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July 13, 2021

Gary & Paula

Gary and I have been traveling for the last couple years.  We are about to do our 3rd, Jamboree.  We started doing the Jamborees by happenstance.  When we retired I wanted an RV and to see all the National parks.  Gary has a motorcycle and trail rides.  We started in a small Class A, thinking we did not need a car.  We were wrong. Our second RV is a bus, we have a 37 foot triple slide pusher, and we knew we wanted to flat tow a vehicle.  We got my first Jeep "Sarah" when we bought the 2nd RV.  Sarah was a Sahara Unlimited with a soft top, I picked the Jeep simply because you need a vehicle with a true neutral to flat tow behind an RV.  I stumbled upon the SMORR Jamboree and signed us up.  We were stocked at what a STOCK Jeep could do, and we loved "wheeling" so we were hooked.  The second Jamboree was the Palo Duro. 

 

 

We have only trailed a couple times on our own. I feel safer with a group and the experience of guides. I'd say what we don on our own if far less daring than what the guides have us do. My Second Jeep is a 2021 Rubicon that honestly is my baby and I'm not excited about getting her dirty. She is currently un-named and I need to fix that.  But nothing has jumped out at me yet.  Sarah got her name from my granddaughter, she thought I had a Jeep named "Sarah" and it just stuck. I picked the soft top the first go around because I wanted to be able to get the top up and down by myself.  Why own a jeep if you can't experience the top off. 

 

 

This time I have the one touch, OMG it is awesome. Push a button and the top slides back. Right now the furthest we have been in the rig, is Big Bend and Colorado.  We are venturing out further and further.  But driving a diesel pusher is exhausting and honestly stressful.  We have found that 4 to 5 hours per day is our limit.   We are 52 feet long with the motorcycle lift and the Jeep being flat towed. I can drive but prefer NOT to. 

We are from Kansas, moved south 12 years ago.  We currently live on Eagle Mountain lake in NFW.  We've been here for the last 4 years. We have four grown children, the oldest two are married with families. We are grandparents to 5 grandbabies ranging from 7 years to 2. I currently have three dogs that go everywhere with me.  One of the main reasons we have the RV.  I wanted to be able to take my dogs with me at all times, they are part of the family.  

 

 

I have been working dog rescues for the last 12 years.  When I worked full time I just donated money, now we foster and I do active media, help fundraise and transport.  We are both college graduates.  I sold Real Estate for Reece & Nichols for 16 years before moving south, I was in the top 10% for my region. Gary retired from UP after 40 years.  He was the Southern Regional Director of Claims, for Union Pacific.


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