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  1. History, Mystery and the Universe HOP Sept 18 – 22, 2023 The area you will visit is like no other. It is often called “the Gateway to the Big Bend,” and you’ll find radiant night skies, cowboy hospitality and friendly folks. It is where the stars at night are big and bright, and the skies are not cloudy all day! This HOP will give you a great mix of the culture and land around the Davis Mountains and the Big Bend area. Fort Davis is the highest town in Texas at 4,900 feet above sea level. Located a short drive from Fort Davis is the world-renown University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory, where you will see one of the largest telescopes in the world. It is the Hobby-Eberly Telescope and here you will have four extraordinary tours: the Telescope, the Solar, The Twilight and the world-famous Star-Gazing Party! The Davis Mountains cover over 15,000 square miles and contain some of the darkest skies in the United States. In fact, this area is one of the largest Dark Sky Communities in the world and it is the first reserve to cross an international boundary, which happens to be the border Texas shares with Mexico. Visit Fort Davis, one of the best surviving examples of an 1854 to 1861 frontier military post in the Southwest, located there to protect the travelers and the mail and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos portion of the San Antonio to El Paso Road, called the Chihuahua Trail. Also, we will learn about the Buffalo Soldiers that served at Fort Davis from 1867 to 1885 and the important role these men played in the frontier army. Outside of Ft. Davis lies the Chihuahua Desert. It is the largest desert in North America, covering 200,000 square miles, and is the most geographically diverse dry region in the world. Stopping for pictures and a guided tour of this magnificent area, you will learn about the climate, plants and animals that make this area so fascinating and how life can be sustained in this harsh dry land. Davis Mountains State Park was established with 540 acres, in 1933, and was one of the earliest projects for the Texas Civilian Conservation Corps. They built many of the facilities still used in the park today. An Indian Lodge sets on a mountain overlooking the state park with its white adobe walls and historic rustic charm. The town of Marfa is slowly becoming the Mecca of Art and tourism. In 1971, Donald Judd, an artist from New York, visited Marfa and fell in love with the small-town atmosphere. He purchased a home in Marfa, founded the Judd Foundation and the Chinati Foundation and constructed art galleries in several buildings on one city block. While in Marfa, you will tour Building 98, built in 1895 as officers’ quarters and headquarters for the Big Bend Military District during the Mexican Revolution. Building 98 is a historic building listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and is a Registered Historic Texas Landmark. While touring Building 98, you will see WWII German POW murals painted by prisoners who were among those placed at Fort Russell at the request of General George Patton. Mona Blocker Garcia will lead this tour. She is none other than the founder of the International Woman’s Foundation and cousin to Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright) of the TV series Bonanza. While in downtown Marfa, visit the Marfa Courthouse. The Presidio County Courthouse is one of the prettiest in Texas. Notice the woodwork throughout the courthouse. Take the circular staircase to the top floor and look out a window to see the entire town of Marfa. This courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Before viewing the Marfa Lights, visit the beautiful and historic Hotel Paisano. Built in 1930, it was one of the most elegant hotels of its time. In 1955 the Hotel Paisano was used as headquarters to film the classic movie “Giant,” starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. Other movies filmed in the Marfa area are The Gambler, Lonesome Dove, The Good Old Boys, Streets of Laredo, Dead Man’s Walk, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men and Dancer. Texas Population 81 was filmed in nearby Ft. Davis, and many locals were used as extras. On the way to view the Marfa Lights, stop and see the "Pillars," an enigmatic arrangement of twelve ten-foot steel pillars, each weighing over three hundred pounds, inscribed with Jason Tucker's mysterious symbols. Each image looks like a space alien. During the day, the images look like faint lines or drawings on the pillars, but at night, each image lights up, bringing the space alien to life floating above the ground. Jason Tucker grew up in San Angelo, Texas, a town northeast of Marfa. Complete this HOP with the Marfa Lights. Native American residents knew about the Marfa Mystery Lights long before the first recorded sighting in 1883. These mysterious dancing lights are not always there, but starting at dusk and deep into the night is the best time to see them. The orb lights can be white, red, blue, orange, or green. They appear randomly and move throughout the sky above the tree line. They will move toward you, away from you, or maybe to the right and left of you. The terrain under the lights is rough