Full Time Families Back to the Basics Rally 2015

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Remember going to a good concert, when we were in our teens and 20’s, if you did not feel the music, and you did not walk away with the tone from the emergency broadcasting system playing in your ears for days, it just was not a good concert. A good Rally is no exception to this rule. If it wears out its producers and attendees completely, it was a good rally; a great rally will bring them back for more. Mike and his wife Nikki Horneke, our hosts, did a great job of making the rally just that sort of event. They, of course, could not have pulled this off with out Chris and Kimberly Travaglino’s planning and their labor of love and  the contributions of Clementine, Peter Herzogg’s wife. Lastly, the generous use of Peter’s bladder which he used to keep everyone hydrated. We need to thank the national park service for all the beautiful young women sent looking for eligible young rich bachelors who might be interested in the classes they would be teaching.  I am not sure that their superiors informed them that nearly every one is married, hence the family aspect of our group, lastly families in RV’s do not bode well for the rich thing either. The upside is the kids that were not too old to be be seen with park rangers, got a lot out of their presentations. There were nine plus hours, too much for this heat, but there were many dedicated souls. As a thank you to these young beautiful rangers, I will be having my youngest brother gift wrapped and shipped your direction. He is a young eligible bachelor, but is he he rich? Only compared to some…

Camp
Well we had to not circle our wagons, we had to line them up instead. The Soils was too soft, 1 in 5 would bet stuck coming or going. We had lots of trucks and wood, which freed them all.

We all arrive in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area at government wash. Unlike many places the young park rangers inform us that emptying our grey water is legal in Nevada, but we must keep our black water to our selves. Peter, is the only one who can empty his bladder in  public.

Lake Mead Empty
Unbelievable! Lake Mead due to twelve years of drought is scrawny. The government wash boat ramp is about a mile from the lake. Hoover needs to close their spill ways at the dam so Lake Mead can retain water. All of Las Vegas needs to come here and empty their bladders so that there will be something to send to California and Phoenix. We need to fatten this lake up.

I know it is never a good thing when I get hold of the camera, when I have my little red mule.

lil mule
I took my mule of a rocky journey around the lake that is dying from consumption and took pictures of the lake and the party
rigs at rally
Just another view of camp as I work my way back. (In case you are wondering my ground clearance is fine, but I got stuck in the sand alot!)
It is getting to be 95 degrees! Peter cools everyone off by emptying his bladder all over camp!
It is getting to be 95 degrees! Peter cools everyone off by emptying his bladder all over camp!

As a result, a water fight of epic proportions slowly begins to develop.

 

Don't worry Bruce Willis, I will cover your back
Don’t worry Bruce Willis, I will cover your back
How much Sarah helped her friend here, I have no idea. What's the difference between a friend and a foe if you are a Benedict Arnold?
How much Sarah helped her friend here, I have no idea. What’s the difference between a friend and a foe if you are a Benedict Arnold?

Hey, we don’t have to fight, there has got to be a better way.

Whats a little hot tubing among friends? We can all fight, or we can all chill together. It all pays the same.
Whats a little hot tubing among friends? We can all fight, or we can all chill together. It all pays the same.
Hmm, looks like these young people were won over to the dark side. They have cookies!
Hmm, looks like these young people were won over to the dark side. They have cookies!

Finally, the sun went down, the desert cooled, and the party heated up. The kids provided our evening entertainment in the form of about 20 performances by young people under the age of the 13. The older young people hid.

Out contestants and our young judges aging in the single digits hanging in the bull pen.
Out contestants and our young judges aging in the single digits hanging with the ukulele performer.
magic show
We get a magic show.
GovernmentWashFTFRallyThewinneroftheshow
The first prize winner of the 2015 Back to the Basics Talent show! This young lady sang a song that everyone but me has heard. The song started out Karaoke style. Mid way through the the song the music box died an unrepentant death, and its soul went to its final reward. No one noticed. Charlotte finished the son occupella, she was so well practiced that she did not miss a beat, and the audience did not miss the music. Very few 13 year old kids or adults for that matter could have pulled this off. She did not allow circumstances to stand between here and her dream.

 

 

Sunstroke has set in, and the minds of our Fulltime Family Members begin to deteriorate.

Watch as a box of Stueffers chocolate sells at auction for $5600.00

 

The auction took place around the campfire which must have had some interesting products in it that effected the minds of teen age girls who pooled all their camper bucks together to win the this auction.  Why they did not want the Oxygenics shower heads, is beyond me. A low water shower would be a coveted prize about now. Sorry the video of the auction did not make it. I can't get past the 64MB upload limit on the video.
The auction took place around the campfire which must have had some interesting products in it that effected the minds of teen age girls who pooled all their camper bucks together to win the this auction. Why they did not want the Oxygenics shower heads, is beyond me. A low water shower would be a coveted prize about now. Sorry the video of the auction did not make it. I can’t get past the 64MB upload limit on the video.
This my friends is Peter's bladder, he carries it around in his pickup with him. The bladder holds 250 gallons of water. He is able to travel to a water source and refill all the parched coaches with water to help the occupants survive the harsh dessert sun. He can also we saw here supply refreshing entertainment for the masses. I did not share makeup of Peter's bladder earlier, as I did not want you all to stop reading the blog in favor of buying a bladder for yourselves.
This my friends is Peter’s bladder, he carries it around in his pickup with him. The bladder holds 250 gallons of water. He is able to travel to a water source and refill all the parched coaches with water to help the occupants survive the harsh dessert sun. He can also we saw here supply refreshing entertainment for the masses. I did not share makeup of Peter’s bladder earlier, as I did not want you all to stop reading the blog in favor of buying a bladder for yourselves. https://www.water-storage-containers.com/waterstoragebladders.html?gclid=CNekg_7MzsQCFYOTfgodaA4AIw

Well, you have blown another 5 minutes of your time on probably one of the most fabulous web sites known in the internet world today reading about a very unique event. I can’t say I have covered an event like this one, and one might wonder just what is the point! There few events covered, were fun and certainly more fun for the participants than the rest of us. So the question one must answer is why?

This rally had one primary purpose, and that was not to get soaking wet and role in the mud. Wilbur was not invited, but many tried to stand in his stead. The point was not to see smiling home schoolers show us that they are anything but shy, and certainly not unsocialized. This was not about $5600 boxes of chocolate. This event was about friendship! There are hundreds if not thousands of families under the age of fifty with kids in every age bracket circumnavigating the United States every day, but only meeting a few others in their adventures. Fulltime families primarily meet older RV’ers that though often nice folk have forgotten what it is to be young and free spirited, and they don’t always want to be your friend. Events like this, allow people like us to get to know other people who’s skin is some what elastic, and can still see the humor in our youth as they pass through the various stages of their lives.

Stay true to the RV life style, make lots of friends young and old, but don’t forget to be a hermit, and lastly don’t let your children grow up lest your skin might soon sag…

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