Imperial, CA. WHAT A GREAT TIME!!! This was our
first Escapade and being on Chapter Row. There were
almost 50 Chapters on the Row this year. 1204 RVs and
2511 folks at the Imperial Valley Expo. Being the new
kids. we got lots of Hugs. Boy, there were a very large
Row is a great place to meet people. The first two
Shirley Krohn, #32862, Newsletter Editor/Membership;
days were so busy, it was hard to get time out for lunch.
e-mail: [email protected]
; 303-921-7811 (cell)
Our Row neighbors were wonderful people and we all had
Frieda Clark, #1397, Historian; 719-591-0565 (summer)
fun, a great time getting to know each other. There were
many seminars to take in. I did get to go to a few and Judy
loved going to the line dancing classes every morning. The
entertainment was good every night and I have never seen so
many door prizes given out every evening, but we still
Just send me an article of information (news you want shared
Today is the last day and after the closing ceremony
with the members--no secrets!) for the newsletter to Shirley
we are going to take the Chapter’s banner and history book
Krohn. E-mail to: [email protected]
or mail to 159 Rainbow
which I have updated on the 2005 Escapade to Betty and
Drive #5915, Livingston, TX 77399-1059. Keep in mind it
Chuck’s rig and see a few others from Chapter 4 for a small
takes THREE weeks for the mail to get to me. Deadlines
social before we all depart in the morning. Judy and I are
(loosely!) are: 10 Jan, 10 Apr, 10 Jul; 10 Oct.
going to Desert Hot Springs, park the rig in an RV park for
a few days and drive the tow car into Huntington Beach to
have Easter with our son and his family. Then it’s back to
the rig for a few nights at the park and then the 1st of April
Invite SKPs who might want to join Chapter 4 to send their
we’ll go back to the new house in Wittmann, AZ. Judy and
membership fee of $5 a year to Chuck Mulcahy, #76334, 15763 E.
I would like to thank the Chapter for letting us be the Row
Eldorado Pl, Aurora, CO 80013. If any corrections to the
reps this year. We had a wonderful time and would consider
membership listing are needed, send updates to Shirley Krohn,
NEEDED: For Chapter 4's History Book! Pictures with comments about the pictures
McFillens: new e-mail is [email protected]
luncheons, and Escapades (including Chapter Row), and anything else that might
add to the flavor of the Chapter 4 History Book.
Send via 1st Class to: Frieda Clark, 1193
EXPIRE--send renewal dues ($5) to our
Chuck Mulcahy, #76334, 15763 E.
Colorado Springs during May. During our migration we
stayed at Dreamcatcher SKP park in Deming and socialized
with lots of friendly SKPs. We decided to take three days
going north from there to Denver instead of our usual two
(hmm, are we getting older?, nah, just wanted to check out
We joined Passport America this winter and used two
participating parks on our way north. The first was Kiva at
Bernardo, NM. It is also a horse hotel! There were lots of
Betty and Chuck Mulcahy write . . .
dogs, guinea hens, turkeys and who knows what else!
Apparently also loose screws in the driveway as it ended up
We left Denver in the middle of March with our 22 foot fifth
in our trailer tire. We had just stopped at a rest area not far
wheel, making it out just ahead of a bad snowstorm. When we
south of the park where Jack did his usual thumping of tires
arrived in Phoenix, we parked in my brother’s driveway for a few
and all were ok. We had been parked about an hour when
days to visit until we could pick up our new trailer. We were
we went out to wax the exterior of the trailer and Shirley
able to visit Bob and Mary Wilcox at their very nice home in
noticed the rear tire was flat. So call road service, drive up
Phoenix. Talked about the rally, then went for lunch. It was
on blocks to get that axle up and the tire off the ground,
remove it and find the culprit--a large screw. Road service
arrives in a pickup truck, no tire mending gear, just air
When the trailer was ready, we spent the day in the dealer’s back
compressor. Sooo, he get the spare (from under the trailer)
lot switching our stuff into the new 27 foot Arctic Fox. We
which has never been used in our 10 years on the road only
couldn’t believe how much junk the 22 footer held! I’m sure
to find that it had 8 lbs of air and was not the correct size!
we’ll miss it, but we’re sure enjoying the roominess of the new
Are we having fun yet??? The park had a nice large office/e-
mail/coffee/etc. room (never did see a pay phone), laundry
and rest rooms. The park was attended when we arrived and
Took possession of the new trailer the day before Escapade. Then
had quite a few campers (most appeared to be permanent
we spent a week in Imperial at Escapade--saw some people from
residents judging by the heat tape on their water hoses).
the Escapade two years ago when we worked The Row. Also had
a nice get together with the Konminskys and the Spencers. And I
Rather than trust our tire to road service and a trip back to
(Betty) ran into the McFillens one day between seminars. They
Socorro, we decided we’d take the tire to Discount Tire in
were visiting for the day. Wish we’d had more time together.
