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Adam's 2018 NROA Rally - La Grande, Oregon - June 19th - June 24th

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  • I never knew RV mats float... Check for leaches lol. 8am busses have been replaced by cruise ships, a first for the rally. An awesome adventure and we hope it is less then that 3 hour tour we know about. By the way, going to take extra lead to get your bait to the bottom tonight!
    2006 Chevy HD2500 DuramaxLBZ-Allison ExCab Longbed LT3 4x4
    Line-X, A.R.E. CX Shell, KargoMaster Rack, Prodigy
    2005 Arctic Fox 22H, Yamaha EF3000iSEB
    Celia's Gourmet Foods
    Gourmet Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegars & Infused Olive Oils

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    • Ok the write up and photo's are being finished today and will be posted shortly. Just added Riches back up video to the back up contest my prior post #131 that had the times and scores done on Tuesday for those of you who want to see it.
      Adam
      2007 Dodge 2500 Megacab 5.9 3.73 4X4 4SPD auto
      07 Arctic Fox 31W-BH 35' Hensley Hitch/Brake Smart Controller - Access site with Desktop win10 machine
      07 AF31W Mod's
      Previous trailer 03 Arctic Fox 29V

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      • It's only Monday and trailers are rolling in! It's rally time!
        Many many thanks to those that helped get things set up. Gordon and Patrice, Michelle, Alexis and Ethan, and David and Donna who helped us set up the big top, put out chairs, and carry picnic tables. You guys were awesome.
        Monday we had a large group for dinner at Mamacita's, there were so many that we filled the basement, and some even had to be seated upstairs. Great turn out, and so nice to see all these familiar faces along with all of the new ones.
        It's been a lot cooler, and wetter this year and the mosquito's were out in full force, but Tuesday brought about 8 display models to the park along with some fun pre rally activities. Scott and Laura had the coffee going for everyone too! They travel all the way across Oregon to be here with us and each and every morning they have the coffee, tea and cocoa ready to start the day, then at the end of the evening Vern has a nice campfire for us to gather around!!!! Thanks guys!!
        Tuesday bingo started our activities --thank you Tom for running that. You barely got to camp and got put to work. !! Just shortly after was a new event of blind man's trailer backing. Northwood's production dept. took Adamís idea and designed a fantastic mini Nash trailer that we could hook up behind a golf cart. We got a great laugh to see Adam's face in one of the trailer windows, and they even designed pedestrians for the course!
        The backing contest had the driver blinded with the passenger verbally guiding him to pull up then back into a designated spot. Each team was timed, and then scored by random people in the audience with numbers they held up. Sooo much FUN!!!
        Once evening hit we had the official start to the rally with the "Meet and Greet" in the building. Adam went over announcements, and then introduced the park owners Mike and Tamarah. Haven't they done a nice job with the park! Afterwards each group attending the rally introduced themselves telling names, where they are from and their forum handles.
        To end the evening we went out to the campfire with Vernon and Sharon and were lucky enough to see the owls come out for the evening. We watched them fly overhead several times.
        Wednesday morning started with Performance Trailer Brakes in the building doing a class on disc brakes, while at the same time Mary, Betsy, Claudia, Marie, Shelley, Doris, Julie, Janet, Donna, Paula, and Sybil all enjoyed a 4 hour quilting class in La Grande that even included lunch!
        Back at the park Tom and Bob did a fun thing called Golfing for Grins. They set up quite the course around the park, and there were many participants. With one hole being you had to hit a pie time suspended in the air! At 2pm we had the ice cream social with all the toppings, and oodles of fruits. The White Elephant followed right after, and we saw some very interesting gifts! There was a true White Elephant, and yes there were many returns including the purple pig with all the dates printed on it and the doll, and that is truly the only way I can describe that one, there just aren't words...!
        That evening we tried to have a band play outside on the band stand, but the weather just did not co operate. We got thunder, lightening, hail, and rain so the band downsized to a guitar and a violin, and played in the building for us. They were real troopers and the music was very enjoyable. Thank you Corey Peterson Band! As it turns out the band made a great decision because just not too long after they finished, we got one heck of a storm! Thunder was clapping so loudly that we heard at least one truck alarm twice, lightening was happening and it was raining sideways. After the worst of it past we were under water in our site and Adam measured 5 inches on the ground at our step. He was out there in his swim trunks and water shoes checking on things, then again at 4am the next morning placing boards and stepping stones (borrowed from the park!) so we could get out of our trailers without getting having to wade thought the lakes left behind!
        Thursday brought our excursion to Joseph. The buses showed up on time (yay!) and thanks to our bus leaders Dave, Donna, Scott and Laura got everyone checked in so we could enjoy a scenic ride to Joseph, Oregon. Also thanks for helping make sure all who went were accounted for before we returned! The weather cooperated and we got to spend the day shopping, and site seeing along with a catered lunch in the community building. Thanks Adam for all of your planning and putting it all together as well as all of those who jumped in and helped him set up and tear down the tables/chairs.
        Once we made it back to the park some of the water was gone. Not all, but it was looking much better. At 6pm, we had our pot luck with waaaaay to much food, but I do have to say we have some incredible cooks in camp!!
        Friday morning started the day with SkyMed, I think they have been here for 3 years now offering insurance that covers for some great things like getting your RV back if something happens to you. The coverage is extensive, and not a bad idea!
        After SkyMed Tom, and Jill took over the building and taught us about GOOD balsamic vinegars, and oils. There were many flavors, and samples for everyone to try. They did mention that you can order online (there is a link at the top of the page on this site) called Celia's Gourmet Foods and there are 450 recipes on their site too! We tried something new this year as per suggestions, and next up was "Small Groups." Those that wanted to attend met at the building and broke into 3 groups. The topics covered this year were Holding tanks, Ham radios, and Solar. Turn out was really good, and looked like all kinds of wisdom was being shared. =) 3;00 was the Factory tour, and then that evening back in the building was our Social night put on by Bill, Mary, Bob and Betsy. There was a whole table full of wines to taste, and everyone brought snacks to share. They showed drone video (provided by Larry!) of the backing contest, and then some pics from this week. There was also a few contests like longest couple married, oldest dog, who traveled the farthest, and oldest rig, and who had the most grandchildren. Prizes were given out, and from the looks of things everyone had a really great time. It was even announced that SOMEONE happen to notice that Adam has been wearing what appears to be the same green shirt all week!?! He's been waiting for someone to say something...lol. I have to tell you though that I did laundry this morning, and washed 4 of the 7 he has so I promise they were clean.
        We finished the night at the campfire with Vernon and Sharon. Thank you Vern for always providing that evening campfire!
        Saturday morning the ladies started in the sewing hut with quilting, crocheting, and knitting going on. There was talk about cross stitch too, and a project making Christmas stars that looked really interesting. Torklift came, and did their presentation, and before we knew it it was already time for Northwood. Lime green shirts took over the park as we all gathered for the group photo, then everyone was in line for ribs, chicken and pulled pork. The raffle seemed to go pretty fast this year, but prizes included weather stations, outdoor mats, artic fox chairs, tool kits, led lanterns, and many many more. The grand prize was a gas pressure washer that went to Gary. He was thrilled as he's getting ready to paint his house this summer and was going to have to buy one!
        It's been a very busy and full week so some went back to their trailers for some down time while others gathered around the park visiting for the afternoon.
        We finished the evening with a movie back in the building. "Gone Fishing" with Danny Glover and Joe Pesci. Everyone was served popcorn and we just enjoyed the last evening.
        Sunday morning we met for a pot luck breakfast before heading home. The group is always smaller for this event as some have to pull out early. As always thank you so much for pitching in and helping to take everything down and clean up the building. You guys are incredible, and with so many helping hands it goes really fast!!!
        We really enjoyed our week with our R.V. family and hope that you guys did too. We wish for each and every one of you safe travels and many blessings until next year!

