Goshen wrap up for me:
It was our first time at Goshen. Arrived to an exceedingly warm welcome on Sunday around 4, got parked with no drama at all. We had decent and friendly neighbors, but we spent most of our time at PPST base camp.
The whole week there was a feeling about the place. Camaraderie is about the closest term I can use to describe it, but its more than that. I have never experienced 1600 people in one place without having conflicts, drama or other unpleasantness.
The food? meh. We didn't know what to expect, but I personally thought while it could have been better, it could have been worse too. We did skip a few breakfasts and dinners simply because we found better alternatives.
The weather was extremely variable. With sun one minute, torrential rains the next and back to sunny the minute after. Not much that FROG could do about it, but I guess some people thought they should.
The tours (factory and otherwise) were phenomenal. We both tremendously enjoyed them. We passed on the stage entertainment, other than walking (quickly) by the accordion guy. Not my cup of tea.
The toilet and shower facilities were very good and clean. In fact, the whole grounds were not only pristine, but the landscaping and flower gardens were really neat to see. We spent a lovely evening just walking around seeing the sights. Some folk get really into the decoration thing, and it was cool to see as we strolled around.
Organizationally, the whole event was a marvel. As far as I know, everything that was supposed to happen, happened when it was supposed to. That alone should earn everybody involved a standing ovation.
If I had to be pinned down and come up with a downside, it gotta be Illinois. Had a hard pull going home into a steady 30-35 mph headwind, only to be followed by a jaunt down the "Illinois Suspension Proving Grounds", or as it's better know, I-255 outside of St. Louis. I mean... Seriously, Can you not figure out how to pave a bridge approach without putting a launching ramp in?!?!?
Memorable moments that stand out:
"its raining men"
The Tiki Hut.
The girls absconding with Aquaman's golf cart and disappearing for hours.
Amish Wedding Lunch.
The poor lady almost choking at dinner and the fact that it all ended ok
Berkshires new all-around video surveillance systems, and the uses thereof.
the PPST wine and beer tasting.
Finding a new camper to buy, and actually having the DW agree that we should get it!
and on and on.
Looking forward to next year so much.