and rugged; no streets or houses are in the area. The Big Bend area is trendy in September and October, so please register for the HOP as soon as possible. Bring your camera, binoculars, telescope and comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for West Texas hospitality! Payments · When registering for this HOP, you may pay half upon registration. · Final payment due - July 18, 2023 Prices for this HOP Two-person rig: 1,375.00 Each additional person: 695.00 One-person rig: 875.00 Please register on-line for this HOP. Click here: https://escapees.com/event/history-mystery-and-the-universe-hop/ You may call or email the HOP Department, at: 936-329-6499 or registration@escapees.com Note: the HOP may sell out online before you have a chance to register via phone. HOP Confirmation email · Once registered, a receipt notification will be sent via email regarding all the pertinent information, such as RV Park, address, tour dates, times, etc. · If you do not receive it, please check your spam files, or email us at: registration@escapees.com RV Park You will be staying in a beautiful country setting with full hookups. If you want to park near friends, please indicate that on your online registration process. HOP Registration includes: · RV sites in a beautiful country setting with full hookups · All entries into the McDonald Observatory · 4 guided activities at the McDonald Observatory · A professional guide and tour at the McDonald Observatory · Entrance into Fort Davis Historic site · Professional guide at Fort Davis · Entrance into Davis Mountains State Park · Professional guide in Davis Mountain State Park · Entrance into Building 98 · Professional guide for Building 98 · Hotel Paisano with gift shop and art gallery · Visit the Marfa Pillars during the day and at night. · See the Marfa Lights! · Enjoy the world-famous Star-Gazing Party! · 6 meals · Meet and greet socials · Souvenir HOP name badge · Professional Motorcoach · Professional Motorcoach Driver · Your HOP Hosts · All gratuities Rain or shine. Itinerary is subject to change without notice. This HOP includes a considerable amount of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Some tours are not wheelchair accessible. *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated *Note This itinerary may still be amended. We do our best to secure all activities ahead of time, but when dealing with the weather, traffic, length of tours, and our local vendors' changes are sometimes necessary. . Travel Insurance We highly suggest you protect your financial investment on this HOP by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, consider purchasing trip cancellation or interruption insurance. Insurance can also help with covering unexpected illnesses or emergencies while on the trip. For more information, click: https://escapees.com/event/history-mystery-and-the-universe-hop/ HOP Cancellation Policy If an attendee cancels a HOP, • 1 Business Day from Booking: Full Refund · More Than 90 Days to the event: 75% Refund · 30 – 90 Days to the event: 25% Refund · 30 Days or Less to the event: No Refunds View upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/hops Discussion Forum: Escapees has an informative discussion forum. To access this forum, go to: http://www.rvnetwork.com. Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you via Club News. Stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues and promotion items. If you would like to stay updated, go to: https://www.escapees.com/aboutus/club-benefits then click the sign-up button on the right side. By registering for this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV, and attendance at the event, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. However, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped or photographed, and granting Escapees RV Club the full use of any such recordings or images without compensation. By registering, you will also receive occasional email notifications of future HOPs; however, you can opt-out of these notifications at any time. In addition to the above, you will be required during registration to agree that you will help provide a safe environment for everyone by complying with our health and safety rules, and to release Escapees from liability should you become ill during the event. · By purchasing a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to all the above, including the Escapees Covid Policy. For more details on this policy, click Escapees RV Club Covid Policy See you at the HOP! Lisa Koca HOP Director 936-329-6499 www.escapees.com/hops Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 www.escapees.com For Cruise HOPs, call: Escapees Travel Agency 855-757-8881 (Toll-Free)
