APRIL, 2020


The Reunion Will Begin On Sept. 22, 2020
Click HERE for a link to the page giving information about the Happy Holiday Resort
 as well as many of the things there are to see and do in Rapid City.


This has certainly been one for the books ! - The past few weeks I mean.  Of course I'm referring to the COVID-19 issue and all the disruption to our daily lives that has come along with it.  Here at #40-UP, we're hoping this hasn't disrupted your daily life too badly, and we're sending our good thoughts and prayers to each and every one of you in hopes that you'll get past these trying times with a minimum of inconvenience.

Linda and I are probably in the best possible situation given the circumstances. As most of you know, we're full-time park hosts for Oregon Parks and Recreation.  Since all of Oregon's parks and day use areas were shut down last week we were told to "shelter in place" at the location we were hosting. We happen to be at North Falls Group Camp which is a part of Silver Falls state park.  We were asked to continue staying here until the crisis has passed, both to keep the grounds maintained and to be a "presence" to avoid folks sneaking in while the park is closed.  I've attached a photo of our campsite and our 5th wheel RV to give you an idea of where we are.


Click HERE and check out the Happy Holiday Resort which will be the location of the 2020 reunion.  Happy Holiday Resort rents RV spaces, basic motel rooms, motel rooms with kitchenette and cabins.  The cabins certainly are a bargain at $28.80 per night for 4 people, but note that you must bring your own bedding or sleeping bag, and that you have to take a short walk to the restrooms.  When you call Happy Holiday, BE SURE to mention that you are a part of the 40-UP reunion. That way you will get preferential treatment.

Here are the steps you need to take to ensure that you get exactly the accommodation you want:

1)  Act NOW !

2)  Click on the link in the paragraph above (the one in blue that says click HERE)

3)  Check out the various sorts of accommodations provided by Happy Holiday - RV, Motel, Motel with kitchenette or cabins,

4) Call Happy Holiday at (605) 342-7365 and ask for Susan. Tell her that you're part of the 40-UP reunion meeting Sept. 22, 2020, then tell her that you want to make a reservation. a check or credit card for one night's stay will be needed to make your reservation.

5)  Look forward to the greatest reunion in the History Of Reunions !

It would be VERY helpful, once you've made your reservation, if you would E-Mail me or Gidge at the address links which appear at the bottom of this page giving us your tentative arrival date and the length of your stay. This will permit us to make plans for activities, food and so on.  We're planning a "meet and greet" at our place, and we need to know how much Okie Rotgut I need to make.

As always, reader articles are welcome. Please submit to me at the e-mail address appearing at the bottom of this page.


Well,our world has been turned upside down with the advance of Corona Virus-19. States are shutting down Businesses, restaurants, and cutting to groups of 10 or less. This is and will create a hardship on many of us as most of us are over 60. Hopefully the retired folks will be okay as long as they stay healthy and away from this virus. This is REAL! We must do all we can to contain it as fast as possible. Other countries are in terrible distress. It spreads rapidly. Pay attention to your surroundings and stay home as much as possible. We will overcome this with the help of everyone.

There is no way of telling how long this may last so we must do everything possible to contain this virus as soon as possible. As of right now, we are unable to know what effect, if any, there will be on our gathering in South Dakota. Pray that we have kicked this virus in the butt and be able to enjoy our travels. All states are affected and are acting accordingly to get a handle on the spread of the virus. As time goes on, a vaccine may become available with medications to control it even more.

Everyone stay healthy, hunker down, and listen to very little the Media may say. It is hard to know what to believe from them anymore. Hopefully, we will be able to have better news next month.



We hope everyone is staying well and no too bored by having to be quarantined. None of us are used to having to stay home and keep away from friends. I, for one, really miss my shopping days LOL. I still go but only when very necessary.

We are at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon and it's one of the most beautiful parks in the nation. 10 waterfalls with many trails. Bruce is in the campground with another host but, of course, no campers. All Oregon parks are closed. We are scheduled to leave here the end of May but have the opportunity to stay until the parks reopen. Truckr and I are at a day use area of the park behind a locked gate. We only open it when we need to leave and come back. They tried leaving the day use areas here open but there were way too many visitors several thousand on one weekend in this park alone. SO the governor shut down the whole state. We can walk any of the trails we want and make sure no visitors are here. If they are we are to ask them to leave. Hayley and I walked to the bottom of the canyon a couple of times to the Twin Falls. It's a beautiful walk but very steep. Good exercise for both of us. We are having rain for the next several days but then we hope for a sunny April. I'm sure that will lift my mood. The rain/overcast is getting to me. Also, when the nicer weather comes Bruce, Truckr and I will be cleaning this area up. Not sure if they will open it for group camping this year or not but it will be ready if they decide to do so. All the hosts are grateful to be able to stay some are helping in the park and some are not. Anything we decide to do is alright with management. We have a laundry room here so we don't have to go to a public one.

All of you please stay safe and well. See you in chat.

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  For comments, questions, or just to pass the time of day, contact Gidge or Truckr