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Old 06-12-2010, 07:55 AM   #2815
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Cats we are proud of you getting back to the challenge and acing it!

I am just back from a woman's retreat to Tawas Point State Park up North and had a wonderful time. I may have to post a few zany poses in a day or two after I sort through them. Wouldn't you know a different Airstream was nestled between us in the morning and the older gentleman just couldn't figure out why we didn't all take just one trailer! I said it was so we could all have the chance to tow! They were from Niles Michigan and had a 2007 25' Safari FB. We looked like Airstream avenue.
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Will you be at the BB by any chance? You are on my list of Rivettes I hope to meet on the road
Your retreat sounds wonderful!
Thanks for posting the link to Eleanor's cooking video, she is great, loved hearing her thought processes and the final recipe looked delicious. Got some good ideas for food storage, too!
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:00 AM   #2816
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Question I missed it two years ago, but ...

anyone up for an Eastern Rivettes gathering in the next few months?

any ideas of where and when?

I could help plan an East Coast rendevous, but if enough Rivettes can attend we could move further inland.
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:41 AM   #2817
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Hi Gals,
I know its been a very long time, but I thought I would give you and update.
First I havent been around because there has been a lot going on. First was we had 3 family deaths in a 4 week period, however, we were doing well as a family unit my mother and step-dad was in a motorcycle accident. My step-dad was fine, but my mother wasnt. She spend 5 days in the hospital, and spent a month at home recovering. Then, my dad has had 3 surgries on his eye for a detached retena. HE just had his last one 2 days ago, and he is doing well. Been a rough time, but we are finally starting to see light at the end on the tunnel! Been working on the Caravel getting it ready for the Birthday Bash. Just took the carpet out, and trying to get it cleaned and ready to go!
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:16 AM   #2818
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Hi Gals,
I know its been a very long time, but I thought I would give you and update.
...... Been working on the Caravel getting it ready for the Birthday Bash. Just took the carpet out, and trying to get it cleaned and ready to go!
Laura, I am so very sorry to hear of all your loss. You are a very brave person to keep going as you do. But I am really glad to hear that you are keeping yourself busy on your Caravel and that you have family to rally with and keep the spirits up.

It has been a long time - I still remember my face dive - ha finally just got new glasses so it has been a while - I remember I just picked them up before I headed out that time and scratched them on a branch walking to the swimming pool to go for a way after midnight swim with you and Steph - good times my friend and I am sure you have a 1000 memories of so many more things you have done, with so many friends across North America.
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:30 AM   #2819
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anyone up for an Eastern Rivettes gathering in the next few months?

any ideas of where and when?

I could help plan an East Coast rendevous, but if enough Rivettes can attend we could move further inland.

I am usually up for anything - but now I have no idea where I will find the time. I have about 3 weeks to get the ModPod ready for her trip out west. If Peter can get the time he would like to drive out with me and the girls, and fly back home, and then I will be out there touring around for a bit till mid August. Where I will only have 3 more weeks and then I start school.

Peter has been accepted into the islet transplant program being run by Edmonton University and has to be in Edmonton for his final assessment appointments qualification. It is a whole week of testing to be sure that he is compatible for the transplant program. The program is the leading of it's kind in North America. Instead of a total organ transplant they just transplant the islets and they are having huge success with the pancreas regenerating those cells and producing insulin again - creating a new phenomenon that the patient is then diabetes free!!!

We really don't have anyone to look after our dogs for that long - so I offered to drive out there with them and then we could stay at a campground close by - well turns out there is a nice golf resort/rv camp 15 minutes from the University that I have no booked for the 10th - 17th July. We are going to take 10 days to get out there.

I have several more weeks that I will be staying out there and not really too sure what I will be doing as yet. I know my Dad is out the first week of August with his Toronto Welsh Male Choir on tour. My brother had mentioned about dropping out of BC to go and see him - so I just don't know if I want to hang that long to wait.

