Region 10 Caravans

This page will be dedicated to future Caravans from our Units within Region 10.  If your Unit has a scheduled Caravan, please submit all the information to Russell, the webmaster.

 

Alberta/Saskatchewan Unit #120 Caravans

CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAIN CARAVAN 2018
Note: This is not a unit caravan organized by the Alberta-Saskatchewan Unit. Rather, it is a National Caravan (N-47-E) traveling solely in the Province of Alberta. The leaders are Deane and Judy Collinson (#1077) of the Ontario, Canada Unit which is part of Region 2. Here is what they have to say about the caravan.
Judy and I would love to vacation with you in some of our favorite places in the Canadian Rockies and the Alberta prairies. Traveling through the backcountry we will have secluded dry camping, cookouts, and hiking. We will travel through the four contiguous national parks of Jasper, Banff, Yoho and Kootenay.
Over 100 glaciers line the spectacular Icefields Parkway where you will ride a snow coach on the Athabasca Glacier and experience the newly constructed glass-floored Skywalk.
We’ll …
swim in the beautiful Fairmont Hot Springs
cruise Malign Lake to Spirit Island in Jasper and dine at the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
hike to the Tea House above Lake Louise, canoe Lake Moraine, and photograph Takakkaw Falls
hike the upper meadows to see wildflowers at the Banff Sunshine ski resort
stay at the historic Bar U Ranch in Alberta and attend the world-renowned Calgary Stampede where we will see the rodeo, chuckwagon racing and the “greatest outdoor show on earth”
Your camera, your adventurous spirit and your love of laughter are a must for this vacation!

Caravan Particulars
Dates ― June 24 to July 15, 2018
Start location ― Drumheller, Alberta
Stop location ― Cochrane, Alberta
Number of nights ― 20 nights
Number of stops ― 8 stops
Distance travelled ― 900 miles / 1450 km
Maximum RV units (including leaders) ― 20 units
Kitty fees ― $3,200 U.S. for 2 (singles and additional TBA)
Date of payments:
$1,000 U.S. by November 10, 2017
$1,000 U.S. by January 5, 2018
Balance by March 1, 2018
Cancellation fee ― $100 U.S. until January 5, 2018 (leaders’ discretion thereafter)
Contact information:
Deane’s cell phone ― 416-232-2882
Judy’s cell phone ― 416-559-5354
Email ― deane.collinson@rogers.com
Mail ― 10 Strath Avenue, Ontario, Canada M8X 1P9

 

British Columbia Unit #121 Caravans

Are you tired of looking at those old 50s photos in magazines such as the Blue Beret and Airstream Life of Airstream Caravans in distant lands like Russia, Egypt and Mexico; places where we now never go? No more! This is a formal invitation to join up and discover Mexico with the first Airstream Caravan to Mexico since the 1950s and we can take new photos of us all lined up at Teotihuacan — City of the Gods in Aztec lore — perfect for publication! This caravan is for Airstreamers only and will be led by an experienced and especially selected wagon master in the employ of Caravans de Mexico who, after a lot of thought, has organized a stellar trip.
This is a unique custom trip designed for us only; it is not an off-the-shelf event. Departing Nogales on January 12, 2019, we will spend two months exploring central Mexico and its west coast including: Troubadours at Alamos; the beautiful city of Guadalajara and outstanding shopping district of Tlaquepaque; Azteca era and other wondrous ruins; the most spectacular highway in Mexico — if not North America; three nights in Mexico City at a quality downtown hotel with guided tours of the city including the celebrated Museo de Anthropologica; learning Mexican cuisine with special cooking lessons; soaking for a few days and enjoying natural hot springs; sitting in front row seats to see the Mardi Gras Carnivale at Mazatlán (second only to Rio’s); enjoying lots of relaxing beach time in a couple of small Mexican towns and savouring a special Valentines dinner.
We are going to see and experience the real Mexico, not the over-crowded common tourist destinations. We are going to see Mexico, not some Canadian or US city transplanted in Mexico. “Traveling — it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”. Security is assured with the Angeles Verde (Green Angels) escort who will be accompanying us to tend to emergency repairs, route issues, ease us through military check points or handle any other official matters should they arise. A fully bilingual aide will travel with us to facilitate communication, be it bargaining, side trips, shopping or just talking to friendly Mexicans.
Caravanas de Mexico is a unique Mexican tour company; very professional and highly experienced in organizing successful tours and leading caravans throughout Mexico. And after all, who knows better how to arrange things in Mexico but Mexicans? Don Gabriel Romero, the owner, knows the ropes. He has the connections and experience to smoothly deliver what is promised. Dogs and cats welcome — I suppose birds too! When needed, ‘sitters’ will be arranged. Twenty-eight (28) meals and 20 tours are included with stops timed to allow participation in various public events and all RV/campground charges for only $6,600 U.S.* per couple/rig. The limit is 12 rigs. We only live once and an adventure to Mexico will enrich your life. The scenery, people, art, history, culture is wonderful. There is nothing holding you back, so let’s do it!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” — Mark Twain.
* Subject to change
This caravan is not restricted to members of the British Columbia Unit or to those that live in Region 10. Interested Airstreamers should contact Michel (sooner is better than later) at rmbourassa@gmail.com, Tel: 1-250-539-3683 or Cell: 1-250-661-7200. More details, a full itinerary, route map and features will appear in the Region 10 February newsletter.
A ’Heads’ Up’
A BC Unit caravan to northern Vancouver Island is in the planning stages. From July 28 to August 10, 2018, the caravan will explore the Island going north from Campbell River to Port Hardy and west to Gold River. There is a limit of 10 trailers for this caravan. Caravan Leaders are Doug and Deb McGill (#5481 ― dddmc@shaw.ca) and Gene and Marilyn Van Iderstine (#29815 ― saltayre@gmail.com).
Look for an update in the Region 10 February newsletter.
Past British Columbia Unit Caravans
If you would like to view Facebook postings of some of the British Columbia Unit’s past caravans, go to ‘bc unit caravana’. (Note: ‘caravana’ does not end in an ‘s’.)

