2013 Events

January 3-5, 2013

Irene Paulin and Mary Sue Ferrell
Vineyard RV Park, Vacaville

The FreeWheelers welcomed the new year by coming to Vacaville, a new venue for the chapter for a relaxing weekend. The clubhouse offered a wood stove, complete with firewood, and an old fashioned jukebox which played oldies. The mornings were crisp, especially for California with lows of 30
degrees, so the stove was nice. Friday evening was a wine tasting plus meet and greet.

Saturday started with the breakfast potluck and was followed by an educational session. Mary Sue showed how to keep track of important maintenance items (oil changes, tire pressure, generator hours, etc.) plus shared tips for exercising a generator. The group shared suggestions and asked questions on other topics. The highlight of the day was focus on fundraising, by FreeWheelers, to support upcoming chapter activities during the RVW national convention which will be held in Sacramento, October 9-13, 2013.

Following breakfast, there was a silent auction and then at 2pm a live auction, conducted by a very special auctioneer, Gracie. Thanks to all those who donated items for the auctions and those who bid on them as it was a success with lots of laughter!

The dinner potluck featured comfort foods. The clubhouse
was a great place to hang out, visit, play games, and listen to the jukebox. The Saturday evening downpour could not dampen the enthusiasm of this group. A total of 47 women in 27 rigs, including 10 solos, 1 guest and a RVW member from Mid-Atlantic Chapter, gathered for this weekend which was hosted by Irene Paulin and Mary Sue Ferrell.

February 1-3, 2013

Hosts: Arleen Huffman, Marlene Morrison
Location: Casa de Fruta, Hollister, CA Toll Free Phone: 1 800 548 3813

As is often the case at Casa De Fruta, when FreeWheelers arrive the sun comes out..it took a little longer to get warmth but who cares when we’re with our friends and it isn’t raining.   Thursday brought 19 of our attendees in to Hollister and we settled right to enjoy the company, the nearby restaurant, the produce. The next day the rest of our happy band arrived to join us.  Friday Night Meet & Greet was great as usual and we welcomed Joyce and Pat as guests /new members to our shindig.  That night was perfect for a blazing campfire…just cold enough to enjoy but no icicles on our noses and it gave us another chance to visit with our old and new friends.    Saturday was pretty quiet UNLESS you were part of a 2013 RVW Convention committee who met to continue to plan and strategize for this October’s fun…. OR you were a member of our wonderful All Girl Band who used the opportunity to polish up their music for Jackson.   Saturday Night we assembled for the “Main Event” to the strains of “When the Saints go Marching In”. We had some wonderful authentic New Orleans food and lots of masks, beads and hats! We even one gorgeous costume worn by our own Connie DeCoud.   We rolled from dinner into one of the best Karaoke parties I believe we have ever had.  Jenna Teyshak and Rumors Productions again provided the tunes, Arleen & Marlene provided the MC duties, raffle prizes and silly musical games like Air Guitar to Johnny B Goode and lip-synching to the Supremes.  We had an interesting “dramatic reading” of “Hot Stuff ‘ by Jonni  Pettit.

We discovered a new talent/new member in Joyce Mangouney who gave us a memorable version of  “Fever” that we LOVED!!!

The rest of the gang provided the talent as we all sang our hearts out until we closed with our traditional “ We Are Family” conga line.  There is some wonderful talent in FreeWheelers!

Sunday we started to say goodbye to some but Vickie at Casa De Fruta graciously provided a large Hotel room next door with a big screen TV so those remaining the night could watch a terrific SuperBowl game in warmth and comfort.

As always, this outing was smash because we’re big kids and we’re all so good at the art of play!!!  Play ON FreeWheelers!

March 1-3, 2013

Hosts: Angela Pettit and Jonni Pettit,
Location: The Lakes – RV & Golf Resort – Chowchilla, CA

The Lakes was all we could’ve ask for. Although the pool wasn’t heated, the spa was ready and waiting; the weather was great Thursday and Friday (although, we had a little sprinkle or two as we slept Fri. p.m.); Saturday and Sunday were cloudy but pleasant for being out touring or visiting.

