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Old 06-30-2007, 08:12 PM   #575
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Wow - after looking at those Rigs and the TV's I can honestly say the Mich Gals are NOT to be MESSED with!!!

What a wusss I feel with my little feather GT and Baby Burb!

Remind me to stay in the back of any further Caravans we have!!!!

What a great Welcome you had Steph! I'm melting...
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Old 06-30-2007, 08:29 PM   #576
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Alright who needs a hug? I miss you all already!
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:32 AM   #577
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Hey Ladies, a quick note to let everyone know that I've arrived safely home after my extended visit with family in OH/IN after the rally. WOW! What a rivette experience! Everything I hoped it would be, and more. Hey -- I even made it "across the bridge" to dump, and drove all the way home which included getting safely by a rollover auto accident as it occurred, pulling safely over and issuing a 911 call, and waiting it out until police could slow traffic for us to get the truck and trailer back in the flow of the highway. Talk about your stomach-turners!

Huge THANK YOU!! to everyone, and more later, gals. I'm still in landing mode here at home and have lots of reading to catch up on.

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Old 07-06-2007, 08:59 AM   #578
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Glad you made it home safely Jamie!! Good for you, I can't remember who drove the furthest, you or Paula or Sharon, but you all deserve royal titles so Sharon will just have to get right on that!
I think you are rivette botanical artist extraordinaire!! Loved seeing your work and your great organization of the trailer!!
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:21 PM   #579
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Hi Jamie - Kudos for getting back safe!!! and the extra gold star for road accident avoidance bravo..

But the question is did Doug Recover from it - the incident I mean - no not Carol and I at the campground, nope not the wine either, oh yes he was feeling under the weather a bit too but that's not what I mean either - the incident on the way home did he recover - you see most guys having the wives drive at a time like that would be well lets just not talk about it shall we......

Glad you are back and had a great Holiday within a Holiday. It was super to meet you finally and I just love your Bambi!!! LadyBug all the way home kept saying will I look like that some day??? I told her well not quite but you will be real close but have a bit more history to you And when you meet up with Sally (it is Sally right?? or am I having a BF) again beware of those microfiber clothes....they feel real good.

Cheers Girl - YOU TOWED IT!
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Jamie, YOU CAN TOW IT !!!

Glad you and your family had a great vacation and have now arrived safely at home. The accident you saw must have been frightening.
It was such a pleasure to meet you, Sally (?) and see your beautiful art work in botanicals. You Can Draw It!! I'm hoping we can meet again, sooner rather than later.

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Old 07-07-2007, 12:58 PM   #581
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Yepper, ladies, I CAN TOW IT! And Doug survived it all just fine, even the accident avoidance. I kept steady on the wheel and he was whipping out the cell phone to place the 911 call as I pulled off the highway. No time to think -- just DO IT! It was like driving a truck and trailer on a racetrack with the car flipping over on the side, the dust and smoke rolling out, spare tire flying. Crazy!! And we had no idea what to tell the 911 operator about our location other than the highway we were on, local roadsigns and landmarks, etc. Emergency response was there almost immediately and the only one they had to treat was one witness (not from our truck, thank goodness) throwing up on the side of the road from the shock of the whole thing.

Carol, and gals, those are some great pictures you got of all of us. I really did enjoy meeting all of you, too. Vickie put out a most amazing spread for all of us after the factory tour. I am in awe of her hostessing. I just had to share the Texas caviar recipe and Steph's lemon tarts with family in OH, so I looked up recipes online.

I know we're not supposed to rally and tell, but to all who haven't met Sharon she is as fun offline as she is online. And Carol is the photog Queen, most definitely, and the people-person of all time. A mover and shaker (and hula-hooper! ). A special thanks to Paula for the microfiber cloth ( ), and to Sue (orange pop anyone? ), and Lou and Larrita for the fun and laughs.

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Old 07-08-2007, 01:09 AM   #582
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Ahhhh mannn - with Jamie home now - that means it really is over!

Has anyone gone back to page one of this thread - it is really funny to read all the posts leading up to our big event!!!

I had forgotten all about the first camp and it's set of rules - and the sub rules I wrote I read basically for the first time - a little different than when you are writing them - they even made me laugh - as some of them could have applied to the new camp too.

And the ins and outs - meaning those who were coming and then those who could not and those who changed their minds and how about all those who said this sounds great...but just was not quite ready to make that leap of faith and venture out by themselves.

So when is the next one?

Here is an idea - take a huge leap and head across the border! As you will all need passports in 2008 - it would be a good idea to order yours now and there is no rush. I think someone said they are either 5, 7 or 10 year expiry??? They are well worth it.

For many of you it may be a brand new first -

First for ever having a passport
First experience at the Border Canadian and returning home to USA.
First tow ever (for all those who did not make it this summer)
First international adventure!

Anyway there are several crossings and anyone of them could make for a nice spot to camp - at either a Provincial Park or Private Resort, Or a local/municipal or town facility - many of which have power, water and dumping facilities.

Where I live is about central to the east or west ends of lake ontario/erie. For me it is an 8 hour drive to central MI and central VT - to give you an idea.

