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Old 01-28-2009, 07:32 PM   #197
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We need rain desperately in South Texas, so I'm not taking any talk of rain seriously. Besides the weather-guessers don't do well 6 or 7 days out. The daytime highs are in the 60's and nighttime lows in the mid to upper 30's. What's that to you Canadians? 4 to 15C?

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That's about right but it sounds colder in C Degrees. Does anyone know of a good (and cheap) park, south of Huston within a days drive to the rally?
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:29 PM   #198
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Doug, I can think of 2 state parks close to Houston...Brazos Bend St. Park in Richmond, and Stephen Austin SP in San Felipe. Brazos Bend requires you to drive through Houston (and I am not sure what Hurricane Ike did to it.) Stephen Austin is a bit to the west of Houston. Further south and west is Lake Texana SP near Edna. Due West on I-10 is Palmetto SP near Gonzales. Due south on the Gulf is Quintana Beach County Park. Again I do not know its condition after Ike. You can look up phone numbers on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. You'll pay in the neighborhood of $20/night at a state park. Oh, and I forgot...Gonzales has a city park.

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Old 01-28-2009, 08:36 PM   #199
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:05 PM   #200
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If your so inclined go all the way to the Valley. Its only 4 hours South of San Antonio. Hot weather, visit Mexico and see lots of Winter Texans (Canadians). The State Park at Three Rivers....not much to do and they have Alligators. Port Aransas on the coast. Or, something by Kerrville for a short stay. I can send contact info if you let me know where youd like to head.
P.S. Do not, ever, trust Texas weather forecasts.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:11 PM   #201
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Unfortunately, Brazos Bend State park is still closed for camping following Hurricane Ike last September as is Galveston Island State park. I haven't checked but strongly believe that Quintana Beach county park is probably not open either. South of Houston and along the Gulf coast west of Palacious to the Lousiana border suffered heavily during Ike and many people are still displaced. Most of the commercial campgrounds in the coastal areas are full due to the number of people still living their RV's while their houses are repaired. Stephen F. Austin State Park, Palmetto State Park, Huntsville State Park are open, but heavily used and it is very hard to get in at the last minute. Use the Texas Parks and Wildlife web page and their on-line service to check availability. One park that seems to always have space is Double Lake just north of Houston on US 59. That would be about 5 hours to San Antonio skirting around the north side of Houston and then to I-10. Maybe better to try some of the commercial campgrounds in New Braunfels or Austin.
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:50 PM   #202
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Thanks for all the advice on and off the forums. I think we have a plan now. We'll wander along and see you all at the rally. I've got the 67 Safari with us this time . It's very close to original, even has the original upolstry in great condition.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:25 AM   #203
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Doug... Safe travels and the weather here is looking up.. overcast right now but it will clear out... Annie
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:38 AM   #204
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The weather here in Austin is beautiful right now, and we're very close to San Antone (90 miles or so). It's in the 40s right now, but it'll be sunny and 60s by the afternoon.
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We are now in Bastrop State Park near Austin.. was 59 F today and going down to 27 tonight... here until Sun than into Braunig... ... this state park is beautiful.. a little too much road noise for me ..
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Everyone should remember to bring anything they’d like to sell for the Shop and Swap to be held on Saturday morning from 9-11AM. Table setup for individuals and vendors begins at 8 AM. There is no charge for entering the grounds or for setting up a table to sell your Airstream parts, craft items or whatever you have on Saturday. Stick around and tour the Vintage Airstreams Open House in the afternoon and vote on the trailer you liked best.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:41 PM   #207
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Going to have to cancel

Work is gonna show it's ugly head and I'm going to have to cancel... I shouldn't complain about work as my company just cut 7% of it's workforce in the US today... I still have my job. Do more with less, everyone pulls up the slack and continues on....

I've sent a note to Elaine this afternoon... I think there is a waiting list to get in at the park. Hope somone can make good use of the spot we will give up...

Maybe next year...
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I'd received an email from Elaine advising that she'd received a cancellation this afternoon, but I didn't know who it was. I am so sorry it is you two. We were so looking forward to visiting with you two again.

With your cancellation we're now at 103 units. Elaine thinks she has a replacement for you, but isn't certain. We've pretty much been able to get everyone a site who was on the waiting list (we had six units on the waiting list) once the park relented and gave us an additional four sites. If anyone wants in now is the time to contact Elaine via email at elaine@gaj.com and let her know.

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We still have snow and ice on the ground, but roads are beginning to clear. We are hoping for some serious melt this weekend. Assuming no setbacks, we plan to start for Texas early next week. Still debating the route we will take. Any suggestions, or road reports, that give preference to going through Oklahoma or Arkansas would be appreciated. I was told that dropping down to I-40 from Joplin, Mo.(I-44) on Hwy 71 was very scenic but understand they had the same storm (only worse) that went through southwest Missouri. The other option being considered was going through Oklahoma City and dropping down through Dallas. This is really how I like to plan my trips--don't get too definite until you pull out of the driveway, and then be flexible.
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:35 AM   #210
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I just checked the weather forecast for our area during the period of the rally ~

Daytime - Sunny to mostly sunny with temps expected to be from 67 to 72
(us Texans will be shivering in light coats!)

Overnight - Temps are guesstimated to be from 40 to 47

No rain expected. No snow is a guarantee! So OK, if it snows, I owe you a beer!

Looks like the weather is going to be absolutely perfect, as ordered by GStephens. So -Ya'll Come On Down and enjoy all the fun!!
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