This is the third Escapade we have attended. Our first one, which was here in Gillette, included driving school for me, Boot Camp, as well as Escapade. We went to almost every seminar because we split up and Jim went one way and I went another. Learned so much about RV’s and life on the road. It was incredible. Spent lots of money at the market place. Had no idea there were so many neat (necessary) gadgets. I had almost as much fun there as Jim did. Did not volunteer the first year (which is what everyone recommends and I definitely agree with).
The second Escapade was in Sedalia, MO. We arrived for early bird parking but did not attend Boot Camp or any of the pre-event classes. We went to a lot of seminars again, spent money in the market place, and did a little volunteering by driving the shuttles. It rained and rained and the mud was incredible. People had to be towed out – especially motorhomes. They just are not off road vehicles. We spent more time socializing and getting to know more people. Other than the rain and mud we had a great time.
This year was definitely more about socializing and volunteering. We went to a couple of great seminars but most of them are basically the same ones that we’ve attended in the past and did not attend this year. Volunteered more of our time which was really fun. We arrived early so we could socialize more. Met some new people and caught up with old friends. A wonderful time.
We won’t be attending Escapade next year in Sedalia. But in 2013 they will be back here in Gillette and we just may feel like showing up once again. We don’t plan that far ahead so who knows what we’ll be doing.
The best part of Escapade is being with people who understand our lifestyle. Not everybody here is full timing in an RV. Many of them are part-timers or sometimers, who just want to learn more about their rigs and the RV lifestyle. But there are a lot of full timers and it is exciting to visit with others who enjoy being on the road as much as we do. Sharing travels, hardships, problems, innovative ideas for doing something in (or out) of the rig and lots of laughter.
Friday was a pretty laid back day. Didn’t get up until after 7:00. About half the rigs pulled out to head back out on the road. A lot of people did laundry but we decided to wait another day. Hopefully all the laundromats won’t be so busy. Did some grocery shopping.
Friday afternoon we had happy hour and a potluck at our rigs. Jan and Bill had met another couple in the laundromat and invited them to attend. Tracked down a couple of other Chapter 45 members and invited them. Also invited Judy and Gary.
Great time, great food, great friends. And then it got cold and windy. Really windy. That brought the evening to an end.