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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Tim and I went to Emerald Desert Resort to visit with Friends that meet and or crossed paths at the popular resort.  I think there were 18 or 20 Rainbowrv'ers there but most were off to local attractions when we arrived and we only got to catch up with several folks.  Molly & Nancy Bob & Bob, Rubie, Tom ,Mike &  Tom, Gordo & Chuck, Don & Chuck  Don and Tim, Tom and Eric, and Buck and Jeff  ; oh yea us, Tim & Greg.

 as night darkened and new year approached Tom treated us  to 4 propane camp fires and endless bottles of Champagne as we rung in the NewYork New Years. Rubie belted out a pleasant rendition of Auld Lang Syne  , BobB filled us in on the songs origins,  Molly and Nancy set up a complete feast with everything from soup to nuts.  OffRoad-Tom was winner of the  prior event Christmas Ugly sweater  contest but I began to wonder if the sweater was his normal attire??

 

  

 

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Ugly Sweater Photos

Well PhotoBucket has turned out to be a waste.
I could not figure out how to get to the pictures as a visitor.
SO I created a website
Rainbowrvphoto.com
the java script on the first page is very slow.
maybe some can tell me how to correct that.
use the members button on the first page which goes to a page with one selection for today of ugly sweaters.

Any one who has pictures and would like to have them on this website contact me:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.put rainbow RV in the subject line
thanks
Carl

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Gee its grate to be retired Christmas morning

Gee its grate to be retired Christmas morning

There hasn't been much activity in the wa/or groups so the dogs and I spent the Christmas week at the county line park off of WA.State HWY 4 alongside the Columbia River. The pictures are of the river at daybreak.

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Borrego UglySweater 2010

Borrego UglySweater 2010

Tim and I went to Borrego Springs this weekend with about 40 members.  Our event host was ScottC . what a great time we had. 

Borego Springs is a small out of the way town in the Anza borrego desert of Southern California.  Beth and Elia host a March event there when the deseret is in bloom but this Christmas event is also a great time to visit the area and get out for a hike and some 4x4 offroad adventures.  

Friday night we got there just as the sun was setting.  We intended to be there around Noon but spent the morning in Tims office planning the Temecula WineCountry event and worked out last minutes details for Novembers Gay Pride in PalmSprings.  To our disappointment we were to late to join the group on a sunset jeep run but we were able to take advantage of the great vistas from the campground as the red sky lit up the entire valley and gave way to a full moon.

Friday meet and Greet is one of my favorite treats. For the most part you can always count on making the hors d'oeuvre  a meal and this event proved no exception. 

There were about 6 new members and they fit right in.  the new gals added to the fun and kept us cracking up later during the Saturday gift exchange.  Jeffery the gift master coaked members to not only pick treasures hidden behind gift wrap, He egged us on to first check out the unwrapped gifts then trade your chance at a wrapped jewel with that gifts new owner.  Sounds confusing but in the end we went home with great gifts and memories.

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clothing optional RV park

I was wondering if there is a clothing optional gay RV park in Washington, Oregon, or California?  We are wanting to go around Christmas or New Years.  Thaks for th einfo.

Allen

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Riverside Ca Christmas Lights

Riverside Ca Christmas Lights

Just Back from an event with everyone at the Riverside Regional Parks campground Rancho Jurupa Park.  I didnt get an official count from our Host Scott M but I would guess we had 30 members.  This is one of the smaller events and it is true that there is a better chance to meet up with friends at smaller functions. 

Tim was relaxed as Scott Beth and Elia did the running around. Our Host Scott rented a Dodge van and shuttled the group to and from The Big City.  Saturday morning  we hiked up to see the Rubidox Mountain Crucifix   then went to a unique Mexican taco joint. Tias Tacos was more than unique.  Elia coaked the Owner Martin out of the office to give all of us a history lesson on his restaurant and a good look at his Art.  Fun

  Later that night we hit the city for a look at the Mission Inn Christmas light display.  Friday and Saturday night we spent huddled by 4 LPG gas campfires to keep off the early winter chill.   Sunday morning Scott treated us to a Continental feast then everyone went on their way.  I think this was the first time no one stayed extra nights after the event ? When we pulled out only Scott Beth and Elia remained pulling up hoses and doing a last minute patrol of the sites.  Thanks Scott, Great Job, Much fun.

Two weeks of work then back out to the desert with another RainbowRV group wearing Ugly Christmas sweaters. this cant be anything but fun. stay tuned 

Greg

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Palm Springs Photos

 Palm Springs Photos are available on the Web

They are located at www.photobucket.com

I was hoping it  would be an easy log in, but that it not to be.

In the search box in the upper right corner search for rainbowrvphoto

Goes to No Matches found

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The Gay rogue VOGUE... our trip back....

