1388 RVers in 753 rigs attended the Escapade. There was a lot to do, but each day at 4:00 the Solos got together and had their social hour.
At the social hour the first day, I introduced Rita, whom I met through the blog, to the group. She's a brand new RVer, just in the process of purchasing her rig. She went to the "Boot Camp" that the Escapees put on for newbies.
We all took turns "working" on "The Row," where the different chapters meet and greet members. We talked about the Solos and signed up new members. I really enjoyed it.
One night the Solos had a pizza party, and over 50 Solos turned up. Nobody passes up food!
Some of these Escapees are really gung-ho! That is really some badge collection.
I went to several seminars. This one was called "Materialistic Minimalism," by Tom Marlatt. It could have been more practical and less philosophical, but was still good. He's an amazing guy.
While there, I ran into Jerry, who recognized me because of the blog! Wow! That has never happened to me before.
I also went to a great seminar on Southwest Destinations by Mike and Terri Church. They have a book on the subject, which I was afraid just talked about commercial RV parks, but I was way off. They talked about public parks and boondocking, and gave us very specific facts on all the parks in each destination in the 3 scenic loops that they talked about.
One night we had a "Ham-O-Rama," a kind of follies/talent show. I loved this version of "You Can Leave Your Hat On," done by a senior stripper.
The last night was a dance. The guys playing the music started out with music from the 30s and 40s, but we soon straightened them out.
We had a great time!
The only fun left was to try to get out of the lake formerly known as the Missouri State Fairgrounds. When we pulled in here last Saturday, the grassy field we parked in was just beautiful. Unfortunately, we then had a lot of rain, and this was the result.
The local wrecker services must be on their way to the bank with all the money they collected!