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Old 01-06-2015, 10:21 PM   #781
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Any suggestions out there for a local supply of firewood? I think we are going to need it...down in the 20's at night!!
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Old 01-07-2015, 05:05 AM   #782
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**Edited to add Sunday's potluck**

At Thursday's potluck, we'll bring brownies. We should arrive at the park just about when this potluck starts.

Saturday is TBD.

Sunday, we'll bring bacon.

Looking forward to it!

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Old 01-07-2015, 05:26 AM   #783
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I would think the ranger wants the water to trickle to keep the campground faucet from freezing. Disconnect your water hose, reconnect it when it warms. Hope everyone has a good time, the days will be warm enough. The ranger is responsible for the park. Let your AS friends give you advice on the cold, there will be some with experience and will know what to do. Don't let the cold ruin the experience, let it be part of it. Memories. Peace, jim
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:29 AM   #784
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setting up at Topsail

Rodsterinfl and Geowickey:

Topsail has full hookups on each site, you will have water and sewer.
When you arrive, don't hesitate to ask any Airstream folks around you how to do your hookups.....there are a lot of really experienced folks here, one of the great benefits of attending.

Basically you will have water available at your site, so hook up your city water hose on arrival. When deep freeze conditions exist, the rangers will come around and request you disconnect your fresh water hose from the faucet and they will set the faucet to "trickle" water all night so the fixture does not freeze and burst. Suggest you disconnect your hose from your trailer also.

Prior to deep freeze condition, suggest you put some city water in your fresh water tank so you will have some available for the short time you are disconnected from city water. No big deal really and only lasts for the deep freeze period.

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Old 01-07-2015, 06:33 AM   #785
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Conditions at Topsail

The beach was absolutely beautiful yesterday, and we should have good but cooler weather today.

Folks are beginning to trickle in, there are probably 10 or so Airstreams here as of this morning.

Remember that welcome packets will not be available until Thursday. See Greg/Pat at site 154.

Looking forward to seeing you all.
Tom and Robin on site 122.
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:41 AM   #786
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The beach was absolutely beautiful yesterday, and we should have good but cooler weather today.

Folks are beginning to trickle in, there are probably 10 or so Airstreams here as of this morning.

Remember that welcome packets will not be available until Thursday. See Greg/Pat at site 154.

Looking forward to seeing you all.
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Can u add food for potluck for us? Thanks
Thursday: Va. Moonshine Chili
Saturday: Fiery Cajun Shrimp
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:07 AM   #787
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Site 118 just became available on Reserve America, if someone would like to switch before a SOB gets it.
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:08 AM   #788
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Updated Potluck Signups

Canopenians: Please note the starting time for the Saturday evening (maybe should be afternoon?) potluck to 4:00pm which is the time we started last year. We start earlier to take advantage of daylight for setup.

Make sure you use the last signup list when doing the copy/paste routine. If you prefer, just post what you're bringing and someone else will update the list for you.

1. Thursday, January 8 Chili and Dessert at Clubhouse (4:30pm):

Alumitater: Chili and garnishes (grated cheese, jalapeño peppers, etc)
Protagonist: Rice
Firedog: Cornbread
2ColliesCan: Maker's Mark Bourbon Chili
BassCan: Julie's Can Opener Chili
Al and Missy: Chicken/White Bean Chili
AirHeadsRUs: Chili (I know, not very descriptive but I save all my creativity for Bloody Saturday...)
GWTFLO:Rob and Patti: Cream cheese pound cake
Silver Peanut: Chili and crackers
Paddledipper: Basic Chili & Fritos
TVKetchum, Tom and Vicki: Too Hot to Handle Chili, and sweet cornbread
To Gulls: Chili and southern cornbread
Moonkitty: Rum cake
Rivetng: Cub Scouts..........(brownies with nuts)
knunut: Healthy Green Salad
Luckyducks: Strawberry Toffee Trifle
Captain Hank: Chili
Silverbee: Rice Krispy Treats and Cheese Tray with Crackers
StreamNTyme: Chicken Chili
Frank and Reba: Chili
Rum Runner: Spicy Cornbread
rodsterinfl: Texas Trash and Mexican Flippers
AWCHIEF: Mexican Cornbread
Howie & Braith: Chedder Corn Dip
Silver Fern: pickled jalapeños
Chief Simba: Corn bread muffins with and without jalapenos
Mrprez: CocaCola Cake
Stratman: White Chili
jasperkins: Dessert
Delmer (Excellaway): VA Moonshine Chili
FreshAirStmr: Brownies

2. Saturday, January 10 Dinner on Wild Oak Lane (4:00pm):

Alumitater: Conecuh County sausage and beans
Protagonist: Beef stew with red wine gravy
Firedog: Garden Salad
2ColliesCan: Thanksgiving Day Casserole
BassCan: fudge brownies
Al and Missy: Baked Beans
AirHeadsRUs: Something Fabulous (see note above....)
GWTFLO: Rob and Patti: Pasta salad
Silver Peanut: Brunswick stew
Paddledipper: Asian Chicken & Cabbage Salad
TVKetchum, Tom and Vicki: Enchilada Pie
To Gulls: Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Moonkitty: Something yummy
Rivetng: Jambalaya
GloryBound: Penne Pasta /sun dried tomatoes
knunut: Bar-B-Q Meatballs
Luckyducks: Sweet and Spicy Meatballs
Captain Hank: Ham
Silverbee: Sweet Potato Casserole and Butterbeans
StreamNTyme: Seriously Chocolate Crockpot Dessert
Frank and Reba: Dessert
Rum Runner: Awesome Spicy Something
rodsterinfl: entree TBA
AWCHIEF: Vegi Platter
Howie & Braith: Pineapple Chicken
Silver Fern: something desserty
Chief Simba: Sauerkraut and sausage crock pot meal
Mrprez: Shrimp Gumbo (Be sure to bring your bowl and spoon!)
Jim Clark: New Orleans King Cake
Stratman: Green Bean Casserole & something meaty
jasperkins: Deviled Eggs
Delmer (Excellaway): Fiery Cajun Shrimp