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        • Great write-up, Donna! Thanks so much. The video of the backing contest was hilarious to see at that speed!
          Linda & Dave (retired US Army) and Magic, the Yellow Lab Duck Dog
          2002 Arctic Fox 25R, Yamaha 2400i, Les Schwab 105 6-volt batteries, Maxxis Tires, Torque Lift Steps
          2017 RAM 2500 Bighorn Crew Cab 4x4, CTD, 8' Bed, Granite Crystal, new 7/1/17
          2018 Prius IV, new December 2018

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          • Posted for Dutch and DI


            Dear La Grande Rally goers. Dutch & I were so disappointed we could not attend the rally this year. With our business closed & trying to re-start our retirement phase, we had hoped to attend just as attendees so we could give hugs to everyone.Then came the fire and a search on the east coast for a new RV Home. We miss you all and not attending the rally was really sad. Maybe we will be able to attend a future rally!! Hugs, to you all, Di
            Adam
            2007 Dodge 2500 Megacab 5.9 3.73 4X4 4SPD auto
            07 Arctic Fox 31W-BH 35' Hensley Hitch/Brake Smart Controller - Access site with Desktop win10 machine
            07 AF31W Mod's
            Previous trailer 03 Arctic Fox 29V

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            • We left very early Sunday morning and a few in the park were walking dogs as we waved to the rest sleeping foxes after a very good event. Thanks to all who helped with the event. Performance Brakes were installed during the Rally and our AF worked great on our way to the Oregon Coast. Over the next several weeks on the road I found several Arctic folks who had not heard of the rally and shared Adam's web site. We are looking forward to next year. Brad & Kathy

              2015 3500 GMC Denali Dulley and 2014 325M

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              • Its great to hear you enjoyed yourselves It was a good rally with some exciting weather thrown in!
                Adam
                2007 Dodge 2500 Megacab 5.9 3.73 4X4 4SPD auto
                07 Arctic Fox 31W-BH 35' Hensley Hitch/Brake Smart Controller - Access site with Desktop win10 machine
                07 AF31W Mod's
                Previous trailer 03 Arctic Fox 29V

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                • Any plans to having Performance Trailer Brakes back next year?
                  Bruce & Shannon
                  Redmond Washington
                  2017 Arctic Fox 27-5L
                  2016 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD High Country Edition

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                  • Not at this time.
                    Adam
                    2007 Dodge 2500 Megacab 5.9 3.73 4X4 4SPD auto
                    07 Arctic Fox 31W-BH 35' Hensley Hitch/Brake Smart Controller - Access site with Desktop win10 machine
                    07 AF31W Mod's
                    Previous trailer 03 Arctic Fox 29V

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