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Thursday, September 30, 2010

MOC Rally, The End, Till We Meet Again

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We have had a full week, many are tired. Some go home with door prizes, goodie bags, and rigs that have been repaired.  Many of the girls take home shopping delights.  The guys seem to be taking home parts for our rigs they purchased such as brakes, and ya, Man got a set of 4, Tana will get them installed tomorrow.

New friends were made, old friendships renewed and enhanced. Some tears were shed, but, many more laughs were heard.  Lots and lots of stories were told, and a few lies too.

We toured the Montana plant, ate until we all could not eat more. 

We even have our Wagon Masters for next years Rally, so, till we meet again - -

Safe rides, may your trips be everything you dream of, and, ooohhh, take lots of photos along the way!  Hope to see you all again next fall right here in the heart of Elkhart Counties Amish country.


MOC Rally, Boys Will Be Boys, and Girls Will Craft

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The guys had water balloon games, check out these stances, will ya:

Shooting the balloons about 300 feet down the road.  And at the other end of the road, the opposing team:

More boys being boys!  They do take their games seriously as you can tell from the expressions.

While they were being boys, the gals, were being crafty:

This is just ONE of the many projects the girls worked on, tie die, taught by Coleen.  Sharpies and rubbing alcohol produce:

Great job girls, and to the boys, thanks for the memories and the laughs!


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

MOC Rally, Day 6, Serving Up Our Specialties, Food & Entertainment

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The 2010 MOC Fall Rally Pot Luck Dinner, Food and Entertainment:

Have crock pots, will eat!

Pam checking out the deserts, so many goodies,
such a difficult decision, right Pam??

Wakarusa Jumbo Jelly Beans
Cherry, Cinnamon, Wintergreen,
Pineapple, Citrus, Black Licorice

Mary played for us for about an hour
before dinner.  Classy!!
Some of the other entertainers, harmonica, banjo, bass, guitar and voice.
The gals sang, Terri played. 
Totally delightful.


MOC Rally, Day 6, The RainbowS, a Wordy Wordless Wednesday

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Monday evening just before our pot luck dinner was about to begin we were gifted with rainbows.  Not just ONE, but, TWO!  Now rainbows are about as hard to photograph, in my experience, as it is to find that pot of gold, but, you know we tried and had a grand time trying.

Above, the rainbows stretched from one end of the horizon to the other, a glorious show.  In this photo, the second rainbow is hard to see, look above the more obvious one, it shows faintly as a red arch. The second did not have the brilliance of the first.  I enhanced this photo to get the colors to pop, and the gray may be a bit dark, however, it was not a sunny sky.

Here is part of the rainbow, you can see the purple at the bottom, blue, green, yellow, orange and then red.  This photo also has been darkened.

This is the very same photo, after telling the photo editing program to "auto enhance".  I love to play with the photos and see what the computer and programs might do.

The pot of gold must be somewhere behind this barn.

This was one of the nicest rainbow displays I have seen.  The MOC felt blessed.

*Some additional photos and reports will be coming along in the next few days.  By the time this posts on Reflections, the Rally will be history and many of us will be singing, "On the Road Again".  Safe rides to all, see ya down the road.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MOC Rally, Day 5 and 6, Dedicated To - -

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(Written, Monday afternoon while I prepare my dish for the pot luck.  Will post Tuesday AM)

Saturday evening (Day 4, I digress just a little), was the Amish dinner.  Hard to describe, fabulous food, prepared and served by a wonderful Amish lady and her family.  Everything was delish, and then there were the deserts!  OHHH, my, heaven on earth!

Day 5 was Sunday, which started out with a pancake breakfast (ya, MORE food!!).  It went very smoothly, and the eats were great.  Thanks to our organizers, they have this activity figured out quite nicely!

Later we went to lunch with one of our friends and told stories and lies and caught up on the grandkids and families.  (Man actually only ordered soup, hard to believe, but, we have filled him up, but, alas, probably only a temporary situation, eh??  LOL)

For Man and I most of the rest of the afternoon was spent quietly in Tana, catching up a bit on rest and other things that needed to be taken care of (life still goes on, bills have to be paid, and all that stuff, even when you are trying to party, errr, Rally down.)  We did wander out for the group photo event and campfire. 

Monday, Day 6, I taught the second class, we had a nice group and introduced some new ideas.  I see where I could actually take the 2 classes and make 4, but - - -

Tonight is the POT LUCK!  MOC has some great cooks, it will be a gourmet delight.  After dinner some of our very talented musicians will entertain us.  I can't wait, I heard the practice session, they are amazing!