 

Idaho Unit #035  Caravans

 

 

Montana Unit #061 Caravans

 

Washington Unit #112 Caravans

 

Oregon Unit #090 Caravans

FOUR CORNERS CARAVANS
Oregon has a very diverse landscape. This is to alert you to an opportunity over the next few years to explore the four corners of Oregon and experience the very different and interesting regions of the state as part of a caravan.
First Year ― Columbia River Gorge and North East
The first caravan will be limited in size to 22 so we can access some of the more remote areas and still stay in parks with at least partial services. The caravans will follow the format of Wally Byam’s 1950’s caravans with few or no planned catered meals, potlucks planned on the road by participants’ choices, several roles that we hope people will take – archivist, photographer, first aid, basic mechanical person etc. and we will try to travel as a group as much as possible.
We will also have programs and/or tours at each place we stay. Of course, each evening we will have “side-walk cafes” and on travel days we will have a brief meeting before we depart. Each leg of the driving will be 100-200 miles with two nights in each park. Since we are booking all of two parks and major portions of two parks, some amount of the sign-up fee will be non-refundable. Currently that amount looks like $75 U.S. and we are working to keep the costs as low as possible, hopefully below $400 U.S.
Route and Schedule
The first year (2018) we will travel the Columbia River Gorge and make a loop through the NE portion of Oregon. The trip will go about like this:
May 14 and 15 ― Assemble in Cascade Locks at the Port campground
Spend two nights with a brewery tour and a presentation by the Port Manager on how the community and other parts of rural Oregon have worked to adapt to our current economy. Most folks will have full hookups; however, five or six trailers will need to boondock with an amazing view of the chute where Oregon Trail pioneers who took the Columbia River route circumvented some treacherous rapids.
May 16 and 17 ― Wildhorse Resort and Casino (East of Pendleton)
Again, we will be there two nights with a tour of the Oregon State University Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center followed by a catered or potluck lunch including the scientists, staff and students at the experiment station. The next day can include a visit to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation world class museum and side trips available to the Pendleton Woolen Mill and the Walla Walla, Washington wineries. All the sites have full hookups. This is the only park with a few sites with 50 amps.
May 18 and 19 ― Mt. View RV Park in Baker City
Wally was born in Baker City, Oregon and worked as a shepherd living out of a sheep herder’s wagon in the country we will be driving through. We will visit the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and their Heritage Museum, which Dale Schwamborn mentioned in his recent article in the Blue Beret. They have a section of the museum devoted to Wally and Airstream. All the sites have full hookups.
May 20 and 21― Willow Creek RV Park in Heppner
This park is located on a reservoir with a nice arena design so each site has a good view. We will do an informal fly fishing “clinic” and have an opportunity to try those skills in the reservoir which was recently designated a trophy fishery. The community also has two museums available for tours. Half the sites have full hookups and half have electricity and water. We will conclude the caravan the morning of May 22nd and provide ideas for each participant for sightseeing and camping on their way home or to their next adventure.
Background of Volunteer Leaders
We, Joanne and Bruce Sorte (#2243), were both born and raised in Oregon and have been camping around the state for 47 years together. After many years of tent and canoe camping, for the last 15 years we have traveled in a T@B, Tada, and three Airstreams (27’,24’,22’). Together and individually we have lead a number of informal trips or tours. We both served on the faculty at Oregon State University for most of our professional careers. Joanne directed the OSU Child Development Center. For the last 14 years of Bruce’s career, he worked as an Extension Service Economist responsible for the counties in Oregon east of the Cascades and taught economics often beaming his classes into campus from remote locations. He lived during the week in a 1968 renovated Airstream Tradewind and returned home to Corvallis most weekends. Joanne and Bruce have recently retired and are spending four months this year on the road in our 22’ Sport.
Registration Notes
We will get the sign-up posted on the Oregon Airstream Club site soon. We will hold seven places for people who live outside our region until the Oregon Airstream Club opens its 2018 rally registration which is usually late December or early January. Once full, we will not be managing a waiting list yet will announce if any spots open-up.
We are looking forward to showing folks some beautiful Oregon sights.
Bruce and Joanne may be reached at sorteb@peak.org.
Next Year
In 2019 the Sortes plan to cover the south-eastern portion of the State.

 

North Cascade Washington Unit #138 Caravans

 

 

Mini-Caravans to the Region 10 and International Rallies

I am aware that a few units are planning to take two days to travel to both the Region 10 and International Rally. In some cases, the overnight stop is the rendezvous spot. This is a good way to experience the comradery and fun of a caravan without incurring a lot of work/time planning the trip. This is a good way to start if your unit does not otherwise conduct caravans.