Monday, September 25, 2017

MOC Rally 2017--Day 5 and 6

Goshen, Indiana
Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds

It's been so busy, I've not taken many photos.

Yesterday Bill and I gave the North to Alaska seminar.  I surely wish Dennis Hill would have been here with all his expertise.   I believe we got rid of about 50 pounds of brochures.

The class was from 2:30 to 4 pm.  I didn't expect many to attend as Mac the Fire Guy was probably giving his last seminar before he retires, at the same time as our class.  Also the temperatures was 90 degrees and the small tent was much warmer than the large one.  I think I counted 35 people.

I have to say we were happy to have people come up after class and say they changed their minds and were now going to make the journey.  

Thankfully, my dish for the potluck was in the instant pot so all I had to do was go and get.   

After the potluck dinner, the Morey's and us walked down to the other section and visited with Harry and Carlena. 

The photo doesn't show up well, but this was the first year for movie night.  They even had a popcorn machine!

Seminars today were:  Progressive Dynamics converters, Norco Industries, Dometic/Atwood, and Dexter axles.  
We took a plant tour of the High Country.  We were the first to arrive and were waiting in a room where employees punched out.   Nearly everyone of the employees, said "hello".  One fellow stopped at the vending machines.  Bill asked him what time they started work.  The fellow proudly said he was there about 4 am, but they didn't get paid until 4:50 am.  He said he thought he was qualified to work there, but it took him 2 years to get hired.  He said they only hire the best people with a good work attitude.  He said the employees were treated very well.

After the tour at plant 17, we went to plant 4 to see all the new models.  I'm happy to say, there were only two models that I liked better than ours.  We were scheduled  to tour the customer service, but by the time we were finished with the plant tour, it was too late, so we came back to the fairground.

Keystone had a wonderful barbecue for everyone.  After the meal there was another prize drawing.  George and Rosetta were concentrating on their ticket numbers.

John and Shirley are smiling because they won a tool kit and a South Side Soda gift certificate.

Notice the Montana t-shirts that everyone was given.

We won a 135 piece tool kit.

Turtle Safely.......

Saturday, September 23, 2017

MOC Rally 2017--Day 4

Goshen, Indiana
Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds

We were meeting Linda and George Morey and Harry and Carlena Schoolcraft at 8:30 am for the haystack breakfast. It is only served on Saturday morning.  I can't believe how long the lines were to get some.  Luckily, they served everyone very quickly.  It was way too much food for us.

On the walk over we realized we were going to miss the pet parade.  At least we had a chance to get some photos as the pets were registered.  

All I can say there was all different shapes and sizes.

Donna matched her dogs, but notice Kimber isn't entered.

I was amazed at how well all the pets got along.

Do you think this dog should be fed more?

It was hot!  I didn't say warm.  After the prize drawing the group photo was taken.  There is no way you can get that many people in one photo.  I must say it went much quicker than in the past.  

I gave the Tips and Tricks for Ladies seminar after the group photo.  Thankfully, the ladies all participated with ideas. I'm not a public speaker and I was a little nervous.  I did it last year, but that was the first year for that seminar.  I was surprised how many ladies showed up.  Would you sit in a tent in 90 plus degrees that didn't have air conditioning?  I really appreciate all the ladies who showed up.

George and Linda asked us to go to the Essenhaus for dinner.  Carlena and Harry also joined in the fun.

We returned just in time for the Saturday night social.  Keystone supplied the band, Mike Valentine and the Heartbeats.  They were from Chicago and played music that appealed to us.  The tents were actually pleasant once they opened up the back side.  

Another prize drawing was held and we weren't close to the numbers called.  

Tomorrow promises to be another busy day.

Turtle Safely........

Friday, September 22, 2017

MOC Rally--Day 3

Goshen, Indiana
Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds

This morning George and Linda took us to the MORryde chassi plant tour.  There were so many people signed up to tour the Sterling plant that they offered the chassi plant tour to those who had previously toured the Sterling plant.

Every one had a chance to pick their favorite color MORryde t-shirt.

It was a very interesting tour.

I have no idea how far we walked, but I believe we did three different buildings plus the upstairs.

We heard that Elkhart County has an unemployment rate of 1.9% and that they need employees.  One of the problems is they need CDL drivers to move the chassis around.  They will train people to weld.

This container is contracted by the military.  It is used in Afghanistan.  It was the coolest thing we saw there.

After we returned to the fairgrounds, I walked over to the Suburban water heater seminar while Bill attend a Tredit Tire seminar.  My seminar was cancelled, so I walked back to the coach and just chilled in the air conditioning.  Did I mention that today is the first day of autumn and it was 91 degrees?

George, Linda, Harry, Carlena, Bill and I walked over to the relief sale.  Carlena quilts and she couldn't believe all the quilts that were displayed.  

Bill bought me some flowers. They smelled so good.

Carlena bought a beautiful quilt.