This Rally was dedicated to our late Web Master, Glenn Adams.  I prepared the memorial boards with photos of this larger than life grizzly, errr, teddy bear. Glenn dearly loved the MOC and donated hundreds if not thousands of hours to supporting, helping and building the web page that supports the forum. 

Here are the posters, (I apologize for the glare, even tho I did not use the flash)

Rest In Peace my friend.


Happy Anniversary, Anne & Bernard, Diane & Chuck

Two of the Wild One couples celebrate the very same wedding date.  Isn't that Wild and wonderful?

Anne and Bernard.

Diane and Chuck.


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Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Birthday, Son # 2, The Big 4 - 0, WOW

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The Birthday Boy

The Marching Band Teen

The Skyjumping Adult

The ever patient and indulging Uncle.


Your family loves you!
Have a FAB day!!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

MOC Rally, Day 4, We Got Critters

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Meet Dusty, an Umbrella Cockatoo, a parrot.
Likes to say 'bye bye' and other fun things.

Dave, our Wagon Master, has flamingos in his campsite.

Sweet, no matter how you look at it.

Sunshine, a retired and rescued greyhound.

The tails wagged in unison, as if to say, "Hi, new friend".

We have puppies (I need and have managed to stay away from that campsite, I hear they are toooooo C-U-T-E).  We have traveling kitties.  We have some senior citizen dogs and some youngsters.  Simply, we love our critters and for the most part, they travel well.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

MOC Rally, Day 3, A Day of Education

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Today (Friday) we had the plant tour, the girl's driving class and a information presentation on fire safety. 

Since I had taken the girl's driving class several years ago, I was unable to take it again, but, I would, in a heart beat, as a refresher.  Yes, I already drive Big Butt and Tana, but, I still can only go forward.  I have yet to master backing up, and I still have a hankering to do so.  Maybe next year.

The plant tour.  They ask that no photos be posted, and truth, I only took 2 anyway.  We had a great tour guide, and enjoyed his presentation very much.  Every year Montana ups the quality and the goodies on these units.  We see so many changes in the units since we purchased our 2004.  Goodness, we feel like we almost own a dinosaur.

The fire safety class was this afternoon, Al attended most of it, I did a little R & R with the yorks.  The demonstration area was right out side my door, well, almost anyway!  He demonstrated just across the street, so, I wandered over and took some photos.

We had dinner with two other couples, we have discovered that Bob is the supreme chef, my goodness, thank you for sharing.  We so enjoyed sharing our meal, laughs and ALL those cars and trucks driving in and out of the fairgrounds, Bob, you might be right, they were just circling, our own 2010 version of a wagon train! 

Next class I have to teach is on Monday morning, the class I have been having so much trouble writing.  And, no, it is not quite finished.  (Hear those sighs??  Ya, I know you do.)

It was another full and wonderfully exhausting day at the Rally.

Yawn - - -

Looking down a LONG row of Montanas
at the Rally.


Friday, September 24, 2010

MOC Rally, Day 2, The Flags

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Short report, Carol had a LONG LONG day.

Up early had to print a dozen handouts for Novice Computer Forum class today, on number 6 ran out of ink.  Figured it would happen, had new cartridge available.

It was close to 90 today, warm and warmer.  Teaching in a tent with those temps was, mmmm, warm, and of course, WARMER.

This class is probably the hardest one for ME to teach that I have tackled.  I would prefer to teach it on a projection screen, but, why bother in the middle of the day in a tent that leaks daylight?  LOL  The subject matter is also detailed and complicated, making it a very long two hours for teach.  Feed back was pretty good, or they lied eloquently!  Thanks to the students for the nice comments.

Spent the afternoon visiting around, taking some photos, more visiting, and then a trip to Elkhart to a sponsored dinner by the rv dealer up there. 

So, ole Carol is a wee bit dehydrated, has discovered the warning on the new Demon (diabetes) meds about the exposure to sunshine is gonna be an issue for me - - aka, I got a bit of sunburn today - - dang.  SIGHH  I am wayy tired, tomorrow is the plant tour, a fav part of the week. 

It was a great day at the Rally!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

2010 Fall Rally, The Beginning

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Yep, this is where we are, those MOC Rally people.  Over 80 rigs, Montanas, Big Skys and Mountaineers all!

First thing Wednesday AM, we stuffed goodie bags.

Name tags - - and these really cool "posters" with names, user names, user numbers, home port and MOC emblem have been provided by the manufacturer of the graphics on our rigs.  They make really cool plaques/signs to hang out on the front or side of your rig at a rally (place poster on a clear piece of plastic, hang, enjoy).

This little scarecrow and his buddies welcome folks to the "tent", the BIG tent!  Wednesday night the Rally officially begins with our Meet and Greet in the tent with 160 of  MOC friends and scarecrow and his buds!