fall colors rally – october 9th-14th 2013

It was time again for the Fall Colors Rally. A rally we really enjoy going to. This would be our 3rd year of going to it. This year would be a little different for us as the caravan part of it from Winthrop to Leavenworth was not going to happen. That was perfectly fine with us as it gave more time to be spent in Winthrop, an area we really like.

We left the Spokane area on Wednesday afternoon and drove to Banks Lake and stayed at Coulee Playland Resort. Our plans were to originally stay at a park along the Columbia River but due to the government shutdown it was closed. It was the off season so getting a spot elsewhere was no problem.  So we got a spot at the resort 20 feet from the shore of Banks Lake.

our spot for the night next to the lake.

our spot for the night next to the lake.

a view across the lake. the fall colors had arrived.

a view across the lake. the fall colors had arrived.

it was a chilly day but we love the cooler days of fall.

it was a chilly day but we love the cooler days of fall.

The next morning we drove from our camp spot to Winthrop. As we almost always do, we took our time about it. We stopped several times to find a geocache along our route.

glacial sediment from many many years ago when there was glaciers and huge flooding in the area.

glacial sediment from many many years ago when there was glaciers and huge flooding in the area.

a view from up above Brewster Washington.

a view from up above Bridgeport Washington.

the Colombia river along the highway west of brewster

the Colombia river along the highway west of Brewster

the methow river

the methow river

getting close to winthrop

getting close to winthrop

We arrived to Silverline Resort in Winthrop Washington in the afternoon. We set our campsite up and relaxed. The rally group would not arrive until Saturday so we had a few days to hang out. There was one other couple who arrived on Thursday also and we enjoyed talking with them. I took our kayak out  in the early evening for a nice paddle around the lake.

our camp spot for the next few days. thats pearrygin lake in the background

our camp spot for the next few days. thats pearrygin lake in the background

just myself and my thoughts out on the water.

just myself and my thoughts out on the water.

The next morning we set out exploring the area and looking for geocaches. As this was our 3rd time in the area we have started to explore more and more of this lovely place.

Friday morning sunrise looking towards the west.

Friday morning sunrise looking towards the west.

an abandoned structure that we visited. yes, there was even a cache here.

an abandoned structure that we visited. yes, there was even a cache here.

so many great views

so many great views

we took a forest road to an old homestead.

we took a forest road to an old homestead.

we took a hike around part of pearrygin lake.

we took a hike around part of pearrygin lake. silverline resort is at the far end of the lake in this picture.

more old structures along our hike.

more old structures along our hike.

leaf colors at the state park along the lake.

leaf colors at the state park along the lake.

chewuch river that flows by Winthrop.

chewuch river that flows by Winthrop.

its easy to park in Winthrop with a truck camper. just use a regular parking spot.

its easy to park in Winthrop with a truck camper. just use a regular parking spot.

After our time hiking and geocaching it was time for some good cider. We went to the Methow Cider House just a mile north of the campground. We really love this place, its a great place to relax and sip cider. The owners are very friendly people.

kicking back at the cider house.

kicking back at the cider house.

We then went back to camp and had a great night at the campground. The next day was Saturday and the rally group would be arriving in the afternoon. So our plans today were to hang out and get some kayaking in. Joanne and I took turns taking Cody out in the kayak. I then went out for a long paddle around the lake. Wow, that was a work out. On our outings on the water we watched a bald eagle fly around the lake edge. There were many other bird varieties there too. The fish were jumping and the sun on our faces felt great. What a wonderful time.

joanne out in the kayak.

joanne out in the kayak.

cody and I out on the water.

cody and I out on the water.

It was around noon and the fellow truck camper friends started showing up. They all got the campers set in their spots and we visited with each other. For dinner we would have a potluck dinner followed by a great campfire.

talking with friends.

talking with friends.

it was great seeing our friends again.

it was great seeing our friends again.

potluck dinner time in the clubhouse.

potluck dinner time in the clubhouse.

getting ready to dish up.

getting ready to dish up.

food looks great.

food looks great.

On Sunday morning Joanne, Cody and I went for a drive west of Winthrop to do more exploring and geocaching. It was going to be another beautiful fall day. We had biscuits and gravy at the clubhouse before we left on our adventurers.

a crisp morning start to our day. this view from the silverline resort.

a crisp morning start to our day. this view from the silverline resort.

a morning shot of fellow truck campers at the resort.

a morning shot of fellow truck campers at the resort.

a few more.

a few more.

breakfast time!

breakfast time!

our drive west of town.

our drive west of town.

this was our 500th geocache find. it was a nice short walk through the woods to the cache.

this was our 500th geocache find. it was a nice short walk through the woods to the cache.

We ended up heading west of Mazama and north of highway 20. We took a forest road until it dead ended and went for a short hike. What spectacular views along the way.

the start of our hike.

the start of our hike.

foot bridge over a creek. buddy was all for it but trixie was nervous about it.

foot bridge over a creek. buddy was all for it but trixie was nervous about it.

fall in the mountains.

fall in the mountains.

yes part of the hike took us through a burnt out section but it has it beauty too.

yes part of the hike took us through a burnt out section but it has it beauty too.

cody along the trail.

cody along the trail.

We then returned back to camp and our friends. We got together and shared some leftovers from the potluck. Afterwards it was followed by a campfire and friendship.

talking with friends.

talking with friends.

the fire felt great on a crisp night.

the fire felt great on a crisp night.

The next morning it was time for us to make our way home. We stopped several times and took in the sites to be had. What a great time.

our last drive through Winthrop...until next year.

our last drive through Winthrop…until next year.

of course there was geocaches to find on our way home.

of course there was geocaches to find on our way home.

a stop along the methow river.

a stop along the methow river.

It was another great time on this rally. It was announced that the hosts for the rally would be stepping down after this one. We really hope someone else takes over being the host for it. We look forward to going on this rally as soon as the one we were on ends.

fall colors rally – October 9th-14th 2013

5 thoughts on “fall colors rally – october 9th-14th 2013

    • there will be new hosts for it as the hosts in the past are stepping down. se we all hope someone steps up into doing it. that rally is a lot of fun.

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