Albuquerque, 45 miles north (it is now 4 p.m.). In
Shirley’s haste to get ready she entered the trailer without
We left Escapade and spent a couple nights on BLM desert land
putting the step down (18” drop or so) and when exiting
for R and R and some hiking. Returned to Phoenix for another
with hands full and not holding onto the door handle,
visit with my brother before heading to Roswell to spend a few
twisted her left knee. Well, when in ABQ it took 17 min
for them to fix the tire and 4 hrs for Shirley to see a doctor
We wish we could have stayed out longer than 3-1/2 weeks, but
at Lovelace Hospital Emergency Room! Nothing was
we had to get back to Denver for work. Speaking of which--I’ve
broken but apparently she pulled something therein so they
(Betty) given notice to my boss that I’ll be retiring in a couple
sent her home with a full leg velcro brace to wear when
months. So now we’ll be able to spend longer times on the road.
sleeping or walking so as not to cause more injury
inadvertently. She is getting around fine, just slow as a
Happy travels to all! We look forward to seeing as many as
Back to the parks . . . the second was Kickback in Raton.
Jack & Shirley Krohn write. . .
It is small with very limited winter facilities. We were
unable to get connected successfully to AOL (she says
We are enjoying warm weather and unwinding after a busy winter
phone lines are antiquated). Due to tortoise speed Shirley
of quilt making and a SOWER project. As mentioned last
didn’t get to check out the facilities here. The park was
newsletter, our plans for summer and fall have changed. We are
unattended when we arrived (one other camper. . .
now #4 on the standby list for a Airstream caravan to Nova
remember, this is Raton Pass neighborhood, still cold at
Scotia so we’ve switched things so that we can be ready to go at
a moments notice. We will work a SOWER project in MI in
June. The caravan departure is from Sault Ste Marie in mid-July
Tom & Marion Braum write . . .
Well the ski runs are getting a little slushy and some brown
Meanwhile we are enjoying the warming weather in AZ as we
snow is starting to appear near the bottoms. Time to pull
slowly migrate toward CO to visit children and grand children. out the extra window insulation, check the tire pressure,
We hope to see many of you at SKP luncheons in Denver and
crank the engine, and point the sled south. We anti-
snowbirds are starting our counter migration. Only got in about
We then went to Oceanside, CA (about 30 miles N of San
40 days of skiing but lots of camaraderie with thick-blooded
Diego) for a one week stay and ended up committing to a
SKPs and other winter RVers. Temperatures never went below
month here. very nice weather and we love being on the
minus 12ºF so we were able to keep nice and toastie for the three
Pacific Ocean. we walk out the back of the RV park to a
months we spent in Breckenridge, CO. (Warmer than the minus
park and then to the beach. They have a wireless network
here, so I'm using it to send this e-mail to you! Another big
draw here is my new granddaughter (age 3 months) 38 miles
With a few unplanned detours in route, we should be at the
original RANCH, Lakewood NM, by mid-May for a few week
stay before heading to cooler temperatures in North Dakota where
We will probably leave before the month is up because we
we are planning to work on a Habitat for Humanity house.
finally have a buyer for our house which has been on the
market since last August. first offer, but we have a signed
Joe Maraschino writes . . . (trip to FL continued)
contract now and it looks good. No definite plans after
that. at a minimum, we plan to "full time" for at least the
I stayed at the JAX Naval Air Station FAM camp for my allotted
summer, then I don't know. We really want to keep
time and then moved out to Mayport Naval Station which is
Longmont, Colorado as our home base because we really
home for the aircraft carrier JFK, a few escort destroyers and some
like it there, so maybe in the Fall we'll look for a condo or
Coast Guard ships. I was there when the JFK returned. It was a
rental house. I'm TIRED of owning old houses and having
sight to see how they turn that big ship around and get it under
to fix them up, so maybe we'll let a landlord pay for repairs
for a while. But who knows. maybe we'll keep full-
timing!!!! It's kind of fun not knowing were you're going to
My daughter took a new position in civil service and moved to
Fort Campbell, KY. I hung over a week and helped her get
things packed and picked up. I departed on March 6th. This
I'm upset that we're not going to be able to make it to the
looks like my last trip to FL for a while. We will see what KY
June event for our chapter at the Wilcox ranch. While we
were at the Escapade, we signed up for a 5 day HOP event
which will be held at Creede, Colorado this June.
Along the way I decided to visit some more of the SKP parks,
camping, white water rafting, four-wheeling, etc. After we
started with the Plantation in AL--very nice area and what big
signed up we found out that the event at the Wilcox ranch is
lots. Then it was Dreamcatcher in Deming, NM. While there I
later this year than last and will be at the same time as the
took a trip to Silver City--what a surprise. It's a fairly modern
town with Walmarts, Kmarts, Home Depot and all the fast food
places. I expected an old mining town from the 1890s. The pit
Maybe some of us can get together to do some other events
mine was a very interesting place to take some pictures and I took
my share. Next 'twas the Rovers Roost at Casa Grande, AZ,
where I took in some of the local sights and met the park
managers who are Denver Bronco fans and from CO.
