happy birthday 7/31 2015

Happy Birthday today to our camper. I know it sounds strange to mark the day but why not? Our camper has taken us on so many adventures making wonderful memories. Today marks the 5th year of owning our 2010 Adventurer 810ws. We bought it at RnR RV in Liberty Lake Washington. From that day on we have not regretted the purchase. With averaging 80-85 nights out a year every year since we bought it, it has been nothing but great times. We have had very little in any kind of repairs from breakage. There was a roof repair but that was because the tire shop guy drove it into the trees. Other than that, not much at all.

We take our camper out year round. We really enjoy winter camping too but our favorite time is autumn. The camper has always kept us warm and dry.

The first days the camper was hauled around by our old ugly but strong 3/4 ton GMC. Then soon afterwards we put the camper on our current truck, a 1 ton flatbed Chevy.

We look forward to more years of memories with the camper. Who knows where and what we will be doing but it will involve our Adventurer for sure!

first trip out with the camper

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happy birthday 7/31 2015

pend oreille county geocache challenge 7/16 – 7/19 2015

 I have mentioned before on other blog posts that I have been working with Pend Oreille County in Washington for the last several months on a geocache tour. After months of preparedness the the time for it to become a reality has come. The kick off event for the geocache challenge was on July 18th at Pend Oreille County Park. The park is about 30 miles north of Spokane Washington along highway 2. It is a great park with lots of trails to hike. We would camp in the day use area with special permission. Camping there made it a lot easier for us to set up for the event on Saturday. So after work on Thursday we made our way to the park and got set up. That gave us all day on Friday to slowly get pop up tents set up and banners displayed without rushing things.

entrance to the park

entrance to the park

event and camp area

event and camp area

It was a nice relaxing time to spend in the park. I walked a little bit of the trails and placed a temporary trail sign too. The trails are great but they really need help on being marked. The county is working on that and they gave me the temporary sign to place. After we got some things set up we relaxed the day away. Tomorrow the event would be here.

max getting a bit of attention from me

max getting a bit of attention from me

Event day! Soon enough there was a bunch of geocachers arriving to this location. Along with county representatives, 4H club kids and parents, representatives from Porta (river trail group) and geocache friends that own a geocache store. Along with all of them was a reporter from the regional newspaper and the County Commissioner.  The geocache challenge for this event (and it is on going) was to find 25 specific caches throughout the county. I had placed with help from the county all 25 caches a while ago. There would be keywords written on the inside lids or a stamp was placed in the cache. Once a cacher found that cache they would have to mark their passport to prove they were there. The caches were spread out over long distances and it would take people two days to complete the challenge. The event was a kick off for that challenge. At 10:30 am the caches would go live and people started the journey.

Geocaching is another fun family hobby and a great tool to bring in tourism for the area. That is why the county was involved in this project. They were very excited about this event and showing people what the county has to offer.

the log signed by cachers who attended the event

the log signed by cachers who attended the event

geocache 101 class

geocache 101 class

the geocache store tent

the geocache store tent

myself and others getting ready to load the caches into cachers gps devices

myself and others getting ready to load the caches into cachers gps devices

I did not get many pictures as I was pretty busy. I guess I should have had someone dedicated for that job. Oh well, you know how those things happen.

The event went great. The 4H club had breakfast type of food for donations, the PORTA representatives answered questions and had handouts, Cache Advance had several geocache items for sale and people had a good time. Once the caches went live they were off to start the challenge. That left a few of us who worked the event to relax back at the event and our camp area. It was a lot of fun and a relief to have the challenge started after many months of working on it. As I type this up the challenge is still on going.

Oh, what do you get for finishing the challenge beside the fun and pride of doing so? A coin. A limited custom coin. There are 50 coins that were available to the first people who finish the challenge, one per household.

the coin

the coin

Everyone has enjoyed the challenge and I would say it was and is a big success. As the days go by I will collect information on how it did for tourism in the county. The county has already showed a bit of interest to do another one next year. Oh boy, what did I get myself into? I don’t mind really, I enjoy setting these kind of things up.

