Wow, what a great week this has been! The “pre-rally” started a week ago today and tomorrow morning the Eagles will take flight again.
We’ve had a great time seeing Cody, WY and the surrounding area and we’ve gotten acquainted with new friends as well as putting names and faces together again for some we’ve met before. This gathering of Eagles felt a lot more comfortable than our first real rally as members of Eagles International in Quartzsite last January. I don’t feel like an outsider any longer among these friendly people.
Eagles are an uncommon sight across our country, both the birds and the bus conversions, so it’s always exciting when those beautiful buses convene. Not many people have ever been close to even one, (well, maybe you’ve been in Liberty), let alone 30. You hardly know which you like more, the bright colors or the paint schemes. No, wait, it’s the interiors. Tonight we looked at a purple Prevost conversion with mahogany woodwork and a Kansas conversion with a cool lights-and-mirrors illusion in the bedroom.
We love looking into other buses to admire and get ideas, but it’s always nice when you like yours best. Sure, there are things we’d like to change, but Liberty is home and we love the compliments she gets.
Check out some of the buses around us.
These buses come from Florida and Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah and Nevada, Washington state and even Vancouver, British Columbia. Throw in Kansas and Missouri and a few others I’ve forgotten and you can see we come from all points on the map of North America.
One thing we always do well with the Eagles is eat. Wednesday evening we had a pig roast complete with sauerkraut and cowboy beans. We even had bread pudding and rice pudding for dessert. Thursday we were on our own for meals and we chose a little local restaurant called Granny’s for lunch. The sweet potato fries were terrific! Today we ate at La Comida, a Mexican restaurant downtown. I’d recommend the green chile burger anytime, and topped off with fried ice cream…perfect. This evening, as always sometime during each rally, we had a potluck dinner and the ladies brought out their best. We were stuffed!
Thanks to a Facebook friend, I had a unique offering for the potluck. I made Eagles for dessert and they were a hit. One lady took hers home and put it under a glass dome to keep. Eagle owners are easily impressed, I guess.
One of the buses here this week belongs to Bobby Chitwood, a country singer who lives in Cody. He’s originally from Texas and his two little girls are Dallas and Austin. After dinner this evening, we sat around the campfire (in our jackets, folks…eat your hearts out!) and he played his guitar and sang. Some songs we knew and sang along, so we had a lot of fun. Roger Miller and Johnny Cash songs from our era were big hits!
The next time I’ll tell you about the places we’ve gone and the sights we’ve seen. Tomorrow we’ll be on the road again, headed for a couple of family reunions.