6:55 am – We pulled out of the Walmart parking lot and made our way through the maze of lots to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. It was a pretty tight parking so we moved into the Lowe’s parking lot where single cars we’re interspersed here and there. A combination of that, partial darkness and tight turns we caught the front passenger bumper of an employees car. Another employee saw it happen and called the car owner who came out and swapped info with us. Not the best way to start the day.
Michael didn’t want me to mention anything here because he thought it would make him look bad. But I don’t want to ‘sugar coat’ our lives. We love our lifestyle but it’s not always roses…shit happens and we have to live with it. Besides, we have the best friends, family and followers and I know you’ll all give him/us words of encouragement rather than criticism.
We pulled out (extra carefully) of the parking area at 8:16 am and we’re back on I-10 at 8:18 am. The GPS showed we had 99 miles to travel and would arrive in an hour and 24 minutes.
We ended up pulling into the RV Show are about 10:00 am and immediately went to the check in trailer where we waited in line about 25 or 30 minutes for our turn. We chatted with a couple of other vendors, who were also here for the first time, which was nice to know we’re not the only newbies.
After a quick check in we were escorted to our spot right on the midway…a nice spot right on the end. Someone was supposed to be next to us on the end but someone else cancelled and they moved them across the way so we have the whole corner to ourselves!
We pretty much hit the ground running as our deliveries started coming as soon as we were parked. We started trying to get some organization going and sort through the merchandise (we have a LOT more to do tomorrow).
We followed him back to the rally area and he introduced Michael to the rally organizer who agreed to introduce us and anyone that wanted to chat with us was welcome to do so. We just hung out by our truck and they came to us and asked questions, etc. We ended up setting up two more installs (Monday and Tuesday), possibly one for Sunday and another for the southern California area in a few weeks!
We both ordered the Hot Turkey plate…pure comfort food for me….and it did not disappoint! Real turkey…real mashed potatoes…tasty gravy and cranberries on the side. Ohhh….a little piece of heaven on earth.