Many of our members took off to see one of the eight places we suggested, and several went to see more than two! Everyone who saw the Underground Gardens and Blossom Trail last year convinced others to come this year, as we nearly double our turn-out this time, with 20+ rigs( and a new member, Debbie Mahler-Welcome!). The two museums in Mariposa appreciated the interest, as did the Mammoth Discovery Center (no they didn’t have to go into the dump, the bones were found there several years ago).  Judy was happy to report that the Castle Air Museum compared favorably with the number and kinds of planes at the Air Force Museum.

The golfing gals had good & challenging times (free games come with your site), and several of the group found local eateries for lunches and had yummy reports as well.

Everyone seemed happy all the calories were removed (NOT!) from all the good eats at our shared dinners and breakfast, so we didn’t feel too guilty. Our pets got plenty of exercise without having dirty tummies or toes. (You have to see Jane Hyatt’s new baby, Maddy! She was the hit of the weekend!)

The sites are all concrete with thick lawns, blacktop streets, the fenced dog area is grassy, and the meeting hall & well equipped kitchen worked out quite well too. Even the band came to practice.

I think it’s safe to say a good time was had by all, and we hope to see even more of you there next year (after all, it’s just up the way from Casa de Fruta!).

March 28 – April 1, 2013

Hosts: June Alexander & Kate Earnhart
Location: Rancheria RV Park, Jackson

You would think we were in Camelot. It only rained at night! We had a total of 44 rigs and 34 of them arrived on the 28th or before. We had a total of 73 women, including 3 first timers and 8 guests. A book exchange was set up in the clubhouse.

We really miss Beverly. Not just for the root beer floats, but for the spirit she brings to the group. Casper kept us posted and we are all glad that she is strong enough to go home!

We gathered for appetizers and meet and greet ceremonies in the clubhouse on Friday evening. Some watched women’s basketball (March Madness, you know), some visited, some played games in the spacious clubhouse.

Because we were concerned that it would rain out the Washer Toss event on Saturday, June Alexander (ably assisted by Irene and Mary Sue), scheduled a single elimination tournament for Friday afternoon. The winners of the event were Sue Copeland and Kristi Lyngholm. Runners up were Merrily Robinson and Joan Beason. Since Saturday was another gorgeous day in Paradise oops, I mean Jackson! 24 contestants played in the second single elimination tournament. Winners were: Faye Mendenhall and Linda Steinberg. Runners up were Shirley Leister and Deb Adkins. Prizes were awarded to the winners on Saturday night. Many gathered to view these events and visit or help score the games.

Saturday morning the group assembled for a wonderful potluck breakfast. After breakfast, many went to Marsha’s rig to greet her new Coton puppy, Oliver. Marsha provided cupcakes, “It’s a Boy” blue bubble gum cigars, and candy bars with the birthdate and name on the wrappers! Of course Oliver had already met most of the folks in the RV Park! After that we ambled down to christen Julie Evans and Carol Hallacy’s new rig. They provided champaign for the christening as well as delicious chocolates.

Saturday night we barbecued our main courses for the potluck. After everyone finished eating, visiting, and taking food and used dishes back to their rigs, an industrious crew folded up the tables and set up chairs in preparation for the evenings events. First on the agenda was an Easter Bonnet Parade. Marie Moore played keyboards and Arleen Huffman sang her own rendition of the Easter Parade, while our fashion plate members showed off their gorgeous and very creative bonnets. The winners were determined by audience applause. Everyone deserved a prize, but 2 got overwhelming acclaim, so we had a tie: Jane Hiatt and Kathy Nellis. The prizes were momentarily misplaced so they weren’t awarded until Sunday morning at breakfast. Everyone really enjoyed the rest of the evening as our own All Girl Band played and sang for us.

Easter Sunday dawned bright and beautiful. Some left us early to spend the day with family. Many met in the clubhouse for a “Clean out the Fridge Breakfast”. Again a busy crew helped clean up the clubhouse and put it in order. This was the first event that Kate Earnhart and June Alexander have hosted. We really appreciated the support that we got from the entire group. Since we will be in Florida for many months next year, Joan Beason and Winona Abrams have agreed to host this event if we can get the clubhouse scheduled for next year. This is such a popular resort that we may have to book the event two years in advance!

