Donna Jones (20599)
Alabama Dixie Aires
We enjoyed our summer travels over the past few months, even though we had to pay those high prices for diesel fuel. This too shall pass, one day. We spent some time with family and friends and then traveled on to Rock Springs, Wyoming for the 36th International Rally. It was another good rally. Mark your calendar for the 37th International Rally September 30-October 7, 2023, in Sedalia, Missouri.
When we left Wyoming, we headed east to attend an FCOC (Freightliner Chassis Owners Club) Rally in Amana, Iowa. Once we reached Rawlings, Wyoming we started seeing green grass and trees. There was not very much green grass in Rock Springs. We really began to see a lot of green in Nebraska. There were green fields of corn and other crops. In some areas you could tell that the crops had not gotten as much rain as other areas. In Iowa there seemed to be plenty of rain or irrigation on the crops. The fields and grasses were just beautiful and green.
While in Amama we toured the Amana Colonies. There are seven villages located in east-central Iowa. The Amana Colonies were settled by immigrants from Germany. Each village contained 40-100 houses. The houses that are still standing are restaurants, craft shops, independent businesses, hotels and bed and breakfasts. The colony was listed on the National Historic Register in 1965 and now serves as a tourist attraction known for its restaurants and craft shops.
We welcome Ed & Beverly Shaw, Tennessee; Denny & Sharon Ward, Tennessee; Phil & Charlene Budd, Tennessee; Joseph & Jewel Symmes, Alabama; Mike & Connie Spiller, Alabama; and Bob & Sara Trachsler, Alabama to the Alabama Dixie Aires.
The officers of the Dixie Aires will be hosting a rally November 9-12 (3 nights) in Elberta, Alabama at Lake Osprey RV Resort. We will be attending the NAS Pensacola Air Show where the Pensacola Blue Angels will be performing their Homecoming Air Show. Details will be posted on the NKK website when plans are finalized.
The website for Lake Osprey RV Resort is robertsresorts.com. Their phone number is 251-986-3800. Sites can be booked online, or you can call the front desk to make your reservations. The website allows you to view the available lots and make your reservation. Sites range from $79-$109 per night. There is no rally rate, only a 10% discount for Good Sam’s, FMCA, AAA and AARP. If you make your reservation online, pay only the deposit and your final payment made at check-in will be adjusted for discount after you show proof of membership from one of the qualified groups. The resort cannot hold or block sites for us so make your reservation ASAP. If you call the office to make your reservation, be sure to tell them you are with the Newmar Group. If you register online, there is a box for additional information, please add that you are with the Newmar Group. Register on the NKK website before you call Lake Osprey RV Resort to make a reservation. Reserving a site at the RV Resort does not guarantee you a spot in the rally. You must register with the Newmar Kountry Klub before you can attend the rally.
The Region Five Rally will be held October 23-28 at Creek Fire RV Resort in Savannah, Georgia. The rally is full, but you can call Gary Smith, Region Five Director, and ask to be put on the waiting list. Information on the rally can be found on the newmarkountryklub.com website.
If you live in Alabama, Mississippi or in the Florida Panhandle and would like to meet fellow Newmar owners that live in your home state, come, and join the Alabama Dixie Aires. Attending a chapter rally is an ideal way to meet people who enjoy doing the same thing you do. It is also a good way to learn from others about your motorhome. There is always good food to eat, interesting sites to see and plenty of fun and fellowship. To find out more about the Alabama Dixie Aires, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-322-7717.