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Old 03-05-2009, 05:33 PM   #29
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Argys most definitely can come ...

driverjohnlh, you asked if Argys can come to the Midwest/Rend Lake Rally in May. You betcha they can!

Looking forward to seeing you at the rally -- hope your "maybe" becomes a definite "yes, will attend."

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Old 03-12-2009, 09:18 PM   #30
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We have a little less than two months to go before this rally is set to happen. I'm going to promote the rally when I am at the Kentucky rally the 3rd weekend in April. This location is a great central spot that most mid westerners should be able to get to.

If we don't spend the two weeks after the KY rally in Florida, I will plan to smoke a few boston butts, and bring them for the potluck.
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:04 PM   #31
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Midwest Rally and Rend Lake, IL

It must be Spring Fever time! The traditional start for me is when I have my first Rally reservation arrive that is one other than the WBCCI International Rally reservation which tends to arrive too early to cause much thought of Spring. Today, I received my reservation confirmation from Whittington Woods -- looking forward to the rally -- it will be the first time that I have had my Overlander out and about in a little more than three years.

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Great news Kevin,

We'll see you there!

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:18 AM   #33
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Only a month away from the rally. I am hoping we pick up some people in the next couple of weeks as we get closer, but spots are limited. Maccamper crew of two have graciously offered to make laminated name tags for all rally attendees..thanks alot you two.

Friday night potluck and on Saturday night we will have an Armadillo Egg THROWDOWN. Armadillo eggs are a piece of cheese and slice of jalapeno that are rolled up in sausage to resemble an egg. You can bake, fry, or smoke them. I'm looking into an Armadillo trophy right now, so get your reservations made!

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Old 04-01-2009, 06:41 PM   #34
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Armadillo Egg THROWDOWN

Hey Steve ... you're on! Count us in for the Armadillo Egg THROWDOWN! Laird is bringing the Backwoods smoker ... and says "our eggs will be smokin' ....!"

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You and Laird trying to make it two in a row ehh? Hopefully there will be enough people to give you a run for your money!

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Well ... we were thinking that an Armadillo Egg trophy would look mighty nice beside our 2008 Branson Chili Trophy .... smile

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Old 04-09-2009, 06:09 PM   #37
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Site visit to Whittington Woods ... looks great

Hey Steve,

We're in Southern Illinois this week and thought we stop in and visit Whittington Woods Campground. We were most impressed. Here's our "site report." You did a great job finding this location.

Mary and Reed, the owners, are making good progress in having the campground ready for guests. They have owned another campground in the past and are new owners of Whittington Woods. They are excited about our rally in May and hope to have rallies be a large part of their business. They were most intrigued when we told them about the Armadillo Egg Throwdown.

All the sites have a fresh layer of gravel and are fairly even and level. Grass seed has been sown in the landscaped areas and has begun to sprout all over the campground.

The main shower/restrooms have been newly remodeled with all new ceramic tile and new fixtures. The secondary bath house should have the toilets and sinks spruced up by the time of the rally, with the showers to be done soon after.

The pavilion is spacious and equipped with a 120V volt duplex outlet on each side. Outlets are mounted fairly high, well above the reach of young children. The picnic tables are large and spaced with ample distance between them. About 30 feet from the pavilion there is a fire ring of stone-size concrete pieces loosely assembled on the ground.

Power and water are distributed from central pylons, serving 4 different surrounding sites. Depending upon which site you are in, and the length of your standard power cord and water hose, you may need a short extension.

Most of the back-in sites around the pavilion are fairly deep and angled nicely. There are a couple sites where mature trees are close to the site entry, and there is one short site that is at a right angle to the drive. You may wish to check out the sites when you arrive and make sure you are comfortable with getting your rig into it. There are plenty of spacious sites available.

There is no problem with having beer and/or wine out and available at the open house or during activities. There are reasonable guidelines for quiet hours and decorum.

Each site has its own picnic table and small fire ring. Water is supplied from one of the local communities and is not on-site well water. When we were there, an electrician was checking the power pylons, and the wi-fi signal was strong and clear. There is no cable TV, but local stations can be pulled in on a standard antenna.

We'll post some pics we took when we get back home after Easter weekend.

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Hey Nancy,

That's quite a recon you did on the campgrounds. Mighty nice of you to do that. We're three weeks away from the rally and still have PLENTY of spots available. Perhaps we can get some of the fine folks who attend Morraine View or the Kentucky rally to come out since it is a pretty centralized location.

Perhaps Nancy can post a picture of the really cool name tages being made for the event!

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Friday and Saturday night food

Rend Lake Rally is almost here!

Laird and I will arrive at Whittington Woods on Thursday 4/30 so we'll have plenty of time to fix Italian Roast Beef for a "roast beef sub bar" for the informal potluck Friday night. We'll bring rolls, toppings (horseradish, mustard, peppers, onions, cheeses) so everyone can build their own sub.

For Saturday night, we'll bring baked beans (based on Mike Mills' 17th Street Bar & Grill Baked Beans). And, maccamper will be doing Armadillo Eggs for the throwdown for sure.

We're looking forward to the rally!

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I am not sure how many pictures I can cram into one posting, so here are a couple of the pavilion at Whittington Woods. One shows the "back" side of the pavilioin and a small fire ring, the other is of the "front" side
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Here are some more pics: one of a typical site, one of the power posts that provide electricity to 3 or 4 sites, and one of an atypical site with a mature tree on each side. The picnic tables and fire rings had temporarily been moved onto the fresh gravel so they could better sow the grass seed.

The entire campground has large mature trees. They had not leafed out when we were there, but by the first of May will hopefully be starting to provide a wonderful canopy.
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The campground looks very nice and should provide us everything we need for a perfect rally other than nice weather>

Amy and I spoke with several rally attendees at the Kentucky rally this past weekend who have interest in attending> I am hopeful that they make reservations before the full hook up spots are filled>

For food we will bring an entertaining table side bowl smoked shrimp for Friday night and Armadillo eggs with something else tbd for Saturday>

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