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