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Old 04-30-2009, 05:34 PM   #71
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Wow...I just got a PM from Mc Camper suggesting tackle Nerf football in the muddy areas of the campground. Those Macs are quite the courageous bunch.

Don't worry...I'll bring the Nerf ball, but I I'll leave Amy to the first aid.

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just saw your note -- had to go get maccamper in from the rain -- he's got his high water pants on and is looking for crawdads to grill tomorrow. saw a special on crawdads on tv the other night and thought they'd go good with your smoked shrimp, steve.

maccamper's our name -- muddy camping's our game! (maccamper is asking if crawdads are the same thing as crawfish) .... maybe they're frogs and we'll have frog legs.



Actually, to be fair to Mary and Reed (campground owners), they have some great gravel on the camping pads so mud isn't an issue. We're not getting on their new grass so it will continue to have a chance to grow.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:21 PM   #72
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Maccamper and TinLoaf are set up and dry. Currently it's not raining. The campground is nice and the fire pit is fantastic. Get ready for a great weekend even if it does rain.

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Old 04-30-2009, 09:01 PM   #73
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We are getting lots of rain right now. I hope it lets up tomorrow. I am figuring we should make it by about 7:30 or so tomorrow night. Looking forward to getting out for the weekend.

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Old 05-01-2009, 09:57 AM   #74
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When I called the campground I was told there are plenty of sites left if anyone else wants to join in last minute like I am.

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Old 05-01-2009, 10:17 AM   #75
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Ths camp ground looks awesome! Thanks for posting the picture. Hope to see many more..We miss U all...

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Old 05-01-2009, 10:37 AM   #76
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I am anxiously awaiting my mechanic's call that the Cadillac is ready. Murphy's Law visited this morning and the Cadillac decided that it didn't want to start -- on hour's worth of tinkering later it started with a screech of the power steering pump. It is now at my mechanic's being checked-out to be sure that it is road-ready.

Hopefully the Cadillac will be given a clean bill of health, but if it isn't I will be making the trip with the Suburban -- it has been towing the Airstream all over Southern Illinois getting preparations done (new blackwater tank and new tires with new aluminum wheels). If the Cadillac needs to stay at the automobile hospital, I should be on the road with the Suburban by 2:00 p.m.

Looking forward to a great Rally!

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Old 05-01-2009, 11:22 AM   #77
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The weather has been pleasant this morning. The campground really is a nice one. TinLoaf has a campfire going in the new fire ring by the pavilion. Folks are running some errands to get food for tonight ... supplies and parts for their trailers ... doing some fishing and scouting out the area. maccamper crew of 2 is keeping the campfire going till the errand-ers come back and take over.

Reed and Mary are joining us for the potlucks and have agreed to be judges for the Armadillo Egg Throwdown.

We have lots of brochures about bike trails and things to do nearby. We're hoping the the rain that is in the forecast for this afternoon misses us. The pavilion will be a perfect haven if the rain does start.

Those of us who come in yesterday have had a pleasant time and are anxious for the rest of the group to arrive. The potluck is set to start at 6:30 this evening so we'll still be eating when captainjones and his family arrive -- and have a little leeway on timing for overlander64 if Murphy's Law rears its ugly head again or folks from Scott Air Force Base run into unexpected traffic on their way down.

Safe travels to all --
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Murphy's Law has been busy, but I think that all is ready to go. Will have to miss out on the Friday evening activities. With the weather what it is (thunderstorm with pouring rain here in Union County), I am going to wait until early tomorrow morning to depart.

Will be looking forward to arriving about mid-morning Saturday.

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What a great a rally. The park and the owners were awesome, the potlucks filling, and the company excellent. Pictures will be forthcoming once Tinloaf sets up his newest rally page.

We had a few folks even stop into the park wishing us well including the past Southern Illinois President.

We enjoyed the park so much, that an impromptu Memorial Day weekend is being planned as a buddy rally in three weeks. If you couldn't make this rally, you have another chance coming up! The new rally thread for Memorial Day is Here...MIDWEST Memorial Day Rally.

Nice meeting everyone once again, and glad to renew the cook-off rivalries as Amy edged a close victory against myself, Cosmotini, and Maccamper.

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Old 05-03-2009, 06:07 PM   #80
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Photos and movies

As with all rallies I attend, I've built an online photo gallery where we can upload photos from the weekend. I took a ton and uploaded 87 already. You can download individual full-resolution photos or there's a button to download the entire gallery in a zip file. There's also a button to upload your own photos to the gallery for everyone to see and download.

Check it out: http://web.mac.com/skmentz/Airstream



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Old 05-03-2009, 08:43 PM   #81
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Great rally!

Thanks to Steve and Amy for putting it together. Thanks to Reed and Mary for being generous campground hosts. Thanks to everyone who showed up and made the weekend so enjoyable.

I'll post some video snippets somewhere as soon as I figure out how.
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As usual, a great job of documenting the rally in pictures. Would have liked to have been there, but too many competing issues/rally's. I've been enviously following the thread. Looking forward to seeing you all down the road.
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Well Dennis (Stray)....you get a chance in three weeks.

Bring that guy along that never rallies without you!

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Funny story....

As everyone at the rally knows, I had a promotions company make a trophy for the cook off, and some nice little memento magnets for everyone. I looked in the trailer and my truck stem to stern, but couldn't find them. After arriving home, we tore through the house, the trailer, and truck again looking for them...no luck.

A couple hours later I was making a smoked pork tenderloin for dinner, and had an epiphany...(We never checked the center counsel!!!!!!).

I calmly walked out to the truck and opened the counsel up to find a dozen of these looking back at me.



DUH!!!! That's all I can say on this one folks. I will get them to you all though. If you come to the Memorial Day rally I will give it to you then, or mail it out if not.

Lastly, my pics are uploaded. Thanks for making the site Steve M.

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