As newcomers to the motorhome lifestyle, we were super excited to attend our first RV rally in early September. The rally was put on by iRV2, an online forum community and social network for RVers. Mike relied heavily on iRV2 when he was researching rigs before we purchased ours. Active and packed with information, their forums were very helpful to Mike, so it seemed fitting that their national rally was the first one we attended.
The rally was held at the Amana Colonies RV Park in historic Amana, Iowa. An opening dinner was included in the rally price. After a hotdish-style buffet by Dostal Catering, we listened to a detailed overview of the history of the Colonies. The food was so-so, but the overview was fascinating, preparing us nicely for subsequent tours and explorations of the area.
There were supposed to be two seminars, but Blue Ox, a towing product manufacturer, was a no-show, leaving us with a single presentation on using the iRV2 forums. That was okay, though. This rally was more about socializing than it was about education.
One of the best parts of the event was the morning “Coffee with Don”. Not for the instant coffee or the storebought donuts Don graciously provided but for the conversation with fellow RVers. Mike and I would dash over to Serena’s Coffee Café for our lattes and then head over to the Pioneer Building in the RV park. I’d bring my laptop so I could get my freelance work done while still sharing in the chitchat. Mike would be fully engaged, enjoying the dialogue and answering everyone’s technology questions. We really looked forward to those coffee gatherings.
Almost as much fun were the campfire get togethers in the evening. After we’d walked the bark babies, we’d stand around the fire and catch up on the news of the day. We didn’t make it every night but managed to squeeze it in a couple of times.
The rally also included a breakfast one morning and an ice cream social one afternoon. A final dinner with raffle pries and dancing to music by the Greenbriar Band concluded the event.
The people were so nice. Park neighbors Ray & Linda gave us a bunch of fresh tomatoes from their home garden. I used them to make baked tomatoes with oregano and parmesan. Liz had been on the road about the same amount of time as us, traveling by herself with her dog Roan. She visits Milwaukee frequently, so we may see her again. Wally and his lovely wife had raised Boston Terriers, so they were smitten with Sadie. It was such a delight to meet everyone and share stories. We’re already looking forward to the 2014 rally in Myrtle Beach.