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chetandren 10-06-2016 10:10 AM

I'm very much interested in this meet-up. My vote would be for Kayak after the Labor Day weekend. Also if you need volunteers, I could be available.

Casita Greg 10-06-2016 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Azurko (Post 612096)
Grayland state park has fun roundabout style campgrounds right on the beach and is year round as well. It would take some reservations but could attract some travelers. Azur
Gogocamper

Grayland Beach was the site of the very first WA get-together, which is the same one that is now held at Taidnapum. I personally spearheaded that original get-together back in 2008. And, FWIW, Grayland Beach is, and would be, an excellent venue to consider for this group as well. JMHO

Kai in Seattle 10-06-2016 10:33 AM

Original #1 post:


WA
Seeking Ideas for a Seattle Meet


Hi, all,

Interested in a Seattle-area fiberglass trailer meet-up?


We've had a number of suggestions on a different thread, including:

Deception Pass State Park Oak Harbor Island
Kayak Point State Park
Wenburg County Park
Denny Creek Campground in the National Forest By North Bend

And then there are the suggestions that require a ferry ride or a long drive-around. We'd prefer NOT to do either. Think "Seattle"



Questions include:

1. WHEN (avoiding other local meets and gatherings)
2. WHERE (park recommendations should include # of sites and utilities
offered, as well as any special features like a waterfront)
3. FACILITIES needed
4. ACTIVITIES preferred
5. NAME of gathering

ALL replies will e considered!
Also, if anyone else out there would be interested in hosting this, please let me know!

BEST
Kai
(Kathleen & Paul near Renton which is near Seattle




I hear you about not liking Seattle traffic, so perhaps inside the city limits wouldn't be best, BUT I think within 25-50 miles of Seattle would be closer to the original intent here.


Grayland Beach is super, so is Pacific Beach (!), BUT that's hardly the Seattle area.


The Puget Sound region as well isn't over on the open coast.


I was hoping for something relatively close to Seattle, so we could get there in under an hour or so.


Denny Creek was only about an hour's drive, but it is a small park with only 15 electric hook-ups and no water hook-ups, no showers, etc. the group area only takes 7 rigs.


Anyway, we're getting a great list of ideas and let's keep at this.

Casita Greg 10-06-2016 10:40 AM

I understand your desire to have it closer to home, but whatever you decide, (for me anyway,) sites with full hook-ups would be the only way I'd go. No hook-ups, I'm out, and I think that you will find it to be quite difficult to find enough sites with those amenities close to Seattle. I don't boondock, but don't let it stop the rest of you. I know a lot of people enjoy it that way, and some even prefer it, but it's not my cup of tea. FWIW

Kai in Seattle 10-06-2016 11:03 AM

Casita Greg--


You're the first one to address that question, thank you!
Do you include sewer hook up as well in the needed column?


What about for a one-day event?
Would you still need full hook-up or could you do without some, and if so, what?


Lack of any hook-ups would probably curtail the daycation option, as there wouldn't be any hook-ups in a parking lot.

Good to hear from you and from everyone.


Maybe we need TWO events, or even THREE:


A PUGET SOUND REGIONAL meet that might include Grayland Beach etc

AND a Seattle meet that could include a possible no-hook-ups daycation?

AND an Islands meet-up a bit further north...


Ideas on that? THIS thread is basically, originally, about the Seattle meet possibilities. We don't want to exclude ANYone, but I'm starting to think we can't cover everything everyone might like, so maybe we need one or more other meet-ups as well.

Kai in Seattle

DanielAG 10-06-2016 11:16 AM

Clallam County Parks
 
Please check out the Olympic Peninsula. Clallam County Parks=Salt Creek is great!

k corbin 10-06-2016 11:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Casita Greg (Post 612099)
I don't agree with "your definition" at all. It was never originally proposed as a Seattle event. It was proposed as a Puget Sound region event for folks in the greater Puget Sound region. And I for one would rather avoid Seattle proper, and anything within spitting distance of Seattle, due to the terrible traffic congestion.:mad:

By all means if you want a meetup closer to where you live in the other areas of Puget Sound that are further from Seattle than a half hour and you are doing so just so that you can avoid Seattle traffic then do start a thread to arrange for such a meetup.

