Sunday, April 17, 2016

First Annual Redwood Rally in Texas!

Last month, early March, we attended the first Annual Texas Regional
 Redwood Rally in Canton, Texas!  This was the first of several regional
 rallies that Redwood RV has scheduled for this year.  Then in August,
 Redwood/Crossroads RV will be holding the National Rally in Shipshewana,
 Indiana.  We had the blessing of attending the National Rally last summer 
and look forward to attending again this year!

The front of the Great Lodge at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.

At Mill Creek Ranch Resort, the sky and clouds in Canton, Texas.......lot of rain!!

The rally in Canton was held at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, a beautiful resort right down the road from where First Monday Trade Days are held.  (To those of you who have never attended First Monday in Canton, it is a huge open market, with vendors that are selling anything from food to furniture to tools to arts and crafts items. It is quite an adventure to attend!)  The resort has numerous RV sites with full hook-ups.  It also has lovely small cottages for purchase or for rent, several small lakes with fishing docks/piers, paddle boats, a large lodge and very sweet concierges and staff!

 We were well taken care of by the resort!  We were also spoiled a bit by Redwood!  We each received a great tee shirt and we were treated to a delicious catered meal ---- from a local BBQ shop (Baker's Ribs) --- OUTSTANDING FOOD!!!  

 As you can see, we all enjoyed the BBQ very much, and even had some leftovers for the next day's potluck!  Thank you Redwood!!  

A few days prior to the rally, Terry Cooper, The RV Professor, held a 3 day maintenance course that Bob attended.  There were 5 other "students" in the class, and each one said that they learned invaluable information.  In the class, they had classroom information in the morning and the afternoons were hands-on (at least as much as they could, as we had torrential rains every day, except the day that we left).  Since then, Bob has checked numerous things on our rig that he learned about in the class!  (Every refridgerator that the class looked at had at least one issue that was able to be fixed ...)

Certification Time!
We had several excellent presentations given
during the rally....... Nino, our area's Redwood representative had a great Q & A, Evan from Explore USA was there to answer questions for us, plus sessions included:  the RV's refridgerator, our tires and brakes (thanks Ron!), the electricity in our units.....and even a wonderful presentation by Evada Cooper, The Professor's lovely wife, about the kitchen and cooking in our RV's.  The sessions were all lively and fun as well as beneficial.

Bob and "The Professor" Terry Cooper, Evada Cooper has her back to us......
World Famous, Y'All!!

We also had plenty of social time, making new friendships. 
 For lunch one day we went to Canton's Dairy Palace, 
a fun diner with a vintage feel, and excellent food......
YUM !!!
they even had the Texas favorite: Blue Bell ice cream!  
We had hoped to be able to a few campfires together, 
but the rain never let up until we left, so we hope to work
 that in next year!

Blue Bell has its very own counter!

The week went by so quickly!  We truly had a wonderful time, as I am sure everyone did.  We are looking forward to next year's rally!  Our thanks to Redwood/Crossroads RV, Terry and Evada Cooper, Mill Creek Ranch Resort, Baker's Ribs and everyone who did so much to make this first annual rally a success!

Thanks Shelley for sending me this photo!  Our Texas Regional Rally crew, minus 2.

Until next time. . . . . . .