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Old 01-01-2010, 09:34 AM   #29
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Wow. I just found this. Andrea has been talking about wanting to go to New Orleans / the deep south. We do have two small kids (would be age 2 and almost 4 at the time of this caravan / trip) so if we can make it, the adult-only campground might have to be revised, but don't change it yet. I need to have Andrea look over this and give her approval. I'd need about 1.5 weeks off of work to allow for travel (we'd be coming from north central Ohio) so we might have to re-arrange other planned camping trips. Would be encouraging to know if other people with young kids were coming. I doubt any school-age kids will be there due to the timing. We'll keep this thread posted as to our status, but for now don't re-plan any campgrounds.

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Old 01-01-2010, 09:46 AM   #30
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We'd love to have you come along, if you can make it.

The Lafayette area has many campgrounds, so a change should be no problem at all.
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:02 AM   #31
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There's a very nice city park in Abbeville, La. on Camping ground road. Has WiFi and full hookups about $20 night.
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Wearable, Useable Rally Art!

Our very own Magnificent Michael (ArtStream) has agreed to create a special piece of artwork for T-shirts, Tote Bags and aprons for this Roadtrip & Rally.

I was thinking of an outline of the state of Louisiana, with our route, stops and appropriate images within it. Hmmm?

Suggestions welcome.

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Old 01-01-2010, 04:30 PM   #33
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Meeting place in Southern Illinois

The itinerary is sounding like a great trip. We're excited.

Whittington Woods Campground by Benton, Ill would be a great place to meet and stay the night of April 29th before heading on south to Louisiana. The owners (Reed and Mary) are nice folks and I'm sure would be willing to work with our group. They are easy to get to from Interstate 57 yet far enough away that road noise isn't a huge issue. They have a great pavilion and campfire site. If you look at the photo gallery on their web site, you may recognize a few Airstreams and Airstream folks from an AirForums rally soldiermedic hosted at Whittington Woods last May.

Whittington Woods web site: Whittington Woods Campground at Benton (formerly Benton Best Holiday Trav-L-Park)

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That looks like a good location. Any other thoughts?
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As much fun as this sounds, we've looked over the route and destinations and as of right now we don't think it's the best idea to do at this point in time given the conditions of our family and other camping plans. Things could change between now and then, but for now don't plan on us being there.
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We live in Lake Charles, La. but both my wife and I were raised in the Natchitoches area. Natchitoches is a great place to visit. It is the oldest French settlement of the Lousisiana Purchase and has a lot of beauty and history. Might I suggest you consider Grand Bayou Resort (www.grandbayouresort.com), outside of Coushatta as a place to camp. It has 30/50 amp service and a very nice lake. The drive to Nat. is only about 25 miles and you would want to be sure to stop at Grayson's BBQ on your way. I will be off during your time period and would be very interested in meeting you all!! Take care...steve
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Thanks for the suggestion, Steve & Mary. We'll take a look at that, and would love to have you come visit us when we're down there.

Look forward to meeting you!
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I'm thinking we perhaps need a couple of potlucks on this trip, which are traditional Rally activities.

The best days for these might be the second of the 2-night stays in Plantation Country and Cajun Country---and to which we can invite nearby Airstreamers to participate in and maybe camp a night with us. Both are fairly central locations in Louisiana. There are a number of Forum members in southern Mississippi and Louisiana, some of whom have posted here or PM'd regarding this trip.

It would be fun to meet as many fellow travelers as possible.

Thoughts??

P.S. Confirmed travelers, please remember to RSVP on the Rally page thingy, so that anyone who clicks on it knows who is going without having to read through this thread.

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Hey y'all,

We're heading south as I write, and will have the rest of the details for this trip firmed up within a week or so.

As there are no "nay's" for potlucks, let's tentatively plan one for dinner on May 3rd and another for May 5th---to which we will invite any nearby Forums friends to visit and participate in. We could include an evening open house in these, as well.

Watch the evolving Itinerary, above, for updates.
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Greetings from Arkansas!

We have selected Fair Park RV Park in Hope, Arkansas, for our first nights' stop. It is about an 8 hour drive there from Mt. Vernon, Illinois, leaving about 3 1/2 hours on to Natchitoches the next day.

The park is clean, neat, has 300 sites, W/E, showers, dump, a nice playground and plenty of running area for pets. We are advised no reservations are taken and, as no events are planned at that time, there will be plenty of space for our group on April 30th.

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hey, you should PM me if you want to talk trailers or get food/music recommendations while you're down here..or see my beat up old trailer being worked upon...

Natchitoches is a cute very old little town, go to Lazyone's ("lazzy-owns") and get some meat pies when you arrive there...ummmm!
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Hey Rick,

We are going to be in Nawlins, you know, so hope to see you there or at one of our other stops. We had lunch at Lasyone's today.

We spoke with Leslie at City Hall about staying in the Riverfront area on May 1st. There would be plenty of space for us, were it not for a scheduled Farmer's Market down there that day. She is very interested in our presence, however, and has some other ideas for accommodating us within the Historic District. That would put us within easy walking distance of the Riverfront, Farmer's Market, historic homes, buildings, shopping, etc., with the Cane River Heritage Area/Oakland & Melrose Plantations just across the bridge. The other alternative is a very nice Good Sam campground about a mile out of town. Will keep you posted.

We have had several posts and PM's from Forums members in Louisiana and Southern Mississippi, who we would love to meet and want to encourage to visit at our scheduled stops, spend a night or two with us, and/or join up for however long. Love to meet and visit with fellow travelers.

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