Fun begins with the NorCal Airstream Club
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. We supplement the Club’s program of national caravans with at least two unit caravans usually traveling through the western states. Our common bond is our love of Airstreams — vintage Airstreams, used Airstreams or new Airstreams — and our desire to have fun, fellowship and adventure. We often enjoy sunny days and lazy afternoons.
The NorCal Airstream members found plenty of opportunity for “Napa Valley Good Times” at the Skyline Wilderness Park. August 2014. Photos by Cam and Deanna.
Next: Sept. 3 -7 – Rally at Sparks Marina for “The Great Reno Balloon Race.”
Caravan to Wyoming
NorCal Airstream units are on the route from Quincy, CA to Gillette, WY for the International meeting of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International. The group stopped at the Baker (OR) Heritage Museum, which has an extensive photo exhibit of Wally Byam, including a photo of his famous gold-painted Airstream which today is fully-restored and parked in front of the Airstream Factory in Jackson Center, OH.
Farther into the journey the group stopped at the World Center for Birds of Prey at Boise, ID. June 2014. Photos by Dennis R., Deanna B., Kent S.
Ready for Region 12 Rally
The NorCal Airstream group had a large turnout for the rally at Pioneer RV Park near Quincy, CA. The northern Sierra Mountains are always a popular destination for the summer rallies.
The group went to the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area where many California Pitcher Plants were showing their cobra heads and looking hungry. The Butterfly Valley Botanical Area is designated a protected botanical area just north of Quincy, CA. It is at an elevation under 3,800 feet near the Mt. Hough Ranger district in the Plumas National Forest. It is home of the rare carnivorous plant, Darlingtonia Californica, which grows only in scattered cold-water bog habitats.
The NorCal Airstream rally group stopped for a picnic lunch and samples at The Brewing Lair of the Lost Sierra, which is a mountain beer brewery near Blairsden, CA. There were picnic lunches with beer samples. This is a 15-barrel brewery for ales (or whatever ales you). They produce tasty ales with interesting names like Ambush IPA, Deep Cover, Espionage IPA and Odd Job Ale. June 2014. Photos by Hedda and Tom S.
Next: August 6 – 10 – Rally at Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa, CA. The park is home to the Martha Walker Garden. It is a three-acre showcase for the native plant environment of birds and butterflies.
Thirty rigs camped at the Calaveras County Fairground near Angels Camp, CA for the NorCal Airstream Club “Frolic in the Foothills” rally. Angels Camp considers itself the base camp for Sierra mountain sports. The historic mining town is recognized as the jumping frog capital of the world because of the annual Calaveras County jumping frog festival (The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain). The Airstream group visited Ironstone Vineyards Winery to examine vineyard horticulural techniques.
Next: June 4-7 — Train Your GPS for Quincy rally at the Pioneer RV Park near Quincy, CA. Quincy will be the starting point June 9 for the caravan destined for the WBCCI International convention in Gillette, WY. If you own an Airstream you are welcome to come, and please fill out the rally registration forms. Coupon deadline for the caravan is May 15; Quincy rally May 20. May 2014. Photo by Tom S.
The Airtreamers on rally at Gridley attended the local Gridley Community Bingo game. The Airstream Bingo winners included Ray B., Mike C. and Juliet S. Besides hustling the locals in Bingo, the Airstreamers had a docent led tour of the Gridley Museum and went to the Wildlife Center. There were 21 rigs for the rally. March 2014. Photo by Claudette.
Next: April 30-May 4: Foothills Frolic Rally at Calaveras County Fairground, Angels Camp, CA.
Spring Hat Rally
Twenty Airstreams parked for the Spring Hat Rally organized by Carole and Eduardo R. and Larry L. at the Cloverdale, CA Fair Grounds. NorCal web site reporters said Ed and Carole put on some fabulous dinners for the group. The group toured the Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Museum where several of the Airstreamers were drawn to the Tucker/Packard displays. — March 2014. Photos by Cam M.
Next: April 2 -6, “Mary Had Little Lamb” rally at Butte County Fair Grounds at Gridley, CA.
Last Hobo Rally
The last annual Hobo Rally in Blythe, CA was attended by 45 units from Airstream clubs across the nation. Next year the CaliRally will be held at Camatta Ranch near Atascadero, CA April 16 to 19. It is close to the wine grape growing region of the central coast. February 2014. Photos by Tom and Hedda S.
Ten NorCal units attended Alumafiesta in Tucson, AZ. Alumafiesta is sponsored by Airstream Life magazine and Alumaevents. Events included a performance by sword swallowing Airstreamers. Yes, you got that right…. a couple who do a sword swallowing act. They are very cool.
There were several historical walks, hikes and bike rides in the Tucson area. Many of the Airstreamers started their day with Yoga. Some of the group went to the Franklin Auto Museum. Franklin autos were built in the 1920-1930s with air-cooled engines. February 2014. Photos by Harold H. and Jackie K.
Cable Car Capers
Airstream members of the Northern California WBCCI unit ventured on a unique city carally to the San Francisco bay area January 11, 2014. The Airstreams rallied in Olema for the first eight days of the carally. It was easy to venture into San Francisco for a tour of Alcatraz Island and a slurp of chocolate from the famous Ghirardelli chocolate store near the pier. The Airstream group caravaned south to Half Moon Bay for the remainder of the carally. — January, 2014. Photos by Deanna B., Bob V., Carolyn B.
Next: Spring Hat Rally at Cloverdale, CA, Citrus Fairgrounds March 5-9.
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