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Old 12-27-2014, 04:09 PM   #57
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Jeff and Silvia (HootMon-Frau) will be in site #115 Fri-Sunday. Sorry for late check-in...
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:08 PM   #58
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Say, we're a bit late to the party, but if for any reason someone must cancel due to some unforseen occurrence please let me know.

...we were told that if we got one of the first-come-first-serve walk-up sites in a different loop we would be far removed from the "action". Never being there we don't know if this true or not.
There are several walk-up sites in D loop where the power hookups are. By definition, they are still available. I don't know how fast they fill up, but I would think you'd have a pretty good chance of claiming one on Friday morning and a very good chance on Thursday.

It's tough to tell by the campground map which sites are walk-up and which are booked. You have to let the cursor hover over each site to see the pop up text, since they code them with the same color.

The walk-up sites in D loop are: 1,2,3 and 4 (right next to the loop), and 84, 85, 107, 108, 109 and 110. Most of them are long enough to fit most trailers.

In loop A, sites 7, 16 and 18 are still available for reservations. This is a very short walk to D loop and is a walk that many of us in D loop will take since the restroom building is at the loop in the A section. Most sites have space for the bumper to overhang, so a "20 ft." site will fit a longer trailer.
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:11 PM   #59
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Here's the latest campground map. We still have a few "stealth" reservations, noted in blue. I'd love to have those identified before the rally so that those of use who are still learning names have something to refer back to. There will not be a quiz, I promise.

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Old 12-28-2014, 06:23 PM   #60
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Pinnacles National Park has very little light pollution and is a great place to view the night sky. On February 21, Saturday of the rally, Mars and Venus will be visible very, very close together at sunset, just below the crescent moon.

Venus, Mars in conjunction below the moon on February 21 | Tonight | EarthSky
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:03 AM   #61
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Maybe we can talk Paul Hastings into bringing his telescope!
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:12 PM   #62
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Is it February yet? I'm having Aluminum withdrawals!
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:41 PM   #63
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We're having Aluminum withdrawl too and can't wait for the rally!
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Old 01-13-2015, 11:04 AM   #64
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Richard and I have site #114, next to Jeff and Sil...expecting some good coffee from Jeff's pot!! (Coffee pot that is..)
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:45 PM   #65
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can't make the February meet up but we are planning on March. need some advice, however. leaving Pinnacles and wanting to head N on hwy 101, after San Francisco, what recommendations for routes might you all have?? avoiding as much traffic as is possible in CA is always a goal, not easily achieved, but definitely do not want to cross the Golden Gate.

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Old 01-18-2015, 11:13 PM   #66
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Sorry you can't make it to the rally!

Leaving the Pinnacles East, i would just take Hwy 25 through Hollister to 101. Not much you can do in the Bay Area about traffic, other than time it right. Depends on what day of the week to time it right. Sunday morning is probably the best for traffic. You can either bite the bullet and take 101 to 880 through Oakland to 580 and back to 101 at San Rafael, or 101 to 680 to 780 to 80 to 37 through Vallejo to 116 and pick up 101 in Petaluma.

I would say the 680 route has less traffic, but is about 15 miles longer, is more convoluted and has more 2 lane hwys. I think both routes have bridge tolls. You may want to check up on road construction in the Bay Area too.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:40 PM   #67
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We're heading up to the Pinnacles tomorrow for a four night stay. Super excited to experience this great National Park twice in four weeks.

Let me know if you have reconnoiter requests.

BTW..from US 101 South we take 198 east and 25 north. We prefer 198 over the farm road from King City.
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:51 AM   #68
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Mid-week January is pretty quiet at the Pinnacles. Everything is very green. Got some work done and took relaxing walks with Susan. Unfortunately I had to forgo hiking while trying to get my injured foot back in shape.

Crews are working on a major revamp of the park's water system. And...many of the D loop sites "bumpers" were moved back 4-6 feet this week. Good news for longer trailers.

It looks like a few spaces are available in Loop A for the rally. It is dry camping and be aware that generators are not allowed.

In addition to gobs of turkeys, we saw condors cruising the ridge this morning, and there is a large group of big fat band tail pigeons....special guests of the bob cats and friends.
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the Pinnacles site map does not indicate if the 'D' loop is navigated in clockwise or counterclockwise fashion. can anyone clarify??

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the Pinnacles site map does not indicate if the 'D' loop is navigated in clockwise or counterclockwise fashion. can anyone clarify??

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Counter clockwise
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