Planning is one of my favorite activities.
Craig is going to retire at the end of the year. I hope we can mix some nice trips with some intense home repair. (Our revised goal to have the house for sale is Summer 2012.)
But where to go? What to do first? We don't need to go far to find places we have never been, or would like to revisit. Farther away trips can wait until the house is on the market.
I have joined a couple of Alfa Yahoo groups and am delighted to find them active discussion groups. Yesterday I posted a question about rallies coming up in the next year, and was delighted to find out about two that just might work perfectly into our post Christmas plan.
After spendingChristmas week in San Diego we are going to the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena on the 2nd. And I have an appointment at Alfateers, (a recommended Alfa repair shop) for the spoiler repair, and who knows what else, on the 3rd. They are very close to the KOA we will be at.
I had hoped to stay in the LA area for a few days because although I have driven thru it dozens of times, and have been to Disneyland, there are several thing I would like to see.
The Getty museum is on the top of my list.
I don't know if we will have any repair or maintenance issues then or not, but if we do we can get them taken care of. I also think that after Christmas, and the parade weekend, we will be more than ready for a few "down" days!
I'm excited to say I have found two rallies that we might go to. The first is an all Alfa "pre-rally" four day get together at a rather nice sounding resort in Palm Desert. Not far from LA. It looks to be a social event, with dinners, breakfasts, pot lucks, and a golf day. It would be a good opportunity for us to meet other Alfa owners and learn more about our own brand.
At the end of this pre-rally they all line up and travel together to the big FMCA rally in Indo. (Craig said it sounded like the athletes walking into the Olympic opening) Once there, they all park together.
Again, I think being part of a group would be very good for us. It looks like dry camping to me, and having experienced friends around will be nice. I'm also hoping that they will give us "newbies" some advice on what seminars are useful, and what might be a waste of time. Same for some of the products that will be for sale.
I'm not saying that we will be totally dependent on other people, but it seem to me most RVers are generous with their advice and opinions, I know I usually am.
Often, Craig doesn't like to hear me babble on about "plans and possibilities." But I guess the time was right, because when I told him about all of this last night, he said it sounded good to him.
We will have to become members of FMCA and one of the Alfa Owners groups. I also want to see if I can find out more about what seminars will be offered.
After all of that, we should be quite ready for some time to ourselves. I like people, but that many days might be pushing it. I think we will be quite ready to come home and work hard on the house.
But, as they say "Plans are made in Jell-o." So we shall see.
Does anyone have any opinions about FMCA rallies?