Hi-Desert Rig Runners Hi-Desert Rig Runners
Chapter of Winnebago Itasca Travelers
Winnebago-Itasca Travelers   California State Club

April 2012
California State Meeting Sugar Barge, Bethel Island

The washer toss competition was exciting. Paula was on the second place team.

Getting everyones attention was difficult so Augie resorted to using a cowbell!

Wonder what was so funny??

Friday night found Al as part of the entertainment trio.

The audience was tapping their feet and singing along to the music.

Margie got a "first timers" badge because this was the first time she never wore a hat!

Tryna won the money hat.

Lorraine taught us to play "Up Yours" - a fast paced card game anyone can play

Four rigs caravaned home and stopped for the night at Walmart - a first for Tryna and Al!

March 2012
Mountain View RV Park, San Jacinto

Jigsaw puzzles have become a part of every campout lately

Our business meeting was very productive

Getting instructions before heading out to do some geocaching

Jerry thought he found it but alas it was some kids snuff stash!

How did Connie find this nano cache?

We even had some pool sharks around this weekend!

The meal at the HDRR Greasy Spoon had some of us eating with a knife!

We noticed the hostesses for the meal didn't eat their dessert first!

Wii bowling trophy winners for the weekend were Tryna and Bob

Card Bingo - always a crowd pleaser

February 2012
Desert Willows, Hesperia

A serious game of cribbage

Another delicious meal

How many jigsaw puzzles were completed during the campout?

It's Valentines Day - can you tell?


A fun card bingo game

Southern California snow angels!

We played Spinner . . .

. . . and Mexican Train

December 2011
Banning KOA

The clubhouse dressed for Christmas

Everyone was decked out in their Christmas hats!

Yummy Mexican food at Tortillas tonight

We turned in about 27,500 tabs to the Ronald McDonald House

Our craft this year was painting Santas on oyster shells

Al entertained us on his uke

This year we had a delicious catered ham dinner

White Elephant bingo was a hoot!

Augie presided over his last chapter meeting as President

Members posing with toys for Child Help

The inevitable poker game!

This was a very difficult jigsaw puzzle to complete

Tryna installed the new officers using a color theme

Augie presented the chapter banner to President Frank

We all had terrific gifts in our stockings this year

May 2011
Rancho Jurupa RV Park, Riverside

Margie and Tios Tacos owner Martin Sanchez pose for the camera

The HDRR at Tios Tacos - a recycled art must see in Riverside

Augie getting a drink from where????

Jerry where are you washing your hands???

HDRR at the Louis Robidoux Nature Center

Hike to the river at the Nature Center

Lorraine and Bob hoping for a mini-golf hole in one

Weather was cool but golf was fun

The rain chased us inside for our Chapter meeting

The Gorges' new coach

March 2011
Borrego Springs

Our newest members, the Teslers enjoying dinner at El Borrego

Anza Borrego State Park Visitor Center

Open House in the Morton's new Meridian

Learning a new game - Polish Poker. What fun!

love birds

Mary enjoying looking at the grape picker - part of the Sky Art installation

Jerry looking closely at the Jeep - more Sky Art

Hey girls - how many of you are stuffed into the backseat of Augie's car?

We learned to play 10-card golf. Another funf game!

Tryna and Al identifying desert wildflowers

4-wheeling through Coyote Canyon

Paula getting up close and personal with the wildflowers

February 2011
Death Valley National Park

Gathered around the fire enjoying each other and Al playing his uke.

Our caravan making its way through 20-Mule Team Canyon

OK Diane, is it supposed to be a person, a monkey - what do you think?

Our group at Dantes View - some 5000-feet above the valley floor. It was cold but beautiful!

Badwater as seen from Dantes View. These salt flats are the lowest point in North America at -258 feet below sea level.

We totally enjoyed being shown around the Furnace Creek Inn by Alex the manager.

Back to camp for walking tacos!

Another glorious campfire!

Visiting Scotty's Castle is always a highlight.

Next stop was Ubehebe Crater which was beautiful but windy!

