Downtown Minneapolis has a great Skyway system to keep you from having to walk outside in the cold while downtown. Unfortunately, our hotel was not connected. We were only a block from Skyway access, but we were also only a block from the Convention Center.
We woke up to temperatures of 2 degrees on Friday, 0 degrees on Saturday, -2 degrees on Sunday, and 0 degrees this morning. Thankfully, the wind wasn't blowing and our short walks weren't too bad.
That show was bigger than the other shows we've done so far, and there was a nice selection of RVs. We had a HUGE seminar room with a couple of hundred chairs, and we had big crowds for our seminars. We also had our own A/V guy, Dan, that helped us get our laptop hooked up to the projector and made sure our sound system was working properly. He sat through all the seminars just to make sure we didn't have any technical difficulties. We've never had that before, and it wasn't really necessary, but we appreciated it.
On the first day, Friday, we did our usual afternoon full-timing seminar, but then we had a big gap as they changed our last two seminars to 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Because the Super Bowl was here last week, this show was cut down to three days - it's usually four. Therefore, they kept it open until 10:00 Friday night. We were concerned that we wouldn't have an audience, but we had a pretty full room which was worth staying late.
In between our seminars, we went through the shows and looked at the RVs. We were surprised to see that there were a couple of Leisure Travel Vans, and Linda was thrilled to see the Unity Murphy Bed model that I linked to the other day. Unfortunately, the exterior storage is very, very limited. We could eliminate enough stuff for the interior, but I don't see any way that we could get even the basics we need in the exterior compartment space.
We'll continue to look, and maybe in the next five years, there will be more options. Or maybe, if and when we are ready, we'll have something custom-designed. Or maybe not.
On Saturday, we had four seminars and left the convention center around 6:30. Then we were picked up by Bruce & Janet who attended our 2017 Fall Rally. They are launching their full-timing adventure very soon as they are in the process of transferring their wonderful Olive Branch Oil & Spice Company.
Bruce & Janet took us for a wonderful Italian dinner at Cossetta in St. Paul. It took a little longer than we expected because there was a hockey game happening across the street and traffic was pretty heavy.
After dinner we rode by the Ice Palace before returning to our hotel. Thanks Bruce & Janet!
On Sunday, we finished with two seminars. We had several followers and a few Rally alums that stopped by and/or sat in on presentations. It was wonderful to get to meet so many folks and see some that we had met previously.
Unfortunately, our last seminar had some confusion. Though GSEvents told us we couldn't present our Boondocking/Solar seminar, they hadn't made the change on all the seminar signs posted around the show. The change was made online and in the show programs, but not on the signs, and nobody made any attempt to indicate the change on the signs saying the disclaimer "Schedule subject to change" would suffice. So, lots of people showed up hoping to see that seminar. Again, that has been our second-most popular seminar at the shows, and we had to smooth over the disappointment.
After the last seminar, we thanked Dan, picked up our checks, and headed back to the hotel where we collapsed. All we are doing is talking, but doing nine seminars and answering all the questions (including "How do you get your mail?" for the millionth time) is exhausting. It's well worth it and we enjoy it, but that doesn't make it any less tiring.
So, we got a good night's sleep and we're heading south to Mobile where we will be for the next ten days. If you are in the area, come see us at the show!