Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Campout at Castle Rock – June 23rd thru the 25th

Beccie and Jim McDonell are the hosts for the next campout on June 23-25. They are in Seattle at the moment and Beccie asked me to send an note about the upcoming festivities. I have attached a PDF with a few details on the Castle Rocks State Park so you can plan your weekend. 

See you all next weekend!!!

Note From Beccie:

The place to be is Castle Rocks State Park in Almo, Idaho. We are in site #27, Smokey Mountain Loop. If you haven't made reservations at this late date, you may note be able to but check www.reserveamerica.com to be sure. 

The park is 205 miles SE of Boise. There is going to be a Star Gazing party (special event).

Amenities are: Toilets, showers, dump station, power. Nearby is the City of Rocks.

We will provide Steak for the Saturday night dinner, you don’t want to miss that. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly for the number of folks attending. Also don't forget to add a side dish, salad or dessert to the menu for potluck, please. 

Happy Trails,

Jim and Beccie McDonell

Jim @ 340-8500

Beccie @ 850-3062

PDF - Castle Rocks info:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tumbleweeds - June 2,3,4 Presidents Surprise Campout, Crouch Idaho

          Our trip to Rattlesnake Flats (as we call it) known as Snowmobile Parking Lot north of Crouch is June 2, 3, 4th. Rattlesnake Flats is a “primitive” camp area located about 9.5 miles north on S Middlefork Rd. off of the Banks-Lowman Highway west of Banks off Route 55 North. The S. Middlefork Rd becomes Middlefork Rd a couple of miles in and the site is on the left about .8 miles from the end of the pavement road on the gravel road. The location has no organized sites, you pretty much park where you want, we’ll try and secure the north end under the trees. At our pot luck get-together on Saturday night we will be supplying chicken for the meat. So bring some rolls, side dishes or desert to share for Saturday dinner. We have come to enjoy these types of meals at the Tumbleweeds gatherings because there isn’t a bad cook in the bunch (and that includes many of the men). 
Directions are as follows: 
1.     Head North on Highway 55 from Idaho 55 & E State St. in Eagle
2.    After 33.6 Miles Turn right onto Banks-Lowman Rd
3.    After 8.3 Miles Turn left onto S. Middlefork Rd. in Crouch.
4.    After 9.5 Miles Turn left onto Rattlesnake Flats.  
Please note there is a Rattlesnake Campground further north but it’s not the one we are going to.

I will plant signs along the route at appropriate spots.

There is the Silver creek Plunge, a hot springs resort about 15 miles north. We are also right across from the Middlefork of the Payette River for floating with a put in-take out spot just down the road, the water should be running high still. Always good fishing and a gun range in Garden valley on the Lowman-banks highway. A few hundred yards down the road is Tie Creek campground with water, pump style and a vault toilet. There is also good jeep. UTV and ATV trails about for those wanting to adventure out. Saturday at 10:00 AM is a farmer market in Crouch plus the Starlight Mountain Theater from 8-10 PM with 7 Brides for 6 Brothers Friday and Saturday night. There is also the golf at Terrace Lakes Resort with a heated pool and restaurant.
Hope to see you there.

Please RSVP to the above email address or call us at 208-794-6393.
Mark and Emma

A reminder we have a couple of campouts planned that require reservations, Castle Rock and Three Island Crossing, get your reservations made.


April 7,8,9

Snake River RV
Jim & Rita
April 28,29,30

Bully Creek  (Vale, OR)
Dennis & Marcia
May 19,20.21

Steamboat Gulch,  Idaho City
Deb & Nancy
June 2,3,4,

Tumbleweeds Rattlesnake, Crouch ID
The Snowmobile Parking Lot past Tie Creek
Mark & Emma
June 23,24,25

Castle Rock State Park,  Almo, ID
Jim & Beccie
July 21,22,23

Pine  (dry camp 2 miles north of Elks Flat)
GPS: 43°34'13.0"N 115°16'14.6"W
Mark & Emma
August 4,5,6,

