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Old 06-08-2011, 08:54 PM   #29
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I would love to join the PJ Party. Took my first solo trip to Alumapalooza 2011 and had a wonderful time. I saw the previous posts relative to the PJ Rally and folks were thinking about Michigan. There are two BEAUTIFUL state parks I can recommend. 1st is Petoskey State Park which has a sand dune beach and big sites. The Petoskey/Harbor Springs area is full of niche restaurants, unique upscale gift shops, and artwork. It is the Rodeo Drive of the North (well, kinda). The other suggestion I have is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is the Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Paradise, MI. The falls are huge and picturesque. Not as much city-side, but full of nature. Note: The Petoskey KOA was rated the best KOA in the U.S. recently. I was just there and it has a heated pool, hot tub, and group cookout covered porch area.

I would love to tag along and follow you girls anywhere, anytime. I'm in LOVE with my Airstream. I've got a trip planned from August 21-27 to fish in Canada but other than that, I can join you if the dates work out.

Thanks for organizing this event and for welcoming those of us on the fly. Kelly in Grand Blanc, MI

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Old 06-08-2011, 09:29 PM   #30
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Hi Kelly, we are neighbors, nice to have another silver sister with us! Taquamenon Falls is one of our favorite places. We usually stay at Rivermouth rustic campground near Paradise, head for the falls, the brewery, and the ship wreck museum and Lake Superior. I love the UP. We usually go in the fall when the leaves are turning.
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But we have never been to Traverse City or Petrosky and have heard it is wonderful. We have been to Ludington and Sleeping Bear Dunes on the West side and taken the ferry across to Wisconsin with the Airstream.

C'mon gals weigh in on your preferences. Once decided we can begin to make our reservations and finalize the details.
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Hey Carol. I'm game for Friday the 12th thru Sunday the 14th. I will probably come early and stay late too. As for where, I'm up to whatever you gals choose. Thanks again for getting this going. I can't wait!! Take care and have a great day! ~Cari~
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Hey Kelly! How neat you got to go to Alumapalooza! I've read a few posts from others that went and they said it was great, too. I hope to go next year! Looks like you have a 16' Bambi, just like me. What a kick, huh?! Can't wait to get out there on the open road and hang out with some fun wild women!! Take care and I'll be seeing ya, soon I hope! ~Cari~
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:33 PM   #33
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Sorry - been tied up this week taking my Security Guard License. The last two days here at home we have been without power - still without power and then are now saying about 4:00 tomorrow sometime ha - wide spread power outages through Ontario from that huge storm that just blasted through here.

All the campground suggestions sound great to me - heck any campground with Silver Sisters would be just fine.

As for the date - right now I have absolutely nothing planned - but I do have to consider possible college placements for volunteer opportunities and any jobs I can find as my priority - so I will leave my confirmation that if I am free and I have the funds to drag my AS then I will be there. I will ear mark the date and try my best to plan around it.

Hi there fellow Ontarian (Bev) maybe if things work out I could hook up with you just on this side of the Border and cross over together if you wish? But once again I can't confirm that until closer to the date.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:34 PM   #34
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Mellen60 - where are you headed for fishing in Canada?
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:47 PM   #35
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Carlita - re your question of long distance traveling.

I am somewhat like Carol - because I love to drive - I can sometimes run way into the late hours of the night - I know I shouldn't with safety and all - but it all depends on the type of trip I am doing. If I am unfamiliar with my drive I usually drive from about 11:00 am to 4:00 pm - About two hours out of my final run time I will check out campgrounds and possible stop overs - I too do not reserve just show up - but will call to see how busy they are.

My regular 1000 mile run I will usually make it to PA Hershy area and stay at a truck stop to save money (But when I run it in the winter I stay in a hotel so that I don't become a human popsicle!! - then I usually run to Dannies in NC. From there I will leave around 9:00 in the morning to make my camp in Charleston for check in around 2:00 in the afternoon.

Sometimes on the long runs I will do two days of driving and then take a day just to relax see the sights and give my body some stand up time. Catch up on the goings on - stock up on food - do my maintenance checks, grease up and lubricate tee hee - including some elbow bending time....

Because you are solo, it is so much nicer, you can stop or go whenever you like. If you are ahead of schedule you can take your time - if running behind you can do the longer hours - just don't stress yourself out. If you are going to drive long hours just make sure you stop every 3 hours minimum - to stretch and hydrate lots to avoid clots - VERY IMPORTANT!!!! When I travel with my girls I stop every 2.5 hours - I try to time it with gas stops but that does not always work.

I really hope that my schedule what ever it may be will allow me to meet up with you all.