Salt Creek home of the rare pupfish.

One final gathering.

January 2011
Hemet - California State Meeting

There seems to always be time for a poker game!

Jerry tries out the World Class Shuffleboard Courts.

The weather was beautiful so Augie called the chapter meeting to order outside.

Paula, Lorraine and Tryna made Valentine jewelery.

Bob got really serious during the beanbag baseball tournament.

Lorraine was on the first place shuffleboard team.

Tryna's team came in first in beanbag baseball!

Some of us went directly to Quartzsite and joined the WIT 365 Club out on BLM land.

Tryna and Al bought a new 34 foot Meridian in Quartzsite - what were they thinking??

December 2010

Chapter members surround toy donation for Child Help, a residential facility for abused children

After delivering the toys we had a tour of the facility

Mary's antlers seem to be growing out of the back of her head!

Lorraine busy stuffing member stockings

The girls, instructed by Paula, busily crafting a snowman ornament

Our finished corncob snowmen

Yummy catered lasagne dinner

Mary and Lorraine, our octogenarians, practicing their high kicks

A fun time was had by all playing white elephant bingo!

Vice President Frank conducts the meeting in Augie's absence.

Tryna installing the 2011 officers of the Hi-Desert Rig Runners.

Pineapple Jam, a ukelele group Al belongs to, entertained us on Saturday afternoon.

Tryna was invited to sing with the group

Mary and Clare spend some quality time together.

November 2010

Enjoying a retro dinner at Peggy Sue's diner

Our mystery trip took us to the Discovery Center where we saw a 6070 pound meteorite found in California in 1976

Is that our own Margie trying to get in jail??

We had perfect weather for beanbag baseball.

We saw our own Tryna in the WIT movie "Hollywood Endings"

Another great meal enjoyed by all!

Our chapter banner proudly displayed on Augie and Judi's rig.

Is that Groucho or Bob??

It's always fun to play card bingo.

October 2010
Lone Wolf Colony, Apple Valley

Tree of Life at Sunset Hills

Hail, hail the gangs all here!

Card Bingo

The birthday girl Lorraine. Are you really 80???

A serious, long meeting with LOTS of business!

Wii Bowling Winners Connie, Bob and Jerry

March 2010
Sky Valley Resort, Desert Hot Springs

HDRR's at the Coachella Valley Preserve

The hikers return

Augie presents a "press hat" to Tryna

Is that Clare guzzling from a 2-liter bottle?

A wild game of card bingo!

The inevitable poker game

HDRR's pose with Kathy St. George from Menopause, The Musical

Hors d'oeuvre dinner

Yummy pancake breakfast by the wagonmasters

February 2010
Mountain View, Hemet

Tryna and Bob get the Wii set up for the bowling tournament

Catching up while waiting for the tournament

Bob gives Mary her first Wii lesson

Our resident leftie Judi gives it a try

Bob and Lorraine were the winners!

Our Italian dinner was yummy

Augie presiding at his first "real" meeting

The park hosted a Canadian Breakfast which was fantastic

Saturday morning found us wandering around the Hemet Farmers Market

Clare was intrigued with this product - read the newsletter to find out what it was!

Clare taught us how to make silverware holders

January 2010
Golden Village Palms Resort, Hemet

Shuffleboard Tournament on World Class Courts

Judi patiently waiting on second during beanbag baseball

Sun shining (finally)on the local snow covered mountains

Ducks lined up for the HDRR first "Wee-Did-A-Duck" Race

Someone help this poor duck - he is nose down!

Clare and Judi cheer their ducks to the finish line

December 2009
Banning Stagecoach KOA

The Hi-Desert Rig Runner Reindeer!

Emptying our stockings is always fun

Members show their appreciation

November 2009
Calico Ghost Town KOA

Rainbow Canyon was majestic!

