Cathlamet 2005

Cathlamet Rally  

March 18, 19, 20 – 2005

2005 is off to a great start with our first rally of the year.  20 coaches gathered at Cathlamet, Washington, a historic town settled in 1846, on the Columbia River

Wagon Master Ron Rawson organized the weekend at the new campground at the Elochoman Slough Marina.  We were the first group to use the new Port of Cathlamet facilities at the Marina and participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the city officials.  The small, charming town has an interesting museum, historic buildings, unique shops, a glass-blowing studio and friendly and welcoming townspeople.  The town is easy walking distance from the campground.

10 coaches arrived at the campsite on Thursday, the 17th, and an impromptu St Patrick’s Day potluck dinner and fellowship was enjoyed in the covered picnic area.  By Friday, we had 20 coaches, including 2 new member coaches, Gene and Carole Nemish and Ken and Helen Anderson.  Helen couldn’t join us this time, but her mother, Rozy, accompanied Ken.  A new member who joined just before the rally, Lucian and Eileen Eddy, arrived in their new Trek –on their very first trip in it!     Rob and Lisa Olmstead, who are still shopping for their first Trek, visited during the day on Friday.  Ron Rawson introduced them to various members and showed them around the Treks.

Friday night’s “heavy hors d’ oeuvres” was in reality a super spread of great food.  After dinner, the club presented our webmaster, who created our great website, with a barbeque donated by Great American RV.  Jeanette Block, who designed a beautiful logo for the club was presented with a pair of insulated, brass-trimmed coffee mugs, donated by FMCA.  A “best dressed potato” contest was won by Maxine and Russell Warren (Best Representative of St. Patrick’s Day) and Barb and Bob Brown (Best of Show).  There were 14 very cleverly decorated potatoes!!!

Saturday was cold and rainy, but we still had a great time visiting with old and new friends.  The fresh Columbia River salmon barbequed dinner was excellent.

Sunday morning, after a delicious continental breakfast, Mike Bronzini, of Brazels RV Performance, was to do a seminar on Trek steering and suspension.  Unfortunately, they got lost and by the time they arrived, most Trekkers were on the road.  They did help a few Trekkers with problems they were having and made some appointments for their shop.  Most of us headed home then.  A few coaches stayed on another day, or took advantage of the location to tour nearby areas.

Submitted by:  Peggy Beers, RallyMaster