Since the original name of this blog has been "CoolRVers On the Road" I thought it would be appropriate to give you a look at our "home on wheels" and, more importantly, introduce you to our FAMILY on the road known as the "BOOMERS" -- representing my assigned letter "B" in today's Blogging Challenge theme.
|The "Boomer Banner" roams wherever Boomers gather.|
"Boomers" are part of a sub-group known as "Birds of a Feather" (BOF) belonging to the Escapees RV Club, a national organization dedicated to the support of all RVers through communities centered on the concepts of caring and sharing. You will read a lot more about the Escapees organization later this week when we reach the letter "E" in the Blogging Challenge.
We like to say "Boomers: it's not an AGE thing, but a STATE-OF-MIND". While a very informal club with a membership now totaling more than 1,000 members, the following quotation from the Escapees website is as "formal" as this group gets:
Our Family on the Road
|Mention FOOD and Boomers will come together. This was actually a "recruitment" opportunity|
for non-members of the Boomers to meet and socialize during the recent Escapees national rally.
|About 200 members of the Boomers BOF gathered for a Social Hour and group photo|
during the Escapees Escapade (national rally) held in Tucson, Arizona a few weeks ago.
I am the "yellow blob" on the floor in front of the Boomer Banner.
In the jargon of Boomers, a large gathering of Boomers is called a BOOMERANG. Since there are no officers to organize events, folks just use Yahoo and Facebook social media pages or the monthly newsletter to announce an activity. "Call it and they will come!"
Boomerville is where you migrate to in January
|Parking in Boomerville is very informal.|
|Dancing &Karaoke around the campfire|
Technical advice and safety issues are popular Boomerville activities. Service projects and raising funds for charity are annual events. Socializing and renewing friendships keeps everyone hopping. Daily 4 pm Happy Hours welcome new arrivals and announcements keep the calendars up-to-date.
|Boomers give back to the community. Food servers at a local mission|
|Mac the Fire Guy presents live fire demonstrations on using extinguishers and how to escapee an RV through a bedroom window.|
Boomers are always meeting each other on the road.
|Boomers meeting in Alaska at the "end of the road"|
Others gathered this
|Boomers gathering at a spa|
|Hubby Luke and our good Boomer Friends Gloria and Frank King|
Need an ice cream fix? Put the word out on the Boomer social network and a mini-rang can occur at a local Dairy Queen. Two or three couples can meet up for a meal and that qualifies as a "mini-rang" and photos will often appear in the monthly electronic Boomer News.
|Crabbing at Winchester Bay, OR|
Like to eat Crab? Boomers are already planning another "Crab-a-Rang" this September along the coast in Oregon. Previous crabbing rallies in Winchester Bay, Oregon have also included charter boat fishing, potlucks with all the crab you can clean and eat, and recipe sharing.
Full-time RVers, people who have sold their traditional homes and live and travel year-round in their motorhome, trailer, camper, van, etc. sometimes like to get away and take a vacation cruise. Last year many Boomers took a group cruise to Mexico and plans are already underway for a Boomer cruise to Alaska in 2018.
Albuquerque in October is the destination for the Boomers and Balloons RallyI would be remiss if I didn't mention the annual "Boomers and Balloons Rally" at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. We have attended the ABQ Fiesta with Boomers since 2006 and during the last eight years, Luke and I have "hosted" or co-hosted this "bucket list" event.
|Balloons landing by Boomer Row|
While this has been a major event for us to host all these years, it was time to "retire" our hosting jobs and pass the hosting duties to other Boomers who stepped up to keep the Ballooning Rally going.
OUR HOME ON WHEELS...
|Our current "rolling condo" is a 40' 2007 Itasca Horizon TD.|
Since we got married in 1970 we have had at least 10 different vehicles that we have traveled in. In our early days we traveled across Canada and the USA in a converted GMC Carry-all van with homemade plywood bunk beds, Coleman stove, K-Mart storage trunk, and a porti-potty. After that we moved up in the recreational vehicle hierarchy through a Toyota truck with a camper shell, a van conversion, two 21' American Clipper Class C RVs, a one-ton pickup truck with a cabover camper, another Class B van conversion we called the "ambulance", and then a series of more Class C "self-contained" mini-motorhomes.
Once I retired in 2004 we jumped into the RV lifestyle and wanted more creature comforts on the road. We started at 21' with American Clippers, tried a 22' Itasca Spirit, a 24' Holiday Rambler Atlantis, and then moved to a full-size, 34' Class A Monaco Monarch. In December, 2008 our current Itasca Horizon, measuring exactly 39' 10", caught our eye with a "front kitchen", dual recliners, and a great floor plan.