Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NATCOA Spring Rally

This past weekend, Karl and I went to the NATCOA 2009 PNW Spring Rally in Anacortes, WA at the Fidalgo Bay RV Resort. The rally hosts were Gary and Hazel B. and we had eleven rigs in attendance. Mother Nature cooperated with the weather for the most part. We had a few sprinkles Saturday morning, but overall it was a dry weekend in the otherwise rainy Northwest.

A group of campers took a jet boat ride through Deception Pass on Saturday afternoon. If any truck campers travel to the Northwest, this is a must-see place. Whether you're on top of the bridge, at the park surrounding it, or via water, Deception Pass is an impressive place!

Deception Pass Bridge

Canoe Pass

Saturday night was the traditional rally potluck and there wasn't any reason to go hungry. From steak to butter chicken, salads to clam chowder, and desserts galore, including a delicious cheesecake with strawberry topping, it was a fantastic dinner. These campers sure know how to cook.

After dinner, the prize drawings were held. Jim and Sandy A. from Portland were the winners of the Torklift Stableloads provided courtesy of Torklift (thanks, guys!). Nobody walked away empty handed though. Prizes included Camping World gift certificates, smoked salmon, wine, and other Northwest goodies.

Later in the evening, Craig C. and family served homemade donuts while we sat around the campfire. Delish!

It was a great weekend meeting new friends and renewing old acquaintances.


Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Thanks for stopping by. I love your photos of Deception Pass. I'll have to go there some day. So scenic!

The Explorer said...

Why it was called as Deception Pass? (just curious...)

I love the last three photos, like the scenery, nice shot.

Sally in WA said...

The name "Deception Pass" derived from Captain George Vancouver's realization that what he had mistaken for a peninsula was actually an island. He named that island "Whidbey" in honor of his assistant, Joseph Whidbey, who was at his side when Vancouver realized the mistake. The captain named the inlet at which he was anchored "Deception Pass" to commemorate the error.