What a lovely week we’ve had! After leaving the Kenner Church dinner, we made our way to Branson to get be in place for the Eagle rally that started on Wednesday.
Since the rally wasn’t scheduled to start until later in the week, we took the opportunity to go back to Springfield to meet up with my cousin Jeannie Price. I hadn’t seen her in quite some time and had never been to her house. We had a nice visit, catching up on her children and grandchildren.
The Eagles started landing almost immediately and trailed in all week, with the last one arriving in the campground Saturday morning. This morning, a couple of buses pulled out and headed home, back to work tomorrow morning. I’m so glad we are retired and don’t have that hanging over us! There’s always so much fun and food when Eagle owners get together and I’d hate to miss any of it.
Not everyone in attendance is a senior citizen. We haven’t seen much of our friends Jim and Denice Hufford from Arkansas and Mike and Sharla Brooks from Iowa since the very first rally we attended in the fall of 2009, before we retired, but all of them are younger than most. Eric and Karen Brown from South Carolina had sold us a bus radiator but we had never met them in person until this week. Then there was a brand new couple, the Kassingers (I think) and their three young children. It’s nice to see them so interested in converting an Eagle.
Ever present even if not mentioned, like the elephant in the room, are those Eagles! They come in many colors and many stages of conversion. Some are completely, beautifully finished inside and out. Some have gorgeous paint jobs and the inside has just begun. That’s the sign of a patient, tolerant wife! I love looking at how other conversions have been done, the colors used, the floor covering chosen, even where the entry door is placed. Since we’re in the process of redoing walls, it’s important to know how others have solved the problems of wall cracks or different floor coverings.
I think there were 27 or so buses in all, enough to make things really interesting. Many states were represented from the west coast to the east. Meeting in the middle has been a pleasant experience.