Alumafandango 2016

When I read that Alumafandango was going to be in California this year I figured we should attend. We last went in 2013 when it was in Oregon. That was a fun trip but it took 2 days each way. This year was Jackson. A fairly easy single day drive from home. It was at the Jackson Rancheria RV park. The entire park was reserved for the 100 Airstreams.

However, as the trip came closer I was becoming unsure if we could attend. I had ordered a new F250 and was unsure of the delivery timeframe. I was also unsure of when I should try to sell the old one. Shortly before the trip, I decided to list the truck for sale (Craigslist, Facebook, etc) and even put signs on the truck as I was driving it around. I figured I could tell the potential buyer that once I was back from this trip it was fair game. I also had a potential buyer in the dealership where I ordered the new truck.

Off to Jackson!

We had a very nice time at the event. We were relatively close to the clubhouse so it wasn’t too far to walk. There was a lot of downtime built into the schedule. We got to meet some new people and catch up with old friends. There were informative seminars, good entertainment, and good food. Some of the highlights:

Caravan to Alaska

A group of WBCCI members talked about their summer trip to Alaska. This is something we are planning to do, with others in the summer of 2018 so it was pertinent. The basic plan is to choose a set of stops to make with specific dates on them. Each couple would take one, or more, stops and research them for the rest. What you did between stops was up to you as long as you made the stop on the right date. Just enough organization.

Swap Meet

Whoever was interested could bring items to sell and buy other’s items. No one bought my old RV antenna. But Roxie did buy some collapsible pots and pans. So we came out negative.

Izzy

Izzy Tooinski was the entertainment one afternoon. He was very entertaining and even involved Ted in his act:


And here is some footage of Ted and his tutu:

 

Antsy

The main entertainment on the last was Antsy McClain. We have seen Antsy before, once with his band and once with Edgar Cruz but this performance would be solo and acoustic only. It also was done in the RV park’s parking lot with illumination provided by Antsy’s rental car. How appropriate, might be a song there sometime.

It was a bit chilly that evening but there was a full crowd and Antsy performed a nice set of songs. He even had some accompaniment by a couple of Airstreamers that we met earlier that were musicians with a tie to an orchestra in Canada. They played percussion:

Near the end of the show, prior to the time of an encore, Brett announced that Antsy would come back for an encore if we would go over and buy some CDs. I was game and bought 2 that I didn’t have. Others did also but by the end of the selling, there were 5 people left! Everyone else took off but to their defense it was pretty cold.

There was one couple that had their mother with them and I am guessing she was a big fan of Antsy’s or really liked him. They asked if Antsy could play a few songs for her. He readily agreed as there wasn’t anyone else there anyway. I was there though.

Antsy pulled up a fold up chair and sat down in front of them. I sat off to the side. For 2-3 songs, he played fully acoustic, as he was, but very soft. It was very refreshing and I felt privileged that I stayed for that.

The end came much too soon and we had to head home but we took our time and continued down CA49 until Sonora. Not much longer until we won’t have to head home because our home will be with us!

The Airstream and Antsy

I have been listening to Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours for years and have thoroughly enjoyed their music. I particularly have a soft spot for “KOA Refugee” since my parents owned a KOA in Redding for about 10 years.

We had seen Antsy without the Troubs but with Edgar Cruz at Alumafandango in August. That was entertaining but it was a bit short so I have always been wanted to see a full show. I finally bought some tickets to see them in Tracy, CA at the Grand Theatre. When I got the tickets it wasn’t a problem. It was on a Saturday so we would just go up, see them, spend the night somewhere and head home Sunday. What got problematic was the Saturday now turned out to be the weekend RIGHT AFTER us getting back from the Alumafiesta trip! We get back and then need to head out again.

Time to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. We had some items that needed to be fixed on the Airstream, such as our microwave died and the tongue jack makes a horrible noise and others. I arranged that we would head to Toscanos (110 miles from home), drop off the Airstream and go on to the concert in Tracy (about another 60 miles). This was great but what to do about after the concert. We could have driven the 170 miles back home. Toscanos came to the rescue. They offered that we spend the night on their lot at one of their hookup spots. Done!

We got to Toscanos about 11am so we could drop the trailer and go over the list. They told us the code to their back gate so we could get in later and moved it to a hookup spot. We headed on to Tracy. We had no hurry to get there so we took CA33 through some small towns that I5 has forgotten. We had another pleasant surprise ahead of us.

Roxie got in touch with Hannah (our daughter) earlier as she and her boyfriend were at Six Flags Vallejo. Since it was only 60 miles away we asked if they wanted to join us for dinner. They agreed! This was great. We ate at a very good Chinese restaurant with them then they had to leave to get back to the city.

We were here for:

GrandTheatre

 

This is a fantastic theatre. The lobby and facilities are very modern and clean. The theatre itself is very beautiful and preserved fantastically. Our seats were stage right and up high. I thought they would be great but weren’t that wonderful. However, since the theatre was not sold out, we moved to another set of seats that had a much better view.

The concert was very fun and entertaining. The musicians were very impressive. Ansty was sweating quite a bit so I suspect he might have been a bit under the weather. He persevered and put on a fantastic show. We will definitely see them again. Some of the attendees have been to almost 100 Antsy shows. We also learned you don’t want to go to the bathroom during the concert. They will see it and ‘wait’ for you unless you are having prostate issues.

Here is a shot of the whole band performing with Max dancing. I am not quite sure who Max was but he was very outgoing and entertaining.

AntsyTroubsMax

 

We got out of the concert well after 10pm and still had our drive to Toscanos.

We got back to the trailer around midnight. The lock on the gate was tricky to get opened and once we were inside I knew that I could not open it up again so we were in for the night. That was fine with us, we were tired.

We got up and were released from prison, leaving our Airstream behind. Had a nice breakfast at Eddie’s in Los Banos.

We got home that evening after a dinner stop in Fresno with Aaron and thankfully had nothing to do the next weekend.

As I am writing this we are at an AirForums get together in Three Rivers. That will be the next blog post.