Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Shortest Travel Day

“On the road again!”  This had to have been our shortest travel day ever; twelve whole miles from Elkhart Campground, in Elkhart to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Indiana.  We departed in a caravan of 10 rigs heading east on County Road 4 and had arrived, were parked, and set-up almost within the hour.  Cool, huh?

Caravaning Out All Set Up

While we were setting up we saw the Payne wagon train pull in with Norm and Linda in the lead followed by Don and Gloria Martin and Rich and Diane Emonds.  Once we were situated we did a walk about to find them and on the way kept bumping into other friends that we’ve made over the past four years.  It is going to be neat meeting up with lots of friends, it will seem like old home week.

By the time we returned from visiting with Norm and Linda, Rich and Diane, and Don and Gloria it was noon time.  We gathered up our “important papers” and headed for the Hospitality Center to register.  We came home with a bag full of “stuff” to go through with the most important being the program booklet outlining the schedule of events for the week.

There’s going to be product demonstrations, crafts, and seminars going on all day long ending with a Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30 each day.  Then there will be more seminars and/or entertainment beginning at 7:30 each evening – Oh boy, we’re gonna be pooped by the time this Escapade comes to a close.

Way back last spring, Norm and Linda emailed us about arriving at the fairgrounds two days early so that we could attend a Rainbow Plantation Pot Luck Dinner.  It was for those who stay at Rainbow Plantation, their friends, or anyone who had ever been to Rainbow Plantation, or anyone who ever plans to go to Rainbow Plantation.  Which pretty much meant that anyone was welcomed; just bring a dish to pass, your own drinks, and chairs to sit in if you didn’t want to sit at the picnic tables.  We moseyed on over to the pavilion around 5:00. There were 63 people in attendance with a fun time had by all.

What Escapees Do Best Socialize and Eat

After a couple of hours of “rubbing shoulders” and “telling tall tales” we headed home ready to call it a day.  All in all, it was a great day with great weather, great food, and great friends – it just couldn’t have gotten any greater!

We have no plans for today so we’ll just make them up as the day goes on.  However, today is 9-11 so let us not forget those who lost their lives some nine years ago and take a moment to offer up a prayer for the loved ones they left behind.  While we’re at it, we need to offer a prayer of thanksgiving for all the blessings that God has bestowed upon us as well.  Good Day!!!

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