washington state rally 6/25 – 6/29 2014

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.

our site

our site

another view of our site

another view of our site

relaxing around the fire

relaxing around the fire

cody and other kids meeting and getting ready to play

cody and other kids meeting and getting ready to play

codys bedroom for the next few days

codys bedroom for the next few days

later that night i put a rainbow stick in the fire to add colors to it

later that night i put a rainbow stick in the fire to add colors to it

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.

campers parked for the rally

campers parked for the rally

a couple people were not next to us but not far away either

a couple people were not next to us but not far away either

brad and his wife from adventurers site

brad and his wife from adventurers site

more campers

more campers

a group of campers

a group of campers

more and more

more and more and our main gathering spot at the canopies at my site down at the end

yep, more campers

yep, more campers

somehow i missed getting a couple other campers pictures at their site but you get how we were at the rally.

somehow i missed getting a couple other campers pictures at their site but you get how we were at the rally.

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.

open house time

open house time

open hose, me talking about our camper and set up

open hose, me talking about our camper and set up

very neat seeing other setups and campers

very neat seeing other setups and campers

i finally got to see inside this camper. we have met up a few times at other rallies but i never had a chance to check this camper out

i finally got to see inside this camper. we have met up a few times at other rallies but i never had a chance to check this camper out

we were all eager to share what we had

we were all eager to share what we had

we spent about 15 minutes at each camper that participated in the open house

we spent about 15 minutes at each camper that participated in the open house

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.

the torklift truck

the torklift truck

at the presentation

at the presentation

showing just one of the many products on the torklift truck

showing just one of the many products on the torklift truck

hands on, the best way to check things out

hands on, the best way to check things out

readjusting the fastguns on a camper

readjusting the fastguns on a camper

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.

the tastes of yakima event

the tastes of yakima event

people enjoying what was offered

people enjoying what was offered

what a great variety of things to enjoy, yummy

what a great variety of things to enjoy, yummy

this picture does no justice to seeing how much rain was pouring down. oh the wind too...yeah the wind ripped through too. we laughed and kept going.

this picture does no justice to seeing how much rain was pouring down. oh the wind too…yeah the wind ripped through too. we laughed and kept going.

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.

another nightly campfire

another nightly campfire

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.

at the dam

at the dam

at the waiting room before we go through security for the tour

at the waiting room before we go through security for the tour

pump house section of the dam

pump house section of the dam

on top of the dam

on top of the dam

cody and joanne

cody and joanne

cody and a prop at the visitors center

cody and a prop at the visitors center, yep…you can just make out his face

a very neat visitors center

a very neat 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.

getting the food set out

getting the food set out

is it time to eat yet?

is it time to eat yet?

dinner time

dinner time

lets eat

lets eat

im hungry

im hungry

lining up for dinner

lining up for dinner

so many choices

so many choices

people checking out the prize table and making choices for the chance at winning during the drawings

people checking out the prize table and making choices for the chance at winning during the drawings

you would place a drawing ticket in a cup for a prize pack. people had 3 tickets.

you would place a drawing ticket in a cup for a prize pack. people had 3 tickets.

me, the host for the rally

me, the host for the rally

cody helping me with the prize giveaway

cody helping me with the prize giveaway

cody making sure it was a blind ticket pull

cody making sure it was a blind ticket pull

a winner of one of the many przes

a winner of one of the many prizes

lots of great stuff to win

lots of great stuff to win

a winner of one of the $50 visa cards for natcoa members

a winner of one of the $50 visa cards for natcoa members

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.

joanne manning the grill

joanne manning the grill

breakfast time

breakfast time

looks like a great breakfast to me

looks like a great breakfast to me

breakfast time

breakfast time

a nice warm sunny morning for breakfast

a nice warm sunny morning for breakfast

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