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Old 01-17-2003, 08:51 PM   #43
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lola

this is the little (75#!) swamp collie. lolita.

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Old 01-18-2003, 05:41 PM   #44
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Well, this year we plan 10 days for Bardolino, Italy, in April, and 2 weeks somewhere in Croatia in June.
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Old 02-20-2003, 08:30 AM   #45
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About to leave

We're about to leave Saturday for our first trip since I modified the AS from a dinette layout to a couch layout with a folding table. It will be Kay, myself, and our cat Zoe. One week on the road while I teach computers at the Region 9 Computer Rally at Zavalla, TX, 266 miles from here.

This is my kind of trip ... plenty of time, not one mile of interstate highway, and about 2/3 of the route is new to us. The closest we come to interstates is passing under I35 and I45. Zavalla is in the Angelina National Forest, right on the shores of Lake Sam Rayburn, and right in the area where much of the Columbia debris fell.

We're eager to try out the revised AS floorplan which really feels roomy when the table is folded.
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Old 02-20-2003, 08:51 AM   #46
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Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks for a 9 day trip in early July. My wife is a teacher and has summers off, but she has to take a class this summer, bummer. So I will be taking my 14 yo daughter and her friend. They like horseback riding, swimming, and generally being silly.

I'm also thinking about taking some long weekend trips around Lake Superior - UP of Michigan. Also possibly NE Wisconsin.

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Springtime Trip

We are planning a trip down the Natchez Trace from Nashville to Natchez this spring. Anyone have any info on where to camp or not to camp? We will be on a loose and variable schedule.
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Natchez Trace

I made the trip, north to south, several years ago and really enjoyed it. I did it in two days with a stop overrnight just north of Jackson, MS.

As I approached Jackson, along the shores of Ross L. Barnet Reservoir, I saw a camping sign and followed it across the reservoir on SR43. A little ways past the bridge, I turned north for a mile or so. The campground is on the left, right on the shore of the reservoir and there were sites open right by the water.

Price was moderate and the campground was plenty nice. It's close into Jackson and Canton if you want to stay local for a while.
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Old 02-20-2003, 03:57 PM   #49
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More trace

Here's a shot from the top of an Indian mound north of Jackson. Very pretty scenery all the way. The trailer is my former TrailManor 3124K.

The only hazard is finding fuel along the way. I had to stop once and in the small-town service station/convenience store it was difficult to get the truck up to the pumps without blocking everything. If I were to do it again, I would start with a full tank. I did get astounding mileage because of the low speed limit and few starts and stops.
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My wife and I have been discussing this. We are hoping to get the repairs done in time to make a long weekend shake down trip somewhere within 50-100 miles. Not only is the trailer new to us and about to get some major floor work but the tow vehicle will be new to us as well.

Our second trip, if we can get it ready before the kids go back to school, will be to St. George Island FL for a week. We spent a good hour looking of their web site last night discussing it. My wife is looking forward to it in a big way We spent our Honey moon there so we tend to gravitate towards there every couple years when we had the cash to rent a beach house for a few day's. Only down side is the camping is on the bay side.


Next year I want to take a couple longer trips. I like the falling water visit somebody else mentioned. I am a big Frank Loyd Wright fan and would love to see that. We actually have a house designed by one of Wright's students in Cartersville GA. It now the home of a buisness that I do work for from time to time and I got the nickle tour. VERY strong Wright styling. Built in furniature and everything. Just not to the extreme of a true Wright house.
Maybe we will do something where we hop around and see if we can catch a couple of the Wright houses and other interesting places. Maybe run up 85 and start with Ashville for a couple days and hit the Biltmore and work our way up to falling water. Run up to CT and visit my wifes brother for a couple days and come back down the coast Hit DC for a day or two and then come down to Savannah as our last stop. Lived in GA since 79 and I have never been there. Been all up and down the Carolina coasts and Florida but never hit Savannah. But if we start running out of time we can always cut it short and head back. Come back on another trip later and run down the coast to Key west.
Well you folks got me dreaming! I better get started on the repairs soon!
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If you have any questions re the Natchez Trace, feel free to PM me with them. I drove the entire Trace with trailer and much of the southern section with passenger car.

Plan to spend a couple of days in Natchez, especially if you are interested in Civil War-era history. It is a neat city.
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I sure hope that this current front pushes through before you have to get on the road.

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Old 02-21-2003, 08:19 AM   #53
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Clear sailing

We're under a flash flood warning at the moment with intermittent hard rain. Right now, it would take an extra 13 miles each way to get the trailer home to pack it because of two flooded low-water crossings.

It is supposed to be clear by morning and we won't leave until early afternoon at the soonest, so it doesn't look bad at all. If it eases up this afternoon, I'll bring the trailer home; otherwise, I'll get it first thing in the morning. It's cool enough that it won't take long to cool the refrigerator.

We're planning to overnight tomorrow in Bryan, TX. By the time we reach Zavalla, things should have dried out a bit.
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Glad some one posted updates. I missed this thread entirely. Since picking up the Bambi in Houston TX on the 17 of Jan, we have spent a three day weekend at Lake Livingston SP, 2 day @ Huntsville SP, 2 Day @ Galveston SP, and tonight we leave for 2 Day @ Huntsville. This time we are using the park and the trailer as our mobile base camp and will be hiking down the Lone Star Hiking trail. We plan on using the trailer a lot before we head out west for either: two (week and a half trips) or one (two and a half week trips). We are currently thinking that we will go to places in the New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado area. I need to stay home one weekend to plan the big trips. We are avid hikers and we will be traveling with our lab puppy (now 6 months). We would like to do some combination of backpacking along with the trailer. Does any one have any suggestions on good campgrounds near some good backpacking country. We also will be spending any available three day weekends visting our daughters in Manhattan, KS and near Little Rock, AR.
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Old 02-21-2003, 09:00 AM   #55
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Good to see you are making good use of the Bambi.

I'm afraid you may have a soggy hike this weekend, though, based on what came (and is still coming) through here. Everything here is super-saturated and all the creeks are over their banks. Two of the four routes away from my home are closed at low-water crossings.

A lot of my favorite hikes are not available after heavy rains because of seasonal creeks flowing.
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We are going to try. I f we find it is an ocean of mud then we will just hang around camp. We know the 7.7 mile trail around the lake is useable in soggy weather because we did it 2weeks ago in a similar weather pattern. And if all else fails we will stay in the bambi and listen to the rain falling on the roof.
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