Chapter Happening 

A Note for those attending the Page Rally: 

Wahweap’s two entrance stations at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area will be undergoing repair beginning Oct. 2. While one is closed for repairs, the other will be used for entering and exiting the Wahweap area of Lake Powell. 

The entrance stations are located about 3 miles apart on U.S. Route 89. Beginning Oct. 2, the north entrance station will be closed for at least three weeks. During that time, ingress and egress will be available at the south entrance, with is the one closer to Page, Arizona. 

After work is completed at the north entrance, it will be reopened and the south entrance will be closed for repairs. I assume we can plan on entering the north entrance during our rally in early November. That is the entrance nearest the RV Park. If it is still closed, we will have to drive the 3 miles to the south entrance and then back track to the RV Park. 

Fall 2017 – Lake Powell Balloon Regatta – November 1 – 5  

We will attend the Annual Balloon Regatta in Page, Arizona. Activities will include all the events surrounding the Regatta as well as visits to Antelope Canyon and a Dam tour. The initial schedule is included below. It will be a great 

Our plans are to stay at the Wahweap RV Park. It is located on the shore of Lake Powell with great views of the Lake. The link for the RV Park is http://www.lakepowell.com/rv-camping/wahweap-rv-campground . 

To make your reservation, call the Wahweap RV park at 888 896 3829. Tell them you are with the Red Rock Rovers group and THAT YOU ARE A SENIOR. There are no discounts except a senior discount but you must mention it and ask for it. Also have your Federal Golden Passport. You will need that to get into the Wahweap area. 

You have two options for camping. Full hook-ups are $45 a night (not counting the 10% senior discount). Non hook-up sites are very nice and cost $25 a night (not counting the senior discount). 

The big event will be the Page Regatta. They are anticipating 50 balloons for the regatta. The webpage link for the Regatta is as follows: http://www.pageregatta.com 

Our tentative schedule is as follows: 

Wednesday, Nov. 1

Arrival at the campground
Evening “finger food contest” – Prizes are available for “Most
Fatting” ; “Best Tasting”; “Most Original”; “Scariest”; “Messiest”; “Best Halloween Theme”; “Mouse-Try Again”.

Thursday, Nov 2

10:00 am – Leave the campground for a hike on the Toad Stool Trail. This is an easy 1 mile hike to some very scenic areas. Pets are welcome.
Picnic Lunch at the BLM Information Center and Dinosaur Museum.
Options for the afternoon can include a visit to White Pocket, Wire Canyon Hike, and South Coyote Butte. 
Dinner on your own 

Friday, Nov 3

7 to 9 am – Balloon Launch
Following the balloon launch we will tour Antelope Canyon. We will schedule the tour for 11 am.  Most will probably want to take the Lower Antelope Canyon tour but if you have already visited there, you could take the Upper Antelope Canyon tour.  Total cost for the tour will be $33. That includes entrance to the Indian Reservation and the tour.

If you are unfamiliar with Antelope Canyon click on the following link and view the Photo Gallery.     http://lowerantelope.com

We need a count of those who are interested in touring Antelope Canyon.  Please let Jim know if you plan to join with the group.  This is a very special place to visit. 

5:00 pm – Group Dinner – We are exploring going to a dinner show featuring the World Champion Native American Hoop Dancers.

Saturday, Nov 4

7 to 9 am – Balloon Launch
Following the balloon launch we will visit the Street Fair and the many vendors. You may also want to visit the John Wesley Powell museum.
On your own for the rest of the afternoon
5:00 pm – group dinner at the Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant. Obviously this will be “Dutch treat”.
7 to 9  pm – Balloon Glow  - this is a great evening activity

Sunday, Nov 5

7 to 9 am – Balloon Launch
11 am – we will schedule a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam
Following the tour, we will have an open day. Suggested optional activities could include the following:

Boat Tour on the lake
A visit to Lonely Dell Ranch – this is the ranch were John D Lee hid out for many years before being tried and executed. He operated Lee’s Ferry that crossed the Colorado River. This trip will also include a stop on Navajo Bridge and a ride along the Colorado River below the Dam.
A visit to John Wesley Powell Museum in Page
A trip to Horseshoe Bend

Monday, Nov 6

Group Breakfast – Our traditional shared breakfast.
Departure for home

Red Rock Rovers Annual Dinner Meeting – November 14 

We have scheduled our annual dinner meeting for November 14.  The meeting will be held at the Golden Corral restaurant at 5:00 pm. Please put the date on your calendar.  

The first cut at rally options for 2018 is as follows. We will decide on the final locations at the meeting. 

