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Old 04-10-2014, 11:56 AM   #15
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yep -- found another page at the site which indicates "in season." So start dialing at 00:01 on May 1st!
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:01 PM   #16
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Paula would love to attend if it fits my wife's schedule
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:17 PM   #17
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Definite Maybe

When open the campground is manned by friendly volunteer hosts who also are park stockholders. The phone line will not be answered until the campground opens May 1. You can send the park an email with your request for reservations prior to May 1. Email address is: vhhas@swva.net My understanding is someone checks emails every few days prior to opening.

Sunnygirl and I have a conflict on Saturday but hope we can attend some of the rally. Our Airstream will be there, even if we aren't!
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:14 PM   #18
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We have May 8-11 on the calendar. Based on what I read here, I guess we can't reserve until May 1? Jack
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Try sending the park an email now with your reservation. If no response call May 1.
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When open the campground is manned by friendly volunteer hosts who also are park stockholders. The phone line will not be answered until the campground opens May 1. You can send the park an email with your request for reservations prior to May 1. Email address is: vhhas@swva.net My understanding is someone checks emails every few days prior to opening.
Just sent my email. Will let everyone know if/when I get a response.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:05 AM   #21
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I sent an email and heard from someone who told me that I'd hear again from the reservations person. Will advise.

Is this set for May 8-11?
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:27 AM   #22
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Now... I wonder if I can request a specific site ID to facilitate running a power line for the tracking drive on my telescope (don't ooh or aaah yet - it's a 4" Schmidt planetary/nebula scope.)

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Old 04-11-2014, 07:44 PM   #23
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Ian when I've been there before there have always been many open sites - you just choose the one you want. I don't know much about telescopes, but the campground is carved out of a big hill (or small mountain) and there's an open field sloping down from the campground - NW facing I think. There are low level lights on the campground itself, but I'd guess that a few hundred feet away it would be nice and dark.

The stars are definitely brighter up there than down in the city.

I also talked to Terry - Overlander63. He works at Out of Doors Mart in the parts department. If he's able to come to the rally which somewhat depends on Marie's work schedule, he'll probably be able to bring any smallish parts anyone needs to upgrade or repair their units. Let's hope he and Marie can make it.

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Old 04-11-2014, 09:21 PM   #24
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I heard back from Janice Frambach, the Host Chairperson for Highland Haven and we requested reservations for May 8-11. If you make a request through HH's posted email address you will hear back from Jane. Jack
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:51 PM   #25
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Site selection at HH works like this. The 46 stockholders who own the campground are each assigned a specific site (46 stockholders, 46 sites). If a stockholder is not occupying the assigned site it can be rented out by the campground host. Stockholders are expected to advise the host 5 days in advance of plans arrive at the park. If a site is empty, and the stockholder has not provided notice of intent to occupy the site, the site can be rented to a non-stockholder Airstream. When you arrive at the park, the host will have a list of sites that can be rented. You can choose from those sites at the time of arrival, but not before.

Usually 25-50% of the sites are occupied by stockholders at any point in time. On the several occasions we stayed at the park, we were always offered a number of very good sites to choose from.

As I recall the electrical boxes are located at the rear of the parking pad of most sites. Between 10 and 20 feet behind the pad of many sites are thick woods and a steep downhill slope. Almost all of the sites are arranged on top of a ridge with a long road (called the runway by the owners) in front of the sites. Across the runway from the sites is an open meadow with great views of the mountains in the distance as well as large sky views. You'll probably want to set up the telescope where the meadow meets the edge of the runway or in the meadow itself. I suspect you'll need at least a 100 foot 110v extension cord to run from the electrical box at the rear of a runway campsite, across the runway, and into the meadow. Be aware that all vehicle traffic to the campsites runs up and down the runway so an electric cord laying across the hard surface runway will be battered by vehicle traffic and can be damaged. You will also need to consider if cars running over the electric cord will create enough vibration to negatively affect the operation of the telescope.

There are a very limited number of sites on the meadow side of the runway where it is possible to run an long electric extension cord to the meadow without going across the runway. I'm sure the host will work with you to find a site that meets your needs when you explain your situation.

If this is your first trip to HH, enter the park address into Google Earth. The overhead image of the campground is very good and will allow you to see where there may be sites that meet your needs.

Wishing your clear skies and a wonderful stay at Virginia Highland Haven.
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I am booked - May 8-15
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Now... I wonder if I can request a specific site ID to facilitate running a power line for the tracking drive on my telescope (don't ooh or aaah yet - it's a 4" Schmidt planetary/nebula scope.)

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What are the power requirements? Maybe a battery and inverter would work.

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I think there is still confusion on which of the two weekends has been selected? I can do either, but I thought May 8-11 was the be consensus. Please advise.
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