3. Sunday, January 11 Breakfast at Clubhouse (9am):

Alumitater: Coffee
Firedog: Hash Brown Potatoes
2ColliesCan: Mini Bloody Mary Bar
BassCan: fruit tray
Silver Peanut: Grits and country ham
Paddledipper: Shrimp & Grits
TVKetchum, Tom and Vicki: Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
To Gulls: Nassau Grits
Moonkitty: Breakfast Casserole
Rivetng: Mimosas
GWTFLO: something sweet. Muffins or cinnamon rolls
Al and Missy: Green Eggs and Ham aka Scrambled Eggs with Bacon and Green Onions
knunut: Oatmeal and Fruit Muesli
Luckyducks: One Gallon of Orange Juice and Cups
Silverbee: NC country ham and stone ground grits casserole
StreamNTyme: Sticky Buns
Frank and Reba: Muffins
rodsterinfl: Brunch item
AWCHIEF: Sugar-free Cinnamon Rolls
Sky: Hangover
Howie & Braith: Pound Cake
Silver Fern: juice
Chief Simba: something sweet
Mrprez: TBD
jasperkins: Flavored Coffee Creamers
FreshAirStmr: Bacon

4. Bringing:

Protagonist: 10×10 canopy, small folding table.
tvketchum: 10×10 canopy, two folding tables.
Al and Missy: 10×10 canopy, small folding table
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:28 AM   #789
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Can u add food for potluck for us? Thanks
Thursday: Va. Moonshine Chili
Saturday: Fiery Cajun Shrimp
Luckyducks gotcha before I could! Moonshine and Cajun shrimp.....great combination....
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:52 AM   #790
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We are bring New Mexico Green Chili Stew for Thursday potluck & brownies Saturday night. May think of something else too. See you Thursday.
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:18 AM   #791
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First time at Canopener and our first time using the trailer further than 1 mile from the house, so thank you for answering all those first timer questions!

We will be coming in Friday and would love to attend PizzaChop's pizza/music gathering, can we bring anything?

Re: Potlucks: would someone please add us to the list?
For the Saturday potluck we will be bringing Taco Soup
For the Sunday breakfast potluck we will bring Breakfast Mash.

We are also planning to bring a fire pit and firewood, is this okay at Topsail?

Melissa - too excited to sleep-wish we could leave already
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:44 AM   #792
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Melissa, somewhere in this thread someone has said that if you bring your own fire pit that a fire is ok. There are not fire rings provided by the park...

-Red, perpetuating the fire pit rumor...

No, seriously, they did say that bringing your own fire pit is ok...

-Red, worried he confused things with his signature tag...
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:46 AM   #793
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Are they letting people in before the 3:00 check in if no one has that site? We sure would like to get there and have time to setup before the potluck tomorrow.
Thanks, Beth
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Thanks for clearing that up Red. I think.

We will bring it, I'm a big believer in forgiveness over permission.

Melissa - choosing to believe the rumors, cause it's gonna be cold as a well diggers ... toes.
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:51 AM   #795
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I am reprinting a post Luckyducks did last year, information still good for first-time attendees:



First time Canopenians



There are a number of you who are first time rally attendees. Sometimes new rally attendees ask what they are supposed to do during the rally. Other than choosing what events to participate in, the answer is just to walk around and talk to people. Of course, normal tourist activities are abundant in the area, but making friends and comparing Airstream notes seems to be the predominate activity. If you see a campfire going one evening, just crash the party. The fun factor is up to you!



Check out the beaches. The beaches of northwest Florida are absolutely beautiful, with sugar white sand and clear water. A lot of people visit the beach in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (the state of Florida bought this beachfront tract to preserve it forever). From the campground, the beach is 3/4 of a mile away, so you might want to ride a bicycle (nice bike paths) or take the park's free tram.



Other than the beaches, Google Destin or San Destin for information on the area. There's a lot, I mean a lot, of shopping - you name the store, they probably have it.



Another thing to explore is the community of Seaside. It's about 30 minutes east of the campground and is a picturesque seaside town. The movie, The Truman Show with Jim Carrey, was filmed there. There are 5-6 Airstreams in the center of Seaside that are little restaurants.



Campfires



Topsail Hill Preserve State Park does not have fire pits or places to burn campfires. If you want a fire, you are allowed to bring a fire pit from home.

Here it is... Last sentence!

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Woo Hoo - fire pit it is! Thanks Red.

Methinks I have missed some posts.

Melissa - going back to reread the thread, cause if I can't be at Canopener right now at least I can read about it
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Canopener 2015

I've got the majority of this thread memorized... Can't wait to get there so I can brain dump.

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Old 01-07-2015, 12:34 PM   #798
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Ok I just moved from site 53 to 118
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Are they letting people in before the 3:00 check in if no one has that site? We sure would like to get there and have time to setup before the potluck tomorrow.
Thanks, Beth
It has been our experience at Florida State Parks that you can check-in early, assuming that your site has been vacated.

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Are they letting people in before the 3:00 check in if no one has that site? We sure would like to get there and have time to setup before the potluck tomorrow.
Thanks, Beth
As long as your assigned site is empty they have no problem letting you in. I already checked and mine is empty so I will be there tomorrow morning.
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