This group based in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, holds rallies in fun spots throughout the West.
By Peggy Jordan, Associate Editor
Lake Havasu City is a small town on the western edge of Arizona that’s perhaps best known as a boating mecca and as the home of the London Bridge, which formerly spanned the River Thames in England. Members of the Colorado River Ramblers chapter, most of whom live there, also know the town is a hub for exploration.
As chapter president Don Lay, F287988, said, “We are in a good, central area. Three hundred miles from our area encompasses an awful lot to do and see.”
So, chapter members explore many spots together. Each month from October through April, the group visits sites within an easy day’s drive. “Our rallies are mostly made for four nights, and we usually try to pick a spot no more than 200 to 300 miles from Lake Havasu,” Don said.
Sometimes, members in a few coaches travel to the site together. Once everyone is there, they carry on the usual chapter activities, such as games and potlucks, but they also get in their towed cars and explore. “Maybe once a year our wagon master will put together a five- or even 10-day trip, maybe stopping every two days in a different location,” Don said.
This chapter’s list of much-liked places includes Yuma, Arizona, “because it has good golfing and an abundance of factory outlet shops. Plus a historical jail leftover from the 1800s,” Don noted. The chapter also has seen San Diego beaches; Arizona's Kartchner Caverns; the Grand Canyon; Flagstaff, Arizona; and more. “One of our best trips was over to the Los Angeles area; we went to the Reagan Library,” Don recalled.
The new rally season begins this October, when members will travel to the St. George, Utah, area. The chapter typically has 10 to 12 coaches at each rally, and currently has 20 member families. They’d love to add more.
The group mixes meals up, with some nights involving a potluck, and other nights including a common banquet or meal out together. Members also play a variety of games — cards, bean bag toss, white elephant gift games, and so on. At the Christmas party, everyone brings an unwrapped toy to give to the local Toys for Tots program.