wine tour – 5/13 – 5/18 2014

wine tour

It was finally time to get going and head towards the wine tour gathering in Prosser Washington. After work on a tuesday we left and made our way towards the gathering spot. First though, it was a small side trip to Yakima Washington. We would be touring the Adventurer / Eagle Cap truck camper manufacture plant there. Adventurer would be putting a new decal on the nose end of my camper for us. While they did that, we would tour the plant. So after work it was on the road and get the heck out of town.

i-90 west of spokane

i-90 west of spokane

We would take a route to Yakima that was a bit longer and stay off the interstate as much as we could. Some driving on the interstate had to be made though. We would make our way near Hanford, that is U.S. Department Of Energy land. It was a very important place during World War Two in the production of plutonium.

plant c at hanford and the columbia river

reactor c at hanford and the columbia river

plant b at hanford and the columbia river

reactor b at hanford and the columbia river

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down river just a short distance from hanford

up river just a short distance from hanford

some desert flowers in bloom

some desert flowers in bloom

the columbia river

the columbia river

desert view towards the hanford property

desert view towards the hanford property and a near full moon rising

After our stop viewing hanford from the pullouts and finding a couple geocaches we made our way to Yakima. We would arrive in town right around 9 pm. We were told to make a stop for a burger at Miners Burger in town, so we did. We were not disappointed.  It was a bit pricey for a burger place but the portions were huge and good.

miner burger in yakima washington

miners burger in yakima washington

After some dinner it was time to make our stop for the night, we were tired. There was no sense on paying for a place to park the camper since we would be there for just a few hours. So we ended up parking at a Walmart on the west side of town near the Adventurer plant.

walmart overnight parking

walmart overnight parking

After a nights rest and some morning coffee it was time to move on to the truck camper plant. It was just a few miles away but we still had time before we needed to be there. So we did what we always do… go geocaching. We ended up at a very nice park near the Adventurer plant. We had no luck finding the cache but we found a very nice park.

joanne and a nice park stop in the morning.

joanne and a nice park stop in the morning.

After our walk around the park it was time to get going. We pulled into the parking lot at Adventurer and went in to the office to let them know we were there. We were greeted warmly. They would be installing a new nose decal on my camper since mine was starting to peel off. I was not upset about it peeling off as that is a section that takes abuse. We also have our camper out in the weather all year long and use it all year long. So, some things just happen. Adventurer however was making sure it looked good.

our camper pulled up to a shop door where they would install a new decal

our camper pulled up to a shop door where they would install a new decal

While two people worked on our camper we would be lead on a tour of the plant. At the time of our tour no truck campers were being made. They were in the process of doing C class campers. Soon enough they would be back to making the campers. While on the tour everyone we encountered was very polite and said welcome to the plant. It was obvious that the workers were engaged in their work and loved it.

the framing shop

the framing shop

wood shop

wood shop

lots going on in the assembly line

lots going on in the assembly line

a key piece of equipment, the lamination equipment.  the black light above is to insure there are no missed spots of glue

a key piece of equipment, the lamination equipment. the black light above is to insure there are no missed spots of glue

putting inside and outside walls together

putting inside and outside walls together

cabinet shop

cabinet shop

class c campers going through the assembly line

class c campers going through the assembly line

We ended our tour of the plant and returned to our camper. They had the old decal off and were starting on the new one.

these two guys were very nice and willing to give advice on keeping the camper looking good

these two guys were very nice and willing to give advice on keeping the camper looking good

While we still had time we went and looked at the camper of our dreams…the brand new 116ds Adventurer camper. It was voted the camper of the year and after seeing it in person…yep, we agree.

oh yeah...new ones to check out

oh yeah…new ones to check out

thats all 6'4" of me spread out on the california king bed in the camper! AWESOME!

thats all 6’4″ of me spread out on the california king bed in the camper! AWESOME!

did i mention im 6'4"? i could easily stand in the shower with shoes on and still have a couple inches of head clearance.

did i mention im 6’4″? i could easily stand in the shower with shoes on and still have a couple inches of head clearance.

We sat in the camper and drooled and dreamed of taking it home. It is on our list of things we want. After a time of checking it all out it was time to return to our camper. The decal was done.

new decal installed.

new decal installed.

You thought we were done right? So did we. I had a small hole in the screw cover trim on the nose where i had a bird hit. So they replaced it. They also checked the seals on the roof and the nose area and resealed where it needed it. All with out me asking. Wow, we were blown away at the service. Truly great people working here. They guys finished the work and we returned to the office to say our goodbyes and thank yous. We would see one of them a couple days later as they joined us on the wine tour gathering in Prosser. For now, it was time to leave the plant. What an enjoyable time we had. Thank you Adventurer!

leaving the plant

leaving the plant

We had heard that there was a must stop for tamales in the town of Union Gap, a town on the south east edge of Yakima. It was just a small shop but they did indeed make the best tamales we have had. During the spring and early summer they have asparagus tamales. Let me just say…you want them.

very very good tamales. a must stop. they do sell out so you have to get there early

very very good tamales. a must stop. they do sell out so you have to get there early

