Eric & Gayle Bruce (24020)
Utah Pathfinders – President and Vice President
An early snowfall has already blanketed the State of Utah. This was a warning to all Utahans and visitors that it’s time to prepare for winter. Winterizing your Newmar is a way of life in our state.
As we hunker down for the winter, we reflect on what a great first year we have had. So many wonderful rallies and meeting so many wonderful friends. Our first rally as a chapter was so much fun. We went with an Oktoberfest Theme. We had tankers filled with root beer floats and large soft pretzels. Everyone enjoyed incredible food and desserts. A special thank you to Duane Page & Laurie Hunt for all their help with the planning of the rally. Also, a special thank you Duane, and Larry for the great food. Duane you are quite the chef! We also enjoyed the incredible food from Todd at SkyMed, and Kyle at NIRVC Las Vegas! Everything was delicious. The weather was perfect! The weather was the best it has been all summer and the Zion View sites weren’t too bad either. The Quaking Aspens or Quakies were in full color, vibrant yellow. Many attendees said E-biking through the town of Zion was great fun.
During the rally, our chapter secretary, Doug Washburn had entered an incredible bike race. The race was 100 miles long. He rode through the towns of Hurricane, St. George, Washington, Irvins, Santa Clara, and around the Veyo volcano. Congratulations to Doug for coming in first. What an incredible feat!!!!! The hiking trails in Zion were excellent and one of the favorite hiking trails in Zion was the upper Emerald pools. Some of our rally attendees drove all the way to Bryce Canyon. Other attendees ventured to Grafton Ghost Town located on the southern banks of the Virgin River. It was first settled in 1859. Its abandonment was a result of a terrible flood in 1862 and Indian attacks in 1866. The Grafton Heritage Partnership is now maintaining many historical buildings and the old cemetery. A visit gives you a glimpse of what pioneer life may have been like.
Our first rally is now behind us, we look forward to our next rally. We will be working on our plans for the 2023 Utah Pathfinders Chapter Rally. We’ll be having the rally in Northern Utah. Keep watching for the finalized plans to be completed before the end of the year. Details and rally fees will be shared on the NKK Calendar.
As we move into our next season, we plan to hunker down and spend lots of time with our children and grandchildren. Have a safe and fun filled Holiday Season. Eric & I along with the whole Utah Pathfinder Chapter are looking forward to our next adventure together.