For you Michigan gals - I would even be willing to meet you at Port Huron and lead a Caravan for you to where ever we may decide to end up. (even if you wanted to do something in the State side of Niagrafalls(NY) and wanted to come in to Canada to make your trip a bit more interesting and adventurous. We could then pick up lots of Rivettes on the south side and head to a US location if that will work too.

While I have you gals out there - anyone interested in heading where it is warm for a spell in the winter????
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Well......how many miles (from the border) on the Canadian idea and how many days at rally? The days away would most likely influence a yes or no on any event. Also if it's a vacation of sorts I'd want share it with dear hubby also. Neither of us have done much traveling and to not do, see, and experience together might be a drain on funds in regard to other travel opportunities.

Now onto a warm place for a spell. What month? and where? If the timing is right we might be able to swing by on our way south to escape MI weather.

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Old 07-08-2007, 10:03 PM   #584
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Well......how many miles (from the border) on the Canadian idea and how many days at rally? The days away would most likely influence a yes or no on any event. Also if it's a vacation of sorts I'd want share it with dear hubby also. Neither of us have done much traveling and to not do, see, and experience together might be a drain on funds in regard to other travel opportunities.

Now onto a warm place for a spell. What month? and where? If the timing is right we might be able to swing by on our way south to escape MI weather.

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Well we could look at running the wine country along the south shore of Erie and cross over at Niagara Falls (For a first Trip maybe longer up along L.ON in the future) It would be sort of a loop around Lake Erie - and where we settle for the Weekend would be a bit more accessible to many potential Rivettes from the East and Central East - as well as possibly more Canadian Gals.

totally understand the Hubby Trip - but there will have to be one rule - and Larrita was the initiator - any guys that are present their first meeting must be in a wig and dress!!! for the first 3 hours - no exceptions. Have already got Peter's dress picked out!!!

Not sure on the US side of Niagara - but thought we could park on the Canadian side and do the Canadian side of NF (okay so it is nicer!!) Then head wagons ho in the morning for the camping.

I would say a 4 day trip total - some would have to do possibly 5 - but most could reach in a day.
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Hey rivettes!! I'd love to get together again! It would be great to plan something we could drag hubbies/kids/sig others to! Sharon are you including Pt Pelee?
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:25 AM   #586
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Hi Everyone,

Danielle and I have finally returned home from 3 weeks of Airstreaming. For all of you Airstream sisters out there that were unable to make this special journey, you missed a very special time. We hope that you will be able to join us on our next adventure. It was truly an amazing experience and one that words just cannot do justice. Our connection was felt at our February Rivette Rush but grew stronger after our solo travels. Some of us were fortunate enough to begin our rallying early by caravaning to our campground destination. Let me just say to all of you that are not ready to hit the road solo, caravaning is a great way to gain the experience of solo towing while not traveling alone. So come on you can tow it, too! Danielle and I were blessed to have GREAT traveling buddies. So much so we could go just about anywhere as long as we had Suz (eikel1we) and Step (tin sista) to caravan with.

This was my first rally and did not have any other rallies to compare it with. However, I was assured by others that it was different in the most positive of ways. We intentionally did not preplan our food and activities, except for the arrangments that Paula (Foiled Again) made for our Airstream Factory tour. Thanks again, Paula! It was amazing how perfectly EVERYTHING turned out.

I feel so honored to have shared this experience with such a talented, gracious, and halariously funny group of people. I was going to say women but did not want to exclude Larrita, a very BRAVE individual!

Thanks to each of you for the gifts. They will be reminders of all the fun we shared in the cornfields of Ohio. Thanks also for making Danielle feel so included! Most importantly, just as we toasted one evening, thanks to our husbands for their support of our individuality.

I will post pictures a little later. Although I do not have many that are different from those already posted. Great photos!

Looking forward to making this an annual tradition! So where are we traveling to next?

Vickie (Mrs. Towdaddy) and Danielle (Miss Towdaddy)
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Ooops I forgot you were not home yet Vickie - excuse my earlier post - for some reason I thought you were home for the 4th of July celebrations.

So Congratulations are in order then - whoooohhhoooo You Towed It Girl! and we all survived to tell the "story" and some story indeed!

As Vickie says to all you sistas out there - jump on in to the thread everyone is welcome. You will get all the support you need....

I hear by the grape vine that for various reason the movement is catching on! Fellas it is okay - we can drive and we are pretty good at it - just think of all those times you thought - "I would love a nap right now" but had to forge on because of "why"?

For those women single out their and want to travel - what a perfect beginning - and for all those couples what huge piece of mind and a truly family experience your Airstreaming can become...

so a big YOU CAN TOW IT! - to all.
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Hi there, Sharon,

No excuses necessary. Our site at River Ridge is our second home or as Danielle calls it, "home, home". I just don't have internet access there. Maybe someday. Then I may not go home all summer! It was so hard to miss out on all posts before and after our rally.

I'm so glad that everyone made it home safely. WE DID IT! And can't wait to DO IT AGAIN!

Lady Bug was so cute and so homey just as she was. You are amazingly talented! I just can't wait to see the final restoration. Keep us updated.

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