Sept. 23-25, 2005 – My RVSnowbird friend, Dick, hosted a mini-rally of the Open Roads Singles group while I was passing through town and I was so happy to get to meet some of the members for the first time. Even though we’d been cyber-friends and email buddies, it was great to get those hugs in person at last!
This was a Mexican fiesta meal we had together. From left going around the table is Donna, Sarah, Dick, Me, Tony, Diana and my mom. My mom always enjoyed meeting my friends, too, and she “adopted” a few along the way.
The next morning we had biscuits and bacon el fresco. Eating outside always makes anything taste better, dontcha think? There’s nothing my mom likes better than cooking for an appreciative crowd, and we all certainly were!
Friends around the campfire are one of the best things about RVing! Meeting Tony (Firedude) at last was a special treat. This weekend he kept us rolling on the floor laughing at his tales of camp hosting at Morro Bay State Park. He also introduced us to a phrase used by law enforcement and fire fighters that has come in extremely handy. A “5150” is code for a mental case and Lord knows you meet all kinds RVing! Now all of us who were at the rally can laugh and talk about the “5150’s” we’ve met along the way – kinda like a private joke!
Sept. 24, 2005 – Wildlife Safari
We all enjoyed this leisurely drive through acres of land filled with hundreds of animals from Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Elephants on their walk have the right-of-way and we were always glad to just stop and watch the animals parade by us. Sometimes it felt more like they were watching us! It’s nice to see them in a freer environment than a normal zoo-type setting allows.
One of the Special Activities the park makes available to guests is the opportunity to reach out (and up) and feed the giraffes. Since they have no upper teeth, it is safe and loads of fun!
What are y’all looking at? Where’s the food?!
This park was a great location for our get together here on the Umpqua River.
This is a view of the bridge seen from the park grounds.
I was lucky enough to get the best site (#44) that fronts the river. It’s also unique in that it has utilities on both sides of the large site, so you can either back in or head in. I loved how the river filled my big motorhome windshield!
Here’s the Umpqua looking down the other side of the river – really a beautiful setting and a great spot for a campfire on a chilly Fall evening.
I think what contributed to the overall nice feel of the park is that the owners, Don and JoEll, started building it themselves in 1996. JoEll said it feels like her “baby” and still just loves running it. She laughed when she said one of the best parts is constantly getting to “pick her neighbors.” They show their neighborliness by sharing produce from the garden they maintain in the back and giving out honey at Christmas from the bees that Don keeps. The clubhouse and laundry room are comfy and clean decorated with a beautiful quilt on the wall – I love these type of parks!
Next stop – Gold Beach down the Pacific Coast Highway