  2. This morning the discussion got around to parting with our stuff and who should take it. How do find a younger person that will treasure (use/ expand/ share) rather than just put away or store files. Young blood needed. The STUFF is written material whether digital or hard copy, Family bibles are easy to pass on and all personal information is recorded elsewhere. A local person has some writing about the Covid happening. Things like how local restaurants changed their operation to need Covid guidelines and labor availability. It was mentioned the last local History book was 25 years ago. Who can tie some of history together without the obituaries ( replaced with a death notice followed by celebration of life), So many facts are on social media and lost. Items of recent history (Less than 50 years) is when a business changed hands and moved next door. Both business owners were Paul. who was the first Paul. Just trivia, but part of another story. I have bit of that Trivia that is stored in TN and TX and one daughter is scanning pictures. Another is continuing my family tree branch. My Obituary may tell of me going to one-room country schools. My grandchildren can't imagine being in that small room. The local library keeps some todays history that may be will connect the dots. How do you find a person who may appreciate your files and share. The local historians are getting older. Young blood needed. Clay
  3. Nashville Civil War HOP June 25, 2022 If you are a Civil War history buff, this HOP is for you! After a busy week at Escapade, enjoy a relaxing HOP! Let us do the driving while you sit back, relax, and enjoy! HOPs are fun and exciting, especially when shared with your Escapees friends! Board a luxury motorcoach and enjoy a leisurely ride into Franklin and Nashville with a knowledgeable local tour guide. Enjoy scenic views of the beautiful countryside along the way. In February 1862, fighting broke out along the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Both sides quickly realized this route would be a major military byway. The Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864, in Franklin, Tennessee, as part of the Franklin–Nashville Campaign of the American Civil War. After breaking for lunch in Franklin, head to Nashville on the same road used by the soldiers 150 years ago. This package includes, as time permits. Highlights and stops including, but not limited to: · Carnton Cemetery, in Franklin · Winstead Hill · Private Tour - Lodz House - time at the gift shop. · Lunch on your own - downtown Franklin · Key sites relating to the 1862-1865 Federal occupation of Nashville · Sites on the Nashville battlefield- December 15-16, 1864, including Fort Negley · Peace Monument · Shy's Hill · The W. Nashville site of the 1918 train wreck · Centennial Park · Site of the 1897 Centennial Exposition · The Parthenon Included are: Souvenir HOP name badges Professional motorcoach driver Professional, knowledgeable, local tour guide All gratuities *Itinerary subject to change without notice due to traffic, touring times, weather and availability of the tours. Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. This HOP includes considerable walking that will be on uneven terrain. Prices for this HOP: Per person: $90.00 RV Parking - Extended stays for the HOPs The cost of the HOP does not include parking fees, but we will be glad to help you with your extended stay. There are two ways to register and pay: online or by phone. • To register online (recommended), click https://escapees.com/event/nashville-civil-war-hop/ and follow the instructions on your screen. • To register by phone, call Escapees HOP Registration, at (936) 755-1060. Once registered: Once registered, a confirmation email will be sent to you regarding all the pertinent information, such as the tours and their times, etc. If you do not see it in your inbox, please, check your SPAM file. If you do not see it in the spam file, please log into your Escapees dashboard and see if we have your correct email address on file. To change or correct any personal data on your dashboard, click on www.escapees.com and sign into your account. Travel Insurance We highly suggest you protect your financial investment on this HOP by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, consider purchasing trip cancellation or interruption insurance. Insurance can also help with covering unexpected illnesses or emergencies while on the trip. HOP Cancellation Policy If an attendee cancels a HOP, • 1 Business Day from Booking: Full Refund · More Than 90 Days to the event: 75% Refund · 30 – 90 Days to the event: 25% Refund · 30 Days or Less to the event: No Refunds View upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/hops Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you via Club News. Stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues and promotion items. If you would like to stay updated, go to: https://www.escapees.com/aboutus/club-benefits then click the sign-up button on the right side. For more information on this HOP, click: https://escapees.com/event/nashville-civil-war-hop/ See you at the HOP! Safe travels, Lisa Koca HOP Director 936-755-1060 www.escapees.com/hops Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 www.escapees.com For Cruise HOPs, call: Escapees Travel Agency 855-757-8881 (Toll-Free)
  4. Do you know about the abandoned Nazi camp in Los Angeles? It's called Murphy Ranch is a ranch built in a canyon near Los Angeles in the 1930s by anti-semitic sympathizers. Come along as we take the 4 mile hike into Rustic Canyon to explore the old ruins. The area has been covered with vibrant graffiti that almost makes the area feel like a walking art show. Some of the older buildings have been destroyed but there is still a lot intact. Enjoy the video and please subscribe.
