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WINDING DOWN AT THE GILLETTE RALLY

Last Full Day of Activities

sunny 75 °F

Hi Y'all;

The morning's activities started with a seminar entitled, 'Understanding Your RV Insurance Policy'. It was very informative for it pointed out what is covered by your RV policy, what coverage comes from your Homeowners policy, and what coverage comes from your Auto policy (for those of us who tow our cars). The presenter pointed out what pitfalls to avoid in a damage claim. It was time well-spent.

After lunch from a food truck (one of several) I enjoyed Blue Grass music provided from an excellent hillbilly musician from Knoxville, TN. After, I reported to Barn #3 to pick up my golf cart for my 3 hr. taxi duty. As before, I had a great time ferrying people around for at this stage of the Rally most attendees had throbbing feet, aching joints, and sore backs. Therefore my time went quickly as I picked up, delivered, and engaged in conversation asking each where they were from. After my shift ended FMCA treated the Volunteers to dinner in the Cam-Plex hockey arena which is part, a small part, of Pioneer Hall. A catered meal of chicken alfredo, mixed veggies, salad, roll, assorted desserts, and drink was provided for us 600 volunteers. It was served by FMCA members in 4 serving lines. Tasty and again, there was interesting conversation at our table. I elected to forego the evening's entertainment for it had been a full day and I was tired.

As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, I elected to stay an extra day here before heading to Montana on Monday. Laundry had to be done and after that I want to drive to Devil's Tower to see that historic site, which I did. Devil's Tower is in geological terms a 'Igneous Intrustion'. Fifty million years ago, so they claim, molten magma was forced into sedimentary rocks above it and cooled underground. As it cooled it contracted and fractured into columns. Over these years the sedimentary rock eroded exposing what is named, Devils Tower. An unusual outcropping, it rises 867' from its base and its flat top covers 1.5 acres. The diameter of the base is 1,000' . In 1906 Teddy Roosevelt proclaimed this as the first National Monument. The CCC's in the 1930's carved a 1.3 mile trail around its base. Today, however, it was too hot (83*)and too windy (40+ mph) for this old 73 yr. old to walk the trail. It was interesting to see, however. Note: Yellowstone was named our first National Park in 1872.

Never before had I experienced a laundro-mat which reserved washers & dryers for 'Mudders & Oilers'. The facility had several dozen machines and employed an attendant who provided a service of washing the soiled oil field clothing & web equipment, i.e., safety belts, harnesses, etc. I inquired about the service. The lady said they use very hot water & strong detergents to clean the oil and mud from the items to be washed. These blue collar laundry customers work in the mud & oil in their jobs in the oil fields surrounding Gillette. Interesting. After doing my laundry I stopped at a local diner for breakfast with the oil field 'roughnecks'. Colorful!

At one end of the parking area is a lot where MH's sold at the show are detailed before the proud new owners can drive them away. Curious, I drove through the lot and counted 14 new units with "Sold" signs in the windshield. All were in the 40'-45' range or in $$ terms, $350-$500K. It reinforces the knowledge of how poor I am!! I would say that the dealers did quite well in this show!

Posted by dixter 16:24 Archived in USA Tagged down winding

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