FCRV Campvention [4th of July] (Cam-Plex, Gillette WY)

Happy Independence Day!  It’s been in the high 90’s here in Gillette, WY at the Cam-Plex.  Saturday was our first full day parked at the Boxelder RV Park with the FCRV group for the Campvention Rally which officially starts on Monday the 6th of July.  (Click on the green links for more info)


We started off the day by washing the bugs off the front of the Urban Escape Vehicle while the front was still in the shade, we’re parked facing due West.  We have multiple water faucets at our site along with 50-amp power.    After I finished, I shared the wash bucket, hose, and ladder with my Dad who is parked beside us.

Then it was time to unload the Harley from the back of the Silverado.  We downloaded the bicycles yesterday, and of course, Kaan’s bicycle was the first…


Trying to stay in the shade… Stilla, Linda, and Kaan.

I toured the Cam-Plex area a little with the Harley… boy, was it hot yesterday.  I rode by the handicapped parking area on the opposite side of the Cam-Plex main building and visited with Bob McChord for a few minutes.  He was outside washing the bugs off his rig too.

In the late afternoon, we made a trip into town with Dad & Elaine to stock up on a few items at WalMart.

Then we grilled up some steaks on our Cuisinart gas grill.  We shared the grill with my Dad & Elaine.  Once the steaks were cooked, we put them in a travel container. Stilla made some creamed-corn on the stove top.  When everything was ready, we took our food and chairs over to the “Colorado Cruisers” FCRV group to join them in a little potluck get-together.  They are parked next to us in the same row.  The group we belong to along with my Dad & Elaine is called the “Rolling Springs” Chapter of the FCRV.  Fun people… fun times…

4th of July Potluck with the “Colorado Cruisers”.
4th of July Potluck with the “Colorado Cruisers”. Notice everyone trying to squeeze into the shade 🙂
4th of July Potluck with the “Colorado Cruisers”.
4th of July Potluck with the “Colorado Cruisers”.
4th of July Potluck with the “Colorado Cruisers”.
4th of July Potluck with the “Colorado Cruisers”.
(L to R) Biff, Linda, Elaine, and Dad – 4th of July Potluck with the “Colorado Cruisers”.

After enjoying the impromptu get-together with the “Colorado Cruisers”, our “Rolling Springs” group retired to a shady spot behind our own rigs together to enjoy some dessert that Linda shared… yummm.

4th of July dessert-time with the “Rolling Springs” group. (L to R) Bob, dog ‘Abby’, Biff and Linda.
4th of July dessert-time with the “Rolling Springs” group. (L to R) Stilla, Elaine, Dad (Bill), and Mary McChord.
My stepmom, Elaine dishing up some of Linda’s Cherry Cobbler dessert.
4th of July dessert-time with the “Rolling Springs” group.

Around 10 PM, we set up our chairs in front of our rigs for the highly-publicized fireworks show… expectations were high.



Of course, I had to set up our flagpole for the event.  Luckily the solar light had enough time to charge during the day because it’s been stored away for the last couple months while we were parked on pavement at the COS Elks Lodge.


The fireworks were awesome…




We released one of the “Chinese Lanterns” that we purchased in Quartzsite AZ a couple years ago.  We’ve been carrying them around for quite awhile.  Someone else had released theirs earlier, which gave us the idea.





The fireworks show lived up to expectations!  What a great Grand-Finale!  Of course, all the firework shows we see, now get compared to our experience at the Pyrotechnics Show “Winter Blast” we attended in Lake Havasu back in February.  (Link HERE), (HERE), and (HERE) for my posts on that event.

Today (Sunday) we volunteered from 12 – 2 pm to collect door prizes from everyone that’s arrived so far.  It’s already windy and overcast this morning… quite a difference from yesterday.  Stay tuned…