A column by Fran Crawford
Published in Yuba/Sutter Senior News
Ocober 1 1996
Winnetasca is a
bunch of nice people who like to get together once a month
and do something. That something is meeting at a
predesignated spot within 150 miles or so of Redding,
California... and then the good times roll!
Getting there is fun too.
All the members of the group have Winnebago or Atasca
motorhomes and travel to the chosen campground taking along
all the comforts of home.
The group consists of
approximately fifteen rigs and each fall they set up an
itinerary for the following year. Each month, except
November and December, is chosen by a member family and they
research places to go and events that might be nice to
attend. Then they make all the arrangements and reservatons,
gather maps and information about the area and are generally
in charge of the trip for that month.
Saturday nights and
Sunday mornings, on these excursions, they all gather for
group meals and camaraderie. The rest of the time they visit
with each other, explore the area or attend events and
functions which have drawn them to the location.
The Ninth Annual
California Prune Festival is what brought these congenial
folks to Yuba City in September. The weather was the best
and everyone enjoyed all the good music and wonderful
atmosphere at the festival.
A special favorite of
several of them was the Young Buddhist Association Taiko
drum group. And, of course, everyone is always fascinated
with prune ice cream... and other prune concoctions.
The motorhome group
filled up Travel Home Park on Live Oak Boulevard where they
set up to enjoy themselves for the weekend.
At first none of them
would cop to being 'seniors' and it took my suggesting that
they might be the Redding Liars' Club rather than
find out that all but several of them qualified under that
Although one of the group
has been living and traveling in their RV since early summer
none of them are actually full timers. They use their
motorhomes to travel on weekends and vacations and to things
other than group functions, such as dog shows and other
special interest events. It is particularly useful to belong
to such a club or group, they feel, because it gets you out
and using your recreational vehicle. Owning one is quite and
investment and it shouldn't just be sitting around
Limiting the group to
owners of Winnebago or Atasca units has the benefit letting
them exchange ideas and solve common problems that occur. If
someone has trouble or needs special information or an extra
part on a trip, there is always help available. In 1995 a
group of Shasta
may have noticed those words have such a nice ring I like to
say them a lot!) took a trip to the Winnebago/Atasca
manufacturing plant in northern Iowa. They showed me an
aerial photograph of more than 1400 motorhomes parked in
'zipper' like fashion row upon row in three huge parking
The national convention,
there in Iowa, had workshops, craft vendors and continuous
entertainment for people from all over. Apparently this goes
on each year as the plant facility is set up and ready for
As a full-timer, I am
always curious about things people chose to travel with
because space in RVs is precious. I like to find out about
books, computers, security devices and pets. Books, and
televisions, aren't usually much of a problem to
Several members of Shasta
Winnetasca said they had computers at home, but didn't
travel with them. And only one of them would admit to
'surfing the net'.
Most of the RVers had
pets with them. One motorhome contained five dogs... four
large and one little rascal. Two of the big dogs were
Dobermans... a perfect solution to security problems.
On October 25, 26, and
be traveling from Redding to nearby Bear Mountain. The
organization is looking for some new members and if this
interests you, or if you would just like more information
about them please call Faith Irwin at 916 275-4923.
Copywrite 1996 -- Fran