Thank you to all for making this a fun and relaxing gathering! Yes, a special 'thank you' to Robert for hosting the Saturday potluck, and as a first[hopefully not last!] timer too. Accolades to "Possum" for his slide show capture. Aren't potlucks amazing? Just the right mix of great salads, hot dishes, sides, and deserts. Yum! Possum had no end of photo ops showing us chowing down.
We also thoroughly enjoyed the Sunday night mini get together at our campsite. There were eleven of us who opted to stay until Monday so we gathered around a campfire, sharing food and yakking up a storm.
Ed and I headed over Monday afternoon to stay with friends who live in Cinebar. We drove into the park at Mayfield Lake and also into the park at Mossyrock. The Mayfield Lake campground is divided into an upper and a lower campground. Lower sites along the lake are very short and would require unhooking your vehicle. We spoke to the ranger who said we, as a group, would have a problem nailing down enough sites in early June because of the demand from fisher people who reserve well in advance for the prime sites.
Mossyrock campground is at the western end of Riffe Lake, just outside the town. Mossyrock campground is right on the lakeshore, has 152 sites, 2 group camp areas and a reservable kitchen shelter. This is also a Tacoma Power park. Information online for all the parks, including the individual downloadable park brochures, is at TPU Power Parks & Rec
We are pretty much able to attend any June gathering. Western Washington weather in June sure can be challenging - but that's why we are in our little trailers with big outside awnings and/or tarps J
We've really enjoyed Taidnapam. Since we only have camped in the more open area these past 2 years we can't really comment on the older area. What was nice in the newer area we were in is you can see most of the fiberglass trailers. I guess the one thing we would like to see, no matter where the Washington Gathering is, is more of a gathering. That is, have us a little more grouped together. For me that gives more of a feeling of a coming together. This is not to say that some would prefer to camp in their favorite spots which may not be right with the group and that is fine too.
Did you all get your 'commemorative' little box of matches J
We look forward to next year's Washington Gathering and also seeing you at other events, including Bandon.
Colleen and Ed Casita