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 rally at Jackson Rancheria RV Park was quite an event. This was the largest rally that I can remember, forty-seven rigs and almost 100 members. We celebrated the outgoing president and installed the new officers. We enjoyed tasty catered meals and the best of company.
Some were involved in a craft activity on Thursday. Vinnie Lamica provided and Maintenance Q and A on Saturday.
Six new members participated in their first rally.
Some attended an open house put on by the Biggest Little Kitchen Store .
The big news was our silent auction on Friday. Member’s donated art, crafts, wine and other items of interest. When all was said and done we raised $3500 for wildfire relief efforts. Happy Holidays to all.
Norcal members enjoyed the week at Sugar Barge RV Resort and Marina. The weather was good. Among the most interesting activities was a tour of the Black Diamond Mine Regional Park. If you have never been, you should go, fascinating. We toured the sandstone mine.
The tour guide was very informative and was able to answer many questions.
At one point we descended many steps .
You know the rest: good food, good fun and good company.
We had no rallies in October. Many members did attend the Region 12 Rally in Las Vegas. Check out the Region 12 web page.
We enjoyed the cool weather at the Marina Dunes RV Park. We were across the street from and dunes and easy coastal access (Easy if you like to take long walks in the sand.)
Member enjoyed the Elkhorn Slough Safari, a must for wildlife enthusiasts.
We visited the The Farm where we were given a tour and time to explore, lunch and enjoy fresh pie.
We spent an evening with the group All Shook Up.
An of course we enjoyed good friends. First photo by yours truly. All others by Bob E.
The rally that was scheduled for August was cancelled due to the Ferguson Fire outside of Yosemite.
June, what a month. Norcal was on the move. It all started on June 13 with a rally at Pioneer RV Park in Quincy. In this beautiful mountain setting we enjoyed fun, food, fellowship (and for some of us, fishing. See the picture below.). Some of us also prepared for the our next adventure, an extended trip to the International Rally in Salem, OR.
On our way to Salem we stayed at Lassen RV Resort, Southern Oregon RV Park in Medford, Seven Feathers RV Resort and a hidden gem, Casey’s Riverside RV Park in Westfir, OR. Casey’s is on the middle fork of the Willamette River.
Thirty rigs pulled into the International Rally Site at the fairgrounds on June 22. We caused quite a stir. About 750 Airstreams met at Salem. Tours were scheduled for points of interest in the Salem area. We attended workshops on caravan travel and hints on how to keep your Airstream healthy. We talked to vendors about new products (and probably spent some money). Airstream Adventures had technicians available to address maintenance issues. Most importantly we met with friends from across the US and Canada, people we had met on previous caravans and rallies. Below: Just one of the vintage Airstreams on parade.
No single picture can do justice to the number of Airstreams present, but I tried. The Norcal contingent is in the foreground.
After the rally some chose to extend the adventure and set out in a number of different directions. Others took a few days to return home.
I apologize for the dearth of “people shots”. Stay tuned for the next Poppy. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.
Benbow Mega Rally
What a week. We stopped at the Calistoga RV Park on the way to Benbow. We took our time. The Benbow RV Resort was a beautiful setting. We endured some serious wind (and a full day power outage as a result). But, we are Airstreamer and when the going gets tough…The area is beautiful. Most of us visited the Avenue of the Giants.
We enjoyed good company, good food and good wine. Some dined at the adjacent Benbow Inn. As an added extra we had a wine and cheese tasting.
At our game night novice gamblers learned the ins and outs of games of chance. Alas, no money changed hands.
Thanks to Robert E. and Kent S. for the photos.
Region 12 Cali Rally
Wow, what a rally! Dry camping at the V6 Ranch in Parkfield provided the ultimate getaway. Nothing to hook up; just park and enjoy. Region 12 Airstreamers from California and Nevada met and renewed friendships. Check out the May Poppy for a more thorough write-up (with more pictures).
The April rally was held at Flag City RV Resort just west of Lodi.
The group visited the Haggin Museum in Stockton. They enjoyed displays representing early early California history.
Our president hosted us at her house in Acampo. Happy hour was never better.
Photos courtesy of Robert E.
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We all know what comes before a beautiful rainbow. Yes, we had plenty of the wet stuff, but it didn’t dampen our spirits. The Lakes RV and Golf Resort provided a great setting for our activities.
We toured Ficklin Vineyards, a winery that specializes in port. We sampled several port varieties and enjoyed a good lunch.
The Saturday night potluck was a big hit.
We lowered our inhibitions and tried some games after dinner.
Some visited the Castle Air Museum. Thanks to Kent for the photos.
The Norcal board has decided upon a design for a garden flag for your Airstream.
The text below the poppy can be customized. Stay tuned for ordering information.
What’s New in 2018?
So, I’m starting the new year with a blank page. If you are looking for information about past years, check out the links at the bottom of the page. If you are looking for information about 2018, look on the Calendar page. Of course you should read the Poppy.
How do I fill up the page? With contributions from people like you. If you have a great photo from one of the upcoming rallies, send it to the webmaster. I can’t guarantee that I will use every photo, but there are so many terrific things happening at rallies that my iphone and I cannot capture them all. Thanks in advance.The NorCal Airstream Club is a chapter of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI).