Notes from the bash:
The Tote Races had to be postponed. The race promoter never appeared and rumor has it that he was seen at the cage in the casino up the road trying to hock a "valuable, collectable" blue tote - saying it used to belong to Elvis. That's the way it goes I guess, and maybe it's a good thing - now we have another year to wrench on our tote and get it just perfect...
Saturday morning, a couple of little kids and their dad were walking through the G loop and one of the kids asked about the shiny trailers (obviously NOT looking at ours). The dad said "they belong to the pink flamingo camping club" The little girl asked "can we join" and the dad said "No, we don't have a flamingo..."
The raccoons at the park were aggressive and needed some management. They roam the park in unruly bands, scaring small kids, befouling picnic table and uncorking innocent bottle of merlot. At our site they raped several pumpkins, repeatedly and with great glee. It was sad. Campcollector has set a new standard in campground hobbies.... Treeing raccoons! At one point he had 4 in one tree, unfortunately, they were in a tree over MY TRAILER! How much do you suppose a coon weighs? Do they ever let go?
Procedures for treeing coons:
1. Build bon fire and heat tip of steel water key (javelin shaped device w/prongs on end) in fire until red hot.
2. Set delicious food on picnic table.
3. Wait for band of varmints to appear.
4. Grab hot poker and run through the woods, poker held high (spear style)yelling "not in my campsite......" or "look another politician...." Be sure that the glowing hot tip is pointed forward.
5. Herd raccoons toward a tree (pick one far away from a trailer if possible).
6. Now heres the tricky part. If the pack splits and runs up several trees, throw the hot poker up into the tree until the coons abandon it to join their buddies in "the safe tree". Repeat the process until all the raccoons are in one tree.
7. Now kick the tree trunk hard (let the ranger do this to avoid getting a tree abuse citation) and drive the coons high up into tree. Remind the coons of their position on the food chain and cover your head as they remind you of yours.
8. Walk away and have the last word (thus saving face) saying "crap on my trailer and you'll regret it..." This is a good parting shot only if the coons are in fact not in a tree over your trailer. If they are hanging over your trailer, you probably shouldn't further enrage them and you will need to improve your technique through repeated attempts, later in the evening.
When we left on Monday, I stopped at the ranger station - there was a fellow checking out, asking about the raccoon season... and were guns allowed or just spears. Do they sell them at the front booth?
We had a great time! Campcolllector arranged for 2 huge fire rings, Druupy brought a huge load of seasoned alder, we burned it all weekend in tandem fires. Folks contributed food and labor, the scullery crew cleaned unspeakable pots and the weekend just flew by. I seem to have a magic merlot rack in my trailer, it kept filling up! We tried (hard) to empty it, but new, full bottles just kept arriving as well as one stellar bottle of Bordeaux.
Sunday, we had BLT's for lunch under a sunny tree (yes the rain was brief) with garden tomatoes,fresh arugala and a lovely bottle of white wine.
About bacon: We had bacon from the 4 corners of the US. 2air brought fabulous smokey bacon from great distances and there were local varieties as well. we had planned a vertical tasting at Breakfast but the crowd was too undisciplined, preferring to just "be surprised". I lost count at 15 LBS but think that we probably cooked close to 30....
And about cooking: We were honored to have a retired short order cook in our midst who cooked our French toast to perfection! I Love rallies - they just fall together!
Finally; on coffee: The Pacific northwest is not the only great coffee producer in the country. 2air graced campers with cans of wonderful, memorable coffee ..... mmm, caffene....
Some other cool things happened. Last year JDL came by to look at Airstreams, this year he came back with his own!
SUtton RV donated great prizes including a trailer hitch cover and cash certificates for service and parts.
The forums donated stickers and everyone donated great food!
I still smell like bacon.... how about you?