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July 2nd in Bozeman

The day was pretty laid back.  We met our good friends, the Carlsens from Regina, Saskatchewan; a fried of theirs is planning an official caravan to the 2009 International Rally in Madison and wanted some inputs on what might be interesting places to visit along their route.  We met with the South Dakota Unit at the John Bozeman Bistro in Bozeman’s historic downtown for their luncheon.  President John and Bobbi Tetzlaff and their granddaughters hosted the luncheon.  Attending were Myrtle and Don Bell from Texas, R7 2VP Joan and Mike Lahr from Wisconsin Past R7 First Lady Annette Hooker.  The food was a little pricy, but it was very good and I wasn’t able to eat it all, which says volumns, as many of you know. 

 In the afternoon, we took a drive up into the mountains south of here, to Hayalite Reservoir.  The mountain streams feeding this dammed lake are still running high and the level is putting water over the spillway.  Nice and cool up there, where we did get to points over 7,000 feet.  It must be a very popular location so close to Bozeman, as you were never very far from someone.

Last night, the evening’s entertainment was the Ringling Five singers, a group of eight local ranchers who sing cowboy songs. We saw this group at the Host Fest and they were promoting this October’s events.

We are hitching up this moring and pulling out.  Temperature for the 4th of July in Bozeman are forecast to be in the upper 90’s.  We don’t have air here.  Time to giddyup and move along.

July 03 2008 | News and Rallies and Uncategorized | No Comments »

Unit Publications Contest Results

Just retrieved our unit directory and newsletter from the Unit Publications Contest.  North Dakota will bring home the Best in Show trophy for our newsletter, the Prairie Rose.  At first I could not find our directory, but then found it in an envelope under the newsletters.  Our directory had a little note attached to it that read “Sorry this was misplaced & not judged”.  Wisconsin’s excellent directory had the same little note on it, too. 

July 01 2008 | News and Rallies and Uncategorized | No Comments »

Opening Day at Bozeman, June 28th

Busy, Busy Saturday!  I went to a seminar on the WBCCI website for updates and how-tos.  Larry went to the presentation by Larry Huttle from Airstream Inc.  He said that Thor (parent of Airstream) is debt-free and will weather the RV market downturn a lot better than its counterparts.  He said that the classic trailers make up only 20% of their sales and their focus is more on the higher volume lines like the Safari and International.  Got the directory and newsletters entered into the competitions.  The Opening ceremony was warm and steamy and the WBCCI orchestra was fantastic!

In a few minutes we will be heading for the Region 7 Luncheon to meet up with old friend.  Ambulance just was directed into our parking lot – hope nothing serious…..

June 29 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Why do we take our Airstream out on the road these days?

Got an eye opener this past weekend as we drove to the southwestern part of the state, staying the night in Reeder.  We took the Enchanted Highway and saw the awesome sculptures along the way, and battled 30-40 mph direct crosswinds and rain the entire way.  Stopped for gas in Regent and noted that diesel was $4.82 a gallon.  Due to the lovely winds that did not abate the next day, we topped off gas in Belfield and was surprised that it was only $3.82 a gallon.  The eye-opener came when we were talking with our friends who had reservation at one of the  few hotels in Medora.  They got one of the last rooms available for $169 per night – the rest were $189 per night.  I sat there and did the quick math: we had, by far, the cheapest and nicest accomodations.  Is that what hotels are going for these days?!  Even with the voracious headwinds we had, we still came out way ahead on costs.  At $4+ a gallon, we can get a long way on the money for just one night’s stay in those hotels.  Our RV site was $30, with full hook-ups, WiFi and cable TV.  

June 17 2008 | News and Uncategorized | No Comments »

May issue of Prairie Rose Newsletter and Region 7 Newsletter released

The May issue of our unit newsletter has been release and is available for download.  In this issue are Rally Schedules for the upcoming Spring Opener Buddy Rally and the Region 7 Voyageur Rally f.  To view and dowload, click Prairie Rose Newsletter – May 2008

The latest issue of the Region 7 Newsletter is available for viewing and download at on their website, www.region7.wbcci.net

May 11 2008 | News and Uncategorized | No Comments »

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