We had walking tacos just like they have at GNR

Serious games of poker and farkle

A group visited Calico Ghost Town for the very first time

We celebrated the chapter 20th birthday at Peggy Sue's Diner

October 2009
Bullhead City, Arizona

Gathered in the clubhouse for breakfast

A trip to Oatman to watch the shootout and see the donkeys

We visited Davis Dam and learned about the water project

May 2009
Desert Willows, Hesperia

Retro night at Bob's Big Boy

Tryna measures cream for 'All Shook Up Ice Cream'

Shake it up Lorraine!

Some ate with a spoon - Connie cut the corner and sucked it out!

Of course we played spinner . . .

. . . and poker.

Chapter members pose with Joe Range, owner of Range RV. We enjoyed lunch with them.

While checking out the store at Range Judi seems to be advertising or did that sign come from the chair she was trying out?

We visited the Route 66 Museum

Is that Tryna checking out the outhouse?

Deanna and Frank are ready for their summer trip down Route 66.

Members enjoying a fast-paced game of card bingo.

March 2009
Sportsmen's Lodge, Joshua Tree

Our chapter around our new member sign

Throughout the weekend we played spinner . . .

. . . poker . . .

. . . and card bingo.

A visiting artist at the Joshua Tree Visitors Center taught us how to do block printing.

Our group watches the rock climbers.

Is Gus going to try rock climbing?

Paula and Bob enjoying themselves during the tour of the Desert Queen Ranch.

Lorraine taught an iris paper folding class on Saturday afternoon.

February 2009
Indio Date Festival

Social time under the awnings

Thursday evening found a small group playing poker

Friday found us at the Date Festival where Gus tried out this dune buggy

We saw pig, camel and ostrich races and this trained zebra!

Gus and Judi admiring one of the many camels

This camel was waiting for a rider but none of us did it

Is Connie or Lorraine dressed correctly for the pageant?

Clare rings the cow bell to call her flock to dinner

Handymen Gus and Frank install one of wonderful new plaques

Saturday morning found us visiting the Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center

We gathered under the awnings for our Saturday afternoon meeting followed by . . .

. . . delicious rootbeer floats

January 2009
California State Meeting, Hemet

Patiently waiting for our number to be called for dinner.

The ever popular game of bingo was won by Paula and Lorraine. They are so lucky!

Members on the winning washer toss teams were Jerry, Virgil, Gus and Connie.

The "girls" adjourned to Clare's motorhome where she taught them to make stitched Valentine baskets.

We totally enjoyed the entertainment by the Baker's. Jerry and Bob had extra special treatment!

The Bakers had us on our feet dancing.

Saturday morning found us fixing breakfast for 151. What fun!

As always, we enjoyed the beanbag baseball competition. Gus, Judi and Deanna were on winning teams.

The campground was home to world class shuffleboard courts. A bunch of us tried our hand at the game.

We sure looked sharp in our new vests.

Gus helped Tryna share the quilt she had just finished for her grandson.

Who is this guy Mary keeps bringing to the outings???

December 2008

What a variety of Christmas hats!

Al brought out his ukulele for a Christmas sing-a-long

Digging into our giant stockings is always fun. New members Paula and Bob get into the swing of things.

November 2008
Sportsmans Lodge, Jousua Tree

Al Morton gave a hands-on demonstration on restringing our day/night blinds

"Each one teach one" was the name of the game as we learned new tricks on our computers
May 2008

Martha Teeters, an honorary member, joined us for all our meals this weekend

Poker ...

. . . and spinner, two outing "must dos"

The group enjoys a Basque meal at The Woolgatherers

All of us standing with a bronze of Buck Owens at his Crystal Palace

Who is that popping out of Gus' 60th birthday cake?
March 2008

Lorraine teaches us iris paper folding

Our cards

We always seem to have a game of spinner going

And of course poker (even without Jerry!!)

Breakfast on meeting day - don't our shirts look spiffy!

Judi models how our new vests are going to look

Saturday afternoon found us enjoying a competitive washer toss game.

Carl, Judi and Gus intently watch the game

It's always difficult to say good-bye
February 2008

Our home for the weekend, Sunset Campground in Death Valley National Park.

Dinner out the first night at the Ranch.

A visit to the Furnace Creek Inn.

Standing at 282 feet below sea level at Badwater.

