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Old 01-01-2012, 01:15 AM   #1
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Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone is doing well. I figured the old thread pretty much died so it was time to start a new one. Planning is underway for this year's rally. We are searching for a new campground so if you have any leads let us know.
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Happy New Year! I know it is early yet ...but... is there a date? and will there be pudding shots?
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New campground?!? Were we so rude last year that Indian Creek asked us not to come back or are you just adding to the variety?

If you're looking for a new place though...a personal suggestion would be to find something closer to The Henry Ford. We spent a day there a year or two ago and would like to go back, but it seems every time we camp in MI that we're at least a good 1 to 1.5 hour drive from there so we skip it.
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Happy New Year!!
My vote would be for closer to Canadian border.
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Hmmmm,maybe somewhere like in the middle of the State...like Grayling..Hartwick pines state park maybe?
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New campground?!? Were we so rude last year that Indian Creek asked us not to come back or are you just adding to the variety?

If you're looking for a new place though...a personal suggestion would be to find something closer to The Henry Ford. We spent a day there a year or two ago and would like to go back, but it seems every time we camp in MI that we're at least a good 1 to 1.5 hour drive from there so we skip it.
The problem is there isn't much closer to The Henry Ford. I've looked before for others who wanted to stay close by. We've been at Indian Creek for two years and that is usually the time we move on. I also think she was quite uncomfortable with us since it is a dry campground.
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I also think she was quite uncomfortable with us since it is a dry campground.
I always wondered about how we got away with the trailer crawl in that park.

The Henry Ford website offers combo packs for Camp Dearborn and a place called Detroit Greenfield. Det. Green. looks like your typical tight packed commercial campground. Haas Lake (Novi) looks nice. Wayne Co. Fairgrounds...probably does well with groups but would likely be very no-frills. I didn't see any open statements of no alcohol on any of the sites I looked at briefly.

A very one-sided perspective from me; but I also wouldn't mind pushing a bit north or northeast. It's only a 3-3.5 hour drive for us in north-central OH now. I could push it a bit further, I think. Also, maybe back to KC? I never made it to a DM rally there.

Just ideas since you said you're looking...
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There's lots of open ground right in Detroit... find some empty lots and have at it. Pit bulls would be welcome and firearms are expected.

Camp Dearborn would be nice . and what about some of the other state parks, also might check out Walter J. Hayes State Park in the Irish Hills area. WJH is a great state park with lots of amenities and camp sites. About 20 minutes west of Indian Creek
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What are the dates for the Metro Detroit 2012? If the rally is toward the end of the month we may be able to attend. I'll keep an eye on this thread to see how things shape up.

Danielle and I stayed at Camp Dearborn last year and we thought it was reasonable. Part of our stay was on a Holiday weekend and it sure was full but everyone was reasonably well behaved. After the weekend crowd cleared out we were one of a dozen or so rigs remaining in the campground. We enjoyed the area and found lots of interesting things to do and see in the area.

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There's lots of open ground right in Detroit... find some empty lots and have at it. Pit bulls would be welcome and firearms are expected.

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Actually I was thinking the same thing about Detroit! We could call it urban adventure camping or something! Hey Al would that be close enough to Canada for you?!
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A few of the big considerations we have for when we choose a campground is if they will hold a block of sites for us and if they charge for the pavillion or meeting area. There were several campgrounds that wanted to charge us $150-$200 for them. No date yet but I know for sure it won't be August 11-12 because that is the MI WBCCI All State weekend. Probably either the 18th-19th or 25th-26th. All depends on what's available at whatever campground we come up with. Sorry that's all I know right now.
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Hmmmm,maybe somewhere like in the middle of the State...like Grayling..Hartwick pines state park maybe?
You know we drove through it several years ago but I don't remember what we didn't like about it. Maybe because there isn't many sites? It was 4-5 years ago, my memory is foggy.
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Not too keen on that idea Rhonda. Did that with my then future wife Jean thirty odd years ago and don't think I would do it now if I can help it.
Thank you so much for all the hard work you put in to planning these rallies.
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You know we drove through it several years ago but I don't remember what we didn't like about it. Maybe because there isn't many sites? It was 4-5 years ago, my memory is foggy.
Rhonda,there are at least 70 campsites there.
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