The calendar date said it was time to go to the Washington State Truck Camper Rally, finally. We left after work on the 25th and made the 2 hour drive to the resort. We would be the only ones there a day early for the rally. That gave us time to get things set up for the rally. Banners, tables and of course a fire pit were placed out. Cody played with a few kids that were camped nearby, the playground was across from us. We also set up a tent that belongs to our daughter for Cody. It would be the first time Cody slept in a tent. He enjoyed it. Afterwards we relaxed around a fire and looked forward to seeing everyone the next day.
The next morning was rally day! Weather wise it would be cooler, in the 70’s and a chance of rain. Not bad and the rain held off around the resort. I was told it was pouring not far away but at the resort it was okay. Rally attendees started showing up throughout the day. At 8 pm we would have a dessert potluck at our site. We all sat around the fire and socialized. It was a nice relaxing evening.
On Friday there would be a few things going on. We had a truck camper open house in the mid morning for those that wanted to show and share what they had for campers. A few others went to play golf at the nearby golf course. Then later in the the day Torklift would stop by and put on a fantastic presentation. I think everyone learned something from the presentation. A big thank you to Torklift for doing the presentation! Then later that day Brad and his wife would do a presentation sponsored by Adventurer Truck Campers at their site. The night wrapped up with a campfire and socializing.
After the open house it would be the Torklift presentation. We gathered at the main gathering spot and Torklift showed and talked about the products they make. More importantly they talked about how to use the products correctly. I am pretty sure everyone there learned something. In fact, a lot of people had to readjust the fastgun tiedowns to the correct specs. Thank you Torklift for stopping by at the rally.
After Torklift left there would be a short break before the next event. People who went golfing would be returning to the resort. There was a gathering over at another camper site for the Tastes Of Yakima Washington sponsored by Adventurer. There was wine, beer, cheeses, sausages, fruit and more set out for us all to enjoy. They all were from the Yakima region. Adventurer campers are made in Yakima. The weather had been pretty good so far and the rain storms had missed the resort thus far. until….BOOM! Yep, a downpour hit right then. We found out just how many people we could fit under one pop up canopy. Did we let a little thing like a downpour and thunder and lightening slow us down? Nope. We all laughed about the situation and enjoyed what was offered at the table. The storm was brief and about 15 minutes later the storm passed. That would be the only storm we went through for the whole rally. It made for a great memory.
Later that night we would gather at the campfire. There was a lot of time to get to know each other and reacquaint with people we met before. One rally atendee made sure we had plenty of firewood and brought a huge amount of wood. Thank you to George (mr. firewood) for that.
On Saturday some of us would caravan to Grand Coulee Dam and check it out. We would make a stop at the visitors center briefly then drive to the other side of the dam where the tour starting point was. After the tour we would spend a bit more time at the visitors center.
After the visit to the dam we would return to the resort. Time to get ready for the potluck dinner. As always there was so much great food to eat. A huge variety of things to enjoy. Afterwards there would be prizes handed out. Followed by that was a live band at the stage. Some went down to the stage area while others stayed at the gathering spot and enjoyed the campfire. We could hear the band perfectly at the campfire too.
The next morning was the farewell breakfast. A day that is always sad as the rally was drawing to an end. We had sausage, scrambled eggs and pancakes, regular and apple cinnamon pancakes. We also had fruit that was brought to share. It was enjoyed by everyone.
After breakfast we all started packing up. One couple would stay another day and head out to tour the area. It was a very fun rally. In all we had 15 rigs attend, 3 rigs were no shows. Everyone said they had a great time and we enjoyed everyone’s company. We can not wait until we meet up again down the road sometime.
I would like to say thank you to the following people and businesses for supporting the rally:
SUNBANKS RESORT, NATCOA, LANCE OWNERS OF AMERICA, RVNET, TORKLIFT, ADVENTURER, JOHNSON RV IN SPOKANE WASHINGTON, WALEX, COLLEGE PLACE OPTICAL IN EDMONDS WASHINGTON. Along with others who donated a prize to the rally and most of all…THANK YOU to those that attended the rally. Without you there would be no rally.
Here is a video of the campground, the trip to the dam and a brief clip of the live band at the resort stage.
washington state rally 6/25 – 6/29 2014