All I know is I have three weeks to get my reno done now. Although Peter could manage on the foam with just a quick cover over it and his substitute oak frame would hold him I think. So I am waiting on the aluminum slider frame. The laminate to be installed on the lounge Unit - Peter to make the final frame for the under seat storage doors and the doors themselves. And the Upholstery to be completed. All this will be initiated on Monday & Tuesday So I hope that it will be done in time.

In the interim I have to find myself accommodation for College, and we have decided to just pick up a second runner car instead of a truck until Peter's transplant is done, and he is finished the LadyBug. I don't need a big truck to run back and forth to College with. But I need something that will carry my dogs - flat not on the seats. So I am going on the wagon as they say LOL - just a little ford escort thingy would be just the ticket.

And for Accommodation - I am looking at purchasing a plot of land with Hydro/well/septic so that I can put in for a building permit to build the house we never got to and then I can keep my trailer there and live out of my trailer in the country only a 1/2 hour away from school. The dogs would have a blast with me and I would have a great place to shoot and write in the environment I love best.

But if I do not find something I can stay at an RV park just outside the College for Sept/Oct and do the hotel suit thing for a while if I have to. But I refuse to pay rent and poor money down a huge hole of inequity - I want equity!!! for my buck.

Ooops Sorry forgot the question - so any time after say the 5th of August I could pop out even in September as I will have my trailer with me at school and depending on my schedule I could be off Fridays and have the whole weekend.

What about the Skyline Parkway - part of the Blue Ridge just at Virginia at i64 and i81 - I missed the darn trip again and just had to watch them from i81 as I was whizzing to get home on time.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:02 AM   #2820
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Laura, so sorry to hear of all the loss and pain your family has suffered, though grateful you all support one another with grace and humor. Prayers offered for you all. Really looking forward to meeting you at the BB, though without name tags it is gonna be a challenge!

Sharon, where is your photojournalism course located? Trying to figure out locations and dates when we might get a group of us together.

Any of you planning to go to Penn Wood Fall Colors AirForums Rally 9/30 - 10/3? I will be there with my guys.

Dannie, I just finished reading through your blog posts on your Haiti trip. Wow! I admire and respect you so much for going on that mission. The group you were with sounds amazing, love Jesse and the mural story! Thank you for going and helping, you are a great blessing.

Anyone else have an idea of where or when to have a Silver Sisters Eastern rendevous in the next few months? If we get a list of names and locations and a time that works well, we can try to find a central location.
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Just look for the little silver trailer at the birthday bash!
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:51 PM   #2822
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WOW-had a lo of catching up to do. great news Sharon about your wrist-hope the knee turns out the same. We sure enjoyed your visit. We are in a whirlwind trying to get the house ready for the market. Just got back from a quick trip to Alabama to see R's mom for her 90th and then a weekend in Atlanta at my sisters. She has 6 of the cutest Bearded collie pups-I was so tempted but as they are champions just not in my budget. Laura so sorry your family has had such a challenge but glad that things are getting better. Cats-I am so proud of you for not giving up. I am right there with you but each trip I get more confident and learn new tricks. Carol are you camp hosting this season? Depending on time and place I would love to try to get together with you all but we have several trips planned and I really can't commit until there are firm plans. I am having a new counter put in and shelves where I had the old oven and stove removed in Queenie. We plan to make the Princess into a permanent guest house when we move back to the mountains. Hope everyone is having a great summer!
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:34 AM   #2823
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Going on a Big Road Trip

Peter and I are taking 10 days to get out to Edmonton -via south of the border. We will be travelling with our girls.

Does anyone know of some great places to stay. We are not big for the sardine scene. Preferably really dog friendly and shady spots near water if possible and golf courses.

When I put Peter on the plane home on the 17th I am going to take another 4 weeks to travel around in the west. But will save the West West Coast for another time. I wanted to tour around the area of the Rockies in MT then I would swoop down into the mid west and head home via my normal route.