pend oreille county geocache challenge 7/16 – 7/19 2015

geocaching independence 6/25 – 6/29 & 7/1- 7/5 2015

Part 1

Geocaching, that was what our outing the end of June was about. Our destination was Tri Cities Washington. There was a big geocache event going on and we were to be there. After work on a Thursday we left the Spokane area and made our way to Hood Park that was along the Snake River and in Burbank. Burbank is another town in the outskirts of Tri Cities. I made reservations to stay at the park from Thursday night until  Monday afternoon. We pulled into the park and checked in. Uh, what? It appeared the Cruise Director (that would be me) screwed up and the reservation for Thursday night was …well…was not. The reservation from Friday to Monday was fine. They did have a site we could stay at for the night but would have to move the next day. No problem, so that is what we did. We got set up for the night and watched the sun set on another day.

our spot along the snake river

our spot along the snake river

nice views from the site

nice views from the site

cody and joanne along the river

cody and joanne along the river

The next day we would explore the area and I just happened to know where the brewery was and when it opened.  It was going to be a hot day, in fact the whole weekend would be very hot. Today ended up with a a high of 110 degrees. We started with a geocache in the park where we were staying then we drove around and found a few more geocaches. Eventually we made it to the Ice Harbor Brewery and had lunch and beverages. The food and beer was fantastic. Afterwards we would return to camp and get set up in the site we would stay in for the remainder of our stay. Friends arrived for the weekends festivities soon enough. We visited the night away. It was a great ending to the day.

cody finding a cache

cody finding a cache

cody and i at the light house in town.

cody and i at the light house in town.

our spot for the next few days

our spot for the next few days

power hook up at each site

power hook up at each site

The next day was the main portion of the event, the challenge. The challenge consisted of finding geocaches all over Tri Cities. We would have a passport to write down keywords at the caches or a paper punch was there to use at some caches. When you found all the caches required then you returned with the passport and exchanged it in for a limited edition coin. It was a several hour, all day really challenge to find the caches. We had a great time and really got to see a lot of the area. The heat…yeah…it was hot. 111 for the high on that day.

me with signal, the geocache mascot.

me with signal, the geocache mascot.

pelicans along the columbia river

pelicans along the columbia river

back side of the coin earned

back side of the coin earned

front side of the coin earned

front side of the coin earned

After getting our coin we returned to camp. There would be more festivities at the event but it was hot and we were tired. We got back to camp and relaxed and talked with friends the rest of the night. We were set up right above the pavilion and the campground showed a movie. Kind of neat that we could sit in our camp and watch the movie.

movie at the amphitheater

movie at the amphitheater

100 degree day and trixie want to burrow. crazy.

100 degree day and trixie wanted to burrow. crazy.

The next day our friends all left. We would stop by the park where the festivities have been and do a CITO or cache in trash out. That means we clean up the area, a way of giving back. Afterwards we would explore more of the town and do just a little more geocaching. Wow, it was even hotter today with a high of 112!

yep, its hot out

yep, its hot out

a stop at a winery and cider house.

a stop at a winery and cider house.

joanne, cody and I.

joanne, cody and I.

Monday morning we drove just a few miles east, to Ice Harbor Dam and Locks and did a few geocaches. After we watched a ship go into the locks we went back to camp and packed our things up. We would have to return to that work thing but only for two days before our next outing. It was a great time, even with the high heat.

ice harbor dam

ice harbor dam

a nice indian memorial at the dam

a nice indian memorial at the dam

indian paintings

indian paintings

nice memorial

nice memorial

we love history

we love history

ship approaching the locks

ship approaching the locks

ship entering the locks

ship entering the locks

Part 2

It was a long work week, two days in a row. That is how a work week should be. After work it was time to head to the membership resort we belong to, Ponderosa Falls Resort in Cheney Washington. We arrived around 5 pm and got our spot. We would stay for 4 nights. They would have a lot of things going on for the kids and adults at the resort this Fourth of July weekend.

our spot for the stay

our spot for the stay

the little pop up trailer left the day after we arrived and there was no one there during our whole stay. so it gave us more room.

the little pop up trailer left the day after we arrived and there was no one there during our whole stay. so it gave us more room.

The weather was still hot but just a bit cooler than last weeks trip. It at least stayed under 100 degrees, just barely but still under. Since we had water hook ups this time we used our misters to help cool the dogs and us. We had lots of other people ask us about them and say that they needed to get some too. They worked perfectly for us.

hard to see the misters but they are on

hard to see the misters but they are on

misters for us under one of our pop up tents.

misters for us under one of our pop up tents.

