Welcome to the Northern California unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI). The NorCal Airstream Club is a group of people who own Airstreams, love to travel and have fun. Most of our members are from Northern California, including San Joaquin, the North Coast, Sierras, Sacramento Valley and San Francisco Bay area.
NorCal is large enough to support a great program of rallies and caravans, yet small enough that members easily establish life-long friendships. We tend to be retired or near retirement, although we have seen a recent increase in new members in mid-career. This group has diverse interests including ham radio, fishing, bicycling, quilting, art and history. An underlying theme is the Airstream lifestyle so there is regular chatter about trailer ambiance, maintenance, repair and towing skills. We host a minimum of eight unit rallies a year, mostly in Northern and Central California with an occasional foray into Nevada. Read more…
The Norcal Airstream held their annual installation rally at 49er Village RV Park in Plymouth. Another brief rally report. My wife and I were unable to attend. But I will guarantee that, sight unseen, Christmas cookies were involved. Another tradition is a presentation from the Biggest Little Kitchen Store in Jackson, CA. Both the incoming and outgoing presidents were honored with dinners. As usual members enjoyed fun, food and fellowship.
The members of Norcal wish Happy Holidays to all.
Your webmaster dropped the ball on this rally. He has no pictures to share. To be fair, he was one of the four people who hosted the rally and was too caught up in the details to see the big picture. The Almond Tree RV Park provided a nice setting for our biennial historical rally. Scrap books celebrating past years were available and members shared their Airstream adventures. Past presidents were honored at an elegant dinner Saturday night. The weather was good; just a little rain. Airstreamers enjoyed socializing and exploring the area. Lunch at the Sierra Nevada Brewery (good food and drink) was followed by a tour of the facility. Many members contributed a piece or two (or more) to the official rally jigsaw puzzle. It was a nice conversation starter.
Photo by Barry M.
Ft. Bragg Rally
The rally at Pomo RV Park in Ft. Bragg was a hit The north coast is stunning and the weather was perfect. We wined, dined and enjoyed each others company.
We took a short hike to visit the Point Cabrillo Light Station. It was only about a half mile from the parking lot (To be fair, the return trip was uphill.). Interesting side note: You cannot have a red roof on the north coast. They are reserved for light stations and serve as a daytime signal. We also took a short trip on the famous Skunk Train.
We hiked through the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, ultimately reaching the bluffs overlooking the Pacific. The gardens have an amazing variety of flora, the bird watching is legendary, and occasionally you trip over other unique fauna (tasty). You should visit and spend as much time as you can. Photos by Kent S. and Barry M.
The owners of Lassen RV Resort were wonderful hosts. We enjoyed the solitude of the MacArthur area. Amateur astronomers loved the dark skies. The shear number of visible stars reminded me of my childhood in the foothills. We were entertained by a cowboy poet who also performed rope tricks. There was plenty of time to renew friendships and explore the area. Some culinary adventurers even experimented with dutch oven cooking. There were no complaints.
We visited Hat Creek Radio Observatory. The resident scientist gave us an up close and personal tour of the facility. The observation hours are split between two research areas. The days are given to collecting data for classic radio astronomy. The nights are reserved for the SETI program. If you are interested in viewing real-time data check out setiquest.info.
All photos by Kent S.
Norcal members enjoyed the beauty and solitude of the Clio/Graeagle area. Clio’s Rivers Edge RV Park provided the perfect setting among the pines. The food was great; the company even better. A group of fly fisherman had a nice hike and was outwitted by the local trout. Artistic adventurers created their own original Airstream art under the direction of a talented professional artist.
A group of intrepid explorers hiked up to the original gold discovery site in Plumas County. The two-three hour hike covered at least two miles (best guess) with an elevation gain of 300-400 feet, about half way up the mountain in the photo. The views were outstanding and the Orange Peel fungus was pretty cool.
Photos by Kent S. and Barry M.
Red Bluff Rally
The weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the Norcal members who attended the May rally in Red Bluff. Durango RV Resort provided a comfortable place to kick back. We visited the New Clairveaux Abbey where the Cistercian Monks are assembling a chapter house from ancient stones. The history of the stones and the circumstances that brought them to Vina is fascinating. We tasted the wines produced by the abbey.
We also toured Shasta Dam.
We were given a garden tour at the home of one of your members. Native and drought tolerant plants were the focus.
All photos by Kent S.
WBCCI Region 12 Cali Rally
The Region 12 Cali Rally was dry-camping at its finest. The Camatta Ranch provided the perfect place to get away from it all. Campfires, chili cook-offs, entertainment and camaraderie, it doesn’t get any better. All photos by Kent S.
Norcal celebrated the honey bee at the Olema rally in April. One of our rally hosts demonstrated the art of beekeeping. The Olema Ranch Campground and surrounding area provided a beautiful setting for the rally. Of course there were recurring themes: good friends, good food and drink and interesting activities. Photos by Kent S. and Cam M.
The NorCal rally in Columbia was a success. We occupied both the 49er RV Park and the Marble Quarry RV Park. We explored Columbia State Park, renewed friendships, ate well (always) and enjoyed a production of My Fair Lady at a theater in Sonora. We took care of some business by belatedly installing our new president, Jackie K., and our new recording secretary, Claudette P. The occasional rain showers made the entire rally more interesting.
Left to right, our new president and secretary, birthdays and anniversaries, Jackie and Lee K. Bottom center, happy hour at Marble Quarry. Photos by Barry M.
Canyon Adventures Caravan
Happy Airstreamers have returned from the winter caravan. The skywalk looks pretty cool, but not for the faint of heart. Photos by Bob V,.
NorCal WBCCI Airstream Club Members
(Webmaster’s note: We try to avoid using last names and personal email addresses in the public portion of our website in our attempt to be good stewards of our members’ private information. All our members are on a first name basis anyway. If you have a question or comment, please go to the “Contact Us” tab and you can send me an email. Some club officers, such as membership, rally, editor and webmaster, have an email address shown on the website so you can contact them directly.) The NorCal Airstream Club is the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) chapter in Northern California.http://norcal.wbcci.net/welcome-to-norcal/2015-rallies-and-caravans/
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