As we had hoped, it turned out to be a fun filled, beautiful weekend on Petit Jean Mountain with 120+ RVs, 175+ RVator's, 150+ total airplanes, and a ton of photos to prove it.
Friday arrivals started early with AirBoss Bob and helper AirBossette Linda directing/welcoming the traffic flow from 70 miles out. The EAA 165 and the Homsley Cooking Crew outdid themselves with all manner of grilled, BBQ'ed, roasted, toasted, and broiled table fair. The Friday night gathering at the Rockefeller Conference Center literally emptied their "gourmet campground" kitchen with an overflow dinner crowd pushing 185 hungry RV'ators. There were interesting travel videos during dinner, several rounds of RV Tail Number Bingo and this years game of skill...Hog Toss. Hog Toss involved bean bags and a reasonably large quantity of adult beverages.
By the end of the evening, it could have been more appropriately called a "can't find a skill" game.
By lunchtime Saturday, the parking crew was worn out with over a 100 RV's on the field and many still to come and go. Several brown gallon jugs of imported hops from the TruTrak crew with planes flying, formatting in public, RV Socializing, and lots of just plane'ole hanging around. Over 70 folks made some kind of trail run and a few made both the morning and afternoon hikes. Dinner was at the campground in the red light district (under the big tent) and featured pulled pork BBQ, big St. Louis style ribs, potato salad, beans, and all the fixings. Even though most of the state was under a fire ban, we were able to arrange charcoal fires at all the campsites to top off the evening.
Several folks took advantage of the clear night and lack of city lights to lay out on the runway and have a go a "group stargazing"..... and I mean literally "lay on the runway"
. Andrew (of the brown jug fame) reported that it was nice and warm on the cooling asphalt with a sky completely full of stars. He noted that the shuttle vans only got close to squashing him twice...
Sunday dawned crisp and clear with the smell of fresh coffee and home-style bacon & eggs to get things started. After the usual breakfast flurry, planes were loading, props were spinning, everyone helped pack up. By 11:00 AM the campground was lonesome, empty, and way better than we found it! It was a great weekend for the Gathering...Petit Jean was good to us again!
This is a fairly small subset of the pictures taken at this years Gathering. If you have online albums or pictures you want to share, this is the place to do it. Please take this opportunity to find something you really like or just enjoy the pictures and the memories of friends old and new.
Give these albums a little time to load .....they're big .... lots of bits and bites to haul up!
• Petit Jean All Over Smiles - from start to finish .. over/above/around the ramp, tons of photos: http://kvisit.com/alN0f
On behalf of EAA 165 and the MidSouthRVators .... Thanks for coming to the Petit Jean RV Gathering.
• Paul Brown 2015 Arrival / Departure Pictures (200 or so) mostly Friday: http://kvisit.com/ait0f
• Sarah Works 2015 Arrival / Departure Pictures (200 or so) mostly Saturday: http://s32.photobucket.com/user/work...0Jean%20Fly-In
• Mark Burns 2015 PJ Album - ( 50 or so great shots ) : https://plus.google.com/photos/11683...I_sjuCvyJ6BtQE
• Point Pictures by pro Dan Valovich (see Dans info below for professional framed wall hanger pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/123406...57660151954815 Remember that Dan can take ANY of the Arrival or Departure or Ramp pictures and put it into a wonderful Petit Jean Point Background.... Dan's Contact Info ... (501) 622-0765 .. http://www.keepandshare.com/userpics...02-7260609.jpg
If you made a new friend or found a new smile... then it was all worthwhile !
The dates for next year ..... October 14, 15, & 16. ... Block it out, we'll see you next year!
So now wheeerre ya'll from ........
*** Had to leave off a lot of the close ones ... too many pins in one spot !