Scotty's Castle, an exotic edifice that rises from the dust like a mirage.

Al entertains the group with tunes on his ukulele.

Exploring the Keene Wonder Mine.

Sharing thoughts about the mine.

Walking Salt Creek Nature Trail looking for pup fish.
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January 2008

Spending time in Quartzsite, AZ with the WIT 365 Club on BLM land.

Al gets the bonfire going!

Smores by Clare.

Sharing stories after a day of shopping.

The group at the Oasis Bookstore.

Paul, a Quartzsite icon and the bookstore owner, joins us.

Connie and Orin were on the winning beanbag baseball team in Hemet.

Others enjoying beanbag baseball.
December 2007

Breakfast provided by the Gilbertsons and cooked by Tryna.

Opening our stockings.

Carl and his harem!

Some choose poker.

Others opt to play spinner.

A bunch of Hi-Desert Rig Runner reindeer!

Tryna is gets sworn in as President.

Our 2008 officers.

We woke up Sunday to a winter wonderland in Southern California.
November 2007

Learning what we can in cyber-world.

Lorraine, Connie and Carl funnin' around.

Food, food, food!

Barbara busy quilting.

Our great new members.

The gang playing spinner and poker.
April 2007

Carrots ready for the burros in Oatman.

Jerry and Al feed the greedy burros.

Connie and Jerry flying down the Colorado.

David competes in the Cavalcade of Games.

Some beach time.

Lorraine was the big bingo winner!

When did Tryna's long hair grow?

Beanbag baseball at its best.

Neil Diamond was one of the great entertainers.

And Elvis was there too!
March 2007

A serious chapter meeting.

Al pinpoints potential outing locations.

An Italian potluck being enjoyed by the Quinto's, potential members.

A hot game of Pictionary.

A very serious poker game.

The tired shoppers after a day ath the College of the Desert market.
February 2007

Some of us drove the loop road through Joshua Tree National Park.

It was a beautiful day to view rock formations like this one called skull rock.

Our whole group showing the Valentine frames presented to us by Barbara Athy.
December 2006

Doing what we do best; Eating!

Jerry displays his exchange gift.

Spinner at its best.

What fun we had playing white elephant bingo.
November 2006

Another delicious HDRR meal.

Tryna was the spinner champion.

The HDRR members make decisions at their meeting.

A hot game of washer toss was won by Margie.

A soak in the hot mineral waters.
October 2006

A tour of Edwards Air Force Base was enjoyed by all.

Hilde working hard

Doing what we do best.

New club shirts!
September 2006

Lorraine parading Sadie.

Margie and Foxy.
May 2006

Watching some of the injured wild animals at California Living Animal Museum.

Our newest members, the Carrolls.

A serious discussion before dinner.

Can anyone figure out why the Gilbertson's car won't start?

Visiting before dinner.

Dancing to the music at Buck Owen's Chystal Palace.

Enjoying a tour of the Jackson and Perkins Rose Farm Operation.
April 2006

Beanbag Baseball Champions

Sampling the chocolate fondu

Dave Throws

Harold is a winner

Putting champion Mary
March 2006
Mojave, CA

20-Mule Team Borax Statue

Overlooking borax mine pit

Things made from borax

Borax Museum

Salad with club initials

What we do best - Pot Luck!

Mary makes a point

Suzanne and Phil Jaffe - guests from Washington Club
February 2006
Banning Stagecoach Town USA



Barb draws
January 2006
Palm Desert, CA

Bean bag baseball champ

Mary and Lorraine chat

Club business meeting

Chapter money hat
November 2005
Imperial Spa


Sanctuary Mountain.

Salton Sea Wildlife Preserve.

Soup Pot-Luck Time.
March 2005

Clare and Tryna join Elvis at Peggy Sue's.

Picnic in the rain.

A real find, desert candles.

February 2005
Twenty Nine Palms

Great friends together again.

We have everything: kite flying, rainbows...

and pictionary.

January 2005

Rootbeer floats for all.

December 2004

Celebrating together, and eating of course.