Author Topic: Vancouver & Seattle Meetup in Bellingham, Washington May 31st & June 1st, 2019.  (Read 1441 times)

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Hi folks!

This year's camping weekend near Bellingham was so much fun I'm hoping to organize something similar again next year.  It may seem like a long way away that you don't even want to think about it, but hey some people like me like to know ahead of time.

I will likely follow the exact same plan as last year, assuming the venue is available.  I will post more here as the date approaches. 

Mark your calendars. ;)

I contacted Lutherwood and they have availability for the weekend of May 31st/June 1st. 

Here are some details on the campground.  I will continue to copy over some more information.

I found what I think is an ideal spot for people from Vancouver and Seattle.  Bellingham.  For those who don't know Bellingham has an airport.  It's also about 1 hr 45 minutes from Seatac International Airport and 1 hour from Vancouver International Airport if people want to fly in. 

The date is May 30/June 1, 2019. 

Group Camping

This year we did not use the large group camping spot because people trickled in and reserved their own spots which worked out to about the same amount of money.  They also have cabins and lodges that people can rent if they aren't happy camping.  @Zikoris reports the lodge cost about $20/night per person once full.

Canoeing

It's on a beautiful lake so there are opportunities to canoe....and swim although it's early in the summer season (still spring).

Boat Rentals:

Canoe/Kayak $10/hour
Paddle Boats/Boards $15/hour
*outside of Summer Schedule rentals need to be scheduled with the office ahead of time

Mountain Biking

And since I'm organizing things there will be...mountain biking for those who are interested.

Hiking

And hiking.....although I won't be able to coordinate both.  I'll be looking for help to organize side trips.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attractions-g58350-Activities-c61-t87-Bellingham_Washington.html

^top 5 hikes Bellingham, Washington

High Ropes Course

This place also has a high up ropes course.

http://www.camplutherwood.org/challenge-course/

This campground is a Christian camp but they allow alcohol in moderation.  There will be no attempted conversions.  RC will be supervising to make sure that any atheists feel comfortable ;)

Absolutely no pot will be tolerated by the camp.  This would result in our eviction so if you are 420 friendly you will have to smoke it elsewhere. 

So, who's in?

Explore their website...

http://www.camplutherwood.org/rentals/#campingjump
« Last Edit: October 18, 2018, 01:52:20 PM by FIRE_at_45 »

Retire-Canada

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Sounds good. I plan to be there. One tent with one or two people.

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Sweet! I think I'll book the other lodge this time - it holds a few extra people, and has smaller bedrooms rather than one large bunkroom. Looking forward to it!

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PTF - I have loved CM*TO the last couple years, but staying West Coast might also be awesome!

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PTF. I'm a very definite maybe. :)

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Following.  Would like to attend if I'm in town.

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Sweet! I think I'll book the other lodge this time - it holds a few extra people, and has smaller bedrooms rather than one large bunkroom. Looking forward to it!

The Zikoris Lodge - Part 2! 

Thanks for the replies everyone.  I'll add more details as time passes.

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Thank you for organizing again! Will be there.

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PTF. Definitely interested!

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I had a fun time this year and would definitely be interested again in 2019

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I had a fun time this year and would definitely be interested again in 2019

Likewise!

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interested

ETA: I see you had options for lodging last year for non tent folks

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interested

ETA: I see you had options for lodging last year for non tent folks

Yup, last year I booked one of the lodges and we split the cost among the roommates. It's quite affordable since they sleep a lot of people (about $20/person/night). You don't have a huge amount of privacy, for what it's worth - one lodge has one big bunk room, and the other one has four bedrooms with 2-4 beds per room. They have nice fireplaces and kitchens, and plenty of room for gatherings inside. And they have heating and plumbing, which is nice. The whole complex is fairly small, so it's less than a five minute walk from the lodges to the campground as well.

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ETA: I see you had options for lodging last year for non tent folks

Yup, last year I booked one of the lodges and we split the cost among the roommates. It's quite affordable since they sleep a lot of people (about $20/person/night). You don't have a huge amount of privacy, for what it's worth - one lodge has one big bunk room, and the other one has four bedrooms with 2-4 beds per room. They have nice fireplaces and kitchens, and plenty of room for gatherings inside. And they have heating and plumbing, which is nice. The whole complex is fairly small, so it's less than a five minute walk from the lodges to the campground as well.

Sounds like my kind of place! Definitely interested.

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It could happen for me. Posting to follow.

I spent a mere 4 days in Seattle this fall, and vowed to return for a longer PNW trip. It could happen in 2019.

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I phoned the campground manager and confirmed that both lodges are available and the entire campground is open.  At this point I'd say we are good to go for this date...of course if we don't reserve it could get booked but I think that's a fairly low risk.

I will likely reserve a camping spot in early 2019.  Their cancellation policy is pretty generous from what I recall.

http://www.camplutherwood.org/contact/

^here is the contact information for the campground.  At this point no reservations have been made. 

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This could be a great way to start my summer road trip.

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This could be a great way to start my summer road trip.

Indeed!

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Indeed!

I might actually make it to Vancouver Island if I start the summer in Bellingham :-) I seem to always get hung up in Idaho!

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I might actually make it to Vancouver Island if I start the summer in Bellingham :-) I seem to always get hung up in Idaho!

Ha! Good plan! :-)

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I think that the group campsite would be terrific.   Flex to grow / shrink slightly (and just have people pay you).

