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Prineville Campout


2009 Prineville Spring Campout

May 14 – 17, 2009


The long awaited May trip to Prineville Reservoir Resort was underway.  But seeing the Mt. Hood Highway 26 sign saying “Snow Chains or Traction Tires Required” gave us the feeling of yet another OBPC adventure!  We found Thursday’s roadway clear but earlier, Tuesday travelers had encountered four inches of fresh snow.

The camp ground was in its usual pristine condition.  The bathrooms had received a much needed update and looked nice.  Our hosts were waiting with open arms. As always, there were only a couple of campsites occupied by non-OBPC members. 

There were new members to meet (we hope each of you felt welcome), and many old friends were there to visit too.  Children on bikes were having a great time in the camp ground.  The many evening campfires brought neighbors and their dogs to share the warmth, renew friendships and swap stories.

The Saturday evening potluck was attended by 54 friends and members and was a great success.  We did, however, miss the special Jim Liddell fish fry, but the table held enough hardy dishes so we all had plenty to eat.  Herb Doumitt had a few welcoming words for us and Bud Hartman gave us the update on the Crappie and Catfish “FUN” Fishing Events.  I’m sure the results will be posted in the Bulletin. 

The Sunday “Leftovers” Deck Party was held on the deck of the motel at the resort for those who were able to stay over the extra day.  It was a first for many of us and was attended by 34 club members and four deer. We enjoyed leftovers from the Saturday potluck, lots of new dishes and appetizers and hours of camaraderie!  It was the first time event for many of us and one we are anxious to repeat.

The weather, you ask?  The “early-birds” braved some cold, windy days but those arriving by Thursday were greeted with sunny skies and a warming trend.  Saturday’s pot-luck was held under calm winds, clear skies and tropical warmth…just perfect.  The high temperatures for Saturday and Sunday reached into the low 90’s.

Fishing was hard for all, but moderate numbers of crappie and catfish were caught and some boats found respectable numbers of largemouth bass.  As the water warmed up, the catfish turned off and the crappie turned on.

Be sure to check out the pictures of club members fishing, the Saturday Potluck, the Fishing contest weigh-in and the Sunday Deck Party in the bulletin and on the OBPC website.

For those of you who have yet to share this experience, find your tent or fix up the old RV and join us next year.  Fifty-four attendees and five dogs can’t be all wrong! 


Submitted by Kathryn Israelson and Herb and Carol Doumitt

Photos courtesy of the Doumitts & Russ Miyada