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Old 03-04-2011, 08:21 AM   #57
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Yup - this is going to be good - reservations are filling my mail box - and with Pee Wee, I think this will be like a rally back in the day - he is also an incredible photographer, so we can be sure to see some great pics...

I'm still looking for accomodations on site for him though - I would apprecitate any ideas..

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Old 03-05-2011, 08:58 AM   #58
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I am sooo excited I can't stand it!!!!!!!!! We have found a trailer for Pee Wee - thank you Lynda for the idea and THANK YOU JERRY HEALD for the use of your trailer!!!!!!

THIS IS GOING TO BE BEST EVER!!
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I am sooo excited I can't stand it!!!!!!!!! We have found a trailer for Pee Wee - thank you Lynda for the idea and THANK YOU JERRY HEALD for the use of your trailer!!!!!!

THIS IS GOING TO BE BEST EVER!!
Well, it is actually Carol's. And she prefers to call it an Airstream
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:10 PM   #60
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Ohhhh no - my bad - tell Carol I'm so sorry - and to call it a trailer......!!! Oh man I need to be sent to the back of the row and think about what I've said.....

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Old 03-05-2011, 06:19 PM   #61
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Hey Ken:

We look forward to returning, for our third year, as well. The check is on it's way.

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We just sent the check. We will be driving the 1400 miles down from Spokane, WA to attend the festival. I have been looking at this for a number of years now and really want to see it.

Our plan is to head down I-15 through Salt Lake and then take in the Grand Canyon. Any advice about the north entrance versus the south entrance. Right now we are thinking south.

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We...Our plan is to head down I-15 through Salt Lake and then take in the Grand Canyon. Any advice about the north entrance versus the south entrance. Right now we are thinking south...
Either way, it's a great trip. Unless you have a burning desire to see Vegas (which is a fascination all unto itself), get off I-15 as soon as you can, time permitting. You can, of course, go all the way south and then get off at Hurricane and avoid Zion by way of Colorado City. Not that Zion is a bad place, but if you have an awning, you're 1-1/2" too wide to go through the tunnel without an escort. This will cost you extra and you can only do it during the day shift.

If you exit I-15 early, Utah 28 just south of Nephi to join US 89/I-70 is a good ride, then exit I-70 at Sevier to continue on 89. Yes, it's two lane, but the road's OK if you have the time (trust me, it won't cost you an hour total to get off the hustle-bustle Interstate). No matter which way you go, you'll eventually pass through Fredonia, AZ. East of there it's mostly BLM land until you get to the National Forest--boondock camping opportunities abound. When you get to the Colorado River on Alt 89, there is a Lake Powell Rec Area RV campground about a mile north of the highway if you head up towards Lee's Ferry.

It will be a shame if you don't have time to take a side trip up to Page and see Antelope Canyon. It is the most accessible and highly photographed slot canyon.

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If you elect to go to the South Rim, there is a 7 mile stretch of the east entrance highway that runs through National Forest. You will see many small side roads along this section into the juniper where you can boondock. Ater the South Rim, you can continue the loop through Williams and back to Flafstaff, but I recommend that you exit back through the east entrance and take the time to drive through Wupatki and Sunset Crater. If you like Easy Rider, watch it again and you will recognize some of the roads around Sunset Crater as you drive through.

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Heading east from Flagstaff, don't miss the Petrified Forest. Get off at Holbrook and drive east to enter it from the south. This will be your min-time route to see it all. You might also consider Walnut Canyon, just east of Flagstaff. The ruins are impressive and you can take a quick walk along the trail in a couple hours.

If you're a newbie to NE Arizona, just remember that the Indian Nations are sovereign. You can drive through on the highways and visit the towns, but if you want to stop to camp or hike, you need to ask permission.

As far as boondocking goes, once you leave the National Forest east of Flagstaff, there is very little public land along I-40. There are blocks of state land, but it's mostly those one mile square parcels that are checkerboarded with private land (an artifact of the old railraod giveaways in the 1800s) and they are darn hard to identify.

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Yipee!
We are going to go too!
The check is in the mail and we are looking forward to meeting everyone there!
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Our plan is to head down I-15 through Salt Lake and then take in the Grand Canyon. Any advice about the north entrance versus the south entrance. Right now we are thinking south.
The North Rim is my favorite spot on the Grand Canyon. And probably the easiest to access if you are heading down from SLC. There is a campground in the park right at the rim, and there is nice Forest Service campground just outside the north gate.

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Zep, thanks for the great ideas. No, Vegas is not on our itinerary. We spent a few days there last year and I think I have filled my lifetime quota. Right now we are thinking about Bryce and not Zion but I think we might take in some of your suggestions.

Stan, having never been, I am open to either north or south entrances. The north might make more sense if we come in from SLC. Thanks for the camping ideas.

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... I am open to either north or south entrances. The north might make more sense if we come in from SLC. Thanks for the camping ideas...
If you can get an RV spot, I think you'll enjoy the North Rim more than the crowds at the South Rim. It's a great view and a lot prettier surroundings.

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Oh, there are crowds at the south rim, no doubt about it. However, the vast majority of them are people who come, stay an hour, and leave. A hundred paces away from the crowd, and you're by yourself.

But I do enjoy stopping by the main digs after a longer hike. Nothing like eating ice cream and watching the condors!


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Old 03-12-2011, 08:54 AM   #69
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The 15th is this week! Later (I'll wait for those who mailed around the 15th) in the week I'll get with the balloon folks and let them know our numbers at this point and that will confirm all of us who have signed up at that point - at that point, I will see if I can get another block of spaces - so no worry about room at this point

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Ken, I just put our registration and check into the mail. The mule that rides from Angel Fire to Albuquerque can usually be outpaced by a donkey, but it should arrive there relatively soon.

One question: We begin on the 30th. Does that refer to entry into the Fiesta grounds? If so, should I call up Vicki and make a reservation at E.T. for a day or two beforehand?

We usually wind up with some Airstreams here just before the rally. We'll figure something out. Maybe we'll do a "last-one-out-closes-the-gate" maneuver.

Yesterday I was looking at the new Escapees rag and noticed that they're arriving on the 4th for their Fiesta rally. I guess that'll be a big move'm out / move'm in day.


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