We missed the European annual campouts the last three years for various reasons, but this year we loaded the bikes, packed up the van and headed over Stevens Pass to Lake Wenatchee for this year’s get together.
No sooner had we pulled into our campsite than we had a kick-ass thunder and lightening storm; this the start of a 10-day camping trip and rendezvous with the NW Eurovan Group. It’s been over a year since our last outing in the van so, of course, we had to relearn how we do things, where we store things and what we forgot to pack.
Once the skies cleared campers began to emerge from the safety of their vans, as did we. Walking up the hill I counted 9 vans already in camp joined by 3 more as we stood talking to some fellow campers. We introduced ourselves to some folks and remembered one lady, Lydia, which we met at the first NWEVC outing three years ago.
This looks to be a fun weekend.
The hosts, Don and Marianne, were camped near us and as we learned from them the schedule for the weekend was pretty simple, do what makes you happy and gather for a potluck Saturday night; it’s a pretty low-key group and I like that about it.
We did get together at the host’s campsite, around a campfire, Friday night for wine, hors d’oeuvres and a little conversation, talking until late. We will have plenty of time to get better acquainted tomorrow and then gather again for the potluck Saturday night. Sleep came quickly.
I awoke from a deep, very peaceful sleep to clear blue skies, bird songs and the promise of an interesting day, what could possibly be better than that on a morning in camp? I always seem to sleep really well in the van and usually have long involved dreams, must be all the fresh air.
No group activity planned so we just had a leisurely breakfast, visited with Lydia a bit and then walked down to the lake to see what was going on. Did I mention it is a gorgeous day! There were some folks sunning themselves on the beach and a couple of kayaks on the water. We walked along a lakeshore trail, found surprisingly few wildflowers but no shortage of mosquitoes!
After a walk we kicked back and spent the afternoon reading and visiting until time for happy hour and the evening pot luck.
It was quite a spread, all kinds of salads, homemade soup, enchiladas, fruit and even special brownies yum yum.
This is a diverse and interesting group of people and I look forward to getting to know them better in the years ahead.
We gathered in the morning to share favorite camp spots, van modifications and to decide on a location for next year. No firm decision was made but a couple of popular options will be presented to the entire group early next spring among those present Newhalem Bay on the Oregon Coast seemed the favorite.
Folks loaded up to head home, most to Oregon or the Seattle area, but first the requisite circling of the vans for a group photo.
We are moving a just short distance down the road to the Wenatchee Confluence State Park for the night so we can ride along their beautiful 10-mile long Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail that runs along the Columbia River.