Thursday Joanne had to go to work so she was gone the whole day. The resort is not a far drive to her work. So Cody and I hung out all day. It was a nice day to hang out. The next day we drove into Cheney to do a little bit of geocaching in the morning before it got too hot out. We found a few great spots in town.

eastern washington eagles calls cheney home.

eastern washington eagles calls cheney home.

cody at a cache that was hidden at this art sculpture.

cody at a cache that was hidden at this art sculpture.

a cache was hidden here at the little free library. can you see the cache? of course not, its hidden.

a cache was hidden here at the little free library. can you see the cache? of course not, its hidden.

interesting graveyard with street signs through out  it. a cache took us there.

interesting graveyard with street signs through out it. a cache took us there.

The rest of our time at the resort we stayed and played games and participated in what was going on there. Saturday  morning they cooked up breakfast then at night they had a steak dinner cooked up for the guests. On Sunday morning they had HUGE cinnamon rolls for us. Besides games they had karaoke and yes, I even sang a couple songs. They also did a ducky race (plastic ducks) down the waterway through the mini golf course. Donations went to the Wounded Warriors Fund.

shhh...im trying to put.

shhh…im trying to put.

joanne did manage a hole in one during the game but not this one.

joanne did manage a hole in one during the game but not this one.

cody at the very nice course

cody at the very nice course

schedule of what was going on at the resort

schedule of what was going on at the resort

the dogs were really stressed out....yeah...right.

the dogs were really stressed out….yeah…right.

cody on a paddle boat in the kiddie pool.

cody on a paddle boat in the kiddie pool.

tug of war, am the anchor of course.

tug of war, I am the anchor of course.

we lost the first round

we lost the first round

cooling of with snow cones

cooling of with snow cones

me singing a song or two.

me singing a song or two.

It was a great stay at the resort. As I have said before on other reports about staying there, it is not camping…it is resorting. Sometimes that is perfectly fine. Stays like the one we had was exactly why we joined. The time off is ended and will be back to work. No extra days off until next month and that is a trip without the camper. No worries though, another weekend outing will happen in less than two weeks. Happy Fourth of July to you and yours!

 

geocaching independence 6/25 – 6/29 & 7/1 – 7/5 2015

 

 

 

 

 

oh boyer! 6/12 – 6/14 2015

What should we do this weekend? That is a dumb question, of course we should go camping. So that is what we did. We set out after work on Friday and found a camp spot in the National Forest along the Middle Fork of Calispell Creek. That is just 25 miles north of home but you have drive around the spot and come in from the north. So it makes it about an hour drive from home. We found a spot and received word that some geocache friends would join us for camping this weekend. I had put out the word to fellow geocachers that we would be camping and over the weekend that I would be climbing two mountains that had a seldom found geocache on top. So if anyone wanted to join us, feel free to join us. It was also working towards my goal to climb all of the mountains in Pend Oreille County as well as Stevens County in Washington. Will I ever finish the goal? Maybe not but it is my goal.

our spot

our spot. we drove the little truck too in case i was the only one driving to the trail heads.

nice big fire pit already there

nice big fire pit already there

time to sit and relax

time to sit and relax

Soon  after we got all set up our friends Lisa and JD showed up to camp with us. They were (gasp) tent camping and got their things all set up. Then it was dinner and socializing around the campfire until the wee hours. The next morning I walked around and took a few pictures of the beautiful day to come.

views from camp

views from camp

our spot along with our friends camp next to us.

our spot along with our friends camp next to us.

a view to our spot from the road that goes through the valley

a view to our spot from the road that goes through the valley

the creek next to us

the creek next to us

After we had breakfast our friends, Cody and I left to go climb a mountain and find a geocache. Joanne stayed behind at camp and dog watched, cleaned the camper some and relaxed the day away. She said it was a great day for her. The mountain we would hike up today does not have a name but it is a mountain just the same. From the trail head it would end up being a 6.8 mile round trip hike. Not a bad hike at all. There was lots of great views along the way to take in. We even had views to the valley where we are camping. With binoculars we could even see our camp spot.

views of the day

views of the day

the valley we are camping in

the valley we are camping in

closer view of where we are camped at

closer view of where we are camped at

hiking near the top of the mountain

hiking near the top of the mountain

We made it to the top of the mountain and soon we had located the geocache. We were only the 2nd people to find this cache since it was placed on 3/19/13. For you fellow cachers the cache is GC480V5.

jd, lisa and cody at the cache location

jd, lisa and cody at the cache location

We made our way back to the trail head with a brief stop for a lunch while looking out at the mountain views. We returned to camp and had a nice evening ending a great day.

