The 51st Escapade officially starts at 3pm today ( Sunday ) but it feels like we have been here for months. Two weeks at Ellsworth AFB, a week at Devils Tower and in the Black Hills NF, a week at High Plains CG across the street from the Cam-Plex, and three days in the Cam-Plex getting things set up.
Our mission is to host a couple happy hours, one Monday for new-bees or first timers, and one Tuesday for the Class of 2007, and then Tuesday and Thursday evenings we host the bingo. I guess I'll be calling bingo for the first time, I wander how that is going to go????
We have been able to see and visit with many friends that we have met in the last four years. Dad always told us we have met some pretty special friends since we went FT in 2007 (and I agree). And the best part is we have many more friends that arrived yesterday, or will arrive today that we haven't seen yet, and the ones we will meet this week. I'm sure many of them will show up for the happy hours we are hosting, or the bingo, and that will make it that much more interesting.
To highlight what we have been doing the past few days, eating, and eating, and eating some more. Escapees like to eat when we can get together, but we have filled the gaps with getting things set up for the Escaapade. The parking crew has been really busy parking over 500 rigs in the last couple of days, the vendors have filled the market area with all kinds of goodies, the the staff has set up rooms for classes and the main hall for the opening of the 51st Escapade. I think all the i's have been dotted and the t's have been crossed so let the fun and games begin.............
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