Yankee Fork (above Stanley)
Tino & Janet
August 18,19,20

Ft. Running Bear RV Resort, Mt. Home
Roy & Rosemary
Sept 7,8,9,10

Warm Lake – Shoreline Campground
GPS: 44°39'15"N, 115°39'53"W
Dennis & Marcia
Sept 29,30,Oct1
Three Island State Park, Glenns Ferry, ID
GPS: 42°56'41"N, 115°19'5"W
Jim & Rita
Oct 20, 21,22 CANCELLED

Bruneau State Park

Nov 11th.  
Saturday 1 PM
Meeting for Elections and 2018 Schedule at KOA meeting room, Meridian, ID
Rita and Marcia

Hook ups: W=water, E=electric power, S= sewer.    D.S.= dump station on site
Primitive = Dry Camp


Mark Bennett

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May Campout, Idaho City - Bennett's now hosting

Deb & Nancy are unable to host the May Campout at Idaho City.

Emma and Mark are going and will take over a hosts, but not be there until Friday afternoon. Mark will go get the signs from Dennis and Marcia.  Emma indicates they will also be doing a homemade Stew for dinner Sat. night.  Everyone please bring a side to go with that you were going to bring for Deb and Nancy’s stew.  There is great Jeep, ATV/UTV riding directly from campsite for those wishing to ride.


Mark Bennett

Friday, May 5, 2017

Meeting Minutes April 29th, 2017

Tumbleweeds—Meeting Minutes
Location: Bully Creek Reservoir Campground
Date: April 29, 2017

Meeting Called to Order at 8:00 PM by Vice President Rita Anderson
· Chapter Members: Marcia & Dennis Seibel, Roy Bowman & Rosemary Zimbelman, Tino Sanchez, Rita Anderson & Jim Craft
· Chapter Friends: none
· Guests: none

Minutes from last meeting: Minutes from April 8, 2017 meeting read and accepted with one revision: The NEXT CAMPOUT dates be changed from September 28, 29, 30 to APRIL 28, 29, 30.

Treasures Report: not available.

Old Business:
· Reminder again to make reservations for June Campout at Castle Rock State Park quickly as space is running out.

New Business:
· none

Thanks to Wagon Masters: Marcia and Dennis for a great campout.

Next Campout: May 19, 20, 21 at Steamboat Gulch in Idaho City

Wagonmasters: Deb Kundsen & Nancy Schlossman

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 PM

Vice President
Rita Anderson

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Steamboat Gluch Campout, May 19, 20, 21

Hello everybody, as you all know our next campout is May 19, 20, 21 at Steamboat Gulch just outside Idaho City, .08 miles.  Nancy and I are the Host of this campout and we will be doing a homemade Stew for dinner Sat. night.  Everyone please bring a side to go with.  There is great ATV/UTV riding directly from campsite for those wishing to ride. Unfortunately Dennis won’t be able to lead us this year so we’ll have to find our own way around.

Take highway 21 to Idaho City (36 miles from Boise)
Stay on highway 21 towards Lowman and from service station on 21 in Idaho City go .08 miles 
       (past RV dump and Cowboy campground) turn right on road marked by sign that says:
       Bannock Cr.,   Pine Cr.,   Thorn Creek L.O.   (This is a nice gravel road)
Continue on gravel road .03 miles (cross bridge) continue straight after bridge and road forks.  Take the
        right fork and cross 2nd bridge.  This will bring you into the large flat parking/camping area. 
        (This is the old Steamboat Gulch parking lot)

There is no fee for this area and it is a primitive campout.  No water, power or toilets. Nancy and I will not be there until Fridayevening around 5:30 - 6:00 due to having to work so won’t be able to get the Tumbleweed signs up till then. If somebody is going up earlier and wants to take and put the sign up on their way up please let me know.

Please RSVP so we know how many to plan for dinner Sat. night

Hope to see everyone there!!
Debbie and Nancy

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bully Creek campout -- April 28-29-30

Our next camp-out will be at Bully Creek Reservoir 10 miles West of Vale, OR on April 28, 29, 30, 2017.

Dinner Sat. night will be at the Starlite Cafe in Vale at 6:00 P. M. for anyone unable to make the camp-out, but wanting to enjoy a delicious dinner with us. I have reserved 5 sites for us, but if you have a site you prefer that is not on the list, feel free to reserve it. Be sure when you make your reservation to tell them you are with Tumbleweeds. The reserved sites I held are 3, 5, 6, 10, 11. Site #4 where the canopy was could be used by our group, if construction equipment is not there. The canopy partly collapsed due to the snow last winter and they hope to either have it fully rebuilt or be working on rebuilding during our camp-out. Dennis and I have reserved site ll. The phone number for reservations is 541-473-2969.

