Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Escapees Class of 2007 Fifth Reunion

We are members of Escapees RV Club and check their discussion forums often. At the end of 2006 we joined and found the “Graduating to Fulltime” section and became acquainted with other folks who were going to be become fulltime RVers in 2007, thus becoming the Class of 2007.

We “talked” with each other through the discussion forum nearly daily and really got to know each other.  Then some of us met each other at the Escapade in 2007 in Goshen, IN.  But the big meeting was held here in Quartzsite, AZ in January 2008 just before the Big Tent RV Show. 

Since then we have seen each other many times on the road from Alabama to Washington state.  Jim and I have been so lucky to have many of the group visit us in Colorado while we camphosted there in the summer.  Other times we have traveled together for a couple weeks at a time.  These meetings are like seeing your family again. There is no explaining why you do what you do,  how you “get your mail”, live without full hookups or the other questions we often have to explain. Your classmates know you, they know your story, they accept you.

So we are now back to Quartzsite to celebrate our Fifth Reunion.  We are having so much fun.  Since we keep in touch with each other daily through Facebook and the Escapees Discussion Forums, there hasn’t  been a lot of “catching up” but more “remember when we…..”

One of those events were when we all went to The Desert Bar, which I wrote about a couple of days ago.  Another thing we did back in 2008 was going to Silly Al’s for pizza and karaoke night, with Sal Tumolo singing a sexy “Bad to the Bone”.  So, of course, we had to go do that again this time too. 

There were 20 of us this time but we couldn’t sit together but were at three separate tables.  After the pizza Sal was bought several beers to get him in the mood and he did perform  a great version of “Bad to the Bone”.

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With Marcia Jones and Jim Tidball
With Marcia
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The karaoke wouldn’t start for another hour and a half, so we decided it was cheaper to return to our campsite and have Sal perform it again around the campfire. Joe Jones brought up the song on his smart phone and Sal put the phone to his ear to get the words right.

Getting in the mood
With Trisha Schmidt
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So we are walking around Tyson Wells and Rice Ranch checking out the “stuff” before the Big Tent opens.

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Bobbie and I had to try out the 2 1/2 scoop ice cream cones…only $3.50

A lot of the folks go to La Mesa RV for their free lunches

Lunch at LaMesa (1)
Waiting in the long line
Lunch at LaMesa (2)
Place was busy this day

We have our daily happy hours and nightly campfires. Some of our classmates were unable to attend this reunion, but have asked for lots of photos so they can see everyone attending, so I’m putting in more photos than I normally do.

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D.O.G. and Chorizo
Chorizo meets D.O.G.
Pups meet D.O.G.
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Last night we had a successful and tasty potluck.  Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera so I didn’t get photos of Linda Fleeger being crowned Queen of Class of 2007 complete with a crown and a plunger…I mean a scepter.  She was even given a thrown (a porcelain one) that in preparation, the Burbars have been carrying around in the back of their pickup for a while.  I stole this photo from Joe Jones Facebook page


Sorry for the long post, but there was so much to catch up on.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Remember, you are loved.


  1. Looks like you guys are having a great time. I always enjoy reading about your adventures.

  2. Carolyn and Roy TroutJanuary 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    So love this, was just reading it to Roy as we are driving across the road at this time, boy you all sound the like the friends that we hung with last winter down in Terlingua Texas, same sort of antics!!!! Such simple fun,,,,,good to know that our ages we can still have fun, close friendships, lots of laughs and good times! Contiue on enjoying your life,,,love to you Both!

  3. Sounds like a great time wish we were there!!! Angela

  4. You all look like a fun bunch of campers. Wish I could be out in Quartzsite, having my own adventure. If you're ever looking for more shows and rallies to attend, check out They list campgrounds, shows, rallies and RV travel destinations. Take a look, I think you'll like this website.


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