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Old 01-07-2003, 10:10 PM   #29
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I have fished in the Black Hills but only in Lake Pactola (sp) one summer when I was in my early teens. First time I'd ever seen a trout up close and personal. Been chasing them ever since.

How about you, John?

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one of the things i do truely enjoy, just don't have enough time.

being an avid motorcyclist i have found my self in the black hills many times. but, for me the fishing is better than anything else you can do in south dakota in august!

my personal favorite place is the spearfish canyon. wide, fast water and lots of fish. (by wisconsin standards) the locals are not shy about helping someone from out of town find plenty of good spots to fish. another good spot is iron lake, big rainbows!

back home in southern wisconsin we have many excellent trout streams. but it seems that if i don't get out of town on vacation i don't fish. always something to do.

as a kid i lived at a place that had(still has) a nice small stream. and a pond. once i caught a 23" rainbow in the pond, what a fight! the stream has nice browns and some brookies. it is mostly pasture or corn fields surrounding them, so access is easy.

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Sounds like loads of fun. I really need to go back to S. Dakota and fish my heart out.

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Old 01-08-2003, 07:16 AM   #32
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John HD.....assuming the HD stands for....

Harley Davidson, I assume you have done the July 4th run to Sturgis, S.D.? If so, did you take your trailer AND the bike? I remember a July 4th visit to the rodeo in nearby Belle Fourche a couple of years ago. I got a kick out of the rodeo grounds and stands. The contrast: half-filled with motorcycle-club leather and colors; half-filled with denim and boots. Either way, it was a great crowd of patriots and a tremendous and heart-warming way to spend the 4th. And, for the anyone who knows the area, it is one heck of a nice place to haul your Airstream (not that I had mine with me at the time).
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Lighthouses and such...

John HD,

As you probably know, Michigan has a ton of lighthouses to be seen, with State Parks close by (that have been redone with new facilities). Just be aware that Michigan State Parks allow you to make reservations 6 months in advance so some of the popular ones fill up. We plan on hitting Tawas Bay State Park for about a week. It has a lighthouse on the grounds.

We too want to eventually trek out west, hit Yellowstone , Tetons, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Moab, etc. If not this summer hopefully next.

Have you thought of doing the Durango and Silverton train? I hear it's awesome. We are railroad buffs too. We did Steamtown National Park in Scranton PA. a couple months ago. Kids loved it!
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Old 01-08-2003, 12:43 PM   #34
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Waouh ! Your boat really sunk !
Well you're going to fly now in that airstream of yours.
No going down, only up from now on.
If you want to pass by on your way to St Tropez, please do. I think you've got all my details on my campsite. If not please ask. We're doing a rally as well, France/Spain 10 days in May.
It's nice to read what you all write, you seem a great bunch, I must get out to the USA one day and rally with you all, I'm sure there is a lot you can teach me.
Having Airstream overhere is a bit hard on the spares, I often have to find the equivalent. One problem is the size of the coper piping, you are 1/2inch USA which inbetween 2 centimeter sizes .
Tyres no problem, light bulbs can be and of course the ball hitch is much bigger than here, so you can't just move an Airstream with anything.
I'm going to have to change some pannels soon, has anyone ever done it ?
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Re: John HD.....assuming the HD stands for....

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Harley Davidson, I assume you have done the July 4th run to Sturgis, S.D.? If so, did you take your trailer AND the bike? I remember a July 4th visit to the rodeo in nearby Belle Fourche a couple of years ago. I got a kick out of the rodeo grounds and stands. The contrast: half-filled with motorcycle-club leather and colors; half-filled with denim and boots. Either way, it was a great crowd of patriots and a tremendous and heart-warming way to spend the 4th. And, for the anyone who knows the area, it is one heck of a nice place to haul your Airstream (not that I had mine with me at the time).
yes it does, and i do take my bike with me when i have the trailer.

bob's cafe is one of my favorite spots for breakfast in belle fourche. you can see the bike in my photo section.

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jabba,

yes i had thought about that, just don't know what to do first. last year i read an interesting book by david bain called empire express. it is a very complete history of the trans continental railroad. thats what got me thinking about the sierra nevada mountains.

either way, i can't wait to get out there and do some exploring!

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Old 01-10-2003, 07:36 PM   #37
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Change of plans...

I've been in contact with NM state parks and they have offered me a campground host position @ Heron Lake SP at the Willow Creek campground. I decided to accept it.

Since being back in FL, I've found that the high humidity levels really effects my pain level, compared to the lower humidity levels of the west. The OR SP had 175 sites and Willow Creek has only 23. Plus reading on the forum how long term salt spray/rain effects the exterior of the trailer, it became a no brainer.

I'll be there from April to the end of Sept and if any of you folks happen to be traveling by, please stop and say hi!

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I will probably hit several of the state parks in TN. this summer in addition to going back to the Cheatham County Dam Lock A site where I had that electrical problem last year. I hear they rebuilt the elec. box I was having problems with. This time I plan on getting up early each morning and fishing to my heart's content. I am still intrigued at the idea of a rally in Ohio with a tour of the Airstream factory but haven't heard much talk of it lately. I am in the process of refinancing my house along with a second mortage so this may determine how much I get away this spring and summer.
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Old 01-16-2003, 08:27 PM   #39
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In our second season with Bambi...

we plan the following:

1) We hope to take a trip with Bambi out west to visit Tom's relatives in Colorado Springs, then go over to Lake Tahoe to throw money into the slots for a while.

2) We are planning a 3-day camping trip to Hocking Hills (near Logan Ohio) for an annual event for our Jack Russell Terrier group. The event is called Jackapalooza. Pretty cute, huh?

3) Lots of weekend and hopefully long-weekend trips to various State parks within a couple hundred miles of Cincinnati.

4) At least 4 or 5 camping trips to terrier trials with Lucy and Gizmo (lure coursing, racing, go-to-ground, agility, etc.)

That should keep us moving in our second season as Airstreamers, don't you think? We'd also like to take in an Airstream Club event of some sort. I'll have to check that out, too. So many nice folks...so little time...


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sounds like you have a full plate for this summer.

jackapalooza, small dogs everywhere! thats gotta be fun!

ever consider northern wisconsin? the lake superior area is very nice.

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Smile Well, John...

we try to pick a different spot for the Jackapalooza event each year, because we get folks from all over the globe. We have quite a few in Canada, so a Wisconsin location could be pretty good. Our challenge has been finding a camping site that will take reservations months ahead, allow dozens of little dogs, has a flat area large enough for our events, and is far enough off the road in case our little terrier friends decide to take off for a run. These little guys are extremely intelligent, but they aren't very car-smart when they get focused on prey. There is a statistic that says something like "85% of all Jack Russells die by getting hit by cars." That said, we rarely let them off leash without close supervision.

Is Wisconsin anywhere near Mackinaw Island? Or is that Michigan? Sorry, my geography stinks. I visited Mackinaw once and it was amazing! I'd love to go back.

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well wisconsin is west of mackinaw, on the other end of the u.p. of michigan. the scenery is similar. big water and pines.

our dogs, two big golden retrievers are on the leash at all times unless we are hunting. they are very smart dogs, but not car smart. every time i go out the door with the shotgun, momma reminds me not to come home if any thing were to happen to the babies!

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