  5. Maine Leaves and Lobster (Head Out Program) September 27 – October 1, 2021 The best time to visit Maine is September, after the summer crowds have left, but before the temperatures drop. Maine landscapes are quaint and beautiful, and its coastal beauty is stunning! Feel the crisp air in the mornings and see Mother Nature’s abundant beauty in the vibrant colors of the fall leaves. Trees, like the dogwood, red oak and maples, turn red and burgundy; hickory, birch and elm change to gold and yellow; mountain maples are reddish-orange, and the sumac is purple. As autumn leaves grace the hillsides and mountaintops, you have a painted scenery that is unmatched anywhere else in the world! In the evenings, you can sit outside with new and old Escapees friends and watch the vibrant colors of the sunset spread across the horizon. Bring binoculars to study native and migratory birds, such as Bald Eagles, Osprey, Peregrine Falcons, Shorebirds, Warblers and Flycatchers, to name a few. Visit the beautiful Acadia National Park and learn about its history, geology, park wildlife, and make stops at Thunder Hole and also Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the East coast. Tour a fjord named Somes Sound, which runs deep into Mount Desert Island and is one of the main sites at Acadia National Park. The Sound nearly splits the island in two. Board a lobster boat and have a unique, enjoyable tour of Bar Harbor. Watch and learn about the whales, sea lions, and lighthouses on a cruise tour. There may be sightings of Puffins, too, but most have migrated by September. The Escapees RV Club is offering a wide arrange of fantastic excursions for your enjoyment! Don’t forget to bring your camera for this wonderful Fall Foliage HOP! You don’t want to miss the seals or the whales either! Registration includes: · Camping in a beautiful coastal setting · Guided tour of Acadia National Park · Boat tour – lighthouses · Boat tour - nature cruise - seal watching and, of course, whale watching, too! · Tour the bay on a traditional lobster boat · Fully narrated tour of Bar Harbor · Pavilion for catered meals and entertainment · Lobster bake (If you do not care for Lobster there will be alternate food available for you.) · Professional motor coach transportation · Professional motor coach driver and local tour guide · RV Park with full hookups. · Welcome and Farewell dinner* · Souvenir HOP name badge · Meet and greet social · Your HOP hosts · All gratuities And much more! Rain or shine. Itinerary is subject to change without notice. This HOP includes a considerable amount of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Some tours are not wheelchair accessible. *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. RV Park You will be staying in a beautiful coastal setting with full hookups. If you would like to be near specific Escapees friends, please let us know when you register for this HOP. Once registered, you will receive pertinent information about this HOP via email. Payment Options When registering for this HOP, you may pay half upon registration and make monthly payments. The balance is due 60 days prior to the event. Contact the HOP department and ask about this payment option. Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend a land or cruise HOP. There will be a $50.00 charge for non-members. If you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club or ask about prices, please call 936-327-8873. Prices for this HOP: Two-person rig: $1295.00 Additional person in rig: $425.00 One-person rig: $895.00 To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 936-327-8873 Or, email: registration@escapees.com After registering – confirmation email You will receive a confirmation email with all the dates, activities and important information about this HOP. Please, make sure Escapees has your current email address on file. If you do not receive it, please check your spam files, or email us at: registration@escapees.com. Trip cancellation and interruption Insurance We highly suggest that you protect your investment on this HOP by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance as well. This insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies while on the trip. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, at 855-757-8881, or email them at: eta@escapees.com. Travel insurance must be purchased within 10 business days, once the HOP is purchased. HOP Cancellation Policy If an attendee must cancel a HOP, · 1 business day from booking: Full Refund · More than 90 days before the event: 75 % Refund · 30 – 90 days before the event: 25% Refund · 30 days or less before the event: No Refunds To view upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/hops Visit the HOP Facebook page: www.facebook.com/escapeesrvclub and click on the event page to view, comment or post pictures on the upcoming HOPs. Discussion Forum: Escapees has an informative discussion forum. To access this forum, go to http://www.rvnetwork.com. Escapees Events: Click this link to see the upcoming Escapees events: http://www.rvnetwork.com/forum/35-escapees-rv-club-events/ Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you via Club News. Stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues and promotion items. If you would like to stay updated, go to: https://www.escapees.com/aboutus/club-benefits Physical Needs for HOP –Escapees Inc. will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled attendees when it is within our control to do so. Please advise us of any special needs as early as possible so we can make these arrangements. By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV, and attendance at the HOP event, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. It is, however, the driver of the RV or other vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and, is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped or photographed and granting the full use without compensation. See you at the HOP! Lisa Koca HOP Director / RV Show Director www.escapees.com/hops www.facebook.com/escapeesrvclub then, click on the event page Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 936-327-8873 www.escapees.com For Cruise HOPs, call: Escapees Travel Agency 855-757-8881 (Toll-Free)
  6. Rose Parade HOP Pasadena Tournament of Roses December 27, 2019 – January 3, 2020 Come with us and experience the behind-the-scenes magic of the legendary Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and have your fairy tale come true! See how these beautiful, award-winning floats are created and even help decorate them! Enjoy the vibrant extravagance of the aromatic flowers and the rich smell of the cocoa and coffee beans. In VIP setting, relax and enjoy Equestfest. See the beautiful horses outfitted in stunning parade attire. Watch talented riders perform trick-riding, precision drills and amazing rope tricks. Visit the stables and learn about the different breeds of horses. Get up close. Talk with the riders and take pictures; enjoy the vendors, the music and the food court! Listen to the beautiful music of the marching bands during Bandfest, and you will quickly see why these outstanding bands have been chosen to participate in this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade. At the Showcase of Floats, you can walk within a few feet of all the floats and see the meticulous workmanship that went into each one. You can ask questions of the Tournament volunteers located near each float. Escapees has a wonderful time lined up for you, so expect to have a fun-filled week! The Rose Parade is such a unique experience and sharing it with fellow Escapees makes it even more special. Come with us, meet amazing friends, and take away new lifetime memories at the most-watched parade in the world! If attending this legendary parade is on your bucket list, then jump on-board with fellow Escapees for the 131st Tournament of Roses, as we celebrate this year’s theme: “The Power of Hope.” Registration includes: · 7 nights, full hookups at a nice RV park · VIP seating – near the beginning of the Rose Parade · VIP seating at the Equestfest · Equestfest welcome souvenirs · Entrance into the Float Decorating · Entrance into the Bandfest · Bandfest welcome souvenirs · Entrance into the Showcase of Floats · HOP welcome bag · New Year’s Eve dinner · Catered dinners · Professional motor coach transportation to all events · Professional motor coach driver · Souvenir HOP name badge · Souvenir Rose Parade program · Souvenir Rose Parade pin · Your HOP hosts · Gratuities · And much more! Itinerary is rain or shine and is subject to change without notice. This HOP includes a considerable amount of walking. RV Park You will be staying in a beautiful country setting with full hookups. If you have Escapees friends that you would like to park near, please let us know. Once you register for the HOP, you will receive all pertinent information at that time. Payment Options When registering for this HOP, you may pay half upon registration and make monthly payments. The balance is due 60 days prior to the event. You ca call the HOP department and ask about this payment option. Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend a land or cruise HOP. There will be a $50.00 charge for non-members. If you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club or ask about prices, please call 936-327-8873. Prices for this HOP Two-person rig: $1825.00 Additional person: $695.00 One-person rig: $927.00 To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 936-327-8873 Or, email: registration@escapees.com After registering – confirmation email You will receive a confirmation letter with all the pertinent information about this HOP. Please, make sure Escapees has your current email address on file. If you do not receive it, please check your spam files, or email us at: registration@escapees.com. Trip cancellation and interruption Insurance We highly suggest that you protect your investment on this HOP by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance as well. This insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies while on the trip. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, at 855-757-8881, or email them at: eta@escapees.com. Travel insurance must be purchased within 10 business days, once the HOP is purchased. HOP Cancellation Policy If an attendee cancels a HOP, • 1 Business Day from Booking: Full Refund · More Than 90 Days to the event: 75 % Refund · 30 – 90 Days to the event: 25% Refund · 30 Days or Less to the event: No Refunds View upcoming HOPs: https://www.escapees.com/hops Visit the HOP Facebook page: www.facebook.com/escapeesrvclub and click on the event page to view, comment or post pictures on the upcoming HOPs. Escapees Club News: The HOPs or any Escapees RV Club information can be sent to you in the Club News. If you would like to stay informed with important club updates, advocacy issues and promotion items, simply go to: https://member.escapees.com/members/ and then click the “Club News” tab, in the middle of the page, to sign up. Physical Needs for HOP Escapees Inc. will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled attendees when it is within our control to do so. Please advise us of any special needs as early as possible so we can make these arrangements. By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV, and attendance at the HOP event, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. It is, however, the driver of the RV or other vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and, is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped or photographed and granting the full use without compensation. See you at the HOP! Lisa Koca HOP Director www.escapees.com/hops www.facebook.com/escapeesrvclub, then click on the event page. For Cruise HOPs, call: Escapees Travel Agency 855-757-8881 (Toll Free) Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 936-327-8873 www.escapees.com
  7. The Ferron Ranger District is looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to provide staffing at the Historic Stuart Guard Station. The guard station lies along the Huntington and Eccles Canyons National Scenic Byway. We are looking for customer service oriented individuals to provide information to the public about early FS history and the immense contributions of the CCC to the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Furthermore providing information about recreational opportunities within the forest and the surrounding area. Volunteers will be interacting with the public by leading tours, providing information about the area, and answering a variety of questions. Given the nature of the position good communication and public relation skills are desired. Opportunities to volunteer are available starting May through September. The station is only open on weekends and holidays, so volunteers will have plenty of free time to explore the surrounding area during the week. Duties We call upon your aid as a volunteer to keep the station clean and tidy, and to provide information and interpretive services to visitors. • Opening and closing duties associated with the Guard Station. • Provides tours of the Guard Station (requires leading groups around the site) • Keep records of visitation. • Maintain a clean and safe environment for the visiting public. • Reports activity and issues to agency personnel. • May be asked to help with other miscellaneous duties. Housing and Volunteer Stipend As a volunteer, you will be entitled to reimbursement of your expenses, including $25.00 per day worked if you choose to stay on site. A FS uniform will be issued and must be worn during working hours. The Guard Station is a charming little structure, and is situated in a spectacular location for viewing wildlife and the surrounding landscape. RV host pad sites are available behind the guardstation. Water and sewer hookups are available but no power (volunteers with camp trailers are encouraged to bring solar panels and/or a small portable generator to keep their batteries charged). Tent camping is also an option. No cooking facilities, refrigerator, or shower facilities are available; sink and toilet facilities are located in the Guard Station. Community Huntington (20 miles from Stuart Guard Station) is a limited-services community with a small grocery store, convenience stores and other basic amenities. Price (41 miles from Stuart Guard Station) includes grocery stores, Walmart, Hardware store, hotels, gas stations and restaurants. Boating and fishing are major recreational activities available in the area. There is several local reservoirs and lakes (Huntington, Joes Valley, Cleveland and Electric Lake) that provide excellent fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout, tiger muskies, small-mouth bass, and catfish. Other actives that are popular in the area include Hiking and bouldering and OHV. Other attractions include: The San Rafael, Capitol Reef National Park, and Goblin Valley State Park. About the Forest Manti-La Sal National Forest Visitor Guide - https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5370798.pdf Manti-La Sal National Forest – https://www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal For More Information If you need any further assistance regarding this opportunity feel free to contact: Christopher Nichols Manti-La Sal National Forest Ferron Ranger District 115 West Canyon Road Ferron Utah, 84023 (435)636-3579 cdnichols@fs.fed.us We hope you’ll answer the call, and help us staff Historic Stuart Guard Station this year!
