Thursday, February 2, 2012

2012 Boomerville Wrap-up

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(Chuck) Most people who think of Quartzsite think of dust, crowded RV’s in the desert and traffic jams in town. Boomerville is a little known secret that is just the opposite of the “conventional wisdom”. A sample of activities that take place here are potlucks, group discussions on self defense, solar power, Boondocking, any beading or craft 009activities, travel discussions, or anything that you may find interesting. All you have to do is put it on the white board and list the time, and people will come and share ideas and experiences. Do you want to talk with someone who has been on a two week African Photo Safari? There are at least four people that have done that. Do you want to know more about a summer in Alaska ? We know at least ten couples who make the trip on any given year. When we make the trip in 2013, these connections will have given us a huge advantage with the knowledge of places and timing of events, and personal experiences that tour books will not provide. Boomerville is a “Best Kept Secret”. In the above photo, we’re the eleventh rig in from the left on the top row. The picture was taken by our friend Tom who does a fly-over each morning in his powered parachute.

 

Jan and I started the Chili Cook Off in Boomerville three years ago. I do not remember how it started, but it seems to have developed into an annual event. This year we had 30 entries which is a record. Those who did not bring a pot of chili brought a side dish to complement the entries. Jan and I choose six judges to evaluate the entries and declare a winner. Boomers seem to be known for food events and this one is no exception for quantity and quality. 009Judges; Terry, Jan, Odel, Beth, Bruce and Larry
006Chuck, Laurie, Jan and Vicky with the Judges scores 024The Winners; 3rd-Bill D  2nd-Gretchen, 1st-Bill R
047Chuck  & Jan w/friends on our morning 2-4 mile walk; uphill going out and downhill coming home 015Bob mixing pancakes with Gretchen grilling & serving. They feed the group for CARE donations 001Pegs & Jokers w/Betty and Duane. We ALL played a Joker!!

CARE is part of the Escapees RV Club organization which provides for Continuing Aid For Retired Escapees. That means that they have the ability to park their rig at the Escapees Headquarters in Livingston, Texas and volunteers will help them with doctors appointments and basic needs while they are in transition from a full time RV lifestyle to an actual “retirement” lifestyle. At most large Escapee events, such as Boomerville, we hold a Care Auction which raises money for CARE . People donate items which have value that they may no longer need and others buy them on the auction. Jan and I help with the auction, Three of us were auctioneers and Jan and other “Vanna Whites” displayed the items. It was fun and we raised over $3,000 for the event.

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The weather was sunny except this afternoon rain shower…….015We have moved on the Yuma and are now on 53rd Street after a couple of days stay at the Paradise Casino. We will visit my mother and Yuma friends, get our mail and then be off the Lake Havasu area for several weeks. The weather has been excellent and we are enjoying our RV life to the fullest.

2 comments:

Eric said...

Have fun at Lake Havasu. I wish I could have tried some of chili.

Chuck and Jan Moore said...

You would have loved the chili! Hugws, Mom

 
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