Saturday I made the three hour drive down to the Wilds. This was done to finalize our itinerary and camping location. I met with the CEO and he is very excited to have us!
Here is a map directly to our campsite:
Airstreams in the Wilds - Google Maps
I'm going to try to descibe as best as I can. This area is a old unused scout camp. It was last used several years ago. There are NO facilities. If you happen to get cell phone coverage, you are lucky.
We will have a clean, just delivered porta john on site. I will have a limited amount of drinking water.
Fire rings are available. Please bring or purchase wood as allowed by law.
The road directly off of the main road is gravel. A red barn and white farmhouse sit on the corner to turn at. Travel up the road about three minutes. The road is actually in good shape.
You will need to make a sharp left turn into the gated campground. It is about a 120 degree turn, but you should have plenty of room.
Travel thru the first grass camping area. The gravel road continues up to our upper campground. This road is more tight with some low small branches. I'll do my best to clear them prior to arrival time. A tight right hand turn on a grade exists, but I'm fairly confident everyone should make it without problem. Turnaround space at the top is available.
The campsite itself is shaded with trees in various weird places! Please remember this isn't an RV park! Spaces are not marked, so please feel free to pick an appropriate spot. Please arrive with all tanks full or empty.
Although this isn't a campground that overlooks the great vista of the Wilds, I think we will be happy.
Here is our schedule:
I'm going to try to travel down Thursday late. Drew (my son) has a football game, so I may make a late night game, out of it and drive down to the general area and sleep at a rest area.
I've scheduled for the gate to be open at 9am on Friday. If absolutely neccesary, I can have it open Thursday.
Friday night, I'm thinking of having something ready to eat as people arrive. Probably a beans and weenies type thing. This will probably be a great time for Pee Wee to share stories also. If everyone could PM thier idea of arrival time, I could keep track a little.
Saturday will begin with the Service Project at 9am for those who signed up. The first tour bus at the Wilds starts at 10am for those electing to do a day tour.
Our potluck will be a lunch at about 1pm. We are hoping to have a special program at 2:30 ish. This will be informal, but enjoyable.
We need to be at the visitors center at 4pm for the Sunset Safari. We will probably carpool over at 3:45.
The Safari is quite long, with special stops. I'm told their is nothing like petting a rhino......
Buffet dinner is at 7:30. Fresh food and two meats. This will be overlooking the plains.
I've told them that we will probably be gone by about 2 on Sunday. This is just a guess. If anyone chooses totake the tours on Sunday, you probably want to hook up an take your trailer over to the visitors center.
If anyone wants to stay later, let me know and I'm up for adjustment!
I hope this info helps. I will be emailing complete confirmations, parking passes, and maps on Tuesday.
To the best of my knowledge, everyone that wanted to get on the Safari. This includes you Gary! (last guy)
And the Safari is sold out. But their may be some very little wiggle room. Something like running behind the bus.
For any wishing to sign up still, please contact me. We definetly can get you in.
And finally, if anyone isn't coming due to not having a trailer, the Wilds opened up a new area called Nomad ridge. Pricey, but dang it nice....
The Wilds | Visit Us | Nomad Ridge
Also note that hotels are available 25 minutes away.
Thank you to all that signed up. I look forward to meeeting you all.