We were up early for our usual Rally start - coffee for everyone at 8:00 and seminars beginning promptly at 8:30.
James & Carol graciously brought some wonderful doughnuts for the group.
We finished up with our seminars right at noon. This was the first time we did sixteen hours of classes by ourselves. My throat dried out and my voice cracked a couple of times giving everyone a good laugh. :)
At 12:45, we did a "fifth wheel hitching/unhitching" demonstration for those that were interested. Then we had two sessions of "open rig walk-throughs" from 1:00 - 3:00 and from 3:00 - 5:00.
Always a highlight of our Rallies, the walk-throughs give folks ideas of what lived-in RVs look like, where owners store their stuff, and what modifications people have made to their RVs.
Linda just happened to schedule our rig for the 1:00 - 3:00 session which worked perfectly since Louisville was playing at 3:15 Mountain time. I was a bit concerned about that game, but it turned out just fine.
At 6:00, it was time for our final night Fiesta Dinner and Party. The Inn decorated with a mix of their own decorations and the ones Linda got for the occasion.
DJ Gene Armijo had the music going softly as we went through the Fiesta buffet ....
and then sat and enjoyed the company of our new friends.
Linda had some temporary tattoos of chili peppers, cacti, sombreros, and more. And we had plenty of sombreros to help get into the spirit. And if that didn't work, the bar was open. :)
Some were dressed for the festivities, like James & Carol ....
and Larry & Gale.
After dinner, Linda did a little singing in her sombrero and brightly colored pancho to get the party started.
I tried to get around to pictures of everyone.
Dan & Deb
Max & Paula
Chris & Leslie
Matty & Janie
Roger & Opal (Opal had never been in an RV before). :)
Lisa & George (Lisa says she is a little high maintenance, but she "owns" it.) :)
Mary Beth (one of our brave solo ladies).
Beth & Grady
Ron & Donna
It was Ron's birthday, so Linda sang to him. :)
Sharon & Dean (They are staying at the RV park for the season, and signed up for the Rally after hearing about it from the manager.) :)
Bill & Carol
David & Betsy
Brad & Lois (The other Cambridge fifth wheel owners.) :)
Jeff & Sharon
Jayne & Harvey
Shad & Tracie (These two have the best attitude. They blew the engine on their 1975 vintage bus conversion 2o miles from the rally location and had to stay in the hotel. Anybody want to buy a non-running bus to fix up?)
Kent & Donna
Kent & Donna, like Ron & Donna, couldn't be here for the whole Rally, so they came as soon as they could and joined in. They were our best dancers. :)
June & Sphene (They stayed in a tent at the state park - Wow.) :)
June recently surprised Sphene with his America The Beautiful Senior Pass (formerly known as the Golden Age Pass). And Linda was all ready to dump me for Sphene to take advantage of the half-price camping in federal campgrounds. :)
We forgot to get pictures of the two of us with our camera, but Carol sent us this one.
It took a little while to get folks on the dance floor, but once we got a few out there, .....
it was a real fiesta and we had a great time. :)
We had a little bit of everything going on out there, and our DJ even taught us a couple of new dances.
Between the dancing, the bar, the laughter, and the NCAA tourney on the TV in the background, it was a fantastic way to celebrate the end of our week. :)
This morning we gathered for a tremendous breakfast buffet before saying our final farewells. At every Rally, the final morning is always the emotional part for both of us.
We are always so honored that our guests take the chance on coming, and we are touched by the friendships developed and the kind words spoken.
With hugs and handshakes, we said our goodbyes and wished everyone a safe trip home.
As we walked back across the street, we noticed the RV park sign.
They've certainly taken good care of us here in this small town in New Mexico. They are going to be building a huge recreation center with meeting facilities that will seat 150. We wouldn't be opposed to having another Rally here one day.
Linda & I had a few RVs to weigh as they rolled out this morning. Then we got all of our rally supplies organized and stowed away.
Finally, we retired to our home and rested the rest of the day. Whew. As much as we love doing these Rallies, we are worn out at the end.
We'll stick around here a couple days to catch up on a few things we neglected the last week and to recuperate. By mid-week, we'll be back on the road and on our way toward the Grand Canyon.
Another successful RV-Dreams Rally in the books. :)