Bully Creek has power and a dump station available. Water is centrally located and should just be used to fill your tank. There are nice restrooms with showers for camping users. We hope the weather is good enough for a campfire Fri. and Sat., so if you have firewood to bring it will be appreciated.

From Vale, OR, proceed down the country road approximately 9 miles, turn right and follow road to check-in office and park. There are signs showing directions in Vale and we will put up our Tumbleweeds signs.

-We look forward to seeing everyone there. Please RSVP to 631-4435 or 345-4541.

Dennis and Marcia

Call (541) 473-2969 for reservations.

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Bully Creek Campground is located at Bully Creek Reservoir, 10 miles west of Vale, Oregon.

This campground has 40 campsites all with electrical hookups, two with A.D.A. accessibility, three restrooms with showers and two covered shelters.

There is a nearby day use area with two covered shelters and restrooms, a concrete two-lane boat ramp with a dock, and a caretaker who lives on the site. The camp and day use areas have about 14 acres of lawn and trees. There are fees for camping and use of the dump station. The park is operated from mid-April through mid-November (weather permitting). 

Nearby attractions include Bully Creek Dam and Lake Owyhee State Park.

The campground address is 2475 Bully Creek Rd, Vale OR 97918.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Three Island Crossing -- not too early to make reservations.

Janet mentioned to me last week that it might be a good idea to remind everyone that campsites are reserved quickly and if you would like to join us for the joint campout, now would be a good time to make your reservations before all the good sites are gone. www.ReserveAmerica.com. I can guarantee you a really good time and some FANTASTIC entertainment on Saturday night. 

Three Island Crossing State Park, ID
Campsite Serviced /W/E

Hosts: Jim Craft & Rita Anderson in Site #067
75 miles from Boise, Exit 120 in Glenns Ferry, Idaho.
Saturday Night Potluck Dinner with both groups; main dishes, salads, sides and desserts will be needed.
RSVP to RitaA53@gmail.com or call Rita at 208-249-5577

Monday, April 10, 2017

Aaaannnnnddddd .... we're off!!

Camping Season 2017 has officially begun for the Tumbleweeds! 

The first campout of the season was at Snake River RV Park in Homedale with hosts Rita & Jim who want to say THANK YOU to all those folks who braved the cold, wet weather to join us for this campout. 

The sun snuck out every now and then on Friday and Saturday -- along with intermittent rain. 

We snagged a warm. dry spot for dinner. After dinner, a meeting and much catching up on winter activities and family happenings. 

A little after dinner dessert. S'more are NOT just for the kids! 😉

Sunday dawned with a beautiful, sunny day which reminded us all why we love to camp. 

Roy and Rosemary left early so we didn't get a pic of Roy's new rig, but come see it at the next campout. It's quite a beauty. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Meeting Minutes April 8th, 2017

Tumbleweeds--Meeting Minutes 
Location: Snake River RV Park, Homedale, ID 
Date: April 8, 2017 

Meeting Called to Order at 7:16pm by President Mark Bennett 

Chapter Members: Tino & Janet Sanchez, Mark & Emma Bennett, Roy Bowman & Rosemary Zimbelman, Jim Craft & Rita Anderson, Dennis & Marcia Seibel
Chapter Friends:

Minutes from last meeting: Minutes from Sept 17, 2016 and January 28, 2017 were read and accepted 

Treasures Report: Treasurer report read and accepted. 

