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Old 02-21-2006, 09:03 PM   #99
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Speakin of warm, Have we talked about campfires yet? I can bring wood
I also have a portable fire ring, the one there was, well, um, Oh for cryin out loud TINY!
I don't know what the "rules" are (and I'm sure they have rules) but a bigger fire pit would be fantastic because we will be freezing our buns off (being April, it's still wicked cold here in New England) and I need to bake about 100 potatos for Saturday night's Potato Bar.

Bring as much wood as you can. Leon and I will be doing the same thing but we are many miles from the campground so that limits what we can load into the truck and still tow "The Tube" safely. We also need to figure out how to get our Unit's trailer with all it's rally stuff to the site so that we have the tent and cooking thingies.
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Old 02-22-2006, 06:00 AM   #100
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I don't know what the "rules" are (and I'm sure they have rules) but a bigger fire pit would be fantastic because we will be freezing our buns off (being April, it's still wicked cold here in New England) and I need to bake about 100 potatos for Saturday night's Potato Bar.

Bring as much wood as you can. Leon and I will be doing the same thing but we are many miles from the campground so that limits what we can load into the truck and still tow "The Tube" safely. We also need to figure out how to get our Unit's trailer with all it's rally stuff to the site so that we have the tent and cooking thingies.
There are rules regarding fires -- they must be contained in the campground designated fire rings (one per site). We have many sites congregated in a central area, so you could coordinate building a fire at a few campsites and cook the potatoes at each location.
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Old 02-22-2006, 06:04 AM   #101
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Hee hee! If it isn't one of us I'm willing to bet they will be asking to move pretty quick!
Actually, I later found out that the deciding factor in the other trailer's decision to move was because they realized what they were parked in the middle of and didn't want to have any part of!
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Bring as much wood as you can. Leon and I will be doing the same thing but we are many miles from the campground so that limits what we can load into the truck and still tow "The Tube" safely.
Don't bother. I live 10 miles from the campground, on a large, wooded lot,and have lots of firewood that will otherwise go to waste if its not used for camp fires. no fireplace...don't heat w/ wood. but there are always limbs coming down, or entire trees, which wind up getting cut and stacked somewhere. anyway, on a normal outing, I don't have a whole lot of extra space to carry it, so I don't typically bother. But with this outing being so close, it would be no trouble to make a special trip, just for firewood.

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We also need to figure out how to get our Unit's trailer with all it's rally stuff to the site so that we have the tent and cooking thingies.
If a "staging area" would be helpful, I have plenty of room at my house. I don't know where the trailer lives, but if it would be helpful, it could be moved to my house a week or 2 before the event...whatever people's schedules allow...then its just a short trip from my house to the rally site on opening day.
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Old 02-22-2006, 08:18 AM   #103
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If a "staging area" would be helpful, I have plenty of room at my house. I don't know where the trailer lives, but if it would be helpful, it could be moved to my house a week or 2 before the event...whatever people's schedules allow...then its just a short trip from my house to the rally site on opening day.
Thanks for offering the firewood and the staging area! I'll make arrangements to pick up the Unit trailer the weekend before the rally and Leon and I will contact you to make arrangements to drop it off at your place.
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email or pm me for details. we're really easy to find. Just ask Nancy!

You're welcome to CP at my house the night before, too, if you like. I don't know if it would be worth it or not...you're not THAT far away. But I have room, if you want.

The snow should be gone by then. I hope.

(off topic now my truck has to do double-duty. Pull in the summer...push in the winter. check out the video (3.6mb)
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email or pm me for details. we're really easy to find. Just ask Nancy!

You're welcome to CP at my house the night before, too, if you like. I don't know if it would be worth it or not...you're not THAT far away. But I have room, if you want.

The snow should be gone by then. I hope.

(off topic now my truck has to do double-duty. Pull in the summer...push in the winter. check out the video (3.6mb)
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Thanks again! We won't need to CP though, we are going in a day early to try and get things setup before the rally starts. I'll email when I know the details about picking up our unit's trailer.

