Maryhill WA Columbia River Rally Recap
September 21-24, 2022

Dates: September 21-24, 2022
Location: Maryhill State Park
50 Highway 97
Goldendale, WA 98620

What a Great Northwest Rally We Had!

There were 13 RVs in attendance and 23 people. People came from WA, OR, CO, NV, and northern CA. We started the rally with registration and goodie bags filled with useful camping items, handouts, and area brochures. We were very pleased with the beautiful group camping site. The trees and green areas were lush. We also had a large and elaborate pavilion to use.

Rally hosts welcoming attendees
Group camping site

On Thursday, September 22, we began the day with Coach Tours of everyone's RV. It was so interesting to see what other models look like and to see peoples' adaptions and decorations.

Coach tours
Coach tours

That afternoon, we visited the wonderfully surprising Maryhill Museum. This museum consists of four flours and is out in the middle of nowhere. It holds many Native American artifacts, the throne and crown from Romania, many pieces by the artist Rodin, a whole floor of various kinds of unusual chest sets, and much more.

View from the museum overlooking the Columbia River
Native American baskets
Romanian throne
Rodin sculpture

Then we went to see the Stonehenge replica. It is the only full-sized replica in the world.

Stonehenge replica
Stonehenge replica

Telescope at the Goldendale Observatory

We finished the day with a visit to the Goldendale Observatory to see the stars and planets in the night sky. Along with many other things, we learned that soon the north star will be changing to another star. It was a very interesting three hours.

Friday morning, some of us hiked into a nearby state park to see many, many petroglyphs and pictographs. The most famous of the petroglyphs/pictographs is She Who Watches. Later that afternoon we went to the Waving Tree Winery for wine tasting.

She Who Watches
Wine tasting at Waving Tree Winery

All enjoyed the food. We had a potluck the second night with so much great food. The first and third dinners were delicious catered food. Catering these meals gave everyone more free time for fun and visiting. We had campfires on the other two evenings in the largest campfire ring that anyone had ever seen.

An evening campfire

It was hard to say goodbye to our old and new friends. Everyone is ready for another rally!

Until next time

By Nancy Wolf