Árbol del Sol
"To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die."
- Marquis de Vauvenargues
The SunTree Traveler
What Happened in April?
Earth Day at Faywood Hot Springs
We could not have asked for better weather for the Earth Day event. The only problems (if it could be considered to be a problem) was that all of the cabins, casitas, RV hookup sites and camping sites were full. That was not a problem for those of us who made our reservations several weeks in advance, but it did delay the arrival date of one of our club members. Fortunately a slot opened up on Saturday night for him to park in.
The weekend fell upon the peak time for the Lyriad Meteor shower, so there was some celestial entertainment for those who soaked in the early pre-dawn hours. In fact on Saturday morning, there was a fireball screaming across the sky at about 4:30 along with some lesser meteors as well as a couple of naked-eye satellites for a little excitement that morning.
Our Saturday evening potluck was a picnic-style dine-in at a picnic table in the clothing optional camping area. Due to the fullness of the campground, all participants were unable to sit, but not to worry, a buffet style eating plan allowed all to enjoy the way too large array of dining selection.
This was a most enjoyable weekend that will possibly be repeated throughout the warm months ahead.
What is Happening in May?
Camping Event In Wildwood on the Weekend Before Memorial Day
I thought that this year, I had (at the suggestion of some of the veterans of the Wildwood camping trips from the past) come up with a perfect plan in order that I would not have to wait until getting to the site before I could determine how many participants would be coming. I was, as usual wrong. I feel better this year than in the past. The good news is that we have enough people so that we will not have to cancel as we did twice last year. That cost is far lower than in the past and we will still have the same access to the entire facility as a temporary clothing-optional for our group. We will have access to all of the soaking pools as well as the grassy activities area with the campfire location and the kitchen/dining area.
We will be able to arrive at noon on Friday, 18 May and stay until Sunday morning, 20 May. The gate will be closed with the sign that the facility is closed for all except those attending the SunTree "Private Party".
Now for information for the new participants who are familiar with this event:
Wildwood is a clothing required commercial campground which is currently limiting customers to single day at limited hours for soaking only with no camping.
SunTree has made a deposit for our group for two nights camping (Friday and Saturday). Wildwood has had good relations with SunTree in the past and is willing to let us have our full weekend clothing optional event with a flat fee for the use of the entire facility. The cost will be shared by all who participate as a flat event fee. Some of us will be tenting and some will have campers even though there are no hookups available. If you wish to rent one of the cabins (two as I recall at last count) you will need to pay the Wildwood administration for that in addition to the SunTree site-wide usage fee.
Wildwood is relying on SunTree to take care of the fees internally. In the past, some people in hearing about our event have called Wildwood and told them that they were "invited by somebody from SunTree". Wildwood knows better and has warned us that there is the possibility of some mooches attempting to gate-crash our event.
If there is any updates, I will send out a second e-mail.