We just returned from the Escapade in Goshen, IN at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds. We had a really great time there! Many, many of our RVing friends were there. We hooked up with Bill and Kris Osborne (We are....... seeing the USA), and Bob and Bonnie Jae ( Our House on Wheels ) when we arrived and had dinner at King Wa in Elkhart. We also spent some time with Nick and Terry Russell. Nick is the editor of the Gypsy Journal and many books as well as an excellent daily blog ( Gypsy Journal RV Travel Newspaper ). Jim and Chris Guld, aka the Geeks on Tour were there to present many technology seminars. Their blog is ( Geeks on Tour Blog ) Mac aka Mac the Fire Guy MaCoy was there doing his fire and safety seminars. We finally met Cherie Ve Ard and Chris Dunphy, the Technomads. ( Technomadia ) They provided us with a great interview for our podcast. We finally got to see David and Lynn Cross again. We first met them at Nick Russell's Rally in Celina, OH a few years ago.
Unfortunately, the weather was pretty bad almost every day but one. We probably had almost 5 total inches of rain, and we were parked in the infield of the Fairgrounds racetrack, a low area. They brought in 5 or 6 truckloads of gravel, and that allowed us to leave on Saturday morning.
I know there were many other folks we met, both new friends and old. There were many seminars on almost every aspect of RVing and technology. There was entertainment in the evenings as well as many opportunities to socialize. Unfortunately, Kathy was quite sick from probable food poisoning from a local Chinese Buffet for 2 days. She is fine now and on the mend. The next Escapade is next March at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, AZ. We will try to make it there.
The last night was the awarding of the grand door prizes including an Adventure Caravan's prize worth almost $3000. We were fortunate to win the volunteer prize of a Catalytic heater. If you get the chance, besure and attend an Escapees RV Club Escapade.