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Old 09-01-2009, 08:03 PM   #155
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What's the word again on camping Thursday? For some reason I thought several were do so, but I can't find it in the thread.
Also need some direction of where to go when we get to the park. We may not be as good at finding the group, as you are Dan, in the dark. (WDCU caravan)
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:41 PM   #156
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A little info. that may be worth sharing:

- if you come in off 77 at the Belle Valley exit - nice road over to Cumberland but - just as you come to the stop in "town" to turn left - watch for that telephone pole that sits right on the roads edge - and I do mean right on the edge

- if you come in either route 83 or 146 - you pick up the typical country road roller coasters - nothing extreme just don't hit the dips too fast... a couple places you could see where people had bottomed out

- once you turn in Cumberland toward The Wilds - before you make the park you will see two "Rough Road" signs - the first one isn't bad - the second one - they mean it.... especially towing a trailer...

Cumberland isn't much but I think there was a small store there - if you need anything it's probably the last chance...

Take the above for what it's worth - realizing some of us are a little white knuckle towers - it's pretty country....
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:42 AM   #157
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OK Folks, I'm going to making a trip to the Wilds this weekend. We will be deciding between two location at that point. So, I can't provide directions yet.

In a former life, I used to manage a 1,000+ bike tour across Ohio. Trust me. You will have signage to follow!

Also please take the warning that nothing is close by! If you are able to purchase anything (especially gas) within 15 miles, consider yourself lucky. So, that late night Taco Bell run might take an effort!

Speaking of Taco Bell, I've made an executive decision that we don't need to be completely "Wild". I've ordered a Port-a-John

More updates as they come......
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:47 PM   #158
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Airstreams at the Wilds

Hi all,
I'm kinda new to all this and only an Airstream wannabe. "Foiled Again" is my big sis Paula.
I live in Ohio and have been to The Wilds. It is quite remote but a really interesting and beautiful place.
September in Ohio is usually very pretty with pleasantly warm days but cool to cold evenings. The "better to have a warm jacket and not need it than need it and not have it" rule applies.
Thanks for planning this rally. Paula and I live 600 miles apart so any excuse to get together is a good one!
Looking forward to meeting everyone,
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:58 PM   #159
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Sounds interesting - Will need lots of advance warning LOL - Both of us will be in (if we can get off).
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Old 09-06-2009, 01:24 PM   #160
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Update for Participants

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.
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:00 PM   #161
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Dan - thanks for posting all the details - made the other half happy. I'm sitting here in a hotel in Ringgold, GA on the way to Orlando and Daytona. Appreciate the following chuckle after one long day on the road.

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If you only knew what I've been doing to get the old boy ready for this trip...

So don't give me any c&#* or I'll have a little chat with that Rhino before it's your turn to pet him....
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:37 PM   #162
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Hey Ganglin,

I just courtesy parked a week in Ringgold, GA at Sugarfoot's mom's place. Did you take time to see the sites in Chattanooga? The aquarium is spectacular.

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Old 09-07-2009, 12:29 AM   #163
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Dan,
Thanks for setting this up. I know we are going to have a great time.

I'd like to suggest that everyone signed up introduce themselves in this thread. I know there's an official signup on the calendar posting, but I'm not sure that is totally accurate (I think at least one "yes" is no longer able to make it) and it really doesn't provide peoples names.

Assuming Dan doesn't want to type the whole participant list here, I'll start.

66Overlander: Joe & Lorrie

We will be attending with our 1994 28' Excella since neither of our vintage Airstream's are ready for type type of trip yet. We will be arriving some time on Friday - late morning or early to mid afternoon (definitely before dinner).
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:34 AM   #164
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Hey Ganglin,

I just courtesy parked a week in Ringgold, GA at Sugarfoot's mom's place. Did you take time to see the sites in Chattanooga? The aquarium is spectacular.

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Would have liked to but didn't roll in until 7 and back up at 0430(did I get that right). Only sight seeing we did was the local Applebees...
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:47 AM   #165
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Good idea Joe, I really didn't want to print a list due to privacy concerns, but voluntary is fine!

66Overlander: Joe & Lorrie
We will be attending with our 1994 28' Excella since neither of our vintage Airstream's are ready for type type of trip yet. We will be arriving some time on Friday - late morning or early to mid afternoon (definitely before dinner).

DanB: Dan, Dawn, & Drew
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We will be attending with our 1994 28' Excella since neither of our vintage Airstream's are ready for type type of trip yet. We will be arriving some time on Friday - late morning or early to mid afternoon (definitely before dinner).

DanB: Dan, Dawn, & Drew
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atobols: Andrea, Jason, Parker, Mason, Denice
'74 Overlander, arriving Friday ~8pm. Parker and Mason and 3 and 1 yr old respectively; Denice is grandma from Andrea's side. We will have a *quiet* Honda generator with us for anyone needing to re-charge their battery(ies). We will NOT be using it full-time. We're not sure if we'll need it at all, but it's insurance.
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66Overlander: Joe & Lorrie
We will be attending with our 1994 28' Excella since neither of our vintage Airstream's are ready for type type of trip yet. We will be arriving some time on Friday - late morning or early to mid afternoon (definitely before dinner).

DanB: Dan, Dawn, & Drew
1970 Safari. Arriving early morning Friday. cell phone 440-453-9782

atobols: Andrea, Jason, Parker, Mason, Denice
'74 Overlander, arriving Friday ~8pm. Parker and Mason and 3 and 1 yr old respectively; Denice is grandma from Andrea's side. We will have a *quiet* Honda generator with us for anyone needing to re-charge their battery(ies). We will NOT be using it full-time. We're not sure if we'll need it at all, but it's insurance.



64airstrea: Roy & Marie
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66Overlander: Joe & Lorrie
We will be attending with our 1994 28' Excella since neither of our vintage Airstream's are ready for type type of trip yet. We will be arriving some time on Friday - late morning or early to mid afternoon (definitely before dinner).

DanB: Dan, Dawn, & Drew
1970 Safari. Arriving early morning Friday. cell phone 440-453-9782

atobols: Andrea, Jason, Parker, Mason, Denice
'74 Overlander, arriving Friday ~8pm. Parker and Mason and 3 and 1 yr old respectively; Denice is grandma from Andrea's side. We will have a *quiet* Honda generator with us for anyone needing to re-charge their battery(ies). We will NOT be using it full-time. We're not sure if we'll need it at all, but it's insurance.



64airstrea: Roy & Marie
1964 Safari. I'll be arriving early afternoon Friday. Marie arriving in the evening (couldn't get the day off). Looking forward to the weekend!
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