by Gary Hawkins, March 31, 2016
There don't seem to be many large teardrop gatherings in Southern California, so I was pleased to find details of the 2016 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering while browsing the Internet one evening. I'd never heard of Lake Perris but discovered it was only about ninety minutes north of us. I downloaded an application, and soon my registration check was in the mail.
We rolled into the event on a Friday evening not knowing what to expect, a little frazzled with dealing with afternoon traffic on I-15. The registration desk told us to find an empty spot and then come back to complete the paperwork. We did a couple of laps of the gathering area and picked a spot between two vintage looking teardrops, which backed onto an open area that would be ideal for pitching my tent.
This teardrop gathering has been at this location for quite a while, and this year about one hundred and twenty teardrops of all vintages and styles turned up. It was thrilling to see so many teardrop campers gathered in one place.
Friday turned out to be Dutch Oven night, and Saturday was a big potluck. Since Xaria was not at all mobile, we decided to skip both events (perhaps next year).
We soon got to know our neighbors Judy and Paul. They had driven up from Chula Vista. Their teardrop, completed in 2003, is based on a 1947 Kit trailer, stretched 6 inches side-to-side and front-to-back (making it 54 inches wide and 102 inches long). The rear cabinets are beautifully done in Birchwood. Paul has included storage under the mattress, and the front storage box has an on-demand water heater for showering. Paul and Judy like to do a lot of dry camping, primarily in the Anza Borrego desert and the external shower, which also doubles as a toilet, is a real necessity.