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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Camping Friends Rally–May ‘13 - Part 2

This is the final report on the rally.  On Sunday morning, we caravanned in cars to The 77th Ellinger Chamber of Commerce Tomato Festival about 13 miles from the campground.  One of the highlights of the festival was the local parade that had many of the antique automobiles from our tour on Saturday.  A lot of candy thrown from the parade vehicles was collected by our two grandkids and the three that accompanied the Didelot’s.

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We did not see the first tomato anywhere at the festival, but we had a lot of fun.  The local VFW did a nice memorial Flag Raising/21 Gun Salute service.

Back at the campground, the kids swam some more, and we visited. 

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Later in the afternoon, the ladies and the kids participated in a craft project to make American Flag pins.  I was surprised that the kids took to it…………..

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In the last few pictures above, you can see Weston (black shirt) and Austin (yellow shirt), twin grandsons of Mark and Sue Didelot.  The last picture features Darlene King (no relation) who along with her husband, Tom (really no relation!!!) hosted this rally.  Thanks, Darlene, for helping the kids, especially Aubrey, who came back to make a second pin for her mother!!

On Saturday evening, we had a ‘baked potato’ dinner with the club furnishing the potatoes and the members providing a variety of toppings.

After dinner, the members participated in a couple of games that included the kids.  One of them was a race with a potato inside a pair of pantyhose and tied to the contestants waist.  The goal was to swing the potato with your body, and knock an orange to the finish line.  Fortunately, since I was an adult contestant, there are no photos of the guys, but here are some of the kids…………….


The younger contestants were Austin Didelot (yellow shirt), Matthew King (green shirt), and Weston Didelot.  The Didelot’s third grandson, and the oldest is Trevor, who is shown sitting in the green shirt in the last photo. 

Matthew claimed that he had won, noting that the fact that the orange came into contact with his foot a couple of times was just trivia!!  They had fun!

Before we departed on Monday, the kids got to do another fun thing.  Daryl and Marsha, brother and sister-in-law of Carolyn, a member of our club attended this rally.  They are also Tiffin Phaeton owners, and carry a big toy in a trailer behind their rig.  Daryl gave each of the kids a ride around the campground…..

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Our next planned trip is with our grandkids at the end of June.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Camping Friends Rally–May ‘13 - Part 1

We arrived at the Colorado Landing RV Park in La Grange, TX on Thursday at about 11:00am, and got checked in & set up.  The Didelot’s arrived about 2 hours later and set up in the site next to us. 

About all we did Thursday was me continuing to update this blog from the last two months and Patsy exercising in the swimming pool…….. which is right across from our site.  On Thursday night, we did get together to play card games with the other campers.

We had arranged for our Daughter-in-law, Laura, to meet us half way from home with our grandkids on Friday evening after they got out of school, so they could spend Memorial Day weekend with us.  By Friday, most of the other club members had arrived, and at 4:30pm, we left to meet Laura and the kids on the other side of Hallettsville, TX.  We got back to the park a little past 7:00pm, and the first thing that the kids wanted to do was to hit the swimming pool……… so, guess what we did!!

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After swimming, we went back to the clubhouse and played some more card games.  The Didelot’s also had three of their grandson’s with them, so the kids had some company.

On Saturday morning, we slept through the 7:00am club breakfast and did not get up until after 8:00am.  Grammie made pancakes and sausage for us in the Bus,and it was good! 

Then we had to hurry and get ready for a trip to a local guy’s house, who is a friend of a club member has three large barns full of antique cars and some motorcycles for a ‘viewing’.

The kids liked this corvette convertible………


Here are two of the barns……


The kids standing next to a ‘64 Chevrolet Impala 2-door hardtop that was just like what I owned from 1965 until 1973….. a nice car!



Didelot’s oldest grandson, Trevor, showing where to gas up a ‘56 Chevy….


Really old cars……….


Aubrey found another car to drive……….


…. and then a purple one that she really liked:


Since the kids sometimes shorten my name to “Pops”, they wanted this picture………


More cars………..


This guy also had some motorcycles.  One of them was used in the movie, “Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines”, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In fact, when he bought it, he also got the jacket that Arnold wore in the movie.  Here are some pictures of the bike & kids with the kids wearing the jacket…….. complete with ‘bullet’ holes!


In the middle picture above, Matthew is showing off Arnold’s autograph on the sleeve of the jacket!!  He also autographed the gas tank on the bike……….


Kids on the bike without the jacket………


In addition to the storage barns, the guy had a “party barn”  He said that he rents it out for weddings, graduations, etc.  Here are some inside pictures with the kids playing with one of the “toys” and some outside pictures of Patsy and Aubrey in the yard…..


After the tour, we headed back to the park for lunch and more card games and swimming. 

For Saturday night dinner, we went to a local Mexican restaurant, Las Fuentes.  Here are some pictures from dinner……….


More rally on Sunday and Monday……….