Sunday, October 27, 2019

TUMBLEWEEDS: Need your lunch choice, please

Hopefully your calendar is marked for the Election/Planning meeting at noon on Saturday November 9th at the KOA in Meridian. Lunch is being catered by Great Harvest Bakery. 

I need your choice(s) for lunch by Tuesday, November 5th please. Drinks and dessert will be included (maybe some extra goodies!). And I think I'll throw in some potato and macaroni salads to add something extra to the meal. Drinks will be water, iced tea, lemonade. Coffee is included in the room rental. 

You can always check out their entire menu at 

Please send me an email with your choices by the 5th of Nov.  

Thanks, Rita 😊

Saturday, October 26, 2019

READ!!!! New location for July 24-26 Campout!!!!

Hello Tumbleweeds:

Okay, after giving it much thought and checking reservations for days at the other campgrounds in the area for the weekend of July 24-26, I have a suggestion. 

Since Poison Creek is a "no-go" for camping, turns out the campground with the most trees DOES have sites available. HUCKLEBERRY CAMPGROUND, just north of Poison Creek. They are primitive sites (no water, electric or sewer), but they are $19 per night. There are water outlets around the campground and there is a dump station on West Mountain Road you can visit on your way out, if you like. Also, the showers at Poison Creek campground are available to those who are at the other campgrounds. 

And yes, you can bring your ATV/UTV so we can still have a ride with the Cascade club! (Rosemary, you're in charge of that event, please. Thanks.)

There are currently 10 sites available for that weekend -- but they won't last long. (see map below). 

So in the interest of not losing out on some fun for that weekend, Jim and I have booked site #93. I hope any of you interested in joining us that weekend will make your reservations SOONEST!
Remember to search for LAKE CASCADE STATE PARK; the loop is HUCKLEBERRY.

More information:

Huckleberry Campground is a "loop" in Lake Cascade State Park and is situated on the western shore of Cascade Lake. It is a park like setting with mowed lawns and open spaces. I like things a little more natural however this is a very busy place during July and August. Make sure you reserve your campsite well in advance. The campground has the lake on the east and West Mountain on the west. It is not isolated but you have good access to recreational opportunities all around it.

Campsites: There are 27 RV / tent camping sites in Huckleberry Campground. The roads and driveways are paved and each site includes a picnic table, fire ring with attached grill and most have a barbecue stand.

Host on Site: Yes.

Water: Huckleberry Campground has a pressurized water system with good water. You will find outlets scattered about the campground.

Garbage Services: Garbage service is available throughout Huckleberry Campground. The likelihood of a nighttime visit from a hungry black bear is not as great here as in some other campgrounds on the west side of the lake. However, I strongly recommend using the garbage service regularly to be safe.

Electricity Available: No.

Restroom: The restrooms are vault style outhouses and were clean and well supplied at the time of our visit. (You can visit the showers at Poison Creek if you like.)

Handicap Accessible: The restrooms and campground as a whole are handicap friendly. Campsites 75 and 80 are handicap equipped.

Firewood: Firewood can be purchased from a stand next to the camp host for $6.00 per bundle.

Pets: Pets are allowed but must kept on a leash or caged.

Picnic Area: No.

Recreation: Recreation from Huckleberry Campground includes; camping, fishing, biking, hiking, skiing, jet skiing and photography as well as many other activities.

Fishing: Fishing is available by boat or from the bank for trout, large and small mouth bass, perch and northern pikeminnow.

Boating: Boating is the most popular recreation here whether it is for water skiing or fishing. There are boat ramps at Rainbow Point Campground to the north or to the south at Buttercup Campground.

Swimming: There is no designated swimming area but there are always people enjoying the lake during those hot summer days.

Wildlife: Deer are common as are small woodland animals and birds.

RV Dumping Site: There is an RV dumping station in Donnelly and another on the north end of West Mountain Campground a short drive to the south. (There is also a dump station on Mountain Road, between Huckleberry and Poison Creek.)

Elevation: 4842 Feet

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fwd: Tumbleweeds: Come One, Come All!!!!

Saturday, November 9th @ 12 noon
KOA Meridian Meeting Room
184 W Pennwood Street, Meridian

It's time for the Annual Election & Planning meeting for the Tumbleweeds 2020 Camping Season.