May 2 – May 5th 2013

Hosts: Irene Paulin and Mary Sue Ferrell.
Location: Lake View Campground at Pardee Lake Recreation Area, 4900 Stoney Creek Rd, Ione CA 95642

It has been a great run! Sixteen FreeWheelers, in 11 rigs, first gathered at Pardee Recreation area April 2005 for a boondocking weekend which was hosted by Sue Copeland and Gloria Jarvis. The campfire and wienie roast was a big hit.

This year, 9 years after the first outing and the 8th annual weiner roast, there were 30 rigs and 63 women (including 2 guests and 2 RVW  members). Irene Paulin and Mary Sue Ferrell were the outing hosts with wonderful assistance there from co-hosts Kathy Johnson  and Denna Patton.

The weather was sunny and  quite warm on Thursday and Friday so no one needed to worry about their solar rigs not getting enough juice, but it began to cool off on Saturday and by Sunday was just about perfect. Merrily Robinson repeated as the “Fire Goddess” so the coals were just right for S’mores Friday evening and wienies Saturday evening.

The staff at Pardee brings tables and awnings to our gathering area for meals. Saturday breakfast was delicious and followed by Pat and Sheri Tinker hosting a “rig warming” for their new to them 5th wheel. Kayakers got out on the water on Saturday while those who stayed in camp participated, either as players or cheering section, in the Washer Toss Tournament. We had 15 teams (2 players per team) playing on 5 boards. The winning team was Cris Giordano and June Alexander with Margot Jordan and Dee Johnson in second place.

At 3pm Kathy and Denna hosted root beer floats at their RV. It was a tribute to Beverly Hiltachk who hosted root beer floats at her rig for a number of years and passed away April 14th. Casper Nordahl and Winona Abrams created a memory board with wonderful pictures of Beverly enjoying FreeWheelers, her RV and special trips over the years.

It is a rarity to camp where a fire can be a part of the weekend so we took advantage of it. Thanks to all those who contributed wood we had a fire Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. After dinner Saturday evening, we gathered around the campfire and continued a tradition of remembering special people, past and present, with “fairy dust”, provided by Irene Paulin, which when sprinkled on the flames makes pretty colors.

Sunday came all too quickly. Time to say goodbye as RV’s left Pardee. A number of us chose to enjoy a meal, sometimes accompanied by an ice cream shake, at the Pardee Café before heading out. There were 16 fortunate campers who were able to stay Sunday night and after a low key washer toss game we enjoyed one last campfire.

Irene Paulin and Mary Sue Ferrell have hosted the event since 2011. They announced they would not be doing it in 2014; however, they are hopeful someone or several someone’s will decide to carry on this outing.

— Mary Sue Ferrell/Irene Paulin

May 30 – June 3, 2013

Hosts: Sheila Grothe and Jeanne Stevenson
Location: Woodson Bridge RV Park, Corning

The Woodson Bridge outing along the Sacramento River, May 30 – June 3, 2013, was again a warm experience. In spite of the heat the participants enjoyed one another’s company and the ambiance that this RV Park provides.

The Guacamole contest Fri. night was well received with three winners. Actually the additional snacks provided made all of us winners.

Once again the highlight of Sat. morning breakfast was the delicious “biscuits and gravy” provided by Susan and Beth. We were also treated to fresh cooked waffles provided by new member Suzanne Saucier. The morning was made complete with Rachael providing an always interesting and informative presentation on RV care and new products.

This outing has become synonymous with Sat. night Bingo. The park manager once again led us through several Bingo games with cash prizes going to the happy winners.

All in all this was a successful outing and we thank all who attended. Sorry no pictures this time. As a reminder to members please contact the event sponsors if you are unable to show up at a specific outing. The RV parks reserve your space and lose money if you fail to notify that you can’t make it. Your reserved spot could go to someone else wanting to stay at the park.

July 11 – 15, 2013

Host: Susan DuShane
Location: Sacramento River (Brannan Island) KOA & Marina
922 West Brannon Island Road
Isleton, CA 95641

Well first of all we owe a Great Big “Thank You” to Pat & Chris. If it hadn’t been for them everyone would have been on their own when they arrived because even for our own outing we weren’t able to get away. We arrived with everyone waiting for us to park for the meet & greet. The park is full of trees and the weather was beautiful. The group of 12 Rigs was the smallest we have had for a while but it was great to be able to get to visit more with each other. We did have one of our new members visit from Woodland that hopes to see us at Convention. This was a kick back weekend. We visited, we ate, we visited some more. All in all, I think we had a really nice time. If you want a park with nice quiet, tree lined, spaces then this is the park for you.If you get a chance, you should try it out.

