What a hoot!! I got there about 4PM on Tuesday the 17th and left the following Tuesday at noon. There was only one Casita
left - out of 60 plus trailers- when I bugged out. (Turns out they were staying an extra day and beat me out of longest attendee). Susan was happily able to drive up on Thursday to join us and reap the benefits of her labor. The week was full of fellowship fun and food- plenty of activities but no pressure. We were free to look up old pals, make new ones, tour rigs or just plain relax. I did plenty of that ....I can't remember the last time I had 7 straight days off:O
I did manage to get a few pix before my camera glitched..mostly Casita
collages. My kingdom for a wide angle lens!! I'll post if I can get them downloaded. There were a half dozen or so Scamps- including Ron Cranston, founder of SOI in his 19 ft "Scamp 1"- and a couple U-hauls, but I was disapppointed not to see any Bolers, Trills or Bigfeet....really wanted to check these originals out. Safe to say that the Canadians gave birth to the concept, but I quipped that those canuck trailers must melt south of the Mason/Dixon Line:laugh
Donna and Bud's pet parade was most entertaining, and all the properly proud pet owners shared their well-behaved critters with us. There was one incident later in the week between a pair of dogs but Terry Littke broke it up pretty quick. That took some courage I assure you.
With hamburger cookouts, Nellie's potluck on Saturday, and Sunday Pancake & Sausage breakfast, it was easy to make the week on food and not spend a dime on eating out. The tire seminar and weigh-in were most informative, with 20 or so attendees weighing
each wheel of their tow, then retreiving their trailer and returning to the scales. The paperwork was considerable with detailed info on tow and trailer tires
, and the professionals were happy to analyze your numbers and offer advice.
Things started to wind down at the end of the weekend, nicely ushered by Roland and Suzan's wine party. Never at a loss for humor, wit or style, our nattily clad host in a tux tee was all to happy to add a touch of ambience and (despite my efforts with the evening's campfire) share his Casita
fireplace with us. You Had To Be There, trust me.
Of course a wealth of ideas and raw material for mods was to be had with so many trailers in attendance. I would easily give Frank Ferry and family the nod on the Coolest Rig award for his 20 foot Scamp
. Frank's talents with fiberglass are formidable and damned if he hasn't pulled off the first functional slideout in an egg. Not a man to trust theory, Frank and his wife slept in the slideout instead of the kids. I can't wait to see this project as it progresses. Coolest tractor?? I'll stand behind my selection of Dwight and Geneva Smith with their WDH-equipped Caddy Fleetwood land yacht.....style points count!!
Coincidentally, one unwitting attendee on his way to Alaska just happened to stop for the night in his Casita- you can't imagine the look on his face when he pulled into Fiberglass central- like the rest of the rally
, it was priceless.
All in all, just a super week. The weather was damp on Wednesday, but just stellar thru the rest of the rally
with temps in the 70's and bright blue skies. Cool nights- no air was needed till Sunday eve and Monday. Susan and Terry pulled off a monumental task with skill and grace, while financing many elements of the event out of their own pockets. In appreciation, a suprise celebration of their 35th anniversary and cake was presented while they planned the 55th Anniversary party of others. Ideas were knocked around for next year's gala, with Roland's suggestion of an extended NM desert boondock and artifact tour heading the list. I will defer to others on the outcome of deliberations. Suffice to say that I hope all of you get to attend a gathering of this scope sometime in the future....the regionals are great but there was a special ambience to the First National Fiberglass Rally. I am proud to be a part of this community and it was a rare treat to meet everyone and spend a week with those of discerning taste- safe travels to you all.