Three Awesome Rally weekends

Our April travels began with the Chewacla Lake Tin Canners rally in Alabama. --Just across the highway from Auburn is the beautiful Chewacla State Park. Wooded with a nice lake and pretty waterfall, the park has been home to the Tin Canners rally for 4 or more years. This year it was held in honor of John the founder of the event, who passed away last year. He was a park host who donated many hours of his time to helping keep up and preserve this great place. About 20 or so vintage campers were arrayed around the central area, making the views a pleasure. The open house was a special part of the weekend with such interesting campers to visit. We had one of the two Airstreams present, coincidentally both being 1966 Overlanders. Many other brands were represented with Shasta being the most popular. All of us enjoyed a low country Bama boil on Saturday night with shrimp, potatoes and lots more laid out on a large table lined with paper. What a feast. During the day Saturday we visited Auburn and walked the college campus and town. It was A day when the football team debuts in a home match against itself. Great crowds in town, and we enjoyed the local coffee house. The crowd at Chewacla Lake honors the rally founder with Hawaiian shirts - his favorite t.hing to wear
In between trailer travel we hit Chattanooga Tenn for the Bug A Paluza VW rally and show. What an awesome day! We walked amidst at least 500 Volkswagen vintage cars and buses on display and saw some fabulous customs and restorations. Always a favorite town to visit, the afternoon was topped off with a special lunch at a Farm to Table restaurant and a visit to the old Knitting Mill, now an antique mall.
--On April 22 weekend we headed up to Hiawassee, GA in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where Lake Chatuge is the site for the twice a year rallys presented by The Georgia Airstream Campers and Tin Can Tourists with added attendance by the WBCCI SouthEast Camping Unit. This weekend was set off by a blast of rain and thunder during the Friday night meet and greet in the pavilion. The storm though strong, was shortlived and the moon came out to light up the lake. On Saturday and Sunday we were treated to mid 70's temperatures, and it made for an especially enjoyable day of activities. Attendance was excellent with about 60 units of many varied types to see. The 1960s Chevrolet mounted camper on pickup chassis was a great one, with a matching towable behind it. Also the 1960 Silver Streak was a site to see.Overall there was much to enjoy. Once again our Saturday pot luck dinner was a big success with an abundance of food to share, followed by a live "jam" band and karaoke. The campfire outside was the capper to the day with fire roasted pizza and smores. Looking forward to the Fall version on October 21 weekend.
great camper sink!
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