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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Hello Rainbow RV!
My partner of seven-plus years, Dustin, and I have had many exciting adventures. I've often thought about documenting it or sharing it with others per the suggestions of friends and family along the way.
At one point, a few film students out of LA asked to travel with us to observe our lifestyle and share our "ostentatious" attitude along with the benefits and challenges that brings to one. That was related to an idea of purchasing a small beach resort off the Northern Coast of Venezuela on Isla de Margarita (Yes, Jimmy Buffet's Margarita Island). As things progressed, and after meeting with the Venezuelan Consulate in San Francisco; our illustrious President W.T.F. Bush and Chavez stirred up a pissing match and we opted to seek out the perfect location for 'something' here in the states.
I was born and raised 5th generation Southern Californian mostly in the Big Bear Mountain region, and Dustin - a barn raised organic Coastal Oregonian... we had many considerations to keep in mind in order to find the perfect place that we both could call home.
I met 31-year old Dustin when I was 21 and working as a Systems Designer & Business Analyst for an insurance software development company in Los Angeles, he was working his way up an Electrical Engineering Firm that specialized in high-voltage electrical testing for data-centers and power plants in the area. Our relationship grew, our love for one another innate, and within one-year we were living together in his centrally located historic home outside of LA.
Well we finally took the plunge. Closed on the sale of our business(28 years)April 19th. We are now in a three month transition period which will mercifully end soon so we can get on with the real business of retirement. We are planning a trip thru Tennessee over to South Carolina, Georgia, Missisippi to visit family around the end of July. This should be the start of the next great aventure. So far so good. Have the motorhome in tip top shape. Just puchased a new HP laptop with the verizon MIFI since we both have laptops. George is in the MAC camp. There are advantages to both. We can use all the support/information you guys can give us.
Wish us luck!
May need some help on the "BLOG" thing.
Steve and George
Roy just let me know about a new promotion we are going to be running, so I wanted to share it with everyone. I think it is really important for us, being the new kid on the block to build up a long term clientèle, so we are offering year leases starting at $1295 for a little while. If you are looking for a place to try out in South Georgia, give us a try !
- We want you to be a part of our family at Roy's Hideaway!! We understand how important full timers are to a campground and we would love an opportunity to show you what we have to offer here at Roy's. That's why we are offering a very special discount to new long term guests who sign annual leases !!!
We often have Potluck Suppers, BINGO and movie nights, or you can enjoy the solitude of your own site ! Take advantage of our amenties like our clothing optional pool & spa, fishing lakes and more Year Round !!
Nobody and I mean nobody can deliver, Blues, Gospel and Jazz like the one and only "GEE" Tomorrow night our clubhouse will be transformed into "Gee's Juke Joint".
Gee (Gordon Michaels) arrived yesterday and I spent the day setting up the clubhouse for rehearsal. Frank is backing him up on piano and I sat in on guitar. I am going to play a few numbers with them in the show. (mostly the blues numbers cause I'm not much of a jazz player, but I am going to try Autumn Leaves). It was a lot of fun. I cant think of many things in life I enjoy more than playing with other musicians.
It's a beautiful morning. I'm sitting in my living room naked with all the windows open around me, watching people start to mill about across the pond. I guess its time to get on my cart and make sure Gee has everything he needs and see about rehearsing again.
I cant wait to see his show. He is an old school "entertainer" who knows how to work a mic and knows how to work a crowd. He is doing selections from all of his one man shows to give is the full "Gee" flavor . The show is called "Listen to My Heart". That reminds me I also have to make sure the cupcakes and cookies get made to serve during the show !! Dorothy and Gee wanted to do that together later today.
Its a good day to live at gay campground, the pool should be hopping this afternoon. I always enjoy my time with Gee. He's funny and filled with sass and that southern "attitude". Give me a call or just cone on out if you want to join us. 912 225 3900
I wrote an article on the front of the website about Tim Dennis and his adventures. His stay here at our home in Romoland was quite curious because the entire time my gaydar kept going off. My Tim told me that I suspect everyone who has an RV and an extra $40. That is not true, I recognized the caring unselfish qualities TimDennis had, and oh yea, the way he checked out the Jockeys who exercise horses at a ranch across the street from our house.
Not long into the first day TimDennis revealed to me that he was a member of our club. Club? did he imply the Rainbowrv Camping club? or is "He's a club member " some type of British idiom equal to our saying "she's family". Well a quick check of the website gave me the answer however not as definitive as you would think. Tim Dennis is a Rainbowrv member with the screen name RambelingRat . Check out his profile and accept him as a friend. I wish Tim all the luck with his adventure and work. We hope he will attend some RainbowRV functions while in the states and make many wonderful friends.
Here is a pic I took of Tim just before he left us for his trip to Montana. The Kilt doesn't even give me a clue, He's a Scot?? Interesting person for sure.
I am about to turn 40 in August. It's a time of reflection. Where am I ? What's important in life ?