Spring

Brigham City, Utah


  • Promontory Point
  • Logan Canyon scenic drive
  • Musical Entertainment in Logan


Las Vegas


  • Entertainment
  • Valley of Fire
  • Glen Canyon Dam


Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival

  • Numerous activities in Provo and Salt Lake including the canyons


Summer

FMCA International Convention – Gillette Wyoming July 18 – 21

  • Optional Rally – The activities at the Convention would fill the time. We may be asked to serve as volunteers


Island Park / West Yellowstone

  • Visits into Yellowstone Park
  • Harriman State Park
  • Musical Entertainment in West Yellowstone


Flaming Gorge / Dinosaur National Park

  • Rafting
  • Dinosaur National Park
  • Fort Bridger
  • Sheep Creek Geologic Loop
  • Hiking
  • Fishing


Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

  • Lake cruise
  • Mining towns
  • Indian reservation golf and casino
  • Scenic drives


Fall

Fish Lake, Utah

  • Fishing, Fishing and Fish frys
  • Scenic Drives


Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Scenic route 12
  • Kodachrome Basin State Park


Escalante, Utah

  • Hole in the Rock Trail
  • Hells Backbone
  • Death Box Canyon
  • Scenic Route 12


Winter

Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) Mexico

  • Beach camping
  • Golf
  • Shrimp  Market
  • Gulf Fishing
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Tourist Town and Activities


Benson / Bisbee, Arizona

  • Kartchner Caverns
  • Mine Tours
  • Tombstone


Winter, 2018 – Desert Hot Springs, California – Jan 17 – 21 

We have scheduled our winter rally in the warm desert of Southern California. This area is a vast mecca for winter tourism. The Palm Springs official visitor’s guide can be found at the following link:  http://www.visitpalmsprings.com  

The rally is scheduled for January 17 – 21 and will be held in Desert Hot Springs, California. This rally falls between the FMCA Western Region gathering in Indio on Jan 10 – 14 and the RV Show in Quartzsite on Jan 20 – 28. 

We will be staying at the Catalina Spa and RV Resort in Desert Hot Springs, CA. The RV Park has mineral pools and spas. 

The RV Park web site is as follows:    www.catalinasparvresort.com 

Each rig is responsible to make their reservation. When you call, you will need to provide the following information.

The group arrival date – 17 Jan 2018
The name the reservation is under – Nancy Crowley
The name of the group – Red Rock Rovers
The length of your rig.
The dates you want to reserve. You can reserve any number of days you want at the group rate. For example, if you are coming on Sunday after the Indio gathering, you will get the group rate from Sunday until you leave.

Call 877 463 0355 to make your reservation. Our cutoff date for registration is November 1. Please do not delay calling on your reservation. 

It is important that you do not use another discount option or your reservation will not count with our group. We get a better rate with 15 rigs or more. 

You will be charged a non-refundable $40 fee at the time you reserve which will be applied to your first night stay. You will pay the remaining amount when you get there. The nightly rates will be based on the number of rigs in the group and the number of nights you are there. 

Yes, you will have to make up your minds early and plan ahead!! 

Our tentative schedule is as follows: 

Wednesday, Jan 17

Arrival
4:30 pm - Opening Social

Thursday, Jan 18

9:00 am Visit to Joshua Tree National Park. More information at https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm  
Another link of interest is the Geology Road in the Joshua Tree Park. If you have a jeep you may be interested in this side trip.

http://www.desertusa.com/dusablog/day-trip10-geology-road-tour-joshua-tree-national-park.html

Picnic lunch in the National Park
6:00 pm – Palm Springs “Villagefest” Street Fair - http://villagefest.org You can dine at the street fair.

Friday, Jan 19

9:00 am Group Breakfast
10:00 am – group tour of the Palm Springs Air Museum - http://palmspringsairmuseum.org
Lunch at Fisherman’s Market and Grill in Palm Springs - https://www.fishermans.com
Following lunch we will take a group trip up the Palm Springs Arial Tramway (2 ½ mile ride) to the top of the mountain for spectacular views -  https://www.pstramway.com

Saturday, Jan 20

Open Day for individual touring and activities
4:30 pm  Group Dinner

Sunday, Jan 21

Departure – If you are going on to Quartzsite, plan to leave Monday
An after-rally destination could be the Sports, Vacation and RV Show in Quartzsite. This is the largest gathering of RV folks in the world.

Those wishing to continue on to Quartzsite can caravan together so they can camp together. In the past, we have stayed in the Palmosa Road area north of Quartzsite. It has a rock surface thus no dust; while dust is a problem directly in Quartzsite. If you are going on the Quartzsite, plan on staying an extra night (leave Monday) at the RV Resort. Arriving in Quartzsite on Sunday, the first weekend of the show, could be a hassle. 

If you stay over Sunday there is a host of activities depending on your interests. You can relax in the spa and pool; attend church or go to one of the nearby casinos. Now that is some disparate options. 

More information on the Quartzsite show can be found at http://www.quartzsitervshow.com


 


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October 2017

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