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Old 07-10-2003, 02:24 PM   #29
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Unhappy Out of Town...

Sounds like fun, but we are in Georgia right now camping in Sue's brother's driveway.

We are on our honeymoon (married 6/24/03). We had planned a long trip for getting to the family reunion in Maryland, and then to Georgia to see Sue's brother. We camped in Indiana, Ohio (planned to get into the Airstream tour at 2:00, but missed it...), then Swannanoa North Carolina before the head gasket blew. Had it ('92 Chevy diesel pickup) towed to a (relatively) local Chevy dealer, and traded it in on a Tahoe. Then, we couldn't catch up with our planned stops, and went up to Maryland to a hotel. Now we're back in the trailer, and had to blow off another planned stop (at Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia) when Buffett (Sue's Golden Retreiver) fell off the side of the basement stairs and had to have emergency surgery to repair a torn/herniated abdominal wall. we leave tomorrow to camp in Land Between the Lakes, Tennessee, then Effingham Illinois then be home Sunday.

Too much stress...but hope to catch up with some of you guys over a weekend sometime later this summer!
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Old 07-10-2003, 03:15 PM   #30
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Thumbs up Congratulations are in order!

Congratulations on your status as newlyweds!

I can't believe that you'd pass up the Chicagoland Forums Rally for a mere honeymoon trip; albeit one full of adventure, but I guess we'll understand THIS time!

We'll look forward to seeing you at another sometime perhaps later this summer!

Best of luck, and enjoy your honeymoon!

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Old 07-10-2003, 04:37 PM   #31
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Flooding not an issue

I just got off the phone with Indiana Dunes. The heavy flooding that is affecting most of North Central and Northeast Indiana have not affected the Indiana Dunes area at all according to the park office.

I was just a little concerned about towing all the way across Illinois tomorrow afternoon and then finding the park closed...

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Old 07-10-2003, 05:47 PM   #32
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Greetings All!

Just returned from the farmer's market, and general errands. I was able to get a peck of Cling Peaches and a peck of Nectarines for the Hobo-Meal-Fest - - both from Flamm's Orchard, one of Southern Illinois' oldest orchards with more than a century in the business - - traditionally their fruit is considered to be one of the premium varieties from this area. Was also able to get six pounds of new red potatoes that should make a good addition for the hobos. I will also bring Johsonville brats and Li'l Smokies for the meat addition of the hobos.

Looking forward to the Rally!

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Old 07-10-2003, 09:15 PM   #33
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you all have a great time I will catch you on the next one
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Old 07-13-2003, 03:58 PM   #34
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Well we just got back from "The Dunes".

Roger has most of the photos and will most likely post them when possible. I have a few too and will post them when possible as well.

To recap the weekend we all met on Friday night. Roger and Laurie had their 34' Classic and did Roger thread the needle! Very tight spaces, but Roger managed just fine. Lots of faces in awe as the 34' flagship made its way.

We all met for a fire Friday night and talked shop. On Saturday, Ron, Tracy and Will went to the beach. Roger, Laurie and Clinton and Clinton's friend Nick went to the beach and waded. Later we all ate at a White Castle, which was Laurie's first time!

After lunch, we dropped off the kids and Roger, Laurie, Brandi and I went wine tasting at a few local places. That night we all did the hobo meals and it was not only fun, but very, very YUMMY!

Again, a campfire, stories (Roger's are some of the most interesting that I have heard yet and if you want the info, you'll just have to attend one that Roger is at!) and another failed attempt at trying to get Jiffy Pop popcorn to pop without burning the whole thing!

This morning, we all went about our normal morning rituals. After that, Brandi and I went across the dunes to the lake. When returned, all three campers met up, talked and took a group photo at lunch and left for home.

Brandi and I had a fantastic time. It was very awesome to hang with Tracy, Ron, Will and to also meet and hang with Roger, Laurie and Clinton.

Thanks to all that made it!

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Thumbs up Just got home...

We meandered our way back to Eastern Iowa from Indiana Dunes this afternoon. What a GREAT time this weekend!

Eric's recap about tells it all. I dunno about the part about my stories tho... We REALLY enjoyed everyone's company. We just wish that more of you had been able to make it!

