The third annual gathering of VW Californias (and other variants) took place last weekend at Glenmore Campsite, near Aviemore. We had a total of ten vans come along, which probably makes it the biggest ever gathering of Calis in Scotland.
As always at these kinds of events people are keen to find out how they’ve kitted out their vans, what tips they have and where they’re planning to travel next. Besides the ‘nosying’ inside each others’ pride and joy we had a good meal on Saturday night at Glenmore Lodge. For those hardy enough to brave the chilly wind coming off Loch Morlich this was topped off with a campfire on the beach.
The weather turned out to be better than forecast, which effectively meant it didn’t rain (so much). High winds and low cloud put pay to any notions of going up the hill skiing, though. The strong gusty wind early on Saturday morning also made some damage; David and Linda’s pop-up tent was freed from its 14 storm pegs and lifted into the air to land about 30 feet away … all with their two bikes inside ! Unfortunately, David’s bike will need some attention now.
Those whose bikes did survive managed to get out for a 15 mile mountain bike ride along the trails through the National Park’s fine Scots pine woods. This must surely be some of the most spectacular scenery for mountain biking in the UK, if not Europe. The others went out walking with their dogs, swapped stories and took advantage of the nearby cafes.
It was a great weekend. We should do it again sometime.