Well we pikked up the big new vehicle a 1989 vogue prima vista II  in Westlake village , Cait was interesting seeing how the upper half lives...  a 5 million house, and nuttin2 worry bout! cept fartin inda kitchen? damn nice but i couldnt handle it! seem nice but hope i can trust him!   onna take the southern route back to Jersey have no time constraints and well we gonna enjoy it! been 2 years since i found my Lover dead  and started CPR... and then the 18 months of experimentation withn the pacemaker and defibrillator... and drugs etc. so what ive got left of an inheritance well bestb to have fun end spend then to croak like the ones that saved and left it to us! so we be onda road.. wasnt alot but lets see what we can see!any help wil be appreciated!
Fred and Pete and 2 beagles (rescue) Rony and jimi

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Suggestions for RV Park/Camping in November in So Cal/Arizona Area

Hi, I am new to this group and live in San Dimas CA.  I have a friend coming out from Illinois on November 8th and am trying to figure out where to go for a week.  

Anyone been to Sedona and have recommendations for an RV camp?

 

Thanks,

 

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Life at a Gay Campground as we go into the Fall

 

I haven't been keeping up with this blog the last couple of months, because the summer was so busy ! What a summer it was ! We had so many great events like Country Cowboy Weekend, Bearapalooza Spirit of the Bear, Hawaiian Luau, and much more !  

  Something everyone has been enjoying a lot is outdoor Golf Cart Drive In Theater. We have been showing movies on the stage with our new projector and everyone  has been a enjoying it quite a bit !! You don't need a golf cart to join the fun, we have lots of chairs, and our full-timers often have room in their carts to snuggle up with new friends. We will do a few more before the weather gets too cold and maybe we can build a fire too. So far it has been an impromptu thing we have been doing on Sunday evenings, but we will be working it into the regular schedule for next year.   

 One of Dorothy's poodles had another litter of puppies and they are just the most adorable creatures. I think that some of the pups have been sold but she still has some of them.

Here's some pictures on Facebook 

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Anticipation of the Ugly Betty Road trip to Big Sur from Dallas, Texas

Today, we found this terrific RainbowRV website and are very interested in participating with other gay RV owners for fun and travel events. My partner of 8 years, Mike and I are leaving Dallas on 10/15/10 in our newly renovated Class A motor home, nicknamed 'Ugly Betty'.  We would like to ask if anyone knows of good gay RV campgrounds off Rt 40 W hopefully out of Texas and into New Mexico.  Thanks for your help!

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Hola From Mexico!

Some internet glitch with the Mexico ISP has been preventing me from checking on the site.  Out foxed it by logging remotely into my compter at the office. 
We are having a blast in Mexico and have an accepted offer on a house here in the Ajijic Village.   It reminds me a lot of the French Quarter in New Orleans.  All the houses are inside wall and have wonderful courtyards. 

Thought I'd check and see what you guys(and gals) were up to. 
Will be checking back in now that I know how!

Steve

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Travelpod

Hi Guys,

George and I are enjoying retirment.  So far so good!   We've been traveling the southern states visiting relatives before we head south of the border.  We've started a blog on Travelpod.com which is where friends and family can check in and see where we are and how we are doing.  It includes a map showing where you were on your last check in.  Pretty neat!
Will be heading to the Ajijic area of Mexico hopefully in early September. 
If you are interested in checking out our blog here's a link.

http://www.travelpod.com/z/steveandgeorge/1/1280398796

Steve

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The BIG trip...

PART I -
Okay, well, for US seven states, 3600 miles in fifteen days is a BIG trip!  I realize for others that is a drop in the bucket of gas and miles, but it was pretty good for us.  We started in Washington state, headed first to Nampa Idaho where we snagged furniture to replace the missing pieces in our new *used* class A motorhome.  We were thrilled to get an incredible deal on furniture we loved, so it was a great way to start the trip.

We left from there and headed further south in Idaho and found some friends that had moved away from our area years ago.  Had a very short but nice reunion with them, and left the next day for Utah.

Okay, so, Utah.  First of all, we had every kind of weather there possible--rain, sleet, snow, sun, wind.  Wow, the wind.  Second...does Salt Lake City ever end???  We drove and drove and drove (through construction) and I thought it would never end.  The scenery was amazing, that whole are just wasn't what I thought it would be like.  We spent the night in a great little park that was called "Lakeside RV" but was actually "Riverside" :)  But it was a nice place, some beautiful walking trails running around the park, and the lake within walking distance. 
We left there for Zion National Park and our only regret was not planning a LOT more time for that stop.  We only spent one day there and it wasn't nearly enough.  Stupendous, amazing, stunning...just not enough words.  If we go again we will stay close to the entrance of the park in a little RV park in town or right in the state park.  Then we wouldn't have to travel to the park like we did this trip.  It is a great town, seems like a lot to do, and though I may have to get Diane drunk twice to go back (once to agree to the trip, and once to get through the climb out on the very steep, windy roads) I would love to spend an entire vacation between Zion and Bryce--which we missed completely on this trip!

I will come back with PART II - Grand Canyon and Scottsdale later!

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Temecula 2010

Temecula 2010

I decided to post some recaps of recent trips and go backwards threw the months to include several highlights. I am doing this posting by signing into the members area then hold my mouse over Profile then click on MyBlog Dashboard.  Everyone is encouraged to start a blog.