Happy Trails see you again soon Beth, Susan & Dolly

August 16 – 18, 2013

Host: Connie Mart
Location: Olema RV Resort and Campground

This year’s Olema outing was a huge success. There was lots of food, campfires, of course BBQ oysters!!

Everyone had a great time – many of us went on side trips to Pt Reyes Seashore to see the elks or to the beach, biking and hiking, kayaking or visiting the Visitors Center and the Earthquake trail (site of the 1906 earthquake).  Pt Reyes Station is a great little town and, of course, many of us visited the world famous Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning, the wonderful Pine Cone Diner for breakfast or lunch, and it’s many little shops.

The weather was perfect – while all points east were sweltering in 90 degree weather we enjoyed the 70 degree temps.  A good time was had by all.

September 6 – 8, 2013

Hosts: Joan Libbey, Sheila Welt and Patti Patton
Location: Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

Although Pismo Beach was a long drive for some of us, it was worth the time and effort. The Pismo Coast RV Park is very up to date and accommodating for our event. The sand in that region of our coast is spectacular.  It is like “fine talc”.

We had 24 rigs in attendance, with both FreeWheelers and SoCal in attendance.  It was fun to have our SoCal counterparts in attendance.  There were also several members from RVW’s newest chapter Central Cal RoVers in attendance. Welcome Central Cal RoVers!!!!

We had several New Comers.  WELCOME!!!!

There were a lot of activity options, or vegging out was an option that some women just loved.

Those of us who went on the Hummer Dunes Ride have a wonderful adventure.  Those vehicles are really something.  The drivers were very experienced and gave us a wonderful ride.  There were two levels of ride available.  Exciting and Very Exciting.  If you have never done anything like dune
riding try it something I think you will enjoy it.

Our Saturday night dinner was successful.  Everyone introduced themselves, and we had a chance to co-mingle.  The food was delicious with a lot of specialties, as always!  Thanks Ladies!!

There was a campfire every night for those that enjoy that activity.  There was a lot of laughter and sharing at this nightly event.  Thank you to the SoCal member that made this event possible.

Thank all of you who attended this event.  Your participation was appreciated.  Because of your participation this event was successful and a lot of FUN!!!!!!

Pismo Beach Outing Leaders,
Sheila Welt, Reporter for
Patti Patton and Joan Libbey

November 1-3, 2013

Hosts: 2013 FreeWheelers Board – contact Susan DuShane
Location:  Sugarbarge RV Resort, Bethel Island
Phone: (800) 799-4100

December 5-9, 2013

Hosts: Beverly Smith & Faye Mendenhall
Location: Durango RV Park, Red Bluff

Neither cold, nor rain, nor snow could stop the hearty Freewheelers, who braved the elements to enjoy a fantastic gathering at Durango RV Resort. Twenty rigs and 32 women, including guests and new members, enjoyed our annual holiday get together.

On Thursday evening, twelve “early birds” enjoyed a welcome soup and sourdough bread dinner in the clubhouse.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, we had our “Meet and Greet” in the warm and cozy clubhouse with lots of sumptuous appetizers. On Saturday morning, after waking to snow on the ground, we met for breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by an update on the state of RV equipment by Rachel. At 1 p.m. Casper held the annual “cookie exchange”—yummy!

Casper won the rig-decorating contest—thanks to Marsha’s volunteering to organize this event. At 6 p.m. we had a wonderful holiday dinner, following by the annual gift exchange (with lots of steals) and holiday music by Marie, Judy, Faye, and the voices of the Freewheelers. Of particular note was “The Twelve Days of Christmas”–our members outdid themselves performing— should have videotaped it! 

Sunday arrived promising cold temperatures once again. Everyone agreed that this was a fabulous outing in which we had time to really enjoy each other’s company. We said goodbye to many friends after breakfast and look forward to seeing them again at upcoming outings. On Sunday evening 12 of us went to Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta for dinner. 

After taking a vote from members, the Durango RV Resort outing next year will be September 4-7 so that we can enjoy the pool again.

Bev Smith