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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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