The next morning we would be climbing Boyer Mountain. Cody would stay with Joanne at camp today. We had more friends arrive at camp to do today’s hike.  Tim and Kathleen would join us today. We drove the same road to the trail head as yesterdays hike. We stopped along the way so Tim could find a cache we found on yesterdays drive up.

tim at a cache spot

tim at a cache spot

On our drive up we came across a moose. There were lots of sign of moose and elk in this area. We did see sign of bear yesterday too.

moose on the loose.

moose on the loose.

We got to the trail head and it was time to hike another mountain. Today’s hike would only be 4.4 miles round trip but there would be a bit more elevation gain today. The views along the way were once again fantastic.  Once on top, wow! What fabulous views from the top of Boyer Mountain. We found a benchmark near the geocache location. Again, for you fellow cachers the code is GC1T919. We found the geocache and all signed the log. We then walked along the top of the mountain to where there use to be a lookout tower and another geocache to find. I could have spent a long time just taking in the sights. This mountain top is high on my mountain top list for favorites.

benchmark found

benchmark found

near the cache site

near the cache site

mountain top views

mountain top views

i love the views

i love the views

what is left of the lookout tower housing.

what is left of the lookout tower housing.

me at the top

me at the top

After some time spent at the top we all hiked back to the trail head and our vehicles. It was back to camp and to get things packed up and head home. What a great weekend it was. Great weather, views and friends to enjoy on this outing. I look forward to the next hike to another mountain top. We have other trips we will be doing so it may be a while before the next mountain climb. The mountains will be calling me to return and I will.

oh boyer! 6/12 – 6/14 2015

 

albeni cove 5/22 – 5/25 2015

It was Memorial Day weekend and time to once again get the camper out. First thing is first though… Gratitude can never be enough to thank the men and women of our armed forces who lost their lives protecting the freedoms we all enjoy in this country. That is what the Memorial Day is about, honoring those men and women. Thank you.

We made reservations for Ableni Cove Campground in Idaho for our weekends stay. Yeah, it is the start of the busy camping season. Long gone are the days of no one else around or only the few other hardy rvers at the campgrounds. Well, like winter camping we plan for it. So yes, reservations had to be made in advance if we wanted a spot to stay. Once again, we love having the camper. This campground recommends no rv’s but if you are 20 feet or less you are okay. Well, alright…we are 22 feet. We got into our spot just fine after work on the Friday and even had room for our van that we brought. We decided to bring the van for errands on Sunday and just keep the camper parked.

the campground

the campground

our spot

our spot

plenty of room in the spot

plenty of room in the spot

a great site.

a great site.

looking up from a access road.

looking up from a access road.

We got our things set up and eventually put up our two pop up tents in case of rain. Dinner was made as well as a campfire. The growlers of beer were opened and we filled our glasses. We had beer from the 238 Brewery in Green Bluff Washington. It is one of our favorite breweries.

have to have a fire right?

have to have a fire right?

well, if not a fire then we must have our beer!

well, if not a fire then we must have our beer!

The night slipped away peacefully, even with a full campground it was quite.

 The next morning after breakfast and coffee I took the kayak out for a paddle on the Pend Oreille River. I ended up doing a nice 2 mile paddle. Nothing fast paced, I just enjoyed the scenery and solitude. The morning was beautiful to say the least.

a morning view

a morning view

nice calm water to paddle on

nice calm water to paddle on

coming back to the campground

coming back to the campground

After the time out on the water I got a message from a fellow geocacher asking if I wanted to try and find a cache that was nearby. I had not found it yet either and it was only 2 tenths of a mile from our camp spot. So I said yes. My son Cody and I met our friend near the trail towards the cache location. It would only be a short walk away but a fairly dangerous one. If the weather was rainy or icy I am not sure if I would have tried to get it. It was a nice warm sunny day though so footing was not bad, you just had to take your time. We made it to ground zero and found the geocache. We looked at the trinkets inside and signed the log book. We then took a few minutes to look at the river and chat.

