fall colors 10/7 – 10/12 2015

The time has come once again for our annual trip to Winthrop Washington for the Fall Colors Gathering. This year the event was a bit different as the caravan part of it was cancelled. In fact the whole event was cancelled but due to the fact that several of us said we are still going to Silverline Resort in Winthrop, an event happened anyway. This would be our 5th time making the trek during this time of year to the wonderful Methow (pronounced met-how) Valley.

Our trip started after work on Wednesday. Joanne drove our van as I drove the truck and camper to our nights stop, Spring Canyon Campground. Spring Canyon is with in sight of the back side of Grand Coulee Dam. There are no hookups and cost did go up this year to $9.00 per night during the off season. We ended up sharing the whole campground with 2 other RV’s and 1 small group tenting. So yes, it was indeed peaceful.

our camp spot for the night.

our camp spot for the night.

our view

our view

the burn ban was just lifted so a campfire was enjoyed by us.

the burn ban was just lifted so a campfire was enjoyed by us.

We enjoyed the stars and our company together. We slept well, woke up the next day, made coffee and sat outside to watch the sunrise. We would make our way to Winthrop today, taking our time to find a couple Geocaches along the route.

sunrise at camp.

sunrise at camp.

We arrived at Silverline resort before anyone else for the gathering. We got things set up and relaxed and waited for our friends who arrived through out the day. Silverline Resort is such a wonderful place. A treasure really.

our camp site

our camp site

nice big sites

nice big sites

even the local ducks are welcoming

even the local ducks are welcoming

pearrygin lake

pearrygin lake

a look back at camp from the dock

a look back at camp from the dock

The night was filled with greetings of friends to the gathering, some we have not seen in a long time. We had a great time sitting around and talking, catching up on conversations where we left off at previous meetings.

Friday Joanne, Cody and I along with the dogs took a drive in the van around the area. We set out to find geocaches and end up at the Cider House for refreshments. At the Cider House we were joined by fellow truck camper friends. Eventually we got back and even more friends arrived at camp. The night was filled with comradery around the campfire.

joanne and the dogs.

joanne and the dogs.

very cool yard art near a geocache

very cool yard art near a geocache

more yard art....amazing stuff.

more yard art….amazing stuff.

we took a short walk down a very cool canyon.

we took a short walk down a very cool canyon.

Saturday everyone had some different plans for the day. Cody would go with a few of our friends golfing, he would caddy. Joanne would go with others to the quilt store. I would go north of camp and do a bit of geocaching. That was a lot of fun and emotionally moving. The first couple stops were at beautiful places and the final stop was at a memorial for firefighters who lost their lives in the 2001 fire. I was very glad I went to the memorial, it was a highlight of the whole trip.

one of the views near a geocache.

one of the views near a geocache.

another great stop on my route.

another great stop on my route.

the memorial

the memorial

the memorial

the memorial

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memorial for the lost

the memorial, where the victims were found water bottles and other items are left intentionally.

the memorial, where the victims were found. water bottles and other items are left intentionally.

the memorial, where the victims were found water bottles and other items are left intentionally.

the memorial, where the victims were found. water bottles and other items are left intentionally.

the memorial, where the victims were found water bottles and other items are left intentionally.

the memorial, where the victims were found. water bottles and other items are left intentionally.

a view of the area at the memorial

a view of the area at the memorial

there will be evidence of the fire for many more years to come.

there will be evidence of the fire for many more years to come.

I gave a moment for each victim as I stood next to the markers. It was a sobering time while standing there with the four markers all next to each other at my feet.

I drove back to camp and everyone had returned. We had a great potluck dinner as always, leaving no more room in the belly to put food. The night ended with more talk around the fire.

potluck dinner, mike making a face since i pointed out i always catch him at the wrong time for a photo.

potluck dinner, mike making a face since I pointed out I always catch him at the wrong time for a photo.

On Sunday morning we had biscuits and gravy for breakfast. It was in remembrance for Bubba who passed a short while ago. He loved the biscuits and gravy meal. He was a founding member of our club and a great person. I will never forget how he was with our son Cody. They would talk and talk. You will be missed Bubba.

breakfast time

breakfast time

friends at breakfast

friends at breakfast

After breakfast we would pack up and leave. Our plans were to stay until Monday but we had to be in Yakima on Monday and did not want to do a bigger drive in one day. So we left for Monitor Washington for a night. As we left the skies were clear and views of the mountains were amazing.

a view from silverline resort

a view from silverline resort

We did take a side highway and found a couple places we want to return to and explore. Of course we stopped for a geocache or two also.

a stop at wells dam

a stop at wells dam

We arrived at the campground for the night, Wenatchee River Campground. A pretty nice place with full hookups. The sites were big, clean and the rates were very reasonable. There is highway and railroad noise but other than that, a great spot.

our spot for the night

our spot for the night

big sites

big sites

lots of fun sculptures in the park

lots of fun sculptures in the park

cody near the river

cody near the river

After walking the dogs around the campground we got in the van and went looking for a few geocaches. There was one we specifically wanted to do near a memorial. Then we would have dinner and beer tasting at the Milepost 111 Brewery in Cashmere.

The memorial was the 9/11 Spirit Of America Memorial that we would end up at. This was just opened on September 11th of this year.  A small part of the memorial was there for our soldiers of past wars too. This is an amazing display and I held back the tears but just barley. If you are ever near Cashmere Washington I highly suggest stopping for it.

the memorial

the memorial

the memorial

the memorial

the memorial

the memorial

the memorial

the memorial

joanne and i trying out the beer at the brewery

joanne and I trying out the beer at the brewery

We returned to camp and relaxed outside a bit before calling it a night. The next morning it was on to Yakima. Why Yakima? We were to drop off our camper at the Adventurer factory for repairs. I had a seam issue happening on the cab over and repairs will be done there. We had our breakfast, watching another pretty sunrise then we made our way to the factory.

another pretty fall day

another pretty fall day

Leaving my camper and truck at the factory is sad. Since that truck is for the camper and its a bit more time consuming to take the camper off with my special set up, we left the whole package. It will be a while but hopefully not a long while that our beloved camper is in for repairs. It may sound strange to some that it is like leaving a best friend behind. The camper is a big part of who we are and what we do. As some of you who follow my blog should understand.

So this is my last trip report for a little bit. I hope its not more than 6 weeks or so. I look forward to our next trip picking up the camper from the factory and returning to our adventurers in the adventurer.

leaving our baby in good hands.

leaving our baby in good hands.

fall colors 10/7 – 10/12 2015

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