Friday, May 12, 2017

We Have Buttons!

Heyeee campers and friends!  I know it's Blue Ridge Rally time when two things happen.  

#1 - I get a bath.  My Mom scrubs every inch of me, she hits every nook and cranny, she checks around my window seals for spiders, dusts every flat surface inside of me, and gets me looking fabulous since I'm the host T@B for this shindig.

#2 - Momma Sharon takes care of her final chore . . . making ID Buttons.  Those buttons are famous and collectible and just plain cute. How can you go wrong when our California T@Bbin' buddy and artist, Sara, is involved.  I could tell that Mom was tired and distracted because she boogered up four of them.  

Now 4 out of 100+ doesn't seem too bad to me, but she's a perfectionist when it comes to these little badges.  On top of that, she found one set of duplicates and then messed up 3 of the 4 she re-did because she forgot to put the little Newbie star on them.

Well I'm here to report that they are finished, have been checked and re-checked to make sure everyone has one, and they are now packed away for the trip.

Mom printed 11 sheets of buttons, then cut them out
Miss Kathryn's button is assembled
Checked, double-checked, & packed
Even the Big Meadow crew gets a Blue Ridge button
The most special ones are the 10 For 10 ones . . . these 8 Blue Ridgers haven't missed one single Blue Ridge Rally!!

Now that Splish is packed and the final item has been checked off our list, it's time for a little R&R so Mom can catch her breath before the Blue Ridgers start rolling into Big Meadow Family Campground on Sunday.

This will be my last Story for a couple of weeks.  Momma Sharon will take over the blogging duties during the rally and caravan and we both invite you to pick up your Postcard every day to see why "we have so much fun it should be illegal."  Until I'm back with more Tales, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Blue Ridge Buttons"

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Knock, Knock

Betcha think I have a knock, knock joke for you.  Nope.  That was the sound we heard at the front door this morning.  The UPS man usually doesn't knock, but he did today.  Maybe it was because it was drizzling outside and he didn't want my package to get wet.  Or maybe he knew that we were anxiously awaiting its arrival.

I am excited beyond words at what showed up on our doorstep this morning . . . it's a CAMPING CART!  Sorry to yell, but dad-gum-it, we are gonna love having this at the Blue Ridge Rally next week.  Except for the Made in China part, this is going to be one cool camping accessory! It's blue to coordinate with me, it folds compactly to fit in Splish's truck bed, and Momma Sharon has already thought of half a dozen ways to use it at Big Meadow.

Timber Ridge Camping Wagon
A cover holds everything in place
Velcro straps keep it tightly folded

My Uncle Rob has a cart that he takes when they go to the beach and Pod told me that they haul all kinds of stuff back and forth.  Miss Crystal has a cart too and Daisy told me it was Packer green and yellow.  So this idea of a camping cart is nothing new.  And you know how my Camper Mom will snitch a good idea in a heartbeat!

Unfolded and ready for a test drive

Murphy was out on the deck with Mom, supervising everything, so it is only fitting that she got to test it out.  I have my doubts that she would actually sit still long enough to be strolled around the campground. She had her 6th-month check-up with her doctor this morning, so Mom has been snapping photos of her today to celebrate great test results.

That's our camping pup who will be with us at the Blue Ridge Rally
Murphy giving it a paws up

The wheels on the cart are heavy duty and will roll well over Big Meadow's gravel.  The construction is sturdy, there's a rigid bottom that folds up and stores in a side pocket, and it has a handle for pulling it around when loading and unloading in Splish.

Welcome to our camping family little cart!

Knock, knock.  Who's there?  RU.  RU who?  Are you as excited about the Blue Ridge Rally as I am? With that silly joke and my Camping Cart Story, I will see ya later.  Until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Camping Carts"

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

BRR Sneak Preview

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Momma Sharon and I are 12 days away from our Blue Ridge Rally.  While I am daydreaming about all the fun, Mom is actually working hard to check items off her to-do list so that fun happens.  If you are familiar with our rallies, you know that we like to put together little welcome bags full of goodies.  That's what this Tuesday is all about.

I'm not going to show you the final products, but I will give you a sneak preview of a few of the happies that every Blue Ridger will get upon arrival.

Happy #1 will use one of Sara's fantastic designs that Mom tweaked a bit . . . 

Happy #2 will use Sara's official 2017 BRR logo . . . 

Happy #3 is compliments of Blue Ridgers Dave & Sheila . . . 

Happy #4 involved a reconnaissance trip to Lowes this morning to gather some paint chip samples . . . 

So that's my sneak preview and it's all I'm going to tell you!  Momma Sharon, The Campmeister, will be in her Studio all afternoon working away.  12 days and counting and until I have another Tale to tell you, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & BRR Happies"

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Two Weeks From Today

Howdy Campers!  Two weeks from today there will be a tiny convoy out on the road making its way to Townsend, TN.  Splish, me, and Jake (Aunt Becky's CRV) will be headed to the 10th Anniversary of our Blue Ridge Rally.  Man oh man is this going to be an incredible BRR!!

We will be gathering at Big Meadow Family Campground, home of the 2013 and 2015 Blue Ridge Rally.  For our 10th annual gathering, we needed a place that could handle a boatload of T@Bs, T@DAs, T@Gs, and SOBs (some other brands), a campground in the mountains near lots of great places to explore, and a place that treats us special like family . . . Big Meadow fits the bill.

