Cascadia RVing Women June Event at Hoodsport June 11 – 13, 2021
Arrivals: The first official Cascadia event of 2021 started in the rain. On Friday, 18 rigs bearing 28 women RVers rolled into the Rest-A-While RV Park on the shore of Hood Canal. The new park managers went all out in preparing for the club members’ arrival with long tables covered with bright cloths and set with bowls of fresh fruit and candy.
Friday night: The event started with a bring-your-own dinner in the clubhouse. Old friends, new members, and a visitor from the Texas Ramblin’ Roses Chapter had a chance to get acquainted, get up to speed on plans for the weekend, and watch a little WNBA on the T.V. (yay Washington Storm basketball!).
After dinner, teams were formed to compete in a Washington trivia quiz. The state fruit, state flower, and state marine mammal were the easy points. Harder points were won by those who knew such trivia as the state insect, biggest dam, and the county seats.
Saturday: Saturday started out bright and sunny. RVers gathered in the clubhouse for morning coffee, muffins, and fruit. The first half of the day was kept open for visiting and catching up.
The sad news was shared that Barbara Nelson—a founding member of Cascadia—and long-time member Kaija Lietuvietis had recently passed away. At the same time, the promise of the future became apparent when it was realized that new members at the event outnumbered old members. The weather was perfect for strolling about, sitting, chatting and getting to know each other.
After lunch, what had been an easy going, casual event took a turn. It was time for the bean bag toss. Under the blazing sun, RVers experimented with the over-hand, under-hand, and “the-bowling-ball” toss in a hot competition for prizes. Ten rounds of three-tries-each were needed to determine the winners.
It was like old times when folks got together to share food in a traditional potluck dinner followed by time for dog walking. Then it was time for the bunco tournament. Much like the bean bag tournament, the bunco tournament took on the characteristics of a marathon, with two full hours of gaming before calling it a day.
Sunday: During the night, an atmospheric river moved in, and RVers woke to rain on the roof. Rain did not deter Cascadia RVers from carrying on the tradition of christening new rigs. The R/V DRAGONFLY, R/V CHARLIE, R/V GIGI, R/V RED BIRD, and R/V OPAL were all welcomed to the club. The traditional “Going to the Campground” and “Happy Trails” sing-a-long marked the end of the first event of the year.
A final note: Book club is coming back. Nomadland by Jessica Bruder will be on the Port Townsend agenda in August. More information to follow.