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Old 02-01-2003, 10:41 AM   #15
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What about a Midwest Rally?

Greetings All!

I am actually as close or closer to the more Northern locals suggested than to DuQuoin myself. DuQuoin is a bit more than 330 miles from me and Makanda is just a bit more than 350 miles. They are so familiar to me because my family farm is only about 20 miles South of Makanda, and I make the trip at least once a month.

I am ready for an adventure to any of the places mentioned. I might add to the mix of more Northerly suggestions:

Kankakee River State Park, Kankakee, IL (approximately 60 miles South of Chicago). See:

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Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, IN (approximately 215 miles Southeast of Chicago). See:

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Rustic Barn Campground, Kieler, WI (approximately 190 miles Northwest of Chicago). See:

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All three of the above locations offer a variety of activities with something to appeal to most everyone. Rustic Barn probably has the least on-site activity, but it is less than 20 minutes from Dubuque, Iowa where some wonderful Mississippi River excursions are offered throughout the summer from the Ice Harbor. The "Field of Dreams" is less than an hour away, and for those interested in antiquing and Victorian era history, Mineral Point, Wisconsin is only about 45 minutes away - - or - - Galena, IL is only about 30 minutes away.

Kankakee River State Park and Turkey Run State Park both have a number activities available on-site with numerous other attractions nearby. I have not traveled to either of these parks with great frequency recently, but do stop whenever the opoortunity presents itself.

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Old 02-01-2003, 03:42 PM   #16
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When?

Kevin,

When would you be available? I think your dance card is the busiest (and almost full).

Lets try to figure out a date ... availability of sites would help us narrow the where? down.

I would hate for us all to agree on where and then find out its not available when we have all agreed to a date.

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State parks may be difficult to get us all together in one area and most only have electrical hook up. The trailer life campground lists a private campground at Michigan City Indiana which has 100 sites is close to the Indiana dunes and other attractions and has a pool and playground. This could be a good central location for all of us from the midwest. What is a good date for most? I have plans for the 15-18 of May but could do early May or anytime in June.

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Available dates...

Thus far, we have nothing going in June, so that month is completely open for us!
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We have a trip somewhat scheduled to be in Carbondale Ill on May 9 (depends on the WAR), and we would be up for a meeting with everyone. Our son, who is a career Marine (19 yrs so far) is supposed to graduate from college there. If things didn't work out we could possibly come anyway.

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Greetings All!

The first two weeks in June are open for me. The only possible fly in the ointment for me would be if we would have a large number of snow days that could push our last day of school as late as June 6. We have only had one snow day thus far so it is looking better every day. The second week in August would also be a possibility for me, but I am nearly booked up from June 15 through about August 6.

I hadn't thought about the untility availability in state parks that have group camping areas. In each of the Wagon Wheel Caravans that I have joined, we stayed in a number of state parks utilizing their group camping areas - - generally no hookups, but as we were usually traveling early in the season the lack of utilities wasn't generally noticed. Water was generally easily available, and in two cases gray water dump sites were available near the group camp area as well. I too, would hate to be without 30 AMP electric much past the middle of June.

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Midwest Rally

Hello fellow airstreamers
Regarding a location for the rally.
I did not camp at Indiana Dunes SP last year. However, unless there has been some major renovations to the campground, I found that the majority of the sites were very small, and the restroom facilities were marginal at best. While the CG is not always full, the park itself and the beach in particular is crowded on weekends.
On the plus side......Indiana State Parks now have a reservation system in place. The fee for a campsite is $23.00.
I vote for late summer for the rally.
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Evansville, that is.
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Anyone else interested?

Trying to keep this post active for others to see and hopefully respond...
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Greetings all you hard-working Midwesterners. I would like nothing better than to get together sometime this year and meet some of you. However, as is probably obvious to most everyone, it is extremely difficult to coordinate schedules for anyone who might be interested at such distances. Someone needs to take the point on this project, hammer out some details of when and where and then we'll just have to live with it. As much as I would like to do that myself, there is no way I can so I would suggest someone who might have the time should just speak up and volunteer to be the boss and make it happen. Hopefully, enough people would be interested to make it all worthwhile. Maybe it could even become an annual major event with coverage by CNN.

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Poll?

can somebody with the knowledge to do it, post a poll for May thru August to vote on a month to do this? Get a vote down and move forward...
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Greetings Jason!

I just posted a poll regarding dates for a Midwest Rally. Placed a 30-day response time on the poll since time is somewhat of the essence.

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Thanks very much for doing that Kevin! Thanks for thinking to set a deadline too!
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looks like northern wisconsin is in the lead for now.

any one have any ideas? is a private or state campground better?

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Old 02-09-2003, 02:43 PM   #28
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Fountain Lake RV Park in Almond,WI has a rally-caravan area that will accommodate up to 40 units with fresh water, limited electric and a dump station. They also have a large club house with showers.

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