Friday, July 5, 2013


For the past week, we have been parked at the Cam-Plex in Gillette, Wyoming, for the 53rd gathering of the Escapees RV Club known as the Escapade.  This year is the 35th birthday of the club and almost 600 rigs carrying almost 1200 people attended.  This was Ron's and my first Escapade, although we have been to other similar rallies.  I don't have many pictures, but we attended seminars, checked out the vendors, enjoyed the entertainment, visited with friends (both old and new), and participated in the various events.

This makeshift band was remarkably good and consisted of Escapees from all over.  I was fascinated by the steel drums which I had never seen before.  They sounded especially cool during the performance of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.

The Chili Cook-off involved lots of friendly competition.  These two got bonus points with me for wearing costumes.

The last night we enjoyed a Birthday Bash dinner with our table mates Frank, Carol, Sherry, and Jerry.

If you want to gather a large crowd of RVers, just offer free food.

The nightly entertainment was terrific with Patty Davidson (a very talented ventriloquist,) a talent show (or Ham-o-rama, as they call it), and the Rivoli Revue.  Both Patty Davidson and the Rivoli Revue perform in Branson, but the Rivolis are famous for a youtube video they created that has over 14 million hits.  If you have ever been frustrated with the current bilingual tendencies in our country, you'll love this video called
Press One for English

Ah, I see Wyoming hasn't escaped the bilingual signage trend.


  1. Love the bilingual sign. Sounds like you had a pretty good time. Now where?

  2. Looks like you two had a lot of fun at the event.

    As for the "bilingual" stop sign - "WHOA," would be only in Wyoming!

  3. Those signs are that way because one in for the cowboy, the other for the horse! :cD

    We have to try out the next Escapade, it's going to be in Indiana I hear.

    Is that too far east for you? ;c)

  4. Now I remember. You told us you were going there. Glad you had a good time.

  5. I told you, "You always make me smile," and you did!!!!

  6. Love the WHOA sign. Nows thats universal. We have equal status for both Welsh and English here so all signs are in both languages even though there sometimes is only one letter difference in a place name between Welsh and English version. All official documents have to be available in both languages, and are also available in many other languages too. You can imagine what this costs!!

  7. In your photos of musicians playing at Escapade, I'm the piano player (left side of your photo). Thanks for the compliment.

    We all had just met, no idea of each other's styles or abilities. I suggested Margaritaville to take advantage of Susan's steel drums, and everything else we played was "hey, what about this...", unrehearsed jamming fun.

    I hope to do more of this at Escapee rallys, but it's a matter of luck that musicians show up with their gear and somehow discover each other.