Visiting Washington’s Western Roots
September 21-23, 2018
Pine Near RV Park, Winthrop, WA
Event Captain: Christine Taylor and Cascadia Board
Cascadians arrived at Pine Near RV park in Winthrop on Thursday and Friday for our September event. Since Winthrop is a longer, albeit beautiful, drive, many arrived a little later than usual. Pine Near park is very close to the town of Winthrop so many walked or drove to town for dinner. A few of us brought our dinner to the bunkhouse to eat. There is not a typical clubhouse so we used the beautiful bunkhouse for our gathering place. There are 2 bedrooms, a full kitchen, great bathroom with shower, living room and dining room. The park itself has lots of grass, trees and lovely views of the surrounding hills plus deer wondering in and out of the park,
Friday was a beautiful sunny day with blue skies and mountain air. The rest of the twenty four rigs and thirty six women arrived and everyone was on their own to enjoy the day. The actual event started with Friday evening potluck of appetizers. The bunkhouse was small but we made it work. Many people enjoyed their meal outside. After dog walking, a rousing game of 10 was enjoyed in the bunkhouse. The rain drove the people sitting outside in where they continued their lively conversation.
Coffee and tea were enjoyed in the bunkhouse early on Saturday morning while watching the cooks fix a fabulous breakfast of waffles, omelets, biscuits and gravy, fruit, juice, and several accompaniments like sour cream, guacamole and tomatoes. Once again, Leanna Davis pulled off a wonderful breakfast.
Book club met at 10:30 AM to discuss “Bear Town” by Fredrick Backman. The book is about a small, Swedish town whose only claim to fame was their hockey team. When the star of the team rapes a young girl at a party, the town becomes divided. It sure does mirror what is happening in our politics today.
We were on our own for Saturday afternoon and evening. Some people went to the Schafer Museum to get a close up view of our western roots. Some people went hiking while others went for ice cream and cinnamon rolls. Some people sat in the lovely sunshine to visit or read.
Dinner in the bunkhouse was varied. Some of us ordered pizza, while some had nachos with delicious homemade pico de gallo by Leanna and some went out to dinner. After dog walking, we gathered in the bunkhouse for games and conversation.
Sunday morning, we cleaned up the bunkhouse while enjoying coffee and tea. We then did the 50-50 drawing which was not only ½ the money collected but we also drew for a bottle of vodka, a bottle of wine, and a bottle of rum. There was more excitement for the booze than the money. One rig was christened before our goodbye songs and hugs. Quite a few campers stayed one more day. The Seahawks were playing Dallas so most of us watched them win before we went out to dinner. All in all, it was a great weekend.
Respectfully submitted by Ruth Gregersen