I have driven along that side of MI and it is a really nice drive - with aquamarine blue waters all the way along the shore.
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Hey Ladybug! Thanks for the tips and advice. It all makes sense and will definitely help me with my trip. I hope that you and all the others can make it too. I would love to meet everyone. If not in August, maybe on my way back home. Ya never know!! Take care and have a wonderful Friday and weekend! ~Cari~
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Hi Carlita, Carol, and everyone...
Thanks for the welcome and I'm so glad to find others who have supportive families for all their crazy hobbies. Although now I'm on the brink of a crazy LIFESTYLE! I can do the 12th to the 14th in August as well. I have three grown children and a hubby who works a lot so at this stage of the game, I figure if I don't get out and grab ahold of life and all the things I want to do and see, it will just pass me by.

I am going to Hawk Lake Lodge in Ontario (without my AS) to slay some smallmouth bass and trophy walley. Fishing, like 'Streaming is a disease! Ontario Smallmouth Bass Fishing Walleye Fishing Hawk Lake Lodge My mom is meeting me there from Chicago and we girls are gonna teach all those guys how it is done. Mom is 66 and I'm 50...when I was a little girl we used to talk about how we'd be two old hens together! Life is good.

I'm happy going to the thumb area for sure. I've never been and it is close. Whatever everyone decides is fine with me. Looking forward to campfires, coldcuts, and coffee with my new "clutch".

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Old 06-11-2011, 09:01 AM   #38
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Terrific! I will get this on the rally calendar asap. Also I will probably be going earlier and/or staying longer. Please post when you expect to arrive and if you are planning on staying longer so others may join in. I'm off to work but will post again shortly. I am so psyched to be meeting new Airstreaming women and gathering again with old friends. I am off to work but will post again shortly.


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Old 06-12-2011, 11:16 AM   #39
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Just made my reservation at Lake Huron Campground for Thursday, August 11 through Sunday, August 14. I picked a lake side lot and requested that they try and put all the Airstreams together as the reservations come in. Looks like a great campground and I love that they serve hot pizza in a little pizza kitchen right there! Looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing a story or two around a campfire. Kelly
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Just made my reservation at Lake Huron Campground for Thursday, August 11 through Sunday, August 14. I picked a lake side lot and requested that they try and put all the Airstreams together as the reservations come in. Looks like a great campground and I love that they serve hot pizza in a little pizza kitchen right there! Looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing a story or two around a campfire. Kelly

Can you post what your site number is so that others can then reserve close by.

Also do you have to pay the whole amount or just one night to reserve? I have figured out the cancellation policy. Save me a long distance phone call - besides I have no spare change right now but will book as soon as I do - and then keep my fingers crossed that I don't have to cancel.

Thanks - Kelly....
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Thanks for the welcome! I am leaving CA about the 25th for MN. to visit family & friends. Do a little genealogy. I am planning on touring northern WI & MI when I leave MN so the PJ party will work. Can't wait to meet some AS ladies. The park and area look fantastic for my intro to MI. I travel with my dog Nicklaus, a standard poodle who loves to travel.
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Thanks for the welcome! I am leaving CA about the 25th for MN. to visit family & friends. Do a little genealogy. I am planning on touring northern WI & MI when I leave MN so the PJ party will work. Can't wait to meet some AS ladies. The park and area look fantastic for my intro to MI. I travel with my dog Nicklaus, a standard poodle who loves to travel.
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What a sweet MH!!! Now I think I would be big time fearing drivin' one of them compared to backing in my little 22' You GO Girl!!

I travel with my girls too - but not sure how much longer Taz my 13 year old LabxGolden will be with me - hoping she will stay with us for the summer at least. She has gone deaf now, and has a bit of a hard time breathing in the evenings, a little unsteady on her feet and does not like the stairs - so I have to lift her - I'm not the kind of dog owner that will let her get to be uncomfortable and in a crisis so it is hard looking at her with that in mind on a daily basis now. She is scheduled for the vet on the 21st to see if she has early stages of congestive heart failure - which can be eased with meds for a while. She has some pretty big benign tumours common for labs. But as long as she is eating well, drinking and exiting in all the right places and shows no signs of distress then I will be more than pleased to baby her. She has had a long life considering they said she was not going to live past her 5th month!!! Her knee surgery 2 years ago now did not help matters on the arthritis end of things poor baby.

My Golden she is 8 now and a little teddy bear with the hair to prove it. She is more like a sheep skin dog too - really really thick hair- I have to keep her short so her pantaloons don't mat up all the time. When she gets into the bur bushes in the fall OMG what a mess. She looks more like a fuzzy lab than a whispy golden.

Can't wait to meet everyone too - I hope we get a great turn out.
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