Next stop was El Centro and the Escapade, Chapter Row. What
an experience. For those who have never been a rep on Chapter
Row, things have changed. The Orrs have put some piazza into
being on the Row. It was fun kibitzing with all the people
around you and we did a little yarn stretching as we went along.
It was good to see old friends and make new ones. I was parked 3
rigs from Bob & Chong Kominsky (hope to see them at the rally
royal blue in color have sold quite well. You may
Vandenburg AFB was my next stop where it was rather cool but
still good for short pants. Took a walk on the beach and that
or 195 Rainbow Dr #9584, Livingston,
made me a shore-to-shore trip maker for the third time in five
Henry and Judy Spencer write . . .
After getting back from our work camping experience at the fish
hatchery in Oregon (end of September), we parked the RV for the
You can access the Chapter 4 web page at the
winter, enjoyed the mild Colorado winter and hit the road again
on Feb. 25. We visited relatives in Casa Grande, then went to the
Escapade in Imperial, CA where we visited with Betty and Chuck
Mulcahy and also Bob and Judy Kominsky. It was a fun rally.
With many new classes, great entertainment, and lots of friends to visit -- Escapade was a great hit! The weather even cooperated – imagine an Escapade without rain! We had 50 chapters/Certified BOF’s/Co-Ops represented on The Row. The Passport Contest brought oodles of visitors to The Row to visit – ask questions – and to even join many of the groups.
We remind all of you, that as you wander this beautiful country – to also check the Escapees Magazine Event Calendar. Plan to visit and enjoy a rally in your area or along the way. All Escapees are welcome at all events. Chapters/C-BOFs; all welcome visitors, but for courtesy, do let them know you are coming.
Fall is a beautiful time to visit the Midwest with warm sunny days and cool clear nights. We invite you to Fall Escapade in DuQuoin, Illinois September 25-30. We hope to meet many of you along the way or at Escapade.
SKP Hugs – Susie & Denny Orr, Chapter Directors
Have survived all the symptoms my body's deployed,
And kept twenty-six doctors gainfully employed!!!
E is for eyesight--can't read that top line.
[Author Unknown, Sent by Joe Maraschino]
G is for gas (which I'd rather not mention)
H is for high blood pressure [I'd rather have low)
I is for incisions with scars you can show.
K is for my knees that crack when they're bent
Hear the latest info on Chapter 4 activities.
(Please forgive me, my Memory ain't worth a cent)
N is for neurosis, pinched nerves and stiff neck
P is for prescriptions, I have quite a few
Give me another pill; I'll be good as new!
If (when!) you have a change in mailing address or e-
mail or phone number, please advise your editor (see
NAME IN PRINT). Also, if you’d like to save the
S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears
Chapter some $, you can get your newsletter by e-mail.
T is for tinnitus--I hear bells in my ears
It will come as a PDF file attached to your e-mail, in
living color, and you can print it if you want to. I like
V is for vertigo, that's "dizzy", you know.
information by e-mail so I can save it without adding
X is for X ray--and what might be found.
Morning: coffee at barnAfternoon: 1:00: Those who wish to
Directions: Calhan is a about 30 miles northeast of
show off their rigs and/or tour others, meet at
At the east end of Calhan on Hwy 24, (Texaco
station on S/W corner) turn S on Calhan Hwy for
Bring something appropriate for chili (e.g.
Turn E on Washington Rd for 2 miles to McQueen
canned chili, meat, corn, sauce, anything to
dump into large pot for a surprise result) ALSO: bring a side dish to complement (e.g.
Turn N on McQueen Rd for about 1/2 mile.
Look for large white barn with green roof and trim.
Entrance sign "Fresh American Lamb, WILMB
Dry camping. water and dump available. Limited
electric for functions. Building for indoor activities if
Mines and/or Ramah Dam Wildlife Area (bird and wildlife watching, hiking, etc.)
4:00 Happy HourDinner: 6:00 Pot luck: Chapter 4
provides hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, relish
1. Two side dishes, plus one ingredient for community chili.
2. One new “gift,” WRAPPED, priced $10 or under (if you
care to participate in gift exchange game).
Anyone wishing for steak or brats, please bring
3. Any kind of entertainment you would like to offer others
(e.g., keyboard, demonstration of a hobby or skill).
4. Pop tops from cans to collect for Ronald McDonald House.
6. Wine to share for a wine tasting (don’t forget the glasses).
We’ll have raffle tickets available to purchase for a drawing
Friday night. First winner receives 30% of pot; second receives 20% of pot; remaining 50% goes to CARE.
751 N. Academy Blvd., between Galley & Platte, in Citadel
7475 Park Meadows Dr, Littleton (C-470 & Quebec, south-
behind Pep Boys and before Sam’s on left)
On Hwy 6 & 50, in front of Sam’s Club
S. Krohn (Mt Echoes)159 Rainbow Dr #5915Livingston, TX 77399-1059
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