Whispering Pines Wrap Up
About 40 folks enjoyed a weekend east of the mountains at Whispering Pines in CleElum. The weather proved to be pleasantly warm without being too hot. Just right, I think most folks would say.
The park was quite nice overall. Some sites had nice concrete pads for the picnic table, while others were more rustic. The gathering room was a converted garage with an odd assortment of tables and boothes that looked like they had been picked up at a going out of business sale. No mind. It worked quite fine.
After happy hour on Friday, we enjoyed a new experiment - salad bar, with Cascadia providing an assortment of greens and the members pitching in a terrific assortment of toppings. Most seemed to agree that was a good idea, particularly given the warm weather, and something we should try again.
On Saturday, 35 folks carpooled down the road to the Yakima River outside of Ellensberg, where we met up with our guides for Alpine Adventures. We loaded up the boats and had a great 2 1/1 hour float down the river, with intermittent water fights followed by raised oars of boats claiming victory. Sandy braved the cold water and floated a good portion of the eight miles down the river.
Upon returning to camp, naps ensued. Later, we fired up about 8 barbeques on the patio and enjoyed a collective grilling session. There was enough leftover salad fixin's from the night before that we enjoyed salad bar again.
Several newcomers and visitors joined us for the weekend, including Dianne and Dolly, who are Cascadia members who live in Arizona. They met Norma and Sue years ago when, on a trip to Alaska, Sue spotted a group of rigs with RVW stickers in the back window. She introduced herself to them, and they ended up traveling together for two months and have been friends ever since. They joined Cascadia years ago, but this was the first outing they've ever been to with their home chapter. Welcome!
After breakfast Sunday, four rigs were christened. On the way out of town, about half the group seemed to end up in Roslyn for the Farmers Market and had lunch together before heading down the highway.
Hope to see you all in Mossyrock!