Cascadia RVW @ Cultus Lake—June 21-23, 2019
For our June event, 23 rigs carrying 46 members of the Cascadia Chapter (including some new members and some old friends we haven’t seen for a while) converged north of the border in the land of Loonies and poutine. A surprising number of the Yankees managed to slip through customs without raising undue suspicion.
Raring to get started, quite a few people arrived on Thursday, and a dozen of them enjoyed a beautiful hike to Bridal Veil Falls on Friday. The weather gods favored us throughout the weekend.
After a delightful dinner of grilled burgers and salads on Friday night, event chairs Mari Benson and Kathy Oxner challenged (and educated) us with “Who’s Your Neighbour” (Canadian) trivia, some of which stumped even their fellow Canucks. Prizes in the form of maple leaf cookies though made it all worthwhile. (Sage confessed that she had gained an unfair advantage by watching Canadian TV in preparation.) Mari and Kathy also organized a moving Summer Solstice celebration in which we constructed wreaths out of greenery they gathered, shared our thoughts about and hopes for the coming season, and then cast them in the fire or in the river.
On Saturday morning, we were oot and aboot, eh? Half of the group played “miniature golf on steroids” at the beautifully landscaped Tap-Ins Putting Course. Mari claimed the low (winning) score (although crossed out scores on her card raised suspicions that the contest was rigged), but she graciously conceded to Carole, who trailed by one point. The rest of the group (and later some of the golfers) joined in the festivities at Cultus Lake Day—the kickoff of the summer season at the “jewel of Fraser Valley”—including a parade, rides, and food and craft booths.
After a potluck dinner on Saturday night, we had a lively Bingo game. Clarkie walked away with the 50/50 jackpot. For her expert calling of the game (not withstanding one Canadian’s complaint about her enunciation), Sage was awarded a much-coveted Beaver in a Can (apparently a popular dinner entrée in the Great White North, second only to Kraft Dinner).
Before wrapping up on Sunday morning, we christened 5 new rigs belonging to: Esther Phillips & Francis Statham, Barbara Banfield & Rebecca Stults, Sally Stalnaker, Jill Ludlow, and last but not least, the new horse trailer of our gracious Canadian hosts, Kathy Oxner & Mari Benson. Tempting as it was for many of the Americans to seek permanent refuge with our friendly northern neighbo(u)rs, we reluctantly bid adieu and happy trails and headed back to our respective homes at the end of a great weekend organized by our “Chaos Coordinators.” Until next month . . .
xoxo, Your Scribe Du Jour, Kris Anderson