112 Blue Ridgers, in 68 trailers, coming from 24 different states will converge on Big Meadow starting two weeks from today and throughout the week of May 14-21.  It will be a banner year on so many levels.  There will be a small special group of friends who haven't missed one single rally . . . they are 10 for 10.  There are Newbies who will be joining us for the very first time and there are friends that come back year after year to my little do-dah.

My Camper Mom has been working on the the rally for 10 months and she has all kinds of fun stuff planned . . . a trail ride in Cades Cove, Bingo Night with Becky, a movie that tells the history of camping in the USA, a quilt show, a Dutch oven cooking workshop, coffee in the mornings and happy hour in the afternoons, evening campfires, 2 potluck meals, a Woodstock party, a catered BBQ supper, and a special project for the kids of Townsend Elementary School.  This is one party that T@Bbers don't want to miss!

There are still things to be done and checked off our lists in the next two weeks, but me and Mom will be ready to welcome all our Blue Ridge Peeps for "so much fun it ought to be illegal."

We will have Postcards and Stories for you every single day and we hope that you will join in our fun as a Remote Camper.  Thanks for stopping by today to see what all the excitement is about and until I'm back again, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & The Blue Ridge Rally"

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Something Big In The Driveway

Hey everyone!  I'm back with a little Story about something big parked in our driveway.

Now before you jump to all kinds of conclusions, I will tell you straight up that I have not been replaced!  Mom and Miss Wendy have friends from NY camping in our driveway for three days.  Miss Jane (Wendy's college roommate),  Miss MJ, and their pups Kaya and Sunny have spent the last three days visiting in their Four Winds trailer.  That big white box got plugged into the Coffee Cup's 30 amp outlet and the 6th Street Campground was open for business!

Suppers on the deck,  a touristy trip to Boone and Blowing Rock, walks around the neighborhood, and lots of visiting time filled Monday through Wednesday.  Mom did some Dutch oven cooking, Baby Gracie hopped up on the patio table and got in the wine, Miss Wendy showed off her coloring pages, and when hugs were exchanged this morning, everyone agreed that they shouldn't wait so long for the next reunion.

Momma Sharon and Aunt Wendy made sure that they got headed off in the right direction when they left this morning.  

Now you might be asking yourself if my Camper Mom got any notions of trading me in for something bigger.  The answer to that would be a resounding "NO!".

I am three weeks away from heading off to my 10th Blue Ridge Rally. Momma Sharon is in her full-on countdown mode, so things are going to start getting really crazy around here.  I probably will have several Stories to share as we get closer and closer to Saturday, May 13th. Until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Driveway Camping" 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Unexpected Happies From The Heart

Happy Easter everyone!  I haven't had a Story to share with you until today.  Momma Sharon and I cancelled our South Carolina State Parks trip last weekend because we just didn't think Miss Murphy was up for it.  The ladies in the office of both Andrew Jackson State Park and Dreher Island State Park were so gracious and helpful and allowed us to transfer both reservations to a week in September.

Murphy's anti-seizure meds are working well and she is doing good. Since our next outing isn't until May 14th when we leave for the Blue Ridge Rally, it will give her another month to get stabilized so she can go camping with me and Mom.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a couple of unexpected happies with you.  Mom got a little package in the mail several weeks ago and inside was a necklace with two charms.  There were from Sister #2614, Denise Mahoney, who is the Heartland Wrangler.  We don't know her personally, but she put a much needed smile on my Camper Mom's face.

Yesterday, Mom got a box all the way from New York from our T@Bbin' friend Fran Rorie.  Fran was scheduled to come to our Blue Ridge Rally, but when her family from CA scheduled a visit during that week, she had to cancel her reservation.  We have a special project for this year's anniversary BRR called Blessings in a Backpack.  Every single Blue Ridger is stuffing a backpack that will be donated to the students of Townsend Elementary School when they leave for summer vacation.

Miss Fran sent us a big, heavy box of goodies to use when we stuff extra backpacks to help reach our goal of 142.  What an unexpected happy!  

Without a doubt, camping buddies are the best in the world and Miss Denise's and Miss Fran's happies are the proof!!

Thanks for stopping by on this beautiful Easter Saturday.  Until I compose another little Story for you, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love, & Unexpected Happies From The Heart"

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Another 15 Minutes Of Fame

Greetings my friends!  I'm here to share an article with you that appeared in the most recent issue of Pink Magazine.  When Mom and I were camping down at Camp Lake Jasper with the Sisters, Miss Jennifer (the organizer) arranged for a friend of hers (Elizabeth Millen) to come to the campground on Saturday morning to check out me and my friends and to interview our moms. Pink is a local magazine that features the arts, shopping, and dining in the Low Country.

Miss Jennifer shared a link to that article on Mom's Facebook page and it tickles me to death to share it in turn with you!  While I wasn't mentioned by name, Miss Elizabeth mentioned "T@Bs" in her article and a photo of me was included!  Here's that snapshot of me and Momma Sharon . . . 

And here's a link to the article and you can read Miss Elizabeth's Story called "Turn On The Glamp" HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today and letting me brag a bit.  I'll be back with another Story when we get back from our SC State Park tour. Until then, always remember . . .

"Peace, Love, & A Little Bit Of Fame"