2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

by Gary Hawkins, April 4, 2017

Having had so much fun at last year's event, we were looking forward with much anticipation to the 2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering. We'd been in contact with Judy and Paul (who we met last year), and they were going to save us the same campsite. Again we left on a Friday, and again Friday traffic was more than a little heavy! Southern California was not like this when we moved to San Diego in 2001 - sigh!

Our campsite at the 2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

The organizers had changed for the 2017 event. While it did not affect the format, unfortunately not so many teardrops turned up.  That being said, there was still just under one hundred of us, all greeted by thousands of acres of stick net, a pretty yellow flowered but evasive weed that first appeared in southern California in 1982.

Yellow flowers all around at the 2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

Acres of Stick Net at the 2016 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

Close to our campsite, the stick net was so dense that I pitched my tent right next to our teardrop. Not an ideal location but better than getting hay fever all night!

Our campsite at the 2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

Unfortunately, Judy came down with a heavy cold just before they arrived.  Xaria made up for it by playing lots with Uncle Paul. This year we attended the potluck. Chili con carne was certainly a popular choice of main dish, and I have to admit mine was not top of the list of favorites.

Yafei and Xaria enjoying the potluck at the 2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

Some great looking teardrop trailers caught my eye again this year, including this head turning military style camper.  I want one of these!

Military style teardrop camper at the 2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

Here are a few other pictures from Sophie:

Another classic teardrop camper at the 2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

Another classic truck and teardrop camper at the 2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering


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