We talk all the time with lady RVers who would like to connect with other ladies on the road… So we thought we’d make it happen! May 3-6, 2019, we’re hosting “Gals on the Go,” a mini-conference for women RVers!
WORKSHOPS: We’re still in the process of lining up the seminars (talking to potential presenters from around the country!) so the schedule isn’t yet set… But some likely topics include:
- RV cooking (easy meals for one, recipe exchange, using RV ovens, instapot?)
- Basic mechanics, maintenance, and systems (how-tos and fix-its, demystifying systems from your furnace to your fridge to your TV)
- Storage and packing ideas
- Workamping (working at RV parks in exchange for site rent), Entrepreneurship, and making money on the road
- Safety, security, and self-defense
- Basics of towing and backing, leveling and setting up
- Adding and using solar power
- Boondocking and trip planning
- And some just-for-fun sessions like “road yoga,” and painting a wooden sign for your RV site (we’re calling this one “Sign & Wine”–adult beverages optional!)
- Plus we’ll have some time just for networking, sharing stories and food, and maybe even a fireside jam-session for the musicians among us
- We’re also looking into arranging a private tour of the Pendleton Woolen Mill, and maybe one of the nearby wineries (that excursion might be an optional add-on for those who want to stay through Sunday).
BOOKING: You can book your RV site now! In fact, we recommend it. Our attendance is limited by the number of spaces in the park, and we’re already taking reservations from ladies planning to attend! You can book online or call the office (541-276-1041) to reserve your site. Just let us know that you’re coming in for “Gals on the Go!”
COSTS: There will be two separate costs for the weekend. (1) Site fee for whatever RV site you reserve, and (2) a registration fee for the weekend’s workshops. The registration fee is yet to be determined, but please know that we’re just trying to cover costs (it’s not intended as a money-maker), and we’re aiming to keep it below $125 for the weekend.
What time do I need to get there on the 3rd? We’ll start gathering with some activities around 4pm on Friday the 3rd, and we’ll serve a dinner that evening, but we’ll keep the real “meat” of the workshops for Saturday so nobody misses out by arriving later.
How about arriving early? We already have some ladies booked to arrive a day early, and some staying a day later, so you might consider extending your stay for the fun & fellowship. We’ll arrange some “unofficial” gatherings before and after the actual event for those of you who are here.
Can tent-campers participate? Absolutely! If you’re still in the market for your rig or just thinking about RVing, don’t feel left out! You can come camp in our tent-area and participate in the workshops and fellowship.
How do I get more information? We will be posting here and on the FaceBook Event Page as we firm up the line-up of presenters and topics, as well as the actual workshop-registration. In the meantime, get your spot reserved! We will be directly contacting those ladies who have reserved RV sites for the event.
What if I can’t make it? Based on the reaction we’re already getting about this idea, we’re thinking this might become an annual event–so maybe you can catch us next year. We’re also looking into the possibility of creating some online videos posted from the workshops, so perhaps you can enjoy those even from a distance. We’ll keep you posted here as plans develop!
How did this idea get started, anyway? This all started with my mom, who’s recently widowed and venturing into the world of RVing. As I started to meet other lady-RVers in the course of my job as an RV Park Manager, I kept wishing my mom could meet them and share stories and experiences. That idea is what started all of this–and yes, my mom is going to be here for it!
We’re hoping to see you there!
~Kana Smith, Pendleton KOA Manager