Champoeg State Park, Oregon

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This past weekend, we had a great trip to Champoeg, Oregon and saw lots of folks we’ve met at other rallies and made new friends. The rally was for the Oregon Unit’s annual meeting and there were 64 Airstreams and over 100 people who were there.

Pictured above is an amazing vintage trailer that won the People’s Choice Award at Modernism week last year in Palm Springs. It belongs to Doug and Mona Heath, who is past President of the WBBCI Oregon Unit and works with Airstreams 2 Go.

IMG_5157 IMG_5158Champoeg is a terrific state park and particularly beautiful in the fall.

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We picked up pumpkins and walked to the historic Butteville Country Store where they made amazing cherry pies.

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There is a bikeway that runs along the entire Willamette Valley that is stunning right now.

We look forward to many more rallies with this group, and more adventures ahead.

 

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UPDATED: A Reading at Alumafandango in Oregon – August 8, 2013 9:30am

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I’ve been asked to do a reading in support of my novel, AIRSTREAMING at Alumafandango in Oregon. I’ll be reading, Thursday, August 8th from 9:30 – 10:30am. So grab your coffee and come listen in! I hope all of you can make it! I’ll have AIRSTREAMING on hand to sign and my other novels, THE PALISADES and THE NARROWS, MILES DEEP as well.

Alumafandango is an Airstream Rally being put together by the good folks at RB Alumapalooza where ‘streamers from all over the country (about 100 Airstreams and their owners) will meet up and share stories about their Airstreams.

I’m very excited about doing this and they’ve asked me to talk a little about writing about Airstreams as well. To read up on the genesis of AIRSTREAMING, go here to a post on GLAMPER: An Airstream Diary. There are also pictures of places that exist in the novel. There is also a story by RG Coleman on TralerChix.com here.

I will have books on hand to sell at the event as I have at the last two rallies I’ve attended. People are responding very positively to the book, which makes me extremely proud and happy. You can also download AIRSTREAMING on KINDLE or NOOK before the event!

Our First Airstream Rally: Depoe Bay, OR

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John, Buster and myself took off for Depoe Bay on Friday for our first Airstream rally ever.

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We had an amazing weekend and were a little overwhelmed by all the people we met, the names we had to learn and all of the Airstream knowledge we heard. It’ll take some time to process, but what a great first rally.

Thanks to Rally hosts, Devon and Rebecca Sigleer and Marcus and Becki  Burr. They did a great job hosting 29 Airstreams and 60 people at the Sea and Sand RV Resort overlooking Depoe Bay, OR.

We were greeted by the nice women at the front desk and then Devon helped guide John in for his first backing lesson into our site over-looking the ocean.

Friday evening was happy hour, appetizers and, for us, meeting a lot of new people.

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We looked at some incredible Airstreams, vintage and new, and talked solar panels and generators and styles and lengths.

Saturday was a nice walk on the beach, French toast, sausage and fruit by our Rally Hosts, and then lunch for John and I just down the road at a Mexican restaurant (not so tasty).

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We toured around the small coastal town and then went back to the resort for the rest of the afternoon to nap and read and ready ourselves for dinner.

My old friend, Tanya Spruill, who lives up the coast with her partner, Miles, came to visit and catch up. We hadn’t seen each other since just before our High School graduation so it was quite a treat.

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Afterwards, we met for the Saturday bar-b-que and everyone brought dishes, and the hosts provided grilled shrimp, tuna and Prime Rib, which was amazing. Another set of couples brought makings for hot fudge sundaes.

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We were also treated to an amazing sky above the ocean.

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The day ended with a beautiful beach fire with s’mores and more visiting.

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Sunday, John, Buster and I took off down the beach to look at tide pools and came back to a Happy Birthday sing-a-long for me, which was quite nice (thanks Toni for starting that!)

We then hung around to say goodbye and see people off.

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I was able to sell copies of AIRSTREAMING, which was great and I hope will be enjoyed. Then the weather turned as John and I went to brunch at a local cafe that had extremely slow service. We were sitting outside with Buster and nearly froze to death waiting for crepes. Then it was back to Margaret and naps and reading and planning our next adventure.

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A big thank you to all who welcomed us from the WBCCI Oregon Unit and those from the Washington Unit as well. Thanks also to those who shared their knowledge and wine (thanks Diane and Rob!). We are really looking forward to Area 33 (Trout Lake) over Memorial Day weekend.

THE GOOD: Great people, Amazing view, clean and nice RV Park, The weather on Friday and Saturday. We figured out Buster’s bed, which he LOVED. We really are making Margaret a home away from home. Endless power, endless water. The beach. Salt Water Taffy from the front desk. John and I travel really well together and both love being in the Airstream.

THE BAD: The little town’s Mexican food place. Dory’s. The wind on the way home scaring the bejesus out of us as Margaret swayed…

THE UGLY: At the tail end (pun intended) of dumping out the gray and black water, I accidentally pulled off the hose and a little nasty spilled out. Not too bad and I washed the little bit away. Luckily, it was at the end of the gray flush.

PS: click on the pics to see them big and beautiful.