work on the trailer and a little more socializing (as much as we could tolerate with our new high strung pup) and scouted the group sites while visiting.
Though we have not made any decisions for the summer of 09 as of yet, we have discussed what we would like to do. I'd really like to book off a week or so just to work on the trailer early in the season. Come new year, we'll have to pull out our calendars lay out all the "on call" schedules, conferences for work, trailer events, dog events, weddings and things we know about - then put in requests for time off. Plus we've got out of town friends that have similar circumstances we like to meet up with once or twice a year.
I presume all this would be easier [b]if we were retired. Then again, some people that I know who are retired say they have even less time than they did when they were working. YKWIM?
One day in the future when the trailer is finished it will be nice to experience what I see the rest of you doing at these meets. Will that be in 09? Who knows? I guess that fits in our wish list with the trip to the eastern seaboard, one down south, one out west ...
On edit: Forgot to mention, yes we'd like to join the group one day