Old Business: • 

New Business:

  • Reviewed membership – Currently 12 members. Dues are outstanding for Courtrights and Ohls. 
  • Bully Creek sites 3, 5, 6, 10, 11 have been reserved for Tumbleweeds for the September 28-30 campout. Individuals need to call to make a reservation and pay when you get there. The covered area was damaged during the winter and may not be rebuilt by then. Dinner will be in town at the Starlight Café.
  • It was discussed that the President’s surprise campout on June 2,3,4 would be moved out one week. This was amended after the meeting. It is actually the July 14,15,16 campout that is being moved one week to July 21,22,23. 
  • Anyone planning to attend the June campout at Castle Rock State Park or the September campout at Three Island State Park should make reservations as the state parks fill up early. 
  • The October 20,21,22 campout at Bruneau has not host and no confirmed attendance so will be cancelled. 
  • The reservation has been made for the end of year planning meeting at the Meridian KOA, November 11, 1pm. Lunch will be served. Cost will $11.50 per person ($10+1.50 tip) for Pizza, bread sticks, salad, dessert, and beverage (water, punch, coffee). Please pay Rosemary at least two weeks in advance, but can pay anytime over the summer. 

Thanks to Wagon Masters Jim and Rita 

Next Campout: Bully Creek, September 28,29,30. Wagon Masters Dennis & Marcia Seibel. Call Bully Creek to reserve. Confirm dinner attendance to Marica. 

Meeting adjourned: 7:42pm 

Janet Sanchez

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Castle Rock campout on June 23rd - 25th

From: BECCIE McDonell [mailto:becciep@msn.com]  

Hello Fellow Tumbleweeds,

We are the Wagon Masters  for the campout at Castle Rock – June 23rd thru the 25th    
   It is definitely time to make your reservations NOW,  they are going fast, probably because of the Star Gazing party,  which I think sounds like fun!

It is 205 miles SE of Boise,   There is going to be a Star Gazing party (special event)

Amenities are:  Toilets, showers, dump station, power.
Nearby is the City of Rocks

We will provide Steak  for the Saturday night dinner,  you don’t want to miss that.

Happy Trails,

Jim and Beccie McDonell
Jim @ 340-8500

Beccie @ 850-3062

Thursday, March 23, 2017

First campout - April 7-8-9 - Snake River RV Resort

To the Tumbleweeds: 

After an interesting drive on Saturday and seeing quite a few patches of snow all over Farewell Bend campgrounds, Jim and I have ruled that one out for the first campout of the year. It was also about 10 degrees colder up there and I don't think that would make for a pleasant weekend. 

We stopped by Snake River RV Resort in Homedale on the way back and really liked the place. It's only about an hour's drive for you Boise folks (about 45 minutes for us and the McDonnell's in Nampa!) and it was quite lovely. Right on the Snake River, the grass is green; there is a covered and almost enclosed Pavilion looking over the river which will be perfect for dinner; and Dave, the owner, likes the Tumbleweeds -- as long as he only has to deal withONE person! (Guess that's me!)

I have attached a flyer with all the info from the Snake River RV Resort in Homedale and some recreational ideas too. We'll be in Sites 22-31, depending on how many want to join us. 

Please DO NOT call direct for reservations. Let me know if you are attending the campout. 

The price is $27 if I make the reservations, $30 if YOU call; also to have the $150 Pavilion Reservation fee waived, we need to reserve as a group. The sites have water, electric, and sewer. I will send Dave a list of members coming on what days next Monday

By Monday, March 26th, I need to know which days you will be camping and how many people in your party (adults, kids, pets, etc). Also, do you NEED 50 amp service or is 30 amp okay?
  • Thursday, April 6
  • Friday, April 7
  • SaturdayApril 8
  • SundayApril 9
  • Monday, April 10
Snake River RV prefers cash or check, but for an extra $2.00 convenience fee, you can use a credit card. You pay when you arrive. 

Dinner will be shredded beef sandwiches with sides, salads, and desserts provided by other members. 

If you can't make it for the weekend, please come join us for dinner. We'll probably eat about 5:30-6:00 pm, depending on the weather. Let me know if you are coming just for dinner so we can plan for enough food. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone on April 7th. Everyone is to concentrate on GOOD WEATHER!!!

Thanks, your wagon-masters,
Rita & Jim

Contact Rita at RitaA53@gmail.com to confirm reservation. 


Directions: For your personal Navigational Map (GPS) Please enter Jackson Lane. Homedale, Idaho.
Take Hwy 95 2 miles south of Homedale & go east on Market Street 1.5 miles and go North on Jump Creek Rd 8/10 of a mile to our driveway.
Follow SIGNS in from Hwy 95. Easy access for even the largest RV rigs and 5th wheel trailers.

Click here to read the Snake River RV Resort Info PDF