Last Thursday, we arrived at Tall Chief RV Park (click here to read our review) for a gathering of friends, in the works for a couple months. Linda and Steven (who live here) have camped with Margaret (who lives in Phoenix) in the past. Margaret is a close friend of Fred and Jo (the Wandering Wishnies, fulltime RV’ers) – I think they met when their paths crossed on a trip to Alaska.
We have camped with Fred and Jo in the past (we originally met via our blogs, then in person in Tucson), and Margaret (and her late husband, Ian) helped us find the condo we rented when we had our motorhome “freshened” in Phoenix. I think we all originally met Linda and Steven via the internet, and Odel and I had lunch with Linda and Steven in Coupeville not so long ago. The connections are a little complicated, but typical of the RV’ing life.
So we all kinda’ know each other, and like each other, and thought a gathering would be fun…
Fun doesn’t begin to describe the week we had. Is there a word for “congenial times ten”? Besides our shared interest in good food, wine, cooking, pets, all things RV and travel, our senses of humor seemed to feed off one another. I laughed so often I had to massage my face at the end of each evening to relax enough to fall asleep.
In between all the eating and drinking, we managed a day of sightseeing in Seattle – a 3 hour cruise through the locks on Lake Union, out into Puget Sound, and back to the downtown docks, followed by a hike up the stairs to Pike Place Market (jammed with tourists).
Our group included some very talented photographers, so I took way fewer photos than usual, knowing our time together would be more than adequately documented. Except for our day in Seattle, I kept my hands off the camera, simply enjoying the company and experiences… so no photos of the great meals we shared, of Linda’s and Steven’s beautiful lakeside home, of our evening trip on the Pine Lake “party boat”.
Entering the lock on Lake Union
Colorful peppers at Pike Place Market
It was a great gathering. Special thanks to Linda and Steven for pulling it all together for us – we had a never-to-be forgotten time.
Tomorrow we head east, returning to our regularly scheduled programming. :)