Thank you all for making this Cherokee 2013 rally such a success.
It went way beyond our wildest expectations.
And special thanks to Jean
for taking the reins again.
This is written for those that were unable to attend as well as from one
There were so many memorable occurrence's, that to name just a few seems unfair. As they were surfacing all over the "NEST"! I believe also that the sites being fairly close together, compared to State and Fed parks, actually contributed to the festival atmosphere.
A few come to my mind and maybe some of you can talk about some of your own experiences.
Wednesday we arrive at 2:30. Got set up, and met neighbors. Trying to decide whether to roll out the awning
. Decided to do it Thursday!
Thursday AM rolled out the awning in the rain
while the guy in the Class A motor Home sat in his slide out kitchen enjoying the show. But I had help of 2-3 folks giving advice. Actually made it kind of fun!
Thursday was somewhat of a dark dank drizzly day lending to folks gathering under awnings for fireside chats, without the fires. Still there were plenty of between shower times to move around and get acquainted.
And if the rain started up, just stay where we were and chat until the next rainless spell.
Friday AM started out at Granny's Kitchen breakfast Buffet. Ann told me to eat real well, cause she wasn't fixin lunch
The rest of Friday was absolutely a gorgeous fall
day with plenty of sun and lots of visiting. Jean pulled out around 6:30AM to go up the mountain to get that special sunrise. She got that and a bonus moon set from the same vantage. Sun rising East and moon setting west, viewed from a mountain top has to be spectacular. Lots of folks drove up the mountains for viewing and picture taking during the day.
Friday night some of the staff and locals did a karaoke gig at the rec building which lasted until 10ish. I didn't go due to a sick dog, but understand it was quite entertaining. Also a bunch of folks went to the Casino for a serious buffet. The buffet was $25, but with the purchase of the buffet ticket, the Casino gave a $20 gambling card. Ann got back to the trailer at 10PM. And said she wants to do that again next year.
Saturday morning I asked about breakfast and Ann said, "I'm still full from last night. Eat a banana and some yogurt."
The parade of homes was a blast! The streets were full
of people, similar to a festival. Some of the reconstruction and modifications were truly inspiring. The day was beautiful.
The weather held good for the pot luck. There was a counter and 3 tables loaded with food. Jean was the perfect hostess and kept rearranging the food to make room for more coming in the door. The tables looked like a jigsaw puzzle with all the pieces fitting perfectly in place. Lots of recipe swapping afterwards. There was so much good food and lots of delicious deserts.
One couple brought 10+/- dozen Krispy Kreme donuts
. And likely every flavor KK makes.
It's astounding to me that they brought that many. Even more astounding, they knew where to get them. Then the mystery was solved. He, Ted, is a COP!
.....At the end of the pot luck there were virtually no deserts left, including the donuts. Actually very little food of any kind was left. Those tables looked like a war zone.
Special thanks to those that arrived early to prepare and those that stayed late to clean up. And to Troy for carrying every bit of garbage to the dumpster! The Rec building looked like we had "never even been there" when we closed the door behind us.
Thanks to all!