cody celebrating the cache find.

cody celebrating the cache find.

the dam that is right next to the campground

the dam that is right next to the campground

Cody and I returned to camp just in time to visit with my mother and her husband. They live not too far away from the campground and they stopped by to visit. It was a nice visit with them, great to see both of them. The rest of the day was consumed with walking the dogs and sitting in our chairs relaxing. Yes, it was taxing for sure. Hectic I tell you.

the five dogs, one is in the kennel. yes, they are all dachshunds too too,

the five dogs, one is in the kennel. yes, they are all dachshunds too too,

sitting in my chair looking up at the trees at the camp site

sitting in my chair looking up at the trees at the camp site

Saturday night came and went by. Sunday morning after breakfast we hoped in the van and drove into Newport. It is only a few miles to town so it was a quick drive. I dropped off some geocache supplies to a county worker. I have been working with the county on a geocache and tourism project. We also walked around town to set up whats called a multi cache. It will be one of the geocaches for the event I have been working on in July. Afterwards we did a hike on some fantastic trails and yes, we found a couple geocaches too. Of course we did.

hiking on the trails

hiking on the trails

After the hike it was back to camp. No other plans today. Cody and I did take the kayak out on the water for a bit. It was fun to be out with him on the water. When we got back we played a couple toss games.

cody and i heading out

cody and i heading out

playing the bean bag toss game

playing the bean bag toss game

The evening arrived and soon it was bed time. Remember I mentioned we put up the pop up tents? We were glad we did as it poured rain and lightning and thunder went off like the Fourth of July. It really stormed that night. Monday morning when we went outside there was a break in the storms. We ate breakfast then started to pack up camp. We got everything put away before it rained again, so that was nice. We decided to make a stop at the Albeni Falls Dam and look around. They do tours of the dam but it doesn’t start until next month. We enjoyed the views anyway.

a neat bench

a neat bench

some great info

some great info

Yes, it was a great weekend away and enjoying our surroundings. Do not forget to remember and honor those military men and women on this weekend who lost their lives protecting us. Take time to thank them in your thoughts. We do thank them.

albeni cove 5/22 – 5/25 2015

 

 

 

business and pleasure 5/15 – 5/17 2015

I had a planned meeting with a worker from Pend Oreille County for Saturday the 16th in Newport Washington. My wife Joanne suggested we take the camper out and camp nearby for the weekend. She knew I would be gone all day Saturday and she was fine with staying at the campsite with Cody and all our dogs. It would also be a good time to test run our newest dachshund, Max. He has not been out camping yet and we needed to make sure he would do fine. So we decided that we would camp at Freeman Lake. Freeman Lake is just across the Idaho state line and just a few minutes out of Newport Washington. Freeman Lake has a few spots that you can disperse camp. There is no fee to camp there as a bonus. We arrived around 6:30 Friday evening and got camp set up. Soon we had our campfire going and I had my beverage of choice in hand.

freeman lake idaho

freeman lake idaho

our camp spot

our camp spot

nice views from our spot

nice views from our spot

joanne and cody

joanne and cody

cody settled in and reading.

cody settled in and reading.

our herd of dachshunds

our herd of dachshunds

freeman lake just a few steps away from our spot

freeman lake just a few steps away from our spot

Saturday morning after coffee and a quick breakfast that Joanne made, I drove into Newport to meet the county representative. We took the van along on this trip so I could go to the meeting and keep the camper at camp. My meeting today would be to work on a Geocache challenge in the county that will be in July. I have been working for several months with Pend Oreille County in seeing what Geocaching can do for tourism.  We have a plan set and today we would be driving all over the county to place geocaches for the July event. There will be 25 caches that cachers will have to find throughout the county. They will fill in a passport showing that they were there and when they finish the passport, it gets turned in for a custom geocoin. So we put on a lot of miles and 11 hours and got half of the 25 caches completed. We will have the rest complete in the next week. I am really looking forward to the event. I had traveled to some new places that day in the county. Saw lots of amazing views on the trip. I took only a couple pictures.

sullivan lake

sullivan lake

bridge in ione. i like the color, go big or nothing.

bridge in ione. i like the color, go big or nothing.