The group site was adjacent to the lovely flush toilets with showers (just across the driveway)...and looking over the grass field to the lake, near the dining hall, and much closer to the lodges, too. 

Disadvantages -- need to book the whole site upfront, (possibly work out a price for reduced rent if fewer people show / pay than expected?  This is their low season).  There are no individual water / electrical hookups, but there must be something for the group.

No rain shelter (I think), but we could arrange to bring our own versions, or escape to the dining hall if they allow us again. (low season).

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I think that the group campsite would be terrific.   Flex to grow / shrink slightly (and just have people pay you).

The group site was adjacent to the lovely flush toilets with showers (just across the driveway)...and looking over the grass field to the lake, near the dining hall, and much closer to the lodges, too. 

Disadvantages -- need to book the whole site upfront, (possibly work out a price for reduced rent if fewer people show / pay than expected?  This is their low season).  There are no individual water / electrical hookups, but there must be something for the group.

No rain shelter (I think), but we could arrange to bring our own versions, or escape to the dining hall if they allow us again. (low season).

That's funny because I never scoped out where the group camping spot was located.  I agree, that's a better location because of its proximity to the showers, lake and free coffee. 

I did not book it last year for concern that we would not have enough people to make it any cheaper.  In the end I think we paid slightly more for camping as a group the way we ended up doing it but we had the whole place to ourselves which was cool.

Still a lot of time to figure it out....and if people want to organize informal discussions feel free.  The lodge seems like a great place to stage discussions because they had lots of seating available. 

I would participate...but only after mountain biking ;)

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I missed out on it last year so I'm posting to follow (definitely interested). I'll talk about it with my SO later.

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Never been to more than a casual in town meetup and wondering if people ever bring mini mustaches to these. @seattlecyclone and I might have an au pair along to keep ours mostly occupied, so could be doable to participate even if we bring them, maybe. Would probably favor a room in the lodge but no guarantees that one or both kids might not wake up once or twice especially in the unfamiliar surroundings.

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How far in advance do we need to book things? Id definitely be interested in reserving a spot in the lodge (either lodge would work for me).

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Lots of little MMM's last year.  Worked out great.

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Is the lodge full yet? If I go, that's where I would want to stay. $20/night is pretty good!

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Is the lodge full yet? If I go, that's where I would want to stay. $20/night is pretty good!

Last @Zikoris reserved the lodge and I think she's travelling right now.  I believe there are a couple of options and she can comment on when she reserved the lodge.

I won't reserve group camping unless we have a large group that are committed to attending.  It's $250/night and last year we just all paid individually for individual site (some shared a site) at $35/night.

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I have coordinate whith DW (school I sent over till ~ June 11th).  PTF, mostly.

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Is the lodge full yet? If I go, that's where I would want to stay. $20/night is pretty good!

Last @Zikoris reserved the lodge and I think she's travelling right now.  I believe there are a couple of options and she can comment on when she reserved the lodge.

I won't reserve group camping unless we have a large group that are committed to attending.  It's $250/night and last year we just all paid individually for individual site (some shared a site) at $35/night.

I'm back from Vietnam now! So here's what I'm thinking for the lodge:

I'll likely book the Lakeview Lodge, which is $225/night and sleeps 11. It will be a slight upgrade from last year, when there was one big bunkroom, but it still won't be totally private - there are four bedrooms with multiple beds per room. That works out to roughly $20/night per bed for a lodge spot, and the lodges are quite nice - they have a fireplace, good kitchen, plumbing, electricity, big living room for hanging out or doing group activities, etc.

For the people wondering about bringing kids to the lodge, I'm not opposed, but logistically you may not want to - you probably would not have a private room, and the lodge tends to be a central gathering point for both lodge dwellers and campers alike, so it can be quite busy/noisy and sometimes there are late nights. Last year the people with kids all camped, which gave them more control/ability to organize things to their kid's needs/schedules. And people at the lodge do drink and swear and talk about adult stuff, so some parents might not be comfortable with that. It might be a better fit for older kids? The camp is strictly drug free due to religious reasons.

Food-wise, I like cooking, and last year I ended up cooking a fair bit for the group, and we ended up pooling supplies quite a bit. I will probably do the same this year, except be a bit more structured about it and plan ahead of time. I don't charge anything for this because it's honestly totally inconsequential for me, though I really appreciate it if people share some of their supplies or tools if there's a gap somewhere, because we are a bit out of town. Of course, people are more than welcome to bring/prepare their own food as well. Basically, we seemed to be pretty communal with food, and it worked well last time.

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Good point on noise in the lodge, @Zikoris . Possible new au pair interviewed last night who enjoys camping, so I think we'd be up for it if weather is OK. Just not sure about bringing a baby if it's rainy and cold (lows are in the 40s in May, and rain is a sometimes thing). We don't cosleep, and I don't sleep well camping regardless because I'm a light sleeper (but sounds like the lodge wouldn't help me either). I say we're a tentative yes and @seattlecyclone can go ahead and reserve it and we decide for sure when we have a forecast to work with. I can always send just him if it looks unpleasant.

I'm fine with drinking and swearing and will deal with the consequences if my toddler goes back to preschool saying the F bomb. He already said "Hey teacher K----, I'm drinking a beer" the other day and she got a laugh out of it.

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I realized I won't be able to attend this.  Have to be in Minnesota for a wedding and graduation around this time.

Have fun!