Each year, the Fun, Fit & Over Fifty Club sponsors many special events that take place locally, in the Northwest, and around the world. We place newly-identified trips on the Weekly Update a couple of times and then transfer the information here. We keep that information posted here until the event happens.
July 17-21, 2017 - RV Trip to Farragut State Park, Idaho
Barbra and Bill LaPrath are the trip leaders. Reservations can be made NOW! Once a WWII era naval training station, this area is now a 4,000-acre park. In addition to extensive hiking and biking trails, swimming and boating, there is a museum in the park. It is located a half hour from Coeur d’Alene. Reservations may be made at idahostateparks.reserveamerica.com.
July 20, 2017 - Kayak Rescue Training
Join Columbia Kayaking and FFOFC watersports for a training class on how to get back into your boat if you fall out. They will teach us how to get back in with help, assisted rescue techniques. The class will be taught by trained instructors with Columbia Kayak Adventures at Columbia Point Marina. After the Assisted Rescue training, they will give instruction on different strokes utilized while kayaking. This class has a $45.00 fee payable by the member to Columbia Kayak Adventures. Call
Rosie at Columbia Kayak Adventures at 947-5901 to register and pay fee. We will meet at the Kayak store to get suited up and receive instructions prior to heading to the Marina. Contact Mark Halupczok at 509-521-8846 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
August 7-11, 2017 - Multi-Day hiking/camping/moteling in the central Oregon Cascades
Group camp reserved at Tumalo State Park (tents only). Motel reservations can be made at Bend or Sisters. Contact Don Bihl at email@example.com. [This trip is now full.]
August 21, 2017: Total Solar Eclipse Viewing, Kimberly, Oregon (Anne Nolan)
The eclipse is just over 2 months away! This is the general plan for a day trip down
into Oregon to see this event. Recently, my husband and I drove into Oregon to scope
out where might be a good viewing location. We settled on the stretch of road between
Kimberly, OR, and the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds. This will be
well within the path of totality, and has a lot of wide shoulders and pullouts for parking
off the road.
The rangers at the Fossil Beds said that they are expecting 50,000-70,000 people just
within the 3 units of the National Monument. Tens of thousands more will likely be in
the little towns along US 26 (from Madras to Prairie City and beyond), and parked
along the highway. I had thought that we might go see something after the eclipse, but
given that this area will be completely overwhelmed by the crowds, I decided instead
to just head back to the Tri Cities after the eclipse is over, and not be part of the
The totality portion of the eclipse will start at about 10:21 am, and last for about 2
minutes in this area. We should be in place well before this time, however, to
(hopefully) help ensure that we find a place to park and view. I think we should meet
at a parking lot in the Southridge area at 5:00 am to begin our caravan to the area.
Other than finding a place to park, my other main concern is that we will not be near
any sort of bathroom facilities for about 3-4 hours (after the planned pit stop on the
drive there). Be prepared for this.
If this trip sounds like something you’d like to participate in, I’ll start taking signups
after the 1st of July. I’ll need to have a good idea of how many people, who can drive,
etc. Also, if other members of FFOFC would like to organize and lead a separate trip,
please let me know and we’ll get that on the calendar, too. Contact: Anne Nolan 375-1062, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to consider other plans for your own viewing experience, there’s an
excellent web site with an interactive map, eye safety information, etc. You can also
find links there to order special dark “sun viewing” glasses. (You can look directly at
the sun with your naked eye ONLY during totality.) The web site is: www.eclipse2017.org
Some interesting facts about this eclipse: The ONLY land it touches is the mainland
USA, making this truly an “American Eclipse”. And, about 2/3 of the US population
lives within a day’s drive of the path, so you can just bet there’s going to be a lot of
people trying to see this event!
August 28-September 01, 2017 - Premier RV Resort, Salem, Oregon
Bill and Mary Kay Edwards are the trip leaders. This is a Good Sam “10” rated private park near the Willamette River. Tentative activities include tour of Old Salem, hiking Silver Falls State Park’s Trail of Ten Falls, McMinnville’s Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum (including the “Spruce Goose”) and more.
September 14-30, 2017: Overseas Adventure Travel - Morocco Sahara Odyssey
Join us for an exciting journey to Morocco with Overseas Adventure Travel. This will be a small group tour of no more than 16 travelers. Margie Runyon (736-5341 and email@example.com) is coordinating the activity. The cost is $$3945 per person including international airfare from Seattle. Or $2595 for the tour only. We have a limited number of single rooms available with no supplemental charge.
We will wander through colorful labyrinthine medinas overflowing with centuries-old customs and incredible shopping. We will meet Moroccan people, experience their traditions, and taste the secrets of their flavorful cuisine. We’ll discover the beauty of mosques and sample regional specialties during Home-Hosted meals. Cities include Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Erfund, Rissani, Khamlia, Ourazazate, Marrakesh, and ending back in Casablanca.
And to get a true feel for the mighty Sahara that has so decisively shaped this culture, we’ll camp amidst its dunes for two unforgettable nights—and even explore by camel.
Our FFOFC-customized tour is item G7-24399. Click here to read or download the detailed itinerary and tour information.
October 5-9, 2017: RV Trip to City of Chelan’s Lakeshore RV Park
Tim & Melinda Minor and Elsie & Allen Palmquist are trip leaders for the Mahogany
and Merlot event. We will be staying at the City of Chelan Lakeshore RV Park for the
Mahogany and Merlot event, which will be on Oct 7-8. Wine tasting and apple tasting
are also available. Here is a link to the 2016 web page if you would like to see more
information on the event: http://www.mahoganyandmerlot.com (not yet updated for
Mahogany & Merlot Vintage Boat Show is an ‘on-the-water’ boat show and FREE Family Friendly event! And again, classic cars will be showcased on the shore along with Vintage Unlimited Hydroplanes, Vintage Inboard ‘Limited Class’ Hydroplanes, and Antique & Classic Mahogany Runabouts from the Golden Era of pleasure boating.
There are many motels and hotels in the area, so non-campers may want to join us for
the weekend. Here is a link to the City RV Park, a very clean park with nice restrooms and facilities. And here’s a link to the park map.
Reservations are made by telephone only and during their business hours Monday to
Friday. They take reservations 9 months ahead, so the first day to make a reservation
would be January 5.