We would take our tamales and head just a short distance down the road to a agriculture museum. We parked outside the gate and ate. We then toured the museum. I will say, this is another stop I highly suggest going to. There is so much to see that a couple days could easily be spent really looking at the displays of history.

a great place to explore and learn

a great place to explore and learn

only a small view of what they had

only a small view of what they had

more outdoor exhibits

more outdoor exhibits

tools tools tools

tools tools tools

There was so much there to see, I only showed a couple pictures. It was an amazing place. We had to move on and had to make it a short visit. We will return again at some point to look more. For now, it was  back on the road to Prosser Washington where we would be for the next few days.

interesting stops along the road

interesting stops along the road

the gas pumps said 24 cents a gallon but no one was around to pump gas. darn.

the gas pumps said 24 cents a gallon but no one was around to pump gas. darn.

After a stop in Sunnyside to try a couple tastes of beer from a brewery we arrived at the Wine Country RV Resort in Prosser. This would be our home base until Sunday. This was where the wine tour gathering would be. We checked in and got our site set up. Then it was time to hit the pool to cool off. It was in the mid 90’s and the water felt great!

wine country rv resort

wine country rv resort

all set up

all set up

nice cool water to relax in

nice cool water to relax in

joanne relaxing at our site while the sun sets

joanne relaxing at our site while the sun sets

The next day there would be people arriving that would be joining us for the wine tour. We had the morning to check the sites out before they got there. We would end up driving a gravel road up to the antenna towers on the nearby hills for great views. Then we would walk around the small town checking out what was there.

from our site looking toward the antennae towers

from our site looking toward the antennae towers

up on top

up on top

amazing views from up there

amazing views from up there

yeah, well...ill leave it at that

yeah, well…ill leave it at that

neat mural

neat mural

Time to head back to the resort. People would be arriving soon. All total we had 7 rigs show up, one had to cancel at the last moment do to health issues. We had all truck campers except for one travel trailer in our group. We don’t care what they bring as long as they have fun. We all did just that.

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The next day we would all kind of go our separate ways and tour the town and wineries. There were times through out the day that we would meet up again. We also had the last arrival join and get parked at the resort. Later that day most of us would meet up at Desert Wind Winery and do a tour and then have dinner afterwards

yakima river

yakima river

joanne at 14 hands winery

joanne at 14 hands winery

us, enjoying some relaxing time and wine together

us, enjoying some relaxing time and wine together

another stop for wine tasting

another stop for wine tasting

met up with a fellow tcer at a winery

met up with a fellow tcer at a winery

got wine?

got wine?

It was time to go to the tour and then have dinner afterwards. The tour was okay, nothing special but the wine was great and the appetizers were really good after the tour.

our group at the winery

our group at the winery

on the tour

on the tour

joanne wondering how she could smuggle a barrel out

joanne wondering how she could smuggle a barrel out

walking back from the tour

walking back from the tour

dinner time

dinner time

We would go back to the resort after dinner and socialize there for a while. It was a warm night and the company was wonderful. The next day was more wine touring. Later that night was our potluck dinner. Once again some of us went on our touring alone and some of us stuck together. In the end we would all be back together.

morning pictures of the rigs that attended the gathering

morning pictures of the rigs that attended the gathering

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robin and joanne laughing at something...probably me for some reason

robin and joanne laughing at something…probably me for some reason

wine tasting in a relaxing stlye

wine tasting in a relaxing stlye

Potluck dinner was at 6 pm but there was a small wine tasting deal going on at the rv resort. So we pushed the potluck back to 7 pm so we could join in on the fun. After that, it was dinner time.

wine tasting at the rv resort office

wine tasting at the rv resort office

lots of socializing

lots of socializing

getting ready to eat

getting ready to eat

whens dinner im hungry

whens dinner im hungry

foods ready, lets eat

foods ready, lets eat

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After our dinner we handed out a few small gifts that were donated by Torklift and Adventurer Truck Campers.  It was very nice of those companies to do that and it was very much appreciated. Then it was time to earn a prize. Bowling was required for that. We tried to oil the lane (remove rocks on the road)  the best we could but hey…it is suppose to be a challenge.

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We all had great laughs and fun bowling. The winner with the best score was given a prize. We then sat around a couple propane fire pits and talked about all kinds of things. Soon, it was time to go to bed. The next morning was the day to leave. We had one couple leave very early as they had a long drive ahead of them. The rest of us stayed for breakfast at our site.

joanne cooking up the breakfast

joanne cooking up the breakfast

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After breakfast it was time to say goodbye. We hope to cross paths once again in the future. We will in fact see some of the people again next month at the Washington State Truck Camper Rally in June. For now, it was packing up and heading home. We decided to take the back roads home. We like taking the slower paced way.

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rattlesnake hills

rattlesnake hills

It was a great trip once again. We always seem to have them and why not? Getting out there is what it is about. For now, it is back to work and house chores. No worries though, next weekend is a 3 day weekend and we will be out again with our camper.

 

wine tour 5/13 – 5/18 2014

 

 

 

 

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