Davig G. Could you, would you go in and change the title on this and lets see if we can get some interest in a informal gathering this Summer.
Okay Bob, I have changed the topic of this thread. Those of you that are subscribed to it will see the change in your email subject line. Since I don't know where we might be next year, we can't commit to anything at this point, but we'll definitely come to the gathering if we are in the area. Tradewinds is going to play leader and organizer for the gathering, so give him your support as you did for Laura and I.
Thanks Linda. I've been reading about the fires online. Pretty sad, but pretty common this time of year. I don't think we'll run into any problems with fires. We are heading NW from here, hit I-40 in Memphis, head west from there until I-5 in CA, then home. Hoping we don't run into any tornadoes. :E
For all of you still following this thread, it's official, we're heading back to WA. Yes, we're giving up the hot and humid FL weather, not because it's hot and humid, but because I still don't have a job yet. We figured it would be nicer to be broke around family and friends. :B
We will be leaving here on Wednesday, 7/23 (4 days from now), and should arrive in Elma WA on 8/4 if all goes according to plan. 11 stops in 12 days, about 300 miles between most of the stops. Going to swing by the south rim of the Grand Canyon and hope the view is better than when we stopped on the north side several years ago.
I might have a job shortly after we get there. I've had a few good interviews with a company in Kirkland. The hiring manager is on vacation at the same time we're on our way back that way, so I'm hoping to hear good news shortly after our arrival. If not, back to job hunting. :)
I agree Linda. Wish there was a way we could all stay connected here in the forum.
Well, we might be heading back up to the NW. Depends on whether I find a job in the next few weeks. Been out of work for 3 months now. Laura wants to be home (Lynnwood) in August for daughter's baby shower and in October when baby is due. It would be cheaper to drive back than to fly her out a couple of times. If we do head back, we'll pull out of here on 7/23 (monthly rent is up then). But I'm hoping I find something before then. Time will tell.
Good to hear from you, and a belated Happy Birthday!
Glad to hear that you and Sue have managed to stay out of the hospital for awhile. Keep it up!
Has anyone figured out a way that we can all stay in touch with each other? It sure would be nice to just say hi every once and awhile.
Well, I tried digging up old contact info to no avail. Those that haven't posted lately I tried sending a PM, again with no luck.
So unless we hear from them by the end of January, we'll donate according to our original idea.
I have updated post #1 of this thread, so please read it. This rally is now an informal gathering with no wagon master and no planned activities. You're on your own to have fun and to meet and greet everyone else.
If you decide not to attend and are on the list in post #1, please let me and the park know so we can take you off the list and open up your site. If there is not enough interest in even an informal get together, we'll cancel our hold on the tee-pee room.
We're sorry to see it end this way. We were really looking forward to another great rally with some great friends. We'd love to hear from you anytime you'd like to drop us a note. You can PM me and I'll get an email about it. We have our blog you can follow if you'd like (dlgroesbeck.blogspot.com). And Laura is on Facebook (laura douglas grouesbeck). Personally, I never found the time to Facebook. :R
Until we meet again, take care.
David & Laura
Very true Dick. I saw a couple at Olive Garden once having dinner. They were both paying more attention to their Ipad's than each other. I wonder if they were texting each other because they sure weren't talking much. :B
Yes, even our rally has been shrinking the past few years. Many of the former participants seem to be enjoying retirement elsewhere and not in the NW (and that's fine). :C
I hope y'all had a safe and happy New Year's. Pretty quiet here at the park in Jacksonville, but I hear they had a good party going on downtown at The Landing (kind of the equivalent of Seattle Center).
Well, I hate to say this, but I think it's decision time. Time to decide it those of you that are left as being signed up for the rally still want to get together or not. Nobody has stepped forward to be the wagon master, so unless someone does or has a better idea, Laura and I will donate the useful supplies we have to a group (a church or school, Goodwill, etc) that can use them, and the left-over funds to a charity (maybe Northwest Harvest since we primarily used the funds for food anyway).
I'm sure many of you are as sad as Laura and I are to see things end this way, but who knows, maybe someone down the road will have a bright idea to have a NW rally and start up new friendships.
So, LAST CHANCE, what's it going to be? A friendly get together or something else? Silence means you don't care one way or another, and I'm sure that's not the case, so speak up!
If we can't come up with other plans, then I think we should just cancel the rally and donate as mentioned above.
Please let me know what you would like to do. Thanks!
David & Laura
We arrived back in the wet and cold NW last Saturday night, leaving sunning and 80+ degrees behind in Jacksonville. Feels more like Christmas around here though with the colder weather. :C It just doesn't feel right being outside in short sleeves in December. :R
We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and safe travels to and from wherever you may be going for the holidays.
And even if you're not going anywhere, be careful (Bob and Sue especially!) :B
We're here in sunny but chilly Florida if you can believe that. My weather app on my phone this morning said it was 45 in Seattle while it was only 42 here. Go figure. I haven't been getting the email notifications about new posts. Must have lost it somehow. :R
I hear what you're saying and don't blame you. I had hoped someone would have stepped up by now to take our place. Only a very big miracle would get us back that way to do the rally, and I don't see that happening. But heck, you never know what's going to happen that far out. I sure didn't expect to be in FL right now. :R
Is anyone willing to step up to be the wagonmasters for the rally, or do you all just want to show up for a good weekend of camping with old friends? I'm sure either way you'll have a good time, but I'd sure like to know what we're going to do with all that stuff we have in storage. :B
Here's wishing all of our friends back in the NW a Happy Thanksgiving!
Someone here at the park organized a pot luck. The park provided the ham and turkey, and everyone else brought the usual to go with it. Of course I ate too much of a good thing. :E :R Oh well, it's only once a year. :C
The weather down here the past couple of weeks has been just like Seattle. A little rain, a little mist, a little wind and a little chilly. I think the past 3 or 4 days it has been warmer in Seattle in the morning than it has been here. It has warmed up during the day, but only into the upper 50's, low 60's.
We just moved from Seattle to Jacksonville FL. I planned out 400 mile days and we were on the road from 9am to at least 7pm, sometimes later depending on traffic and how many sopts we made. In the end, we decided that that was too long of a day because it seemed like we got up, maybe had breakfast before hitting the road, maybe a stop for lunch if we could find one, and maybe a late dinner when we got there. If we do it again, we'll be doing 300 mile days max.