2018 Dune Country Rally – Florence, OR

DUNE COUNTRY RALLY (PRE-RALLY)
June 16 – 19, 2018
Woahink Lake RV Resort
Florence, Oregon

Wagon Masters:      Al Zimmerman, Dan & Debbi Maas

Attendees:  Northwest Trek Fun Club                                                                                         

Mike and Lynn Ashbridge Oregon City, OR
Gary and Lucy Brown Comox, BC
William and Joan Quant Bend, OR
Bill and Paula Shull Silverton, OR
Al Zimmerman Coos Bay, OR
James and Lunda Hooper Central Point, OR
Richard and Nancy Harris Albany, OR
Tom and Jolyne Selvidge Everett, WA
Dan and Debbi Maas Fort Bragg, CA
Bob and Linda Fitzgerald Tillamook, OR
Gary and Irva Cooper Poulsbo, WA
Tom and Dianna Schramm Bend, OR

12 coaches gathered at the Woahink Lake RV Resort located just south of Florence on the Oregon coast.

Day 1 – Saturday, June 16

One of the highlights (at least for the men) was the classic cars that the resort owner had on display.  This rally was a pre-rally to the FMCA NW Rally at the Mill in North Bend.  Dinner Saturday night was a new item on the rally menu – fish tacos prepared by Debbi Maas.  They were a hit with everyone. Dinner also included Spanish rice, and refried beans. 

Day 2 –  Sunday, June 17

Sunday began with a continental breakfast.  Some of the folks decided to attend a local church since it was day of worship.  Those who attended the Florence Christian Church filled a pew.  One of the challenges put to the rally attendees was to discover Darlingtonia State Park and the carnivorous plants.  It was an amazing sight to see such a large group of these green hooded plants that preyed on insects that came near.  Other people wandered along the bay front, took a dune buggy ride, or relaxed during the afternoon.

Dinner was potluck.  It is always interesting to see the various dishes that are prepared by the chapter cooks.  Card bingo was the evening entertainment with Al Zimmerman serving as the caller for the game.  Lucy Brown, Mike Ashbridge, James Hooper, Richard Harris, and Bill Shull were all winners – but it was Nancy Harris who won the big pot at the end.

Day 3 – Monday, June 18

Pancakes and sausages were on the menu for breakfast.  In the afternoon there was a group tour U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River.  An informative presentation on the history of the Coast Guard in the area was followed by a tour of the station’s 47 foot motor lifeboat.  These special boats are the backbone of the lifesaving work of the Coast Guard.  They are designed so that if they roll over, they come back up and keep going.  The motor lifeboats operate up to 50 miles off shore.  Larger cutters cover the area beyond.

Dinner was spaghetti with a meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, and ice cream bars for dessert.  The evening program featured two ladies familiar with the area.  Elsie Moore, a descendent of pioneer families, talked about her life growing up on a local farm.  Judy Fleagle provided a historical overview of the Oregon coast bridges designed by Conde  McCullough.  Fleagle is author of McCullough’s Coast Bridges and Crossings.

Day 4 – Tuesday, June 19

The final day began with a continental breakfast.  Seven coaches caravanned to the FMCA NW Area Rally at the Mill Casino in North Bend.  We arrived at the Mill in good order.

  • Card Bingo
  • Nancy Harris was the big Card Bingo winner (Shawn here with Dick)
  • Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River
  • Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River
  • 47 foot Motor Life Boat
  • As usual - there was plenty of food. Tom Selvidge and Dan Maas enjoy the selection.
  • Dick Harris and Bob Fitzgerald know where the food is!