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Old 06-22-2009, 09:23 AM   #15
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Yes, it is Louisiana! We have to be home mid-April, after that we are running into two weekends of Jazz Fest, which would make travel and campgrounds, especially around NOLA, a much different picture.

We were down there for Jazz Fest this past spring, it was quite warm but not the ghastly humidity we have experienced there in the summer. NOLA will likely be the warmest location we experience, and everything inside there is air conditioned, which helps a lot.
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Old 06-22-2009, 01:04 PM   #16
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No, no---no Mardis Gras! However---we were thinking, if participants are interested, of inviting local Airstreamers to visit us at our campgrounds while we are down there.

Would love to visit or help out when ya'll come. I'm in the North part of the state. Come on down! May is the best month. IMO.
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Old 06-22-2009, 01:28 PM   #17
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Thanks! I think it would be great fun to plan a get-together.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:37 PM   #18
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Had a PM from DPeakMD, that the above dates are good for him.
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:06 PM   #19
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Had a PM from Maccamper, they are in Iowa (I think doing the BBQ judging thing) until next week. Cannot check their calendar until then.
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Old 06-26-2009, 01:09 PM   #20
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In thinking about and looking at this some more, leaving April 30 and returning May 9, 2010, would also be an option. Although Jazz Fest doesn't end until May 2nd, NOLA would be the last stop on this trip and the congestion would be cleared out by the time we got there.

So, April 30-May 9 or May 7-17th, 2010. We can do either.

Preferences, anyone?
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Backing up the dates to April 30th would drop the average high temperature by two degrees. That's fine with me. Either set of dates work with my calendar.
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The heat potential issue was my thought, although it could be mid-80's the end of April, too, we'll just have to brace ourselves for the possibility. When we hear from maccamper, will firm up dates.
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Either date range works

Either of the date ranges works for us. We do plan to be in Springfield, MO in mid April for the Rock N Ribs BBQ Festival. We can work our itinerary so we are back in Bloomington in time to re-stock and be ready for an Apr 30 departure to NOLA (or a May 7 departure).

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Great! We are then leaning toward the earlier dates. April 30-May 9, 2010 it is. (God willing and the creek don't rise, as they say.)

We will be going south again mid-January, so will not try to firm a lot up until we can make some on-site visits to a few places.

Janet suggested putting this on the rally calendar, which we will do asap. Please feel free to pm at any time with input and suggestions.
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It's official. I just requested vacation for this trip.
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Yeaaaaaayyy!! It's going to be a great trip!!

All you shrimp lovers, be sure to save some freezer space and bring ziploc freezer bags for the abundant, cheap, fresh shrimp down there.
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Old 12-09-2009, 03:09 PM   #27
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Hey y'all!

We have a rally ad up, which is very cool. Thank you, Janet!

We would like to begin in early January firming up plans for this roadtrip, and will be back in touch about this time next month. Everyone have a wonderful holiday season!
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Happy New Year!

Time to start some preliminary planning for our Louisiana Roadtrip!
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Thursday, April 29th, 2010

evening meet-up in Southern Illinois:
Whittington Woods Campground at Benton (formerly Benton Best Holiday Trav-L-Park)


Friday, April 30th, 2010

travel South
overnight location:
Hope, Arkansas Fair Park RV Park ($15/night): http://www.hopearkansas.net/FairPark.html

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

travel South and arrive Natchitoches, LA
overnight location TBD, likely without hookups

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Natchitoches, LA and travel to Cajun Country
History & Culture | Explore Historic Natchitoches Louisiana
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Cane River Creole National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)
**Betty's RV Park ($20/night, 50% off with PA) Betty's RV Park
or Hebert's Cajun Haven RV Park ($11-$13 night) http://hebertscajunhavenrvpark.homes...om/rvpark.html
(directly across the road from each other)

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Cajun Country
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Evening Potluck and Open House

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Cajun Country & travel to Plantation Country
overnight location (2 nights):
***Poche Plantation RV Resort ($30/night with AAA or Good Sam): Cajun Country Poche Plantation Bed and Breakfast (B&B) and Camping RV Resort in Convent, Louisiana between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA Bed and Br
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Plantation Country
The Great River Road: The River Road
Plantation Country: Plantation Country: Great River Road Area
Evening Potluck and Open House

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Plantation Country and travel to New Orleans
overnight location (2 nights):
**French Quarter RV Resort($69/night, 50% off first night with PA, 10% off any night with AAA) French Quarter RV Resort - French Quarter RV Resort

Friday, May 7th, 2010

New Orleans & the French Quarter
New Orleans Online - The City of New Orleans' Official Tourism Web Site
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Saturday, May 8th, 2010

travel North, via Natchez & Vicksburg, Mississippi ?
overnight location TBD

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

travel North and arrive home
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We are leaving the bitter cold of Illinois on January 10th, to meander the South and Southeast for a couple of months. First on our agenda is to firm up en route and Louisiana camping locations for this trip, and we will update the itinerary accordingly.

We boondocked on the Cane River in Natchitoches last spring, in the paved, beautifully landscaped river walk area. We are going to speak with local officials about permission to do this for multiple sites, as this area is charming, right in the historic downtown, close to historic sites, restaurants, shopping, etc. If this is not possible, we will scout out a similar, alternative area.

The campground tentatively selected for Cajun country is "adults only". We need to know asap if anyone is planning on bringing children, so that we can look elsewhere.

We decided on the French Quarter RV Resort in New Orleans for May 6 & 7. It is a bit pricey, but very nice, secure and allows easy access to all things NOLA.

Steve (TinLoaf) has agreed to assist with posting a route map.

Everyone will be responsible for their own campground reservations.

Please RSVP.

Suggestions welcome!

**Passport America Campground
***Good Sam Park
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