Lunch will be catered from a new company I discovered with two locations -- one in Eagle, one in Meridian. It's Great Harvest Bread Company. Check them out. 

We'll be ordering from their catering menu which I have included in the attached PDF. Lunch will be about $12 per person which includes sandwich, chips, desserts, and drinks OR salad, desserts, and drinks. You choose what sounds good to you. I will need your choices by Tuesday, November 5th so I can place the order on Wednesday. They will deliver just before noon on Saturday so come and enjoy.

The fun will begin after lunch. We'll have the yearly elections proctored by our Director at Large Mark Bennett. If you are interested in being President, Vice President, or Secretary/Treasurer, please contact Mark at or (208) 794-6393. There's always room for new officers!

After the election, we'll go through the process of choosing dates and locations for the campouts next year. I have included a list of of the places we have camped over the past 9 years to give you some inspiration. I have also included possible dates for the upcoming campouts. We can fit in about 8 campouts next year. With Jim & Rita hosting two of them, there is one left for each rig to host. Starting thinking of a date that fits your schedule and a fun place you'd like to visit with the Tumbleweeds!

Where to go camping? The Idaho Campground Review website I have used in the past doesn't seem to be up and running any longer, but I found this site which may help you look for possibilities for new campgrounds.

IMPORTANT: Janet would also like to remind everyone that the yearly "Dues are Due" at the meeting. $15 check made out to Tumbleweeds Boise -- or she takes good ol' fashion cash. If you can't make the meeting, please send your check to Janet Sanchez, 1929 Leisure Lane, Meridian, Idaho 83646; as soon as you can. Or give her a call at (208) 863-5491 if you have questions.

  *  RSVP to meeting along with your lunch choices by Tuesday, Nov 5th
  *  Election choices
  *  Choose a date/location for your campout hosting
  *  Bring check for dues and lunch

FYI: We will be hosting two possible new rigs: Julie & Dave, friends of Jim's from the Nampa Dog Park, and Vicki & Mark who have joined us on several of our past trips. Please make them welcome.

Let me know if you have any questions.

See you on the 9th!!!
Thanks, Rita

One final note: this is the week to make reservations for Poison Creek Campground at Lake Cascade State Park for the weekend July 24th-26th. Reserve on the date you are planning to arrive. 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Poison Creek Campout RESERVATIONS timing

Hello Tumbleweeds,

Can NOT believe how fast the summer flew by. Seems like we were just at Homedale and now the joint campout is over and we're getting ready for the November election/planning meeting. More information is coming on that meeting shortly.

In the meantime, seems like everyone who attended the campout at Poison Creek Campground on Lake Cascade this year really enjoy themselves. And most want to do it again -- but a bit later in the year next year. So here's the plan. Getting far away from the 4th of July holiday and counting out the possibilities for campouts starting April 17th next year (a bit later than usual), I highly recommend we plan on going to Poison Creek July 24-26

BUT that means that reservations need to be made at 8 AM on October 24th!!!! Yes, 9 months in advance. And folks, don't hesitate ... these reservations go FAST!!!!

So if you want to go to Poison Creek in July, make your reservations in October!!! Jim and I hope to be there from Wednesday, July 22nd and stay through the next week. Hopefully we'll find a campsite. I'll let you know the site # once I have the reservations made. 

Here's my current calendar thoughts for campouts in 2020:
  • * Easter - April 12 *  
  • April 17-19
  • May 1-3
  • * Mother's Day - May 10 *
  • * Memorial Day - May 25 *
  • May 29-31
  • * Father's Day - June 21 *
  • June 26-28
  • * 4th of July *
  • July 24-26 - Poison Creek
  • August 14-16
  • * Labor Day - September 7 *
  • September 18-20 (Joint Campout with Mountain Home Travelers @ Three Island Crossing -- earlier than this year for warmer weather per requests)
Of course, nothing is set in store and the dates/locations will be determined at the November planning meeting. Check your calendars to decide which campout each rig would like to host. (Rosemary, I didn't make plans for the weekend your and Nancy have your sorority gathering, did I?)

Let me know if anyone needs further information. 

See you in November (sung to "See You In September ~ Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons."

Rita 😁