The weather was ideal, but the campground was crowded and a little less than friendly for 53 combined feet of truck/trailer. But we made it into our assigned spot with a minimum of fuss. The sites were shaded and we had a nice breeze all weekend.

The two Airstreams and one Argosy attracted a fair amount of attention from the SOB folks. We had at least half-a-dozen SOB folks want the 'grand tour' of the 34'. That was fun. Met some nice folks.

The campfires were fun (thanks Eric!), the food (except for the White Castles) was EXCELLENT (thanks to Brandi, Laurie and Tracy) and a good time was had by all!

We're up for another get together any time!

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Chicagoland Rally announcement!!!

It sounds like I really missed out on a fantastic Rally. Despite having secure reservations for four nights, my tow vehicle and trailer didn't want to cooperate on Thursday or Friday, and then Saturday dawned with a Sinusitus/Seasonal Allergy attack that meant no driving for me until Sunday. It certainly sounds like the weather at Indiana Dunes was better than here in far Southern Illinois - - we have been sweltering with highs in the mid-to-upper-nineties with humidity in excess of 90%.

The side-trip to White Castle must have been great! I think it has been at least three or four years since I was last at a White Castle - - used to be on my regular list of stops when I traveled frequently between far Southern Illinois and Russell, Kansas.

I had everything read to pack in the trailer for the hobo meals as well as the fresh fruit as promised. Even after getting the tow vehicle situation straightened out by late afternoon of Friday, the Minuet then decided that it needed attention - - the original PAR water pump sprang a leak in the diaphragm, and not one- - but all three low level water system drains refused to be closed. I believe that I was able to secure the necessary repair parts so I might get the Minuet and Suburban on the road sometime this week - - the Cadillac is on the waiting list to be evaluated for custom fitted wheels from a company in California.

The descriptions of the Rally really make me wish that I could have gotten things together in time to make at least Saturday and Sunday.

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Re: Out of Town...

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Sounds like fun, but we are in Georgia right now camping in Sue's brother's driveway.

We are on our honeymoon (married 6/24/03). We had planned a long trip for getting to the family reunion in Maryland, and then to Georgia to see Sue's brother. We camped in Indiana, Ohio (planned to get into the Airstream tour at 2:00, but missed it...), then Swannanoa North Carolina before the head gasket blew. Had it ('92 Chevy diesel pickup) towed to a (relatively) local Chevy dealer, and traded it in on a Tahoe. Then, we couldn't catch up with our planned stops, and went up to Maryland to a hotel. Now we're back in the trailer, and had to blow off another planned stop (at Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia) when Buffett (Sue's Golden Retreiver) fell off the side of the basement stairs and had to have emergency surgery to repair a torn/herniated abdominal wall. we leave tomorrow to camp in Land Between the Lakes, Tennessee, then Effingham Illinois then be home Sunday.

Too much stress...but hope to catch up with some of you guys over a weekend sometime later this summer!
Ohh you missed it. Fort mountain is nice. I have done some snooping around up there. The road up the mountain is twisty! haha Fun in a sports car but would probably wear you out with a trailer in tow.

Should have spoke up earlier and maybe a few of us could have caught up to you. I'm in Marietta and a Allen is about 5 miles down the road from me in Roswell. Been looking for an excuse to meet a few folks from the board.
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Welcome home all!

We had a really great time this weekend.

Kevin, so sorry you couldn't make it. You definitely were missed. Great to see Eric and Brandi again. Thanks for "hosting" our evenings and providing fire....fire and more fire (Eric), plates and forks and aluminum pocket gizmos. You two are so well matched. Roger and Laurie, we're so happy you made the long trip to join us. Roger, I think we're all in agreement that you have the most interesting stories. And Laurie, thanks for all the pregnancy advice. All four of you were really a pleasure to be around.

I was thinking on the way home while stopped in I- 80 traffic (that's when I have most of my deep thoughts and epiphanies) how great it is to meet such interesting people. Little did we know that buying a used trailer would bring with it such a diverse group of new friends with a common love for camping.

We definitely would love to do it again soon. With any luck we can get a few more to join us! Thanks again to everyone for reminding us what a worthwile purchase our still new to us Argosy was.

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