June−During June 15-18, twenty-three members of the Golden Bear Winnies RV Club gather to celebrate its 45th year as a WIT member at the Jackson Rancheria Casino RV Resort located in a beautiful, secluded forest setting at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. This RV resort is one of the highest-rated parks in North America. This resort was opened in 1985 and is owned by a Band of Miwuk Indians first recognized by the Federal Government in 1898. The park can accommodate 100 rigs.
A shuttle service takes RVers every 20 minutes to the casino and several restaurants. The park has cable TV; Internet and Wi-Fi; heated pool and Jacuzzi; clubhouse for RV club use; free coffee, ice tea, and popcorn; touchless car and RV wash; and store and gas station.
The Bears found the mild temperatures heating up to 107, however, a mild breeze helped temper the heat and relief was as close as the pool and spacious clubhouse. The deep blue skies and dancing white clouds painted an artist's masterpiece of splendor complemented by the forest of trees shimmering in the light breeze. During the days, groups of Bears gathered by their rigs to enjoy friendships and a cocktail or two.
On Thursday evening, the Bears gathered in the cool clubhouse to enjoy snacks and cocktails before taking the six-minute shuttle ride to enjoy the seafood buffet at the casino. After dinner, the Bears returned to the clubhouse to enjoy traditional games.
Friday's potluck breakfast was extraordinary consisting of a wide variety of delicious dishes. Mid-afternoon, the Lady Bears challenged the Poppa Bears to nine innings of beanbag baseball— what a HOOT!!!! It is an understatement to say that the game was a BLAST. It is hard to remember when we had so much fun, even though the final score doesn't show it (Lady Bears 15 and Poppa Bears 30).
Happy hour followed with a potluck dinner at that proved to be exceptional. As is the custom, games followed dinner.
Saturday's breakfast found the Lady Bears, once again, cooking up a variety of traditional dishes that received high praise from everyone. Cooling off in the pool and playing games in the cool clubhouse was the order of the day. Because we had no wagonmaster, dinner Saturday night consisted of a variety of imaginative and tasty dishes followed by games.
Sunday morning found the Bears saying goodbye. Safe travel to all.
By Gabe Roberson