Look at what I found!  This is an African turtle that is 13 years old.  It's life expectancy is 100 years.

You get an idea of the size of it in this photo.

It's hard to believe how crowded the fairground are in just a few hours.

Turtle Safely..........

Thursday, September 21, 2017

MOC Rally 2017--Day 1 and 2

Goshen, Indiana
Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds

Yesterday we began our day with Harry and Carlena and returned to the Shipshewana Flea Market.  I knew it was a busy day and glad we did an early start.

The auction was in full swing but my mind couldn't process all the auctioneers doing their thing at the same time.  

We walked the entire flea market as I was looking for a quilt like Carlena purchased last week.  Of course, I found them in the very last row.  I also needed more tomatoes.  Harry bought a really cute train windsock.  

Registration was from 10 am until 2 pm so we returned in time for that.  As soon as we picked up our packet, Bill and I dashed off to the laundromat as we needed to be back for a coordinators meeting. 

Every year this rally gets better and better.  For instance, the service tech appointments started before the rally even started.  The rally booklet is 82 pages long.  It was well thought out and I like all the changes.  The coach washing began before the rally started.  

We hadn't had a chance to meet Kimber, Donna and Denny's new addition to their family so we stopped by to meet him.  

Instead of the usual Meet N Greet where we all brought some food, this year Tiara RV sponsored box lunches from Jimmy John's.  It was so much faster getting your food without waiting in lines.  Announcements were over quickly and you had a chance to visit with friends and meet new ones.  

They had a flag disposal ceremony directly after the Meet N Greet.  We walked back to the coach and got delayed talking to someone so we missed the ceremony. Another great addition to the rally.

We walked down to the 200 section and talked with Harry and Carlena.  Look what Harry found for us in the thrift store.  We've been looking for a hand rail by the steps.  I still have problems with my foot sometimes and need something to steady myself on the steps.

The weather is very warm this year.  It is predicted to be in the high 80's.  
Today Bill and I attended the MORryde presentation put on by Gary Wheeler.  It was very informative and I learned a lot about tires, suspension and brakes.  When you drive from Arizona to Indiana to get your wheel bearings greased, it tells you what we think of MORryde. Yes, I know I have plenty of MORryde t-shirts but we'd still go even if they didn't supply them.  

The ladies luncheon was also an improvement from the past years.  

It was held in the big tent and lunch was provided by Panera.  It was supposed to be a light lunch as this evening was the Amish dinner at the Carriage House.

Somehow I don't call a sandwich, salad, rolls, pickles, chips, fruit and huge cookie a light lunch. 

Someone once told me if you don't gain a pound or two during a rally you didn't enjoy it.  I'm sure I'll have proof that I really enjoyed the rally.

Every event to date has been better than any before.  The previous rallies were great but what a bar they are setting for next year.  

Our Amish dinner at the Carriage House was delicious.  Out of respect for the family, I didn't take any photos but trust me no one went away hungry.  After we entered the Carriage House we realized that we'd been there before for dinner with the Escapees.

After George and Linda dropped us off from dinner, we went for a walk.  Of course, we stopped to see Boo and her parents, Harry and Carlena.  

The fairgrounds have transformed and tomorrow it will look so different with the Mennonite Relief Sale tomorrow.  My mouth is watering for a haystack dinner.

Turtle Safely........

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Last Day of Waiting

Goshen, Indiana
Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds

I was glad that Toni and Doug Laird visited us today as we will be busy the rest of the week with the Montana Owners Club (MOC) Rally. 

Toni and Doug are staying in South Bend and drove down today to visit with us and the Schoolcraft's.  It rained last night and this morning so we just drove through the fairgrounds to show it to them.  

We all went to the Lux for lunch.  It was great visiting with them.  Did I mention that Doug is a famous author?  I couldn't put Doug's book down when I read it.  Bill on the other hand can pick up a book read a page, do something, come back, read a page.  When I saw him doing that with the book, I packed it away until we are back in Casa Grande.  I have a signed book and I don't want anything happening to it.

Carlena and Harry also enjoy the Lux.  

When we returned to the fairgrounds, the tents were up and Rondo rounded us up to help put the tables, chairs, and supplies up.

It doesn't look like much now, but in a few hours it will look better.

Looks like next year, they may need a bigger tent.

The freezer is in, that means the ice cream social will be happening.

Rosetta and Vickie are waiting to find out what they need help with.

Rondo is always good about directing people.

I really did help, even though somehow every photo shows me just standing there with my hand on my hips.

I really don't believe all of these photos show me standing like that.

Okay, I'm not letting Bill take photos with me in them anymore.  

I walked back to the coach to see the mail that John dropped off.  George stopped and wanted to know if we wanted to go to dinner with them.  I said "no thanks" because we ate a huge lunch at Lux, but normally, we would have gone and just had a piece of their pie.  I needed a shower before I could have joined anyone for dinner.

Tomorrow the rally officially kicks off. 

Turtle Safely........