We packed up Friday morning and headed inland to Silver Falls State Park for the weekend Roadtrek Get-Together organized (and I'm using the term loosely) by Yan Seiner, our spiritual leader and T-shirt designer. Over the coastal mountains and down into the Willamette Valley we drove, away from the coolness of the coast and up the other side of the valley slightly into the Cascade foothills. We're at around 1700 feet, and it dipped back down into the 70s as we neared the park and gained a bit of altitude.
This is an AMAZING number of Roadtreks – each group site holds 25 and we are full, way more than the 18 or so rigs we had last year. Lots of new people to meet – I said hello to many of the folks from last year – Esther, Lana, Linda, Gretchen, Vince and Sara, Nelda Lee and Jerry, plus I got to finally meet many of my Facebook buddies in person like Susan Adame, Christine Oberhoffer, and Laura Robinson, my fellow Roadtreking Reporter blogger. Ruka the wonder dog is here too – I said hello but Fiona the Fearless Kitty is being haughty and won't socialize with the dogs, of which there are many.
A bunch of people I have bumped into on the coast this summer are here too – Ginny and Bob and Jacqueline and Kris are all here. And many people from the Yahoo group are here as well. It's a convocation of all sorts of Roadtrek people, coming from all directions to this one place for the weekend.
This afternoon was the time to arrive, pick a spot, and settle in, and then walk around the circles and look at each others' rigs, greet friends and make new ones, and soak in the atmosphere. There's a picnic table in the center of the clearing, and people are congregating there to chat and socialize.
Each group site is a clearing in this first-growth spruce forest – the trees are very old and 150 feet tall. It's cool and shady back in the forest, with green moss all over every surface. Yan picked a beautiful location.
So far the discussion topics have been how to get a decent amount of solar panels on a 170, and strange OBD codes emanating from the Chevys. I guess some brave soul will have to get up there on the 170 roof and measure things.
People keep looking at me ;-). I seem to be well-known – many of the attendees know who I am from reading these blog posts, the Yahoo group over the years, and Facebook. Oh well, I was always telling my parents that someday I'd amount to something.
There are no plug-ins here, so we're all operating by firelight and battery power, and it's really nice to hear talk and laughter drifting across the clearing as it gets dark and people gather and share stories. I'll post more tomorrow as we continue our fun weekend.