The excuse for sleeping until 8:30 this morning – I was awake a lot last night! Tom was up earlier and had his coffee and headed off for flag practice (for Tuesday’s Opening Ceremonies) where he would be carrying the NOVA flag to represent our unit. As he was walking out of practice I met up with him at the Farmer’s Market. The community, considering the state of emergency for flooding that they were under, did a nice job of showing up to offer fresh produce, bakery items, and frozen meat and poultry cuts for sale. We resisted the fresh baked items, and went for the rib-eye steaks!
We attended an information session on Airstream Electrical issues – not personally stimulating for me, and after that it was just a short walk to the open concession stand that had a covered seating area (it was raining) for lunch. We enjoyed the fact that there was a shuttle system around the fairgrounds, and rode that back to our North parking lot before heading out again to get in the registration line . . .to become "official" rally attendees.
Registration didn’t start until 2:00 – at the same time as the “First-Timer’s” orientation was to begin. At the registration table they allowed First-Timer’s to go first – so they could make it to the First-Timer’s meeting! The line was short and the process was fairly fast. We got our official programs, our ribbons for our name-tags, and a nice blue canvas tote bag to keep everything in.
Then, off to the meeting -- for awhile. There were brief messages from the President of WBCCI and 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents before it was turned over to the girl in charge. It didn’t really seem to be giving us any new insight into the rally as first-timers, so we left! At that point, we needed to come back to the trailer to get on our “casual/dressy” clothes and return by 4:00 for the President’s appreciation dinner!
The food was very good and there was a cash bar. The cash bar helped us get through the hour that the dinner was delayed. While we were waiting we also heard messages from the WBCCI President again. Good stuff, but I was ready to come back to the camper for the evening. Tom followed an hour later and we spent the evening getting things organized for the first tour that we signed up for – a 4-hour railroad trip.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown