Friday, May 7, 2010

More Friends!

Last time we wrote about several RV couples who have stopped to visit with us here in Benson. We turned the tables this time: we drove to Tucson to visit friends.

Nick and Terry Russell, for those unfamiliar with them, are full-time RVers who make their living on the road, publishing the six-issues-a-year Gypsy Journal, teaching RV topics at major rallies, and hosting two rallies themselves each year.
Nick writes a daily blog, called simply enough Nick's Blog, plus a couple of other periodic blogs, including Bad Nick.

Suzy first met Miss Terry in 2003 in Minnesota at the Escapees' Fun Days Rally, and I met Nick shortly after that near Wisconsin Dells. They were parked just a few sites away from us at Country Roads RV Park. Nick and Miss Terry were at the time living in an aging MCI bus that Terry (by herself) was converting into great living quarters. She's a very talented and hard working lady.

Since that time, we have met up with the Russells a few times, and volunteered to work two of their rallies in Casa Grande, Arizona.

This is Nick clowning at his rally -- he's the "chairman" and the "chair man!

By the way, Nick calls his wife "Miss Terry" as a sign of respect, and many of their friends have picked up that moniker for her as well.

When we heard Nick and Miss Terry were going to be in Tucson for a week, we immediately invited ourselves to meet them for lunch. They picked Mimi's Cafe, which also happens to be one of our favorites. We met at 1:00 Thursday, ate a lovely meal, and let the conversation stretch out for a full three hours. We swapped stories of good places, mutual friends, embarrassing moments, and any other subject that came up. At one point I was afraid that we'd be tossed out of the place, as our laughter was loud and long. Fortunately the good folks at Mimi's let us linger.

From Nick and Miss Terry
About to part, we exchanged photo taking, and Nick offered us a bundle of Gypsy Journals to bring back to our park as free samples for our residents and visitors.

We said our goodbyes, then headed out to do some quick shopping, then home to sit on our porch glider and glow in the warmth of a wonderful get-together with fine friends.

That was a very good day in ... Our Life on Wheels.


  1. Jerry, you and Suzi have quite the social life. I'm impressed with how many people have visited you and vice versa. Meeting new and old friends sounds like one of the great benefits of full-timing.

    Hey, I want some cowboy cookies! Oh, that's right, we're headed north, not south. Maybe some other time?

  2. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Thank you for making time for us!

  3. Looks like you all had a great afternoon visiting and having fun. It's nice to put a face to the bloggers I often read as well, so thanks for the pictures!

  4. That was an interesting post about some interesting people. Looks like you had yourselves a great day visiting. I'll have to check out Nick's blog. Thanks for the tip, Jerry.

  5. If we hadn't been hitting the road that day, I would have invited ourselves to join you. But we've seen Nick and Miss Terry more recently than you have. It looks like you had fun catching up with each other. It's great to be able to appreciate our good friends. Thanks for the great photos.

  6. That Rick guy sounds like quite a character & good for him in having the courage to speak out in his 'Bad Nick' blog. If I wasn't so darned thin skinned I would love to do that myself!!

  7. Sounds like a great day with great friends.:)

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)


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