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Spring Campout

109 of us had a wonderful time at Don and Laurel Rumsey's Mother Lode Ranch, April 26 - 28, 2013. Rides, clinics, good food, good times.
You may jump to the newsletter article below the pictures.

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Dianne Stearns and company having breakfast with our Italian friend - Al Fresco.

We had fun - and bacon - for all ages.

Doug Dollarhide and Vicki Morales.

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Ron Stearns lunging his horse.

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Dennise Davis (on horse) Johnny Leal, Rudy Dezzani, Debra Mason (back to us) and Alan Gilkison.

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Julie Perry and happy child.

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Dave Moser teaching packing class.

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Dave Moser, Carl Perry and Dan Prine teaching load balancing.
"This end kicks . . . That end bites".

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Dave Moser and his pack string.

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Bruce DeMott, teaching the next generation the art of driving.

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Devin Nelson and his pack mule.

Spring Campout

by Karen Lopes

Well, we did it! With the help of many different people, the Mid Valley Spring Campout was another huge success! We were also blessed with wonderful weather which is very much appreciated! We had a total of 109 registered participants on Saturday, and we also received a number of new members to BCHC.

The breakfast was better than ever complete with eggs, bacon, pancakes, and fruit. The pack clinic was well attended by new and experienced packers as well. The kids were busy throughout the day with face painting, trail course, and let's not forget the ever-popular, world-famous "creek!" The potluck dinner was amazing as usual, and we had plenty of food for everyone.

The skits were both educational and entertaining, and our auction brought in over $1000! Sunday morning started off with about 30 people attending our 2nd annual "Cowboy Church", and then people either headed out on the trail or home.

We did have a few mishaps; our best wishes to Christine Kaplan for a speedy recovery from the knot on her head she received when her horse went down on the trail to the Medicine Rock! She's a trooper though; after hours at the hospital she returned and stayed the rest of the weekend. And our condolences to Dave Moser for losing his pack string; thankfully no one was injured, but he probably hasn't heard the last of that yet!

Now I am going to attempt to recognize and thank all of the people who helped make this happen! This is a daunting task, as there were so many of you who contributed in so many different ways! I saw people stepping in and helping out just because those are the kind of people BCHC attracts! So, I am going to just take a moment to recognize the leaders whom I contacted for help; if you were part of their crew, you know who you are!

Thank-You to ...

Alan Gilkinson and Johnny Leal and their kitchen crew!

Carl Perry, Vicki Whistler, Vicki Morales, CJ Hargreaves, Kathryn Reeves and others for helping with the registration!

Julie Perry, Victor Pedroza, Glenda Champlin and Kelli O'Brien for helping with the Kid's activities!

Dave Moser for putting on the Packing Clinic!

Vicki Whistler and crew for organizing the Dutch Oven cooks and potluck!

Dave Moser and Lloyd Erlandson for their star-studded performance in the skits!

Glenda Champlin, Dan Prine, Gil Fryer, Deb Mason and all the girls for taking care of the auction!

Hal Denton and Doug Dollarhide for the Sunday morning "Cowboy Church"

Johnny Leal, Tom Champlin, and crew for setting up and taking down all of the tables!

Kathryn Reeves and Richard Hogdson and Cathy and Doug Dollarhide with clean-up!

Kathy Zumbrunn, Michael King, Vicki Morales and others for setting up a table for calendar sales and other general BCHC Mid Valley information!

And of course, many, many thanks to Don and Laurel Rumsey! Most of us did not want to go home come Sunday; it is just a very difficult thing to leave such a beautiful ranch with such gracious hosts! Thank-you again for allowing BCHC Mid Valley to spend a beautiful weekend on your little piece of Heaven!

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