2008 Midwest USA travel blog

First Sunrise - FMCA Convention

We are parkd where I am standing

Some of the parking areas for the motorhomes on the Minnestota State...

Some of the parking areas for the motorhomes on the Minnestota State...

Some of the parking areas for the motorhomes on the Minnestota State...

Some of the parking areas for the motorhomes on the Minnestota State...

Some of the parking areas for the motorhomes on the Minnestota State...

Some of the parking areas for the motorhomes on the Minnestota State...

Some of the parking areas for the motorhomes on the Minnestota State...


Well we made it to St. Paul in one piece, and are now parked at the Minnesota State Fairground with over two thousand other motorhomes. I have posted a picture of the first sunrise after we arrived on Friday. I spent Sunday getting trained on my duties as a delegate to the convention and then spent all day Monday at the Governing Board Meeting where we managed to get the 2009 budget adopted. Doris was in a few seminars Monday where she learned about going to Canada and using a convection oven.

Tuesday we both went to several seminars. Doris went to one on going to Alaska (our planned trip next summer); the MEDEX program provided by FMCA that provides medical transportation when away from home; and made a French Country Basket in a craft class. I went to Officer Orientation, RV Weight and Tire Safety, and Highway Watch, a trucking program that watches for suspicious activity on the highway. We both managed to spend some time (and money of course) viewing the vendor exhibits.

Wednesday was another day full of seminars. Doris went to one on Mexico and made a Loved One’s Bracelet in a craft class. I went to a seminar on cleaning the motorhome and another one on RV charging systems. We both attending a seminar on maintenance tips given by Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor and we also attended our meeting of the South East Area of FMCA where we met many other members from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. We also spent some time looking at the motorhome exhibits. There are sure some nice ones but we plan on staying with what we have, at least until after we go to Alaska and maybe Mexico.

Today we slowed down a little and just had one seminar –one on full-time RVing. We also both attended the FMCA annual meeting where five new Area Vice-Presidents were installed and they gave away 10 $250 cash prizes to attendees in a random drawing. No, we were not one of the lucky winners! We went to see St. Anthony’s Falls in Minneapolis this afternoon. This is an area on the Mississippi River adjacent to downtown and not very far from where the bridge collapsed last year. The falls are caused by a gorge formed by the rivers flow over limestone. Back in the 1850s they started trying to slow down the erosion and by now pretty well have it stopped by using concrete spillways. It is a pretty area of the river, flowing under an old stone railroad bridge. I had left my camera memory chip in the computer so all of my pictures are in the camera’s internal memory and I don’t have a cable with me to get them out – sorry!

As you may have noticed we haven’t done much but go to seminars so there are not many pictures except for the different places some of the motorhomes are parked. We wound up with 3,078 coaches here for the convention (2,437 family coaches; 150 coaches the exhibitors were living in; 387 display coaches; and 104 demo units). Tomorrow we leave for Wisconsin. First we will be getting the coach weighed about 10:00 a.m. but we hope to be on our way by noon so that we can make camp in Rhinelander, WI by 5:00 or 6:00.

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