FMCA Six State Rally on the Red (River)

Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
Trip End Nov 30, 2010

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Where I stayed
Shreveport County Fairgrounds

Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The last few places where we stayed, were mostly just sort of marking time and traveling closer to finally get to Shreveport and the big FMCA Six State Rally on the Red (River). The Rally was sort of mid-size... we've been to both larger, and smaller, rallies, but it was pretty good. I didn't attend any of the evening entertainment but Terry went to a couple.

I also attended a nice Red Hat luncheon (with chicken, veggies, rice, salad and dessert, instead of the usual simple tea and cookies) with about 250 other ladies all dressed in red and purple. After lunch, a local lady from Shreveport did an interesting presentation of antique clothes and accessories mostly from the later 1800s, that were also on display for us to see, but not touch, due to their frailty.  It's really amazing to see some of the beautiful hand-beaded items, and downright shocking to see what they forced their bodies to endure to achieve the tiny (15-20 inch) waistlines, or some itsy-bitsy shoes that even a child today would play hell getting into, but they were worn by full grown women, who had been cinching themselves in since age 3-4, etc.   

Although, all those comparatively tiny clothes were, for the most part, from 1860 to 1910, I remember wearing, in the 1950s, some 'Mae Wests' or 'corsets' that weren't as extreme as those antiques, but they were for the same purpose of making a smaller waist, etc.  I also know that in my 20s-early 40s I wore my shoes about 1 1/2 - 2 sizes smaller than today.

As usual, the Rally had lots of seminars that we could chose from to attend, to learn about lots of different RV things like some of the mechanical and/or technical things in a RV; or how to clean/maintain the many parts both inside and outside; how to join a RV caravan group; lots of tips about cel or internet communication and many more.

Then they also have lots of booths for vendors to show and sell their products.  Many of the exhibitors hop scotch around to several rallies, so you sort of get to know them. Two of them, I've purchased from before and did again this time, too. One is a couple from Mass. who were at the FMCA Rally that we attended in Vermont last July. They sell the season packets for making many very delicious dips and also some great serving containers. So, I, of course, had to buy some more. They'll be a big hit this winter at our pot lucks and/or other gatherings, etc.   

The other couple, Greg and Sharon (and their adorable 6 year old son Austin), had a booth with all the Bling you could ever want. I had bought one design previously, that I put on a shirt, and I bought several more this time, too. Most of which I applied to shirts and a jacket for my granddaughter Bella, who turns 4 on Nov 11.  I'm also thinking I might like to buy the bling wholesale and make it a small-time business. I already have lots of ideas for it.... we'll see.
After the Rally, we spent a couple of nights at the Deer Run Park near Brooklyn, MS to break up the longer stretch to our friend PJ's in the FL panhandle just north of Panama City. We usually get to visit her about once a year and use her address as our 'East Coast Base' and the vehicles are registered there.

I've known PJ for about 23+ years and for those of you that might not know, or have forgotten, she bought my reservations business from me on Maui, then a little over 4 years ago, she moved the business from Maui to Florida. Ain't technology wonderful? Most callers don't even know that they're not talking to someone on Maui.

While we're at PJ's, we get to catch up on all the "who has done what" and what-all is happening on Maui, etc. and we go to the near-by Bingo parlor a couple of times a week.  It's fun, even when we don't win anything but of course, much better when we win!  The weather has been pretty good....warm enough days (high 70s-low 80s) and great for sleeping, cool nights (low 50s).

When we leave PJ's on Nov 26 we'll be heading for Texas and I'll have 2-3 last chapters of our travels for 2010.

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