Any one who lives in Seattle will have traffic coming and going to any event either outside or inside of the city so that is a null value point in the discussion for people who are from Seattle. Plus it is the weekend and that is not a rush hour commute situation and we won't be traveling during any football or baseball game hours.

Kai started the discussion and she absolutely said people should "think Seattle" and that is her quotation not mine. I don't know how much more clearly and politely it could have been stated what the meetup was intended to be do you? She also stated it being located within a half hour of Seattle. So far there are four suggestions that meet that criteria and all of them would work.
Salt Water Park
Dash Point
Kayak Point
McDonald-Tolt

There was also a within the city one day event location suggestion of Discovery Park which of course is not camping but makes a good shorter notice option as no reservations are required. But I would not expect it to bring in a lot of people from outside of the city unless they had other reasons to be on errands in the city. Another in city location for a staycation is the Warren G. Magnuson Park on Lake Washington. Like Discovery Park it is also a former military base and it is also very large with lots of available parking and hiking but it is less hilly for the hiking.

Fall weather in mid to late September in Seattle should not require the use of air conditioning and it is still in the greater potential time for dry weather during those weeks. :)

k corbin 10-06-2016 12:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DanielAG (Post 612118)
Please check out the Olympic Peninsula. Clallam County Parks=Salt Creek is great!

I think you should start a separate thread for that meetup. I love the Olympic Peninsula too and would be likely to come to a new regional meetup there. But it is not within a half hour of Seattle which I will remind everyone is both the title and intent of this particular thread.

rainjer 10-06-2016 01:16 PM

I have been involved with a couple groups that have camp-outs/gathering every year. One is a teardrop trailer group and the other is a Coleman Collector group.

Our PNW Coleman group meets 3-4 time a year. We have people from Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Canada attend all of the events. In March we do a indoor gathering in Lacey. In May, we do a camp-out in Cle Elum. In August/September we do another camp-out. This one moves around. We have had it in Long Beach, Portland, Birch Bay, Hood Canal and this year Raser State Park in Concrete. next year we are adding a July camp-out in Portland.

The teardrop community is the same way. I have traveled as far as California to attend a gathering. There are 6-8 gathering in the PNW every year. I pick the one I want to attend and go.

Based on my experience with these groups I can tell you a couple things.

1 - You can't please everyone.
2 - If you book it they will come.

If you want to host a gathering, pick a date and a place and book it. Then let people know about it. If they are available and want to come, they will. If they can't come, they will not.

Jeremy

Carol H 10-06-2016 01:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kai in Seattle (Post 612112)

Ideas on that? THIS thread is basically, originally, about the Seattle meet possibilities. We don't want to exclude ANYone, but I'm starting to think we can't cover everything everyone might like, so maybe we need one or more other meet-ups as well.

Kai in Seattle

Kai having organized a lot of FG meets I can tell you that you will drive yourself crazy if you attempt to find a location that the meets everyones needs. Yes there are some who will not camp even one night without power while there are others who will not attend if it is in to much of an urban setting and has power. Its a no win situation. ;-)

When it comes to the need for power keep in mind that the big FG meet in Quartizside each winter that is WELL attended not only does not have power and water but no public bathrooms or showers at the camping location either. :D

Since the introduction of LED lights and solar and compact generators most folks these days have learned to camp & enjoy it without power and water on site. There are a number of alternitive dumping stations people can seek out on their way home.

Bottom line is pick a place that you as the organizer like. Those who like the choose will attend & those who do not will not. ;)

Dave Fish 10-06-2016 01:38 PM

My thoughts:
1. Distance or travel time are a low priority for us. If you live on an island, you get used to 2 hours to get anywhere on the mainland. So any location that can accommodate a groupp is ok.

2. However, we have no interest in camping "in" Seattle and would not pull the trailer over for a day meet.

3. Hookups are not important to us. We would like to have electricity but could not use water and sewer. I fully appreciate those that require those facilities and would hope we could find a location that would meet both needs.

4. Anacortes and "island" were mentioned in post 1, which is probably why so many north end suggestions have been made. Anacortes is definitely more than a half hour from Seattle.

Still in for the gathering and appreciate all of the constructive ideas.