Temecula Wine and Balloon   is an annual event in Southern California .  In  '08 Tom Davies  the then Southern California  Chapter Rep asked my Tim to host this event.  Tom picked up the momentum that Mike Culpepper started in the Southern California chapter and involved members in hosting events while Tom assisted in the organizational  and promotional aspects.  Tom  set members on a path to better organized events.   Club activities and participation grew to involve almost 200 members at the 2010 campout.  The more the merrier is a proven concept .

Tim and I arrived at the campground early and met Rodney and Gorden to help set up the main meeting area. We collected 200 chairs and 35 tables then planned out the best way to facilitate the planned social gatherings.  We declined the  rv's parks offer to use a concrete court yard and opted to keep members on a close to camp grass area.  Closer to the event start day other members chipped in and help us complete the staging area.  Robert and Randy set up the sound, Cindy and Pat made the name badges, Rainbow Cinema's 16 foot screen was erected by Jody and Allen.  Countless other members assisted in the effort and clean up Sunday morning.

Thursday night was fun but we noticed that many of the members scheduled to arrive for the extra day did not.  Member had a chance to set up, enjoy new friends catchup with familiar faces and get the party started. Friday morning we brewed 120 cups of coffee and members toasted Beagles at the first gathering of the event.  The  various scheduled gatherings are the clubs tool to facilitate fellowship and foster new friendships. Everyone is encouraged to hangout and meet their Rainbow family. 

Friday noon many members ventured into Temecula and the Balloon grounds 5 miles from camp. Local vineyards and shops got their share of members business evident from all the goodies members schlepped (Barry is that the correct spelling?) back to camp.  Tim and I hug out with many of the members who gathered close to their camp with new friends met earlier that day.  I strategically positioned the RainbowRV van where  Tim Beth and Elia sold Jackets, shirts and hats with the new RainbowRV Logo.

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My first adventure

Hmmmm

My first time -  out -   with  Betty  - the travel trailer.

The Pacific NW as I have found out is rather wet.

The darkness came too soon and with it the rain.

What I did not know was my battery was just about dead.

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Life at a Gay Campground - What a summer so far !


Right after Memorial Day things started to pick up around here and we got about 5 new full timers, and we have been getting a regular day crowd on the weekends. It's been great seeing familiar faces around and greeting newcomers !!  I have been adding a lot of theme events to make things fun, but I think people are most interested in just laying out by the pool, swimming naked and socializing at the cafe. The guests also always seem to enjoy it when Charlie, Jay, and I put on a live concert at the pool. Roy and I have been implementing some free food times, like hot dogs on Sundays, Spaghetti dinner on Mondays, and Tacos on Wednesday, and Roy & Eduardo have been going to Pride events to promote, so it looks like it will be a fantastic summer !! Some of our full timers have offered to provide a keg for some of our events so we will start doing that in mid- July.  I launch booking for Bearapalooza Spirit of the Bear on July 1 !! Its going to be an exciting event !! So much to do, so little time! I suppose I should get SOME sleep, it is 3 am !! 
 
Good night for now.Freddy  
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Priscilla's High Heel

 Priscilla's High Heel

Tim and I had some time this last weekend to do some more work on the high heel shoe prop we built for last years Palm Springs pride parade.  TonyP the Palm Springs event host secured a place for us in this years parade and we didnt want to show up without adding something to the mix or making some changes. 

The steel frame of the shoe was not our intended final parade entry last year but the look  worked as time ran out to cover the frame with some type of finished surface.  We experimented with foam and fiberglass with poor results then decided to pull out the singer and review  some quick Youtube How To Sew videos.  

Tim found some silver sequence spandex fabric at a craft chain and traveled to three locations to collect enough material to complete the project.  We needed to have the liner material and sequence-spandex sent out for treatment with fire retardant prior to assembly.  I took advantage of our slow work schedule to make a pattern using cotton sheeting and paper for the heel while we waited for the fabric to be treated.  We were surprised that the treatment took only two days and we were able to get right to cutting and sewing without any delay.

For the construction of the covers we used a machine to sew the black cotton blend liner then inserted 1/4 inch rods to stretch the cover into shape.  The three sections of the shoe were then dressed with the wire enforced liner material then we hand stitched the sequence fabric to the liner. 

Tim pinning liner sections for machine  sewing

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Buffalo River June 2010

Buffalo River June 2010

Took the RV out for a little shake down trip up to the Buffalo National River here in Arkansas this past week.   Fortunately this river was hardly affected by the rain unlike the deadly flash flood in south western Arkansas.  Our River rose about 4 feet over night with swift currents.  This is a major floating river in Arkansas.  We are planning several more trip this year and needed to find out if all systems were working properly.  A little problem with the pressure switch on the Jabsco water pump but fortunately we had an older one with a good switch.  All systems worked well.

 

 

 

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Life at a Gay Campground - I feel Trashy

Life at a Gay Campground -  I feel Trashy

I feel trashy today. Maybe it's because of the girls coming this weekend. We are having out Trailer Trash Bash and I am pulling out the old drag box to have some fun.  I have to get trashy songs ready for the revue. Knomie Moore, Amber Divine, Peggy Legless, and Shalita Buffay will be here to help out. It's gonna be tons of fun!! Where did I put the spray cheese ?
 
 
  
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