We've been very busy and haven't had time to even catch up on e-mails.
The official kick off of the Central Plains Montana Rally wasn't until yesterday but the fun began before that.
Our rally hosts, Ron and Mary Lichtenberg and Paul and Jan Kelpe have been doing this for a very long time. There is no rally fee, we just pay for our RV park fees. Tuesday, the day before the rally starts, they had dinner for everyone. I believe there were 7 or 8 couples here for the dinner. They supplied the pork, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, rolls and dessert.
Hobo Bob, came dressed for the affair.
This is all we needed to bring.
Last night was another great meal held in the clubhouse. It was the traditional Meet N Greet.
Every couple was presented with a bag of goodies. Goodies for the girls and boys.
Now you might think all we do is eat and talk.
This morning we had a caravan to Leach's Camper Sales.
Leach's invited all the rally participants for lunch. Lunch consisted of a boneless steak so large it covered both edges of the plate.
It was so juicy and tender we cut it with the plastic silverware.
These steaks were boneless. As big as they were, no one left anything on their plate.
There was also a delicious chocolate cake for dessert.
This company is run by three generations.
Here's the Leach family that did this for everyone attending the rally. When was the last time your dealer ever did anything like that for you?
They also gave every attendee two very nice gifts and gave four $50 gift certificates for door prizes.
Talk about being generous, they also gave us a 20% discount on any purchases. It's a shame we love our Montana so well, because if we were in the market for a new one, and it would be another Montana, we would buy it here.
We all waddled out around 2 pm and headed to Boys Town, I'm afraid this blog is way too long, so I'll condense this part as much as I can. I highly recommend if you are anywhere near the Omaha area, to stop for a visit. We've seen a lot of places across the United States but nothing that compare to this.
I'd seen this ball of postage stamps on Roadside America which is featured on Ripley's Believe It of Not. This is a solid ball which is 32 inches in diameter and weighs 600 pounds. There are 4,655,000 postage stamps on it. I have no idea who counted them, so don't ask me.
I believe we were told that there are 70 of these homes. There was a cut out in the museum to show the floor plans.
The museum was very well done and explained a lot of the history from the point where Father Flannagan bought the first home with a $90.00 payment.
I think they said they started taking girls in 1979.
Our next building to tour was the chapel.
This is Father Flannagan's tomb.
Our next stop.
The tour consisted of all three floors.
This desk was gorgeous, and I'm sorry there was no way you could capture the details in this desk on a photo.
One thing I didn't realize is that they don't take just orphans. Bill said he wished he knew about this when he was working as a guidance counselor. The National hotline receives over 150,000 calls for assistance.
There was another gift bag for everyone who took the tour.
This is where the saying "He's not heavy, he's my brother" originated.
We had another wonderful day with this fun group. We haven't had enough energy to even go outside in this perfect weather for happy hour.