I arrived back at camp at dinner time. Joanne and Cody said they had a nice relaxing day while I was away. We had our dinner and sat around the fire for the rest of the night. It was a good end to the day.

Sunday morning we slowly packed up after breakfast. We had plans to drop the camper off at a secure place in Newport and we would take a drive into the mountains with the van. Our drive was to head out some forest roads in search of 3 geocaches. 2 of the geocaches have not been found in almost 5 years. We were anxious to see if they were still there. While the roads we drove would be better for a higher clearance vehicle the van made it through…with lots of new scratches. It will buff out, right? The drive had many great views and we did indeed find all 3 caches. Yes, the two that have not been found in almost 5 years were there and in perfect shape. We even had a view of Freeman Lake while up in the mountains. Wow, the views were great.

one of the many great views.

one of the many great views.

one of the caches that have not been found in 5 years

one of the caches that have not been found in 5 years

amazing scenery

amazing scenery

the second cache that its been 5 years since the last finder.

the second cache that its been 5 years since the last finder.

freeman lake, where we stayed

freeman lake, where we stayed

several flowers were in bloom

several flowers were in bloom

After the third cache was found we made our way down the mountain and returned to get the camper. It was time to head home and get ready for the next work week. We will be back out again after work on Friday for the three day weekend. Our next outing is to Ableni Cove just a few short miles from where we stayed this weekend. So the camper worked great for our business and pleasure weekend. We knew it would, it is always ready for us to use and have fun with.

business and pleasure 5/15 – 5/17 2015

wine tour gathering 4/22 – 4/26 2015

It was finally time for the Wine Tour Gathering in Prosser Washington. We had been looking forward to this event for a long time. After work on Wednesday Joanne and I left home and started our drive towards Prosser. Our son, Cody and the dogs would be watched by our older son Jeff. Then for two of the nights my Dad would watch Cody. We thank them both for that. On Wednesday night we made it to Scooteney Park. The location of the park and campground is west of Connell Washington. We arrived just before sundown and had no problem finding a spot for the night. We had a spot right next to the lake and the view was amazing. There are no hookups at this campground but there are flush bathrooms, fresh water and a dump station available. Cost for a nights stay was $15.00, a great deal for the location.

fee station with information

fee station with information

our spot as the sun sets

our spot as the sun sets

all the sites were great

all the sites were great

joanne at sunset along the shoreline.

joanne at sunset along the shoreline.

We sat in our chairs outside for a bit looking at the views then went to bed. The night was very peaceful and we awoke refreshed. In the morning while standing outside we could smell the wonderful smells of the lilac bush right next to the camper. In fact many things were in bloom at the time. We went for a short walk through the park on a mission to find a geocache. There was one not far away and it made for a nice morning walk. We found the cache and returned to the camper. We got the few things put away and left to make our way to Prosser.

i love the smell of lilac.

i love the smell of lilac.

lots of things in bloom

lots of things in bloom

Making our way to Prosser we stopped in Connell to find a couple geocaches. Wow, what we found was really neat. We love finding treasures in the little towns that normally we would not stop at. Thanks to geocaching, we do.

me at a very cool sculpture

me at a very cool sculpture

joanne enjoying another sculpture

joanne enjoying another sculpture

they all made us laugh

they all made us laugh

We then drove to and made a stop in Pasco to get a few groceries. When we returned to the camper to put them away we were asked several questions by a woman at our camper intrigued about our setup. We don’t mind talking about it and spent several minutes going over things. After the short visit we drove to Prosser. We first went up the hill from town to find a couple more geocaches, of course.

very steep hill while out caching.

very steep hill while out caching.

