Cascadia Chapter of RVW launched the 2012 season, March 23 – 25, with great enthusiasm, loads of fun, and sunshine as a bonus. Our season opener was in Port Townsend, at the Pt. Hudson RV Park and Marina which is perched right on the water’s edge, looking out toward Mt. Baker which was totally white with snow – a beautiful sight at sunrise. Fifty nine women showed up, including 17 new members. (The majority of the new people found out about us at the Seattle RV show where Cascadia recently hosted an information booth.) There were 31 rigs, but some people also stayed in local hotels and others who live close by drove over for the day to join in the fun. Our President, Diane Milnor, welcomed everyone as we gathered on Friday evening and told us about the plans for the year and some of the new things we will try. One of these is the “Come Along” weekends where anyone can plan an outing and have it posted on our website, inviting anyone who wants to, to come along. These will be in addition to our regular monthly rallies and will be informal times to get together. Another opportunity to get that camping “fix” you might be yearning for.
After hearing about all the activities planned for the weekend from our captains Cate and Steph, we were treated to a catered Chinese appetizer dinner which came in waves until we were all pleading for it to stop. No one went away hungry from that abundance of food. After the dog walking, those who wished returned to the clubhouse to play cards or board games.
Saturday was packed full of things to do. First we had two educational presentations – one on standardized hand signals for helping someone back their rig into a campsite, and the other on accessing and using the national RVW website. Then it was off for a private guided tour of the Maritime Center. After lunch, those who felt ambitious took a walk/hike from the campground, up and over Morgan Hill to Fort Worden and then down to the beach for the return trip. While that was happening, other people walked into town to enjoy the Victorian Festival, shopping, and patronizing the local eateries.
In the evening we enjoyed a sandwich bar potluck, supplemented with salads and desserts and, of course, lots of talking and laughing and getting to know some of the newcomers. The evening event was a dance enjoyed by all the free spirited folks who like to kick up their heels.
Sunday morning was our traditional rig christening and we may have set a new record with that. There were eight RVs christened, either for new members or new rigs for “old” members. After a rousing rendition of “Happy Trails to you…” we said goodbye until our next event.
Submitted by Elaine Ploegstra
View of Puget Sound and Mt. Baker from park
Heading out for a trail walk with friends
Pt. Hudson Marina museum, gift store, and training center
New rig for Marne and Elaine - good luck with this one guys.