GREAT video! We've purchased a plow for our tow vehicle the first winter we moved up here to the "wilderness". Also a backup generator to power our house as it's no fun to be without heat and water for a day or two when we have bad weather. It looks like your driveway is even longer than ours, were you snowblowing it before? Must have taken hours!
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GREAT video! We've purchased a plow for our tow vehicle the first winter we moved up here to the "wilderness". Also a backup generator to power our house as it's no fun to be without heat and water for a day or two when we have bad weather. It looks like your driveway is even longer than ours, were you snowblowing it before? Must have taken hours!
oh, HECK no! 500' of gravel driveway with a snowblower? yikes. even paved, it would take forever. But no, you couldn't if you wanted to. there's always plenty of hidden debris from the trees and stuff lying all over the place, hidden by the snow, that would get caught up in the machinery. you'd be going through shear pins left and right.

I had a plow on my old truck, when we moved in 12 years ago. When I sold that, and bought the current truck, I decided that it was too nice to put a plow on...and too expensive, too, when I discovered a local guy that does plowing for cheap cheap. Would've taken 10 years to get pay-back on a typical snowplow. But, like with alot of things, if you want it done right, you gotta do it yourself. I can't complain, because they were so cheap. BUT, I usually found myself in a rather annoyed state after every plowing event , as I still had an hour or more of "cleanup" to do with the piles of snow that they left exactly where I told them not to, widening things up because they were in and out in a jiffy...digging my cars out because they were in and out so fast, I couldn't get them shuffled around in time, etc, etc. It really works out to be easier for me to do it myself.

After last year's expensive winter, I decided to get a used plow for my truck, but had alot of trouble finding anything appropriate. I wound up going with this "Snowbear", which is a "personal use" plow. (www.snowbear.com) cheap, (no expensive hydraulics; no power-angle) but does the job, as you can see. I talked to some folks on a snowplowing forum (there's a forum for everything), and everyone that has one seems to like them.

I've thought about getting a generator, but honestly, in 12 years, including the 2 seasons with the heaviest snowfall on record, the longest power failure we've had was 8 hours. We have our own electric company in town. when something breaks, they're on it, like "white on rice". none of this calling Mass. Electric or PSNH and getting a busy signal, or a recorded message saying that they'll get to you by the end of the week.

I just had my oil burner tuned up, and the guy was telling me how they've been straight-out with all the calls from NH. people out for days and days and days, after a little wind storm. now all kinds of frozen pipes and boilers for the repairmen to fix.
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What does that mean?
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The longest power outage we've had here is 2 1/2 days (last year). This year the longest has been about 24 hours. Worth for us to have a generator.

Last off topic thing. Here is my Birdfeeder Bear. In this picture he is 5 feet from my home office window... He has also been found on my back deck looking into the house from our patio door. Learned important lesson, do not feed the birds in the late fall or early spring in bear country.
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What does that mean?
http://www.clichesite.com/content.asp?which=tip+1790

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"like flies on...."

I would also add, "Like stink on...."

and also def: strongly bonded; difficult to seperate;





no bears, here. at least...none that I know of. I did see an otter thismorning...which is something new. kind of surprised me.
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There are rules regarding fires -- they must be contained in the campground designated fire rings (one per site). We have many sites congregated in a central area, so you could coordinate building a fire at a few campsites and cook the potatoes at each location.
Yeah, this is how to do it.

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Lightbulb Nuke the potatoes!!!!!!!!!!

You could always nuke the potatoes first, I'm sure we have microwaves in a few of our airstreams. Then throw them on a couple grills to finish them up and crisp the outside. That's what we do when we're cooking on the grill and don't want to turn the oven on for an hour before we start grilling. I don't know when the last time I used the oven just to bake potatoes, if it's already on for something else it's different.
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You could always nuke the potatoes first, I'm sure we have microwaves in a few of our airstreams. Then throw them on a couple grills to finish them up and crisp the outside. That's what we do when we're cooking on the grill and don't want to turn the oven on for an hour before we start grilling. I don't know when the last time I used the oven just to bake potatoes, if it's already on for something else it's different.
Not to mention there is a nuke plant just down the road
That is a very good idea tho, saves burnin the skin.
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