Driving past the campground you may have noticed the large gathering of RV’s behind the ball fields and a little more action than usual at the Seniors Hall.
Nakusp members of the Escapees RV Club, Kathy Bone, Dave Buckrell and Doug and Penny Brownlie hosted fellow members from around B.C. and Alberta, for their annual spring rally.
Escapees RV Club is one of the largest clubs in the industry founded by Joe and Kay Peterson from Huntington Beach, CA on July 4, 1978. They were simply two working travellers who were enthralled with the RV lifestyle and wanted to make it the best it could be for themselves, their friends, and fellow travellers.
Little did they know, one day their club would have over 100,000 members from all over the world. In 1984 they created their first chapter in California because members were afraid if the club got any bigger, Escapees would lose the close family feeling.
There are currently 51 chapters throughout the U.S and Canada, and the local Okanagan chapter tries to meet at least twice a year, “which gives a chance to meet old acquaintances, make new friends, while doing something we all enjoy — RVing!” said local member Penny Brownlie.
The Rally ran from June 2-5 right in the middle of a rain cycle but it didn’t seem to dampen the travellers’ spirits as they found respite in the Senior’s Hall to continue their fun. There were many promises of return to our “beautiful, little town.”