  8. Come with us and experience the behind-the-scenes magic of the legendary Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade! See how these beautiful, award-winning floats are created and even help decorate them! Enjoy the vibrant extravagance of the aromatic flowers and the rich smell of the cocoa and coffee beans. In VIP setting, relax and enjoy Equestfest. See the beautiful horses outfitted in stunning parade attire. Watch talented riders perform trick-riding, precision drills and amazing rope tricks. Visit the stables and learn about the different breeds of horses. Get up close. Talk with the riders and take pictures; enjoy the vendors, the music and the food court! Listen to the beautiful music of the marching bands during Bandfest, and you will quickly see why these outstanding bands have been chosen to participate in this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade. At the Showcase of Floats, you can walk within a few feet of all the floats and see the meticulous workmanship that went into each one. You can ask questions of the Tournament volunteers located near each float. Escapees has a wonderful time lined up for you, so expect to have a fun-filled week! The Rose Parade is such a unique experience and sharing it with fellow Escapees makes it even more special. Come with us, meet amazing friends, and take away new lifetime memories at the most-watched parade in the world! If attending this legendary parade is on your bucket list, then jump onboard with fellow Escapees for the 131st Tournament of Roses, as we celebrate this year’s theme: “The Power of Hope.” Registration includes: · 7 nights, full hookups at a nice RV park; VIP seating – near the beginning of the Rose Parade; Welcome souvenirs and VIP seating at the Equestfest; Entrance into Float Decorating; Entrance into and welcome souvenirs at Bandfest; Entrance into the Showcase of Floats; HOP welcome bags; New Year’s Eve dinner*; Catered dinners*; Professional motor coach driver and transportation to all events; Souvenir HOP name badge; Souvenir Rose Parade program and pin; Your HOP hosts; Gratuities, and much more! Itinerary is rain or shine and is subject to change without notice. This HOP includes a considerable amount of walking. *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. RV Park You will be staying in a beautiful country setting with full hookups. If you have Escapees friends that you would like to park near, please let us know. Once you register for the HOP, you will receive all pertinent information at that time. Payment Options When registering for this HOP, you may pay half upon registration and make monthly payments. The balance is due 60 days prior to the event. You ca call the HOP department and ask about this payment option. Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend a land or cruise HOP. There will be a $50.00 charge for non-members. If you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club or ask about prices, please call 936-327-8873. Prices for this HOP Two-person rig: $1825.00 Additional person: $695.00 One-person rig: $927.00 To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 936-327-8873 Or, email: registration@escapees.com After registering – confirmation email You will receive a confirmation letter with all the pertinent information about this HOP. Please, make sure Escapees has your current email address on file. If you do not receive it, please check your spam files, or email us at: registration@escapees.com. See you at the HOP! Lisa Koca HOP Director www.escapees.com/hops www.facebook.com/escapeesrvclub, then click on the event page. For Cruise HOPs, call: Escapees Travel Agency 855-757-8881 (Toll Free) Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 936-327-8873
  9. Cuba – Key West Cruise HOP February 12 - 17, 2019 Escapees RV Club is excited to offer this historical opportunity to travel, again, to Cuba, since there was such an overwhelming response and attendance last year! Join us, February 12, 2019, sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Cuba and Key West, for this fabulous 5-day round trip, aboard the Royal Caribbean’s beautiful ship Majesty of the Seas. You can enjoy the rich, vibrant culture of Cuba and learn about their fascinating history, literature and architecture. The food is incredible and you will experience the warm embrace of the vibrant Cuban people. After a day visiting in Havana, you will have the option of a relaxing evening onboard the ship or experiencing a night in Havana at one of the city’s tropical Cabarets, enjoying fabulous performances by Cuba’s best rumba dancers and musicians. You may even decide to arrive at the Cabaret in a classic American car! Don’t forget about purchasing some traditional Cuban rum and a few of those famous Cuban cigars. Once on-board, the ship will provide activities, entertainment and incredible food. There will be loads of fun along with various interactive HOP socials during our wonderful days at sea. The ship also offers excursions, and these