Also does anyone know of good trout and golf RV Resorts that don't pack you in like flipping sardines. Or perhaps off road boondocking places you could recommend?
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How wonderful to discover all of you out there! My dear husband passed away a year and a half ago...We had just bought our retirement AS/ a 25' Safari SE. I had pulled the 22' across the country but had never,never back up...OOH, not pretty, but am learning with practice. At times I feel comfortable and confident/ at others, I'm consumed with self-doubt. I spent last weekend in the Great Smokies / Elkmont campground and have plans for the Blue Ridge Parkway in a few weeks. I'm fortunate to have wonderful women friends who also have campers and are always ready for an adventure! Are there any 'women's rallies'?
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:26 PM   #2825
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JDE, Hi and welcome to our virtual campfire gathering. Not much has been going on here lately. I hope that that means that most of the silver sisters are out camping and having some summer fun.
We have had some women's rallies a few years ago. We have all had so many ups and downs that nobody has planned one in quite a while. Sometimes a small group of us gets together, and then other times we just meet at forums informal rallies all around the U. S. and Canada.We seem to be posting where and when we are going to be and hope to bump into each other and go camping.
We hope you will be able to stop by and visit our little campfire group again!
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:28 PM   #2826
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How wonderful to discover all of you out there! My dear husband passed away a year and a half ago...We had just bought our retirement AS/ a 25' Safari SE. I had pulled the 22' across the country but had never,never back up...OOH, not pretty, but am learning with practice. At times I feel comfortable and confident/ at others, I'm consumed with self-doubt. I spent last weekend in the Great Smokies / Elkmont campground and have plans for the Blue Ridge Parkway in a few weeks. I'm fortunate to have wonderful women friends who also have campers and are always ready for an adventure! Are there any 'women's rallies'?

Hi there! And a big Welcome....

It sounds like you are doing just great and such courage to keep yourself going after such a loss.

I wish there were more women's Rallies but it seems the H's always seem to want to tag along in some form or fashion which in my humble opinion changes the whole dynamic of the encouragement of women towing solo.

I have an impromtu opportunity to travel almost across NA to take H to a week of assessments in Alberta.

But on my way home I am stopping into the Outerbanks possibly - which will put me driving write through Knoxville. Late in the first week of August. I have a friend with me and possible two but only one airstream - would love to meet new Airstreamers whenever possible. Of course we all love to show off our sweet aluminum temp homes on wheels.

Just an update - on the reno - will be starting the sewing of the Lounge seating seat and back rest cushions this week. Hooking her up tomorrow to take her in for new shoes all round. Waiting on word on the damage $$$ for the aluminum laminating of the lounge Unit Peter made and hopefully it will be ready later this week.

I have a big chunk of my route planned out now.

H and I are going to do Mt Rushmore, then run all the way to Canada south of the border - gas cheaper and every penny counts Waterton Provincial Park, Banff and Jasper. I am then spending some time in Montana in the Kalispell area and Glacier National Park.

Spending some time in Denver and Colorado Springs area, last weekend of July and first part of August.

I am desperately looking for housing where I will be attending College, and the plan is to buy a vacant lot and put services in - build a small home in the future. For the winter I may have to pay rent for 2 months, as it will be too much hassle to try and over winter in the Airstream up here. We could have a mild winter but I think the way our summer is going it is quick and indicates we may have a really harsh winter - just my luck.

Anyone along the route from CS to Kansas City? always game to share some Airstream travel stories and a glass of wine or two...
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:51 PM   #2827
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Spending some time in Denver and Colorado Springs area, last weekend of July and first part of August.
Really????

Will our paths finally cross after all these years??? Please let me know your plans...we will be at the RMVAC Rally the 4th thru the 9th of August and preparing for it the week before, but would love to connect some time. Unless of course, you want to join us at the rally!

There's still room...

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JDE you just missed our Rivette rally in Michigan by a couple of weeks. We put out a call here in this thread and contacted others and we ended up having "Three for Tawas." We had a great woman's retreat.

tawas_point_state_park Photo Gallery by Carol Baidinger at pbase.com

Just post your ideas and availability and see who can join you. It's been a busy year and so many have been out camping in all different directions. We are glad you are out camping too and look forward to meeting more of our silver sisters just as soon as we can!
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