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Old 07-19-2004, 10:41 PM   #85
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This being our first rally and our second trip out in the Safari, I want to say thank you to Jack for organizing it. It was really nice meeting everyone from the forum and getting to talk A/S, camping and Blazing Saddles. It was really neat being in amongst campers who didn't contantly look over at you, thinking, "what the heck???" And if it weren't for the darn fishflys, Shelly would have been out more often. All around we a great time, and for a recap of Airstreams seen on the trip, read my post here.

Saturday night at the park was a circus. It filled up and everyone had guests in for dinner it seemed. And by the way, it seems that to park on row 5 you had a to have a dog named Buddy! After the rest of you left, we met several Buddys that wandered by.

We left Sunday morning and took US 23 down the coast of Lake Huron. This was a beautiful drive, with lake shore views about 85% of the time, until getting to Tawas city, about 2.5 hours south. We then snuck thru Bay city, hit another state road through more picturesque towns, stopping at the roadside parks along the way. If you haven't gone this way around the Lake, I really recommend it. The gas stations are basically built to RV and Semi sizes and are really easy to get in and out.

However, we had a mishap once we hit I 69. We were less than an hour from home, when I looked up and saw a State cop car with his lights flashing behind me. I pulled over, but he stopped someone else way behind. I did a check and the service door had somehow worked loose. I (stupidly) put it back in place. And drove off. You know what happened. i didn't feel right about it and stopped about 15 miles later and it was gone. The battery had worked loose on the awful road and and slammed the door out somewhere. That road was like driving on speed bumps at 55 mph. We went back, but it had already been flattened and twisted. I was sick. Well, the good news is is that Shell (who's really the no nonsense brains behind our little operation) already ordered a replacement from Inland today and we'll be good to go for our western Michigan Winetasting trip in August.

Keep in touch everyone!

John
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:15 PM   #86
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Reflections on Mackinaw City

Well it will still be a few days before I get the pictures up but here are some preliminary thoughts. The campground was nice although the sites were much closer together than what we experience at Moraine View. It's a big campground and there are lots of folks coming and going.

We pulled in on Sunday and got there close to four PM. I got the Classic backed in on first attempt. I was pretty proud as this campground is tight on road space. As I got pulled in I looked to my right and there waiting for me was Hunter Hampton and her friend Daisy from the Yahoo Airstream Listserve. She apparently was driving through Mackinaw City and saw my trailer. She knew I had a van and slideout trailer so she guessed it was me and followed us in the campground. Always nice to meet folks face to face after talking with them for years.

Obviously without making all reservations at one time, we couldn't do much about the placement of trailers. As we got to the mid week and as other SOB's left and Airstreams filled in, we were all together in a long row. My major disappointment was the lack of a single lakefront site that I thought all groups received.

Obviously this rally was much different than Moraine View in that the outside activities pull most of us apart rather than keeping us all together....but I had planned to make this a vacation type of rally rather than doing every thing together so there was something for everyone.

We did have three nights at least with campfires with the Thursday night highlight being Steve's copy of Blazing Saddles being played back on Eric's widescreen MAC. "Mongo likes candy!".

The weather was great for us folks who live in the heat and humidity, and even on the one rain day, we went to Dr. C's place and once there the rain stopped. You can't argue with temps in the low to mid 70's in the day and low 50's at night.

Special thanks to Charles and Lynn, on hosting a wonderful luncheon and tour. I've got some neat pictures of this day.

One of the things that messed up a lot of us was the late sunset. At 10:00 PM we still had minimal light. And midnight was upon us in no time.

Some of us went to Mackinac Island on Thursday and toured the island by carriage. Friday, Eric & Brandi parasailed. We found some nice places to eat. From the Saloon in town to Gracie's sitting on the side of an inland lake. Friday evening brought us to 'Neath the Birches where we hoped for a quiet dinner and ended up eating next to a large family gathering and another very large group.

We also ended up meeting other Airstreamers up there. Two of which, Al from Minnesota, and Orland from Michigan. Both guys saw the forum and requested to camp with our group. We also met two ladies from Oregon nearby, and Dave and Carol Keller who are WBCCI National Caravan Leaders from Nokomis Fla. Ike went to the rescue of a late nite Airstreamer (not with our group) whose wheel had fallen off earlier in the day. Ike helped get the gentleman backed into his dark site. It was a struggle!

And how about that bridge? An engineering marvel...would you believe that in extreme winds this bridge can swing as much as 35 feet? I think on Friday the speed limits for 18 wheelers and RV's was 20 mph due to wind. You get lots of viewing time at that speed when you are on a 5 mile suspension bridge.

All and all it was interesting and different from what we have done before. Will we do a week again? Probably yes. Where? Hmmm....lots of thoughts there.

Thanks to everyone who attended. Your presence added greatly to the success of this rally. It wouldn't happen without you being there!

Regards,

Jack
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:06 AM   #87
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Jack, the little TeePee town campground next to Mill Creek was where I saw a '68 Ambassador. We pulled in to check out the camper and the sites were nice. Typically sized and with a nice amount of shade. Didn't have full hookups though.

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It looks nice also. The lack of sewer sites is why I didn't consider that location.

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Old 07-20-2004, 09:02 AM   #89
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Wow

Sounds like we missed a beautiful time. Tony and I drove all around up there in October of last year, and it was incredible... But we didn't have our airstream yet...

Would love to make it to the next one thought.... Jack...get plannin...LOL

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Too bad! You could have parked you Safari next to ours! That would have been cool...Maybe next year.

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Sounds like we missed a beautiful time. Tony and I drove all around up there in October of last year, and it was incredible... But we didn't have our airstream yet...

Would love to make it to the next one thought.... Jack...get plannin...LOL

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Old 07-27-2004, 03:53 PM   #91
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Pictures

FYI, I've started posting pictures of the Mackinaw City rally to the photo section. At this point I have many more to do and have noticed that there have been 50 views or so of some of the pictures. I'll post a message and a link once I get everything up. At this point stay cool. The only pictures posted right now are exterior trailer pictures.

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