are the best way to enjoy the magnificent sights in each port-of-call as well as the culture and warm embrace of the native people. Enjoy activities in Cuba like: · An authentic, home-cooked Cuban lunch, at one of Cuba’s many family-owned, in-home restaurants, known as Paladares. Meet the family that is cooking your meal, and learn about the challenges and joys of being self-employed in Cuba. · Visit Hemingway’s former home in Havana and take an excursion to the nearby fishing village of Cojimar, his favorite retreat, as well as the setting for The Old Man and the Sea. · Visit an Artisans’ Market, the Almacenes de San José - Havana’s largest craft market, and be amazed at the treasures, produced by the local craftsmen. Itinerary: Day Arrives Departs February 12 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 4:00 pm February 13 Cruising February 14 Key West, Florida 8:00 am 5:00 pm February 15 Havana, Cuba 8:00 am February 16 Havana, Cuba 1:00 pm February 17 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 7:00 am Interior: Category 2V– Deck 3, – Forward & Aft - approximately 160 sq. ft. $689.00 Cruise Rate $118.37 Port Charges, Taxes/Fees $807.37 per person Ocean-view: Category 6N –Deck 3 & 4 – Forward, Mid & Aft - approximately 164 sq. ft. $729.00 Cruise Rate $118.37 Port Charges, Taxes/Fees $847.37 per person Booking your cabin early – Recall dates: Escapees can only hold the group space for a limited time before the cruise line recalls our unassigned cabins. After the recall date, Escapees may not be able to secure a cabin and if we can, it will not be at the rates listed here. This cruise to Cuba will sell out quickly; remember this is a smaller ship, so it’s very critical that you book early, even if the cruise is scheduled for NEXT YEAR! Recall Date: November 28, 2018 View the deck plan: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/majesty-of-the-seas/deck-plans/1637/02 Deposit required when booking: $300.00 per person Final Payment Date: November 29, 2018 To register for this cruise Call the Escapees Travel Agency Toll-free: 1-855-757-8881 Or, email: ETA@escapees.com. For more information on the Cuba – Key West Cruise HOP, click: https://www.escapees.com/event/cuba-key-west-cruise-hop/ For information on upcoming HOPs, click: https://www.escapees.com/community-calendar/category/head-out-program/
  10. Balloon Fiesta HOP Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Option #1: October 5 – October 10, 2018 Option #2: October 10 – October 14, 2018 Option #3: October 5 - October 14, 2018 If this world premiere event is on your bucket list, then join SKP friends for the annual Balloon Fiesta HOP. Each morning as dawn breaks over the Sandia Mountains, the skies will be filled with bright, beautiful and palatial hot-air balloons from all over the world. From its beginnings in 1972, the Balloon Fiesta has grown into the largest International Balloon Fiesta with a 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park, with the launch field being the size of 78 acres (54 football fields). It is the most photographed hot-air balloon festival in the world, with some events having an excess of 80,000 people in attendance. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the only Balloon Fiesta where the “box effect” comes into play. The “box effect” is a special wind pattern that helps pilots navigate their balloons in a vertical, rectangular path, allowing them to return to the launch field, or even right next to your RV! The Dawn Patrol lifts off first in the early morning hours, with specially fitted lights, to observe weather conditions at different altitudes, such as the wind speed and its direction. Upon approval, the balloons lift off in a mass ascension. The “Zebras,” dressed in black and white, coordinate the launching of the balloons. One of the most exciting events is the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, where balloonists wave their own national flag during the launch. Even though there are always traditionally-shaped balloons, there will be various specialty shapes, too. Some of the most popular are the cow, sun, pig, stagecoach, clock, skunk, the Ladybug and the sweetest mother, daddy and baby bumblebees. The bumblebee’s hands have Velcro, so when they touch in midair, it appears they are holding hands. This Fiesta also hosts the Gas Balloons - The America's Challange, with the winner being the one that has traveled the farthest. Some of the gas balloons have gone as far as the East Coast and into Canada, and you can track their progress on the Fiesta website. On the launch field, at dusk, you can see the burners of the balloons ignite and watch the evening sky fill with a bouquet of bright colors, as they lift their balloons. The nights will finish with an extraordinary display of fireworks. For more information and pricing on this HOP view: https://www.escapees.com/skp_files/hop/event.php?id=52 To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873
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