Once again; better late than never… There was so much to do and see during our time at the FMCA Rally that I couldn’t find time to update the blog. Between Thursday and Sunday – When we weren’t attending seminars, we were either visiting the vendors and exhibitors or driving the golf carts for the volunteer tram service. And of course, there was entertainment scheduled each evening in addition to our evening get-togethers with the Alpine Coach group.
As expected; our Alpine Coach group met each evening for “Happy Hour”.
One evening, we even had Pizza! Here’s some pics of our group enjoying the Pizza:
We even paused long enough from our pizza to celebrate a birthday!
Here’s some of our group coming back from a fun, full-day of activities. Don’t they look happy?
This place was huge. Their website says that Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair, the largest county fair in the world. It’s a good thing we brought our bicycles to get around on. It took a long time to get around, even if you jumped on one of the trams or golf carts.
Here’s a view out the front window of the golf cart that I spent a couple 3-hour shifts driving around in. I was glad we volunteered to drive the golf carts for the handicap transportation service, it was fun.
Except it was no longer fun when my golf cart broke down on my last shift Sunday. We think the battery couldn’t hold a charge any more and the engine wouldn’t auto-start when you pressed the gas pedal. I had to get towed.
We took the time to snap a few pictures at the Railroad Museum and Display that is located along one side of the Fairplex.
And then, there was even a miniature railroad that we visited. This was really cool. The Fairplex Garden Railroad is the oldest and possibly the largest miniature railroad in the US according to their website.
If you look closely, you can even see a lizard that has taken up residence in the miniature Police Department building.
And the NHRA Motorsports Museum is located here. Unfortunately, we didn’t find the time to visit… maybe next time.
And here’s some more pics of our Alpine Coach group enjoying another “Happy Hour” get-together.
Our final evening, Sunday; we were treated to a “Patriotic Night”.
All-in-all, it was a great Rally, however, I don’t think overall attendance met expectations and it seemed a little light on the quantity/quality of vendors from our experience at the two other FMCA Rallies we’ve attended in the past. But we still enjoyed our time here, especially with our Alpine Coach group friends.
Here’s Stilla showing off her goodie-bag of micro-fiber products that she won at one of the raffles. Go Stilla!
On Monday, we packed up along with most of the others (some left Sunday) and jockeyed for a position at the dump station. After taking care of the “dirty-deed” we headed east on 10, away from LA.
Since we still hadn’t decided where our next destination would be, I contacted fellow Alpine Coach Owner and friend, Mike Kuper. I knew Mike and Donna Kuper were staying nearby because I follow Mike’s blog; “FlyingtheKoop.com“. They are in Hemet, CA at the Golden Village Palms RV Resort. Mike told me there was plenty of room there, so I called the resort to check on pricing. They accept our Passport America (PA) discount, so it would be $25 per night. I reserved a couple nights and we headed that way after stopping at a TA to put $150 of diesel in the fuel tank; enough to get us to the next Flying J in Arizona where the fuel is cheaper. We want to be back in Casa Grande in time for Easter with my Mom and brother at the “dirt farm”.
Anyway, I’ll save all that for my next post. C U soon 🙂