We then went to the Wine Country RV Resort where we would spend the next few days and checked in. We pulled into our site and some friends of ours that were there for the gathering were in their site. We dropped off a couple things at the site and we all went to the Horse Heaven Saloon to have lunch and try a beer or two from the brewery. The food was great but we were disappointed that half the beers made at the brewery were not available. Something I will keep in mind for future trips to Prosser.

our spot at wine country rv resort

our spot at wine country rv resort

the resort is very nice

the resort is very nice

Later on Thursday more friends arrived. About 10 of us went to the resort office and did a wine tasting that was going on. Yes, a wine tasting at the resort office…how cool is that? After the tasting we walked down to the local Mexican restaurant for dinner. Lots of laughs and good food were had.

a few of us visiting before going to do wine tasting at the resort office

a few of us visiting before going to do wine tasting at the resort office

a few of the campers already arrived with more to follow

a few of the campers already arrived with more to follow

dinner at the mexican restaurant

dinner at the mexican restaurant

george didnt make it in the first picture so i HAD to get him in this one. you are welcome George.

george didnt make it in the first picture so i HAD to get him in this one. you are welcome George.

 A little rain passed through the resort and a beautiful double rainbow appeared. The picture I got does not do justice for what it looked like. We returned to the resort and visited for a little while before calling it a night. There would be lots of wine tasting to do tomorrow and we needed our sleep.

rainbow

rainbow

the rainbow was awesome

the rainbow was awesome

 

On Friday a few of us drove to Zillah Washington just a short 25 miles away to do some wine tasting. There are a bunch of wineries to try out there. We stopped at some we did not like and several we did like. It was fun to travel around with fellow campers.

a few of us at the first stop

a few of us at the first stop

we all like silver lake winery

we all liked silver lake winery

joanne and I

joanne and I

a little tour at silver lake

a little tour at silver lake

bottling section

bottling section

great food from the food truck. we all had lunch and enjoyed the views.

great food from the food truck. we all had lunch and enjoyed the views.

We returned to the resort and visited for a little bit. Joanne and I decided to walk to the wineries next to the resort to find something for dinner. We ended up at Wine O’ Clock. Wow, what a neat place. The food was amazing and the seating area was very cool. It was like a home kitchen and you sit and eat right next to it. We really enjoyed our meal and were happy that we decided to stop there.

you could watch your meal being prepared.

you could watch your meal being prepared.

a great meal for sure

a great meal for sure

After dinner we walked back to the resort and visited with fellow friends for a little while before calling it a night. Yes, there would be another full day of wine tasting on Saturday.

On Saturday most of us did our wine tasting in the Prosser area. Saturday turned out to be a very busy day with the Spring Barrel festivities. Lots of crowds and some interesting people watching. After a full day of wine tasting it was time to return to the resort for the potluck dinner. As always, a ton of great food to share among friends.

great times at the potluck

great times at the potluck

After dinner I handed out a 10 question test on wine tasting. The winner with the most correct won a cheese cutting kit. We all had a bunch of laughs at our uh…attempts at getting the right answers.

taking the test

taking the test

After the fun of the test and the prize handed out I thanked everyone for attending the gathering. I talked about the upcoming events like the National Rally in Colorado Springs and a couple other events later this year. I also hinted on a location for a rally in July 2016 that it would be in Northern Oregon. Details for that will be later this year. After that we cleaned up and then visited for a while back at the campers.

On Sunday morning we had our farewell breakfast. It has become a tradition for the rallies and gatherings we host to have pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs for breakfast. Joanne and I started a couple hours earlier so it would be ready by 9 am.

me getting a bunch of eggs cracked and ready for scrambled eggs

me getting a bunch of eggs cracked and ready for scrambled eggs

joanne manning the stove

joanne manning the stove

time to eat

time to eat

there was plenty of food to eat.

there was plenty of food to eat.

After breakfast we cleaned up the meeting room and then packed up our things in the camper. It was time to say goodbye to our friends and leave the resort. We had a great time these last few days. We met some new friends and enjoyed seeing other friends again. When we checked out at the office we set dates for a return wine tasting trip in 2016. The dates will be May 5-8 2016.

We left the resort heading east towards the Tri Cities. We decided to stop and do a few geocaches and do one more wine tasting. We stopped and had some great wine to taste and had a little lunch before making the drive back to home.

beautiful day out

beautiful day out

nice views

nice views

We drove straight through to home, only a 3 hour drive for us. What a fun last few days. It would be a get back home and return to work deal now. We look forward to the next time we meet our friends again. Thank you to those who could attend the wine tour and thank you to Wine Country RV Resort for letting us have our group stay there.

 

wine tour gathering 4/22 – 4/26 2015