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Dennis Rogers and the Wiggly Pig, their home on the road, at Mountain Stream RV Park, Marion, NC, July 2007

Dennis Rogers and the Wiggly Pig, their home on the road, at Mountain Stream RV Park, Marion, NC, July 2007

We knew we were finally home when the soft sand of Carolina Beach embraced our tired feet and the warm ocean waters kissed our weary toes. We’d made it, Full time RVer Dennis Rogers said. After tens of thousands of miles in our RV – crossing and recrossing America from sea to sea and from Canada to Mexico –we’d come home to the sweet land that always held our hearts.

We shocked a lot of people, including ourselves, back in 2007 when we announced we were selling or giving away nearly everything we owned and taking up life on the road. Everybody wanted to know how long we’d be gone on our grand adventure. What they were too polite to ask was, “When are you two going to grow up and settle down?” You could hear the charming but unspoken Southernism, “Bless their hearts” lurking behind every question.

We made the transition from our sedate life in a lovely historic home in Sanford to the uncertainty of the road in less than six months. We had no plan, no goals and no bucket list of must-see places, just faith in each other and a burning curiosity to see what was around the next curve. We’d spent our working lives going toe-to-toe with deadline demons and now our time was our own. We would rush, dawdle, meander, roam, kill time or make time as it suited us.

We fell in love with Las Cruces, N.M.; Missoula, Mont.; Madison, Wis.; Breaux Bridge, La.; Apalachicola, Fla.; and Fairhope, Ala. The quirky artists of Bisbee, Ariz., and Silver City, N.M., the public murals of tiny Colquitt, Ga., and the roughhewn cowboy style of Cody and Sheridan, Wyo. all charmed us. We won’t soon forget Great Falls, Mont., and Adrian, Minn., and dozens of little towns all across this country. We came to appreciate our native land in ways deeper and more intense than we thought possible.

The thought of coming off the road began to grow last winter, and as we considered what it would be like to live in the places we’d so enjoyed.

We haven’t seen it all, but we have seen enough to know that no matter where we’ve roamed, the people we’ve met and experiences we’ve had, North Carolina always was and always will be home. It is here our families were born, lived and are buried. It is here our histories took root, where friends have waited for us, where our drifting dreams first took wing and our future, whatever it holds, will be played out.

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Family Motor Coach Association LogoFamily Motor Coach Association, an international organization for motorhome owners, has announced the results of the national officer election that took place during the group’s 86th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase in Madison, Wisc., in August.

These four nationally elected officers will serve the group for the 2011-2013 term:

Full-time RVer Charlie Schrenkel has been elected to serve as president of the association. Allen Rein of Canon City, Colo., was elected as national senior vice president; Vicky Ferrari of Titusville, Fla., will serve as national secretary; and Wil Young of Flowery Branch, Ga., will serve as national treasurer.

The FMCA national area vice presidents who will serve the association during 2011-2012 are: Charlie Adcock, South Central; Andy Balogh, Northwest; Bobby Donald, Western; Paul DuBois, Northeast; Sonny Gillespie, International; Ralph Marino, Southeast; Harry Montgomery, Rocky Mountain; Bob Nebel, Midwest; Otho Tew, Eastern; and Jon Walker, Great Lakes. Connie Pool is the immediate past president.

FMCA is a member-owned and member-governed organization, and its national officers serve on a volunteer basis.

FMCA also has announced that Chris Lusk has been tapped to fill the staff position of Events Manager for FMCA. Chris brings to the position his own extensive background and knowledge and has worked for FMCA since 1994. Lusk will oversee the association’s Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase events, among other duties.

Jerry Yeatts, formerly director of conventions and membership services, now will focus attention full-time on FMCA’s membership services and benefits.

“Chris will be able to rely upon his own experience as well as Jerry’s knowledge and expertise in the event planning area so that FMCA members can continue to enjoy the fantastic conventions they have come to expect. Chris will do a great job for FMCA and its members as we move forward into the future,” said Bradford Koshland, FMCA executive director. “And Jerry has some great ideas with regard to enhancing the benefits and services offered to FMCA members and for recruiting new members to FMCA. I’m looking forward to seeing these ideas come to fruition.”

RV ShowThe Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show will roll into Hershey Sept. 14-18. The show will run Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.With more than 900 RVs on display from every major manufacturer, the show is the best place to shop and compare.

Everything from the smallest campers to the largest, luxurious motor homes will be on display to suit all lifestyles and budgets. There will also be more than 100 booths highlighting RV accessories, according to a news release.The show offers something for all guests, from those new to RVing to experienced travelers.

Hourly seminars are available (free with admission) from the industry’s top experts, including “RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer, Bob and Cheryl Marx, John Holod’s RV Adventure Videos, Bernie Jwaszewski and many more. Classes include exterior care guidelines, tips on buying an RV and how to become a full-time RVer working on the road.

Tickets for adults are $9; children 12 and under are free. Three-day event passes are available for $18, and twilight tickets are $5 after 3 p.m. Senior Citizen Day (55-plus) is Sept. 14, when seniors can get two regular-priced daily admission tickets for the price of one. Veterans receive $1 off regular priced admission with a valid veteran or active duty ID every day of the event.

For more information, visit www.LargestRVShow.com.

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