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Old 08-12-2008, 07:42 AM   #161
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Not sure about questions 1-4 - I need to call camping world - but at least thats the plan so far again for this year. Last year a bunch met up at the Grants KOA on the night before - I have heard that some have already made a reservation there.

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Old 08-12-2008, 07:59 AM   #162
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We are over nighting at the KOA in Grants Thursday night, just as we did last year. That puts you an hour or so from the gather point at CW. We met up with a mini caravan Thursday morning last year in Flagstaff. It would be great to do it again. We made a few stops along the way and had a nice ride to Grants. The group from the left coast spent the night before Grants in Williams, AZ.
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We'll be coming from Chicago, either along I-40 or across I-70 and dropping down on I-25.

We'd love to hear from more midwesterners making the trip and perhaps caravan with a few of you. Looking forward to seeing the final specifics come together for meeting up, etc. I'd hate to miss out on being part of a parade when pulling into the fairground!
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We'll be coming from Chicago, either along I-40 or across I-70 and dropping down on I-25.

We'd love to hear from more midwesterners making the trip and perhaps caravan with a few of you. Looking forward to seeing the final specifics come together for meeting up, etc. I'd hate to miss out on being part of a parade when pulling into the fairground!
You will drive right by the fiesta on 25 to get to the meeting point at CW. I think we are meeting there again. Trafic could be a factor, it does get a little crazy. You may want to do that the night before and spend the night at the campground next to the CW.
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The campground next to Camping World is Enchanted Trails...you will want to make a reservation NOW to be sure you can get in. If you can't, well, we have boondocked in the CW parking lot.
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This rally is a mixture of very new and very old trailers - and the tastes are very different - last year we had margaritas mixed everywhere from 99%/1% ( you can guess which was which) on down. We can get crazy - but I think the last Boones Farm I drank is a distant memory for me - and its not necessarly a good momory :-) ugg

I can get you a final count fairly shortly - my suggestion is you not spend a whole lot - let us all chip in or do a BYOB thing.

I'm in the process of gathering up final checks - as an estimate there will be about 60 give or take.

IF you have not sent in your final payment - please do so -

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Your estimate 60 give or take.Is that number of trailer or people?
Sure am looking forward to a list of who is comming.
I and a few other are meeting at the KOA campground in Grant NM on the 2nd of Oct.
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We have reservations to overnight in Grants at the KOA as well.
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60 is number of folks - about 30 trailers -
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Tried to send an email...
Enchanted Trails will be kinda full...unless they have an area I haven't seen, any caravan staging at their location would really confine(if not trap) the residents...
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Thanks Richard, I'll plan on staying around there the night before.
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Mike - got your e-mail - staging area planned to be at Camping World.... I just need to get ahold of them to make sure we can do it again...

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You will drive right by the fiesta on 25 to get to the meeting point at CW. I think we are meeting there again. Traffic could be a factor, it does get a little crazy. You may want to do that the night before and spend the night at the campground next to the CW.
I'm not sure what we'll be doing. We live right off I-25, two exits up the road from the Balloon Fiesta Park and we store our trailer one exit up the road. I don't know if it's worth fighting the traffic and burning the gas to get over to CW just to turn around and come back! Granted, the caravan would be fun, but then again the whole weekend will be fun.

We're in it purely for the social element - plus it will be nice not having to get up at 5:30am, fighting traffic, parking, and everything else it takes to be able to get to a mass ascension by 7:00. What's nicer is that we don't have any company coming from out of town for the Balloon Fiesta this year!!!
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We will need to find out who is coming from where this year - we do CW because most came from the west last year - this year there we are coming from different directions - what we need to do at least is co-ordinate times - they like us to arrive at about the same time so they can park us together - if most of us do that, then we will make sure we keep spaces open - I'll explain this all in a newsletter as we get closer.

Then again the carivan is pretty cool - as long as someone makes sure we are in the right lane.... hmmmm who would that be.....

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CW worked out very well last year, even with the extra lane on I-40.
Great place to pick up any last minute items you may need. I might be biased since I will be coming in from Grants again this year.

Since Jim and Rod have no visitors this year, maybe we could meet at their place. It sounds like the neighbors are a fun group. Got room for around 30 Airstreams?
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Yea thats it - party at Jim and Rods! And we can invite all the non Airstreamers at the balloon fiesta - after all we don't want you guys to feel a loss for any out of town company

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We will need to find out who is coming from where this year - we do CW because most came from the west last year - this year there we are coming from different directions - what we need to do at least is co-ordinate times - they like us to arrive at about the same time so they can park us together - if most of us do that, then we will make sure we keep spaces open - I'll explain this all in a newsletter as we get closer.

Then again the carivan is pretty cool - as long as someone makes sure we are in the right lane.... hmmmm who would that be.....

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Gail and I are coming from Riverside, CA, Bob and Diana from Brea, CA; not sure on others. We both have RV sites reserved at the Railside RV park in Williams for Wednesday night. I was told that there are 8 trailer sites reserved at the Grants, NM KOA for Thursday night. We don't have a formal caravan leader but we will work out those details later and meet up at Camping World.
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Yea thats it - party at Jim and Rods! And we can invite all the non Airstreamers at the balloon fiesta - after all we don't want you guys to feel a loss for any out of town company Ken J.
I know you guys are kidding... right? Well...??

30 Airstreams?? Well that could upset some of the neighbors. Others would want to tour all of them.

However, our house could handle 60 Airstreamers without a problem. Now, that's not an invitation (yet). We'll see how things plan out for the weekend. An impromptu gathering for brats on the grill could be fun.
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Last year a bunch met up at the Grants KOA on the night before - I have heard that some have already made a reservation there.

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Marge and I have a reservation at Grants also.
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Last year we caught up with the folks from further west at Little America in Flagstaff on Thursday morning around 9am. We then traveled together for the most part into Grants. We made several stops along the way to break up the trip. I also collected cell phone numbers from the folks on the trip so we could communicate on the road. Let me know if you are interested in doing this again this year.

BTW, the KOA in Grants offers some home cooked meals, delivered to your trailer. Everyone who had a meal was very satisfied with the quality and price of the meal.
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Yea we were kidding about the 30 Airstreams - what we really meant was 30 Airstreams + 100 sob's + 75 motorhomes and 5 Prvosts....figured we could get at least that many if your cooking brats on the grill

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