...LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO UPPITY!
FIRST, THE VENUE
The Eastern Sierras...
A DIVERSE GROUP THAT CAME FROM NEAR AND FAR
And this family, three generations of RVing women in two Lazy Dazes from Arizona: Lisa, mom Janet and Lisa's daughter, Jennifer.
THEY ARE WELCOMED...
...with a feast of weenies, campbeans, a salad bar and s'mores prepared by wagonmistresses, Joan and Lorna, and, after dinner, warming Kahalua, compliments of Calicia!
THEY GET PRESENTS
Wrapped in "gift bags" from "303 Products," (a company that had provided the Ladeze with generous samples of protectant and carpet cleaner), augmented by shop rags, ice cream sticks for cleaning window tracks, pipe cleaners for clearing spider webs from water heater tubes, towels, wipes, Skoy cloths -- all in keeping with the cleaning and lubing theme of this "event." Also included were the traditions: rubber bands and kazoos and an emergency road kit of chewing gum, bailing wire and bandaid!
And a table full of handouts: checklists, medical forms, pet information, regional travel guides and maps and vendor product information.
Joan is an advocate of liberating women from their FUDs (fears, uncertainties and doubts) and to that end armed us with a packet of syllabi and handouts for the presentations she would make each morning. (Click on the photo to better see the "Table of Contents" for the confidence-building material she put together for us.)
Never before having attended a Ladeze event, with spunk and pluck, Heidi engaged us in a lively interactive presentation, "Essential Lists for Solo Travelers," that covered ideas, suggestions and information germane to most of the Ladeze present.
Cancer survivor Linda reminds us to get mammograms. (Linda, we're thrilled you could join us. When I think of you, the words "true grit" come to mind!)
Not one single woman was absent from Joan's daily presentations. This one on "Keeping it Clean and Movin' Free"...
...or this one on "Waste Tank Maintenance."
Calicia, among many other gifts of her time, demonstrates the advantages of "Freedom Waterless Car Wash." (BTW, Calicia, who generally travels from Massachusetts, is a charter member of the Ladeze group, having attended the first and all but two other Ladeze events.)
THEY ARE ENCOURAGED TO
ELEVATE COMFORT LEVELS
See? Maintaining the stuff "Under the Hood" isn't so scary after all.
THEY ARE CREATIVE
This time with beads. Some made earrings; others made R'minders (to put the antenna down, to make sure the cat didn't escape, etc!)
THEY CONTRIBUTE BOOKS, MUSIC AND GREAT STUFF...
For their fund raising yard sale...
...And then go shopping!
THEY PREPARE DELICIOUS, HEALTHY FOOD
THEY PAY RESPECTS TO THE CULT OF BACCHUS
Joan is indeed a renaissance woman. In a matter of hours, she can go from cleaning an RV's air filter to instilling us with an appreciation for California Chardonnays.
As Joan introduced each label, wine elves then poured between palate cleansing cheese, water and crackers.
Happy campers, yes indeed!
Hmmmmmm, I like the "green" better than the "blue." Better pour me some more green, just to make sure.
Not just first class, but award-winning
High fives for a job well done.
THEY PLAY GAMES
Babes to women. Who are they?!! Successfully matching today's what-you-see-now, two winners identified *most* of the cutiepies!
THEY BOND, TALK STORY, MAKE FRIENDS,
THEN SAY "SO LONG FOR NOW" IN HIGH STYLE
P.S. Stay tuned (in a few days) for scenes from "Hootin and Hollerin" Ladeze style!