Dave

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Bobbie Mayer 10-06-2016 02:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave Fish (Post 612137)
My thoughts:
1. Distance or travel time are a low priority for us. If you live on an island, you get used to 2 hours to get anywhere on the mainland. So any location that can accommodate a groupp is ok.

2. However, we have no interest in camping "in" Seattle and would not pull the trailer over for a day meet.

3. Hookups are not important to us. We would like to have electricity but could not use water and sewer. I fully appreciate those that require those facilities and would hope we could find a location that would meet both needs.

4. Anacortes and "island" were mentioned in post 1, which is probably why so many north end suggestions have been made. Anacortes is definitely more than a half hour from Seattle.

Still in for the gathering and appreciate all of the constructive ideas.

Dave

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What Dave said. I consider two hours close.

Though I also like the idea of a Fort Casey unorganized meet and may let people know when I am ready to do my "shakedown" trip there in hopes that some join me.

Casita Greg 10-06-2016 04:19 PM

Response to your question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kai in Seattle (Post 612112)
Casita Greg--


You're the first one to address that question, thank you!
Do you include sewer hook up as well in the needed column?


What about for a one-day event? Thank you Kai. I'm not sure that I would personally want to spend the time, effort and fuel to go to a "one day event" even if it was relatively local. It's a lot of work for a tired old guy to hook up all this stuff just for a day trip. It would have to be, (for me anyway,) at least a 3-4 day trip, and preferably with the option of being able to extend my stay, which wouldn't be a bad thing either.

Would you still need full hook-up or could you do without some, and if so, what? For lesser length stays, I could live on my tank capability to handle my waste water requirements, as long as they at least have a waste tank dump facility available on the way out. Power and water would be "gotta have" items.

Lack of any hook-ups would probably curtail the day-cation option, as there wouldn't be any hook-ups in a parking lot.

Good to hear from you and from everyone.


Maybe we need TWO events, or even THREE:


A PUGET SOUND REGIONAL meet that might include Grayland Beach etc

AND a Seattle meet that could include a possible no-hook-ups daycation?

AND an Islands meet-up a bit further north...

Ideas on that? THIS thread is basically, originally, about the Seattle meet possibilities. We don't want to exclude ANYone, but I'm starting to think we can't cover everything everyone might like, so maybe we need one or more other meet-ups as well. Having run a few get-together events (1st, 2nd, and 3rd WA NOG's) in the past, I fully understand that there is no way you can meet and accommodate everyone's expectations or wishes. There will always be people who "I can't make it on that weekend," or "I don't want to travel so far," or "I've been there before," etc. etc. The thing that you need to do is understand that if you are coordinating this, then it is you who rules the roost on where it will be. While a consensus is fine, suggestions are fine, and asking for input/feedback is great, ultimately, if you're gonna take this on, you need to "call the ball." It's your show. If others aren't able to, or interested in, the event they don't have to attend. Just my 2 cents. I do applaud your effort to make something happen. It can be, (and I know,) a daunting herculean effort to "host" a "Not Organized" event. Just because it may be called Not Organized, there is still a tremendous amount of "organization", planning and logistics involved in pulling it off.


Kai in Seattle

Hope this gives you some direction and support.

Carol H 10-06-2016 05:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bobbie Mayer (Post 612139)
What Dave said. I consider two hours close.

Though I also like the idea of a Fort Casey unorganized meet and may let people know when I am ready to do my "shakedown" trip there in hopes that some join me.

You will like Fort Casey. We held a mini private fibreglass rally there two springs ago with about 10 trailers - including a few from the Seattle area. They upgraded the bathrooms and showers last year. There is something for everyone. Explore the Fort and the lighthouse. Ride your bike onto the ferry and head over to Port Townsend or drive to the old town of Coupeville for a meal or shopping.

Sites 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 are the best - right on the beach spaced well out from each other. At sites 12 and 16 you could have a campfire to all hours and not be bothering anyone. No power on those sites though.

Now for the downside of Fort Casey. Two years ago they started to allow you to make reservations during the summer months - it was first come, first serve all year long prior. As a result it has become increasingly popular and harder to get into due to its small size.

People will need to make their reservations for the meet on the first day that the reservations system allows them to for the date, if you holding it within the time frame that they take reservations.


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