Somehow my journey has brought me from my hometown in upstate NY, to being a resident of New York City, to Nashville, and now here to ..... South Georgia ? For the past 8 years I have been the organizer of a music festival celebrating the Bear community called Bearapalooza, it has taken me all across the country and 4 years ago it brought us to our first GLBT camp experience at Sawmill in Florida. Every year when we went there, I would tell my partner how wonderful it would be to live and work at a place like that. Well in 2009, Bearapalooza was booked at Roy's Hideaway, a new campground in South Georgia. Roy and I hit it off well and he suggested that my experience booking events in the community might be an asset to his camp and that this might be a good base of operations for my musical endeavors. - I dove into the idea and my partner and I left Nashville behind. I don't have a lot of "stuff" and I don't have money in the bank, but I am rich beyond compare. I wake up every day and see the beautiful ponds, see the Canadian Geese, hear the bleat of our goats. I do my work outdoors by our beautiful pool and go swimming naked. I get to plan fantastic music events and connect musically with our guests. I meet wonderful people every day. I am a part of a family that cares deeply about making a welcoming safe place for GLTB people to relax and play. Roy, Eduardo, and Dorothy have made my partner Jay and I much more than employees and I feel we are all blessed to have this wonderful experience. Any endeavor like this will involve hard work, and some days it's a challenge, but I am fortunate to be here and to be doing what I am doing. I want to share that with new guests and give everyone great memories. I'm going to be sharing interesting things that happen to me, events I am doing here, pictures and more. I hope you enjoy it !!
Hello everyone ( well, anyone bored enough to read this.... you know who you are ! ) This is my first attempt at "blogging", so bear with me until I get the hang of it. Summer apparently is upon us here in Tennessee. Everything's come to life and starting to bloom, it's been HOT....and prime camping season is underway. As many of you may or may not know, I work for Tennessee RV here in Knoxville, and our season started about mid-March... as if someone opened a floodgate. It's shaping up to be a busy, BUSY summer.
When I've been out "motorhoming" this past year, I've always used one of our stock units ( the Foretravel Grand Villa with the LOVELY lavender awnings.. hehehehe ) It really is a pretty coach, great floorplan, handled like a sports car.... and I just LOVE the smell of a Detroit diesel in the morning....LOL. I've been motor-homeless for quite awhile now, as I never needed to own one while being in the RV business. It's always been in the back of my mind to buy again, but wasn't a priority. Until last week..... I bought another coach of my own. Nothing grand, just a 33 foot Seabreeze 133 Limited, by the now defunct National RV. I wanted to hold out for another Foretravel, as I've had several through the years, but this was too good a deal to pass. It has new carpet, upholstery, tires, belts, hoses and brakes. All the work was professionally done and the owners were very meticulous and spared no expense to make it a useable coach. Their needs changed, and they went into a triple slide Georgetown 374, because they're going to be full-timing.
So I made an exploratory trip to Timberfell Lodge, a gay resort about 50 miles east of Knoxville, so I could test everything out, see how it handled towing a car, check how it handled, listen for squeaks and rattles, etc. It performed almost... ALMOST flawlessly. I'm experiencing the "454 spark plug fade", as Eray was with his Airstream. I was expecting it, as I've had the 454 in other coaches, and quite frankly would have been surprised if it DIDN'T do it. So first on the "to do" list is a new set of plugs and Jacobs ceramic-booted plug wires.
I also need to add some vent covers, a sewer tank flush, an Ultra Guard, a light above the electric step, and later in the summer, new A/C shrouds... ( they're intact, but old and prone to blowing off going down the road ). Camping World has a high-volume vent fan, much like the MaxxAir fan, except this fan, called a Vortex, replaces those little dinky bathroom fans. All you need to do is remove the interior bezel and screen, remove the little tiny fan from the vent opening, make your 12v electric connections, and screw the fan into place. There's no need to remove the roof portion of the vent and break it's seal to the roof. I'll let you know how the install goes when I get it done. I'll try and get pictures of things on here too. I alone am not that fascinating, so I have to rely on pictures..LOL
I'm hoping to use this blog for such things, and to tell about our group outings as well as my own misadventures. I once went out to have the LP tank filled on the motorhome and didn't return home for 6 weeks, but thats a story for another time ! Until then, keep a song in your hearts..Mike
I had a wonderful time in Julian with the group. Glenn W always puts on a great event. The road up to Julian is two lane for the last 60 miles and changes elevation about 4,000 feet. At the top, Camp was a brisk 48degrees when it was warm! Temps got down to 31 but the warmth of the group kept out the hypothermia.
Tim and I pulled the new RainbowRV Van Behind our motor-home. On our freeway part of the trip it was fun to get thumbsup from passing community members who understood the color scheme and term " PRIDE " to imply 'Gay and Lesbian family member driving'.
Larry of Northern Cal who made the 10 hour trip to be with us in Julian took a bunch of photos . here is one of our group taken during the warmest hour of the entire trip
I am looking for a way to post them in the chapter group page or some other manageable tool for site enjoyment and critique. This new member author tool will help share the fun we all have every time a chapter gets together. Hopefully other members will update their adventures by blogging On RainbowRV