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Old 10-01-2008, 08:53 PM   #1941
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Hi Steph and gals!..great pix sharon!

We've got turning colors of aspens here in Ca!!!..think they call them quakin' aspens!!!

Gettting ready for back-to-back rallies next week: Jackson and Kernville..anyone want to come on over please do join in!!!
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:49 PM   #1942
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Beautiful pictures and quit an adventure too. Glad everyting turned out ok. Don't do that again!!!!!

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Old 10-05-2008, 05:05 PM   #1943
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Wow Sharon - some adventure - glad it turned out o.k. - and the pictures are lovely.

I had an adventure taking the Silver Schooner on her first camping trip this weekend. Getting her out of the driveway went o.k. after the man across the street moved his car so I could make the turn. Then the was a yard sale down the block with cars parked on both sides and a total clearance of about 18" - 9 each side. Several of the men who live on the block were out and coaxed me through and folded up one guys mirrors so I wouldn't take them off.

We went to Salisbury Beach State Reservation - nice campground next to the beach. Newbie that I am I had a devil of a time backing her into the pad - and finally got it close enough for government work - but pretty sloppy looking. The weather was gorgeous and the sunset was lovely - no pictures of that I was wolfing down beef stew in my friend's MH!

Came back to Dover this afternoon and found an empty parking lot and practised backing up and practised and practised. I finally felt o.k. about it and said o.k. let's go home and put on a show for the neighborhood. Actually it was easier than the parking lot (now that I had all that experience) because I could see the house on one side and the shrubs on the other - the drive is maybe 12 feet wide and the A/S is a little over 8.5' - there wasn't much visual reference in the parking lot - and I put her straight in right where I wanted her in one go - not quickly mind you - lots of getting out and checking and small adjustments - but my friend who patiently waited for me for more than an hour in the parking lot was impressed - and I was very pleased.

Here's a few pictures of the campground and my lousy parking job and the beach and the mouth of the Merrimack River and one of Jasper and I. He had a good time too.
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Crangrats Lousia! Be not embarrassed of your Scooner parking efforts - good job!

Looks like you and Jasper picked a lovely place to camp. Jasper is a fine looking pup and he is welcome at the virtual campfire anytime. There is always a bowl of water and a tin with bowser treats for our furry friends.

Guess I'll throw a couple more logs on the fire since it's getting chillier as the evening goes on. There's a big pot of hot cocoa warming on the edge fire place and mugs on hooks. Help yourselves.

I have to go now but may be back later. Have a great evening ladies!

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Old 10-05-2008, 07:58 PM   #1945
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Fabulous Louisa!!! I think you did a super job of parking. As we say when we are finished our parking jobs - it is in exactly the position WE want it to be. The picture of you both is so sweet and the look on Jaspers face is as much to say - nobody messes with the Airstream Parking lady!

That sounded like a real tight squeeze way to go on the stellar 'P' for performance - bet all your neighbours are drooling and thinking wow that gal's got nerves of steel!!!!

So glad you had an opportunity to get some practice in... I need to get out again myself - had a heck of a go the last time I tried to park it - just ask Annie, Marvin and Peter - Okay it was at night but I had my own personal lit runway crew and still had to pull up and back a 100 times and I'm not near as long as your rig....

Your spot looked lovely.....was the park very busy?


My girls hearts are jumping now that they have seen your Jasper - they pick up boyfriends almost every trip they get out.

Lets see - it is getting pretty chilly now eh Sue - glad you got the fire on - we will soon have to close up those big windows of the new cabin. Taz and Haily have asked to bring along their Bacon and Cheese cookies to share with all the fur babies....they smell so good I was even tempted - Mother Hubard's Also wondered if they could put their big bed close to Louisa so that Jasper might want to crawl up and keep warm - like they keep saying can we make a "jasper sandwich" - say what?

Check out the stars tonight ladies - on the way home from our visit with Mom I saw for the first time a "flaming falling star" it almost looked like a comet but very short lived and very very low in the sky - might have been ET coming for a visit

Heading out tomorrow (hopefully) or first thing Tuesday am for a couple of days in a park just north of us for some serious R&R and to soak up some amazing fall colours. Peter will catch me up in another Provincial Park just south of Algonquin Park - we missed out on a double booking for Thanksgiving weekend - the park is packed for the colours this year.

Mom has turned a huge corner now and they have finally moved her to the Rehab ward - this is really great and hopefully we will get her home by the end of the month - she has a ways to go and they are still working on the pain management. She has been immobile for several months and has lots of physical therapy to get her somewhat independent again. Although it is tough sometimes she has been a real trooper.

Hope all are well and enjoying the fall splendor.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:35 PM   #1946
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Thanks Sue and Sharon,

Sharon I'm told that the bigger they are the easier they are - I don't know. But what I finally figured out was to get the trailer pointed where I wanted her to go and then let the truck follow her slowly and only make very minor corrections - like pulling forward a couple of feet to bring her back from going to far on one side - otherwise I was all over the place. FWIW. I also believe in figuring it out for myself and not listening to anybody else because then I get confused. I told my friend just tell me stop if I'm too close to something. That's all I want to hear - then I get out and look and figure out what to do. I can't see the back of the trailer - and of course have no idea what's happening on the blind side - mirrors make matters worse, I look out the back window and then stop and get out and walk back and look. Your mileage may vary .

No the park was not very busy - I'd say less than a quarter full. It's flat open with pine trees that are sort of stunted because it's on the ocean, and the spaces are nice, lots of grass and not too close together and it' s big - will take over 400 rigs. I liked it a lot, although this was my first experience with an RV campground. But I talked to a couple who have been in every state, all of Canada and Alaska and they said it was one of their favorite places. It's also reasonable - $21 a night with full hook ups, dumpsters, dump station , bathrooms showers, fire pits and grills. I didn't check out the bathrooms and showers I had my own - but there were several pop up campers and a few tents - mostly RV's - everything from truck campers to megabuck behemoth MH's. That's reasonable around here - where prices range in the 30's and the one just over the Mass. border in NH also near the beach and state owned gets $50 a night. They aren't going to get any business from me.

The beach is just across the road at the end of the CG - a very short walk and a nice beach - not endless they way they are in N.C. but big enough for a nice walk with Jasper.
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:42 PM   #1948
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Thumbs up Here's some back up for your back up sister!

Great photos Louisa, very nice back up too!!

Good for you getting your trailer in I love your philosophy of just being warned if you are gonna hit something and letting you figure it out yourself!!

I'm adding that to my checklist--"While backing up don't let your helper get your back up"
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Old 10-07-2008, 02:03 AM   #1949
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Very Cool! I've been looking for the ladies room since I got to this mall...
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:27 AM   #1950
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I'm adding that to my checklist--"While backing up don't let your helper get your back up"

Thanks Steph - I love the way you phrased it!
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:23 PM   #1951
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Geesee just checking in at the fire pit before I go off grid...Had to wait for propane delivery - the b'sssss let us run out again!!! time to find a new supplier. Anyway was touch and go I might have had to stay home yet another Night so he could use the trailer...did want to leave the poor fellow with no services. Heat, cooking and nice hot shower would all be gone if they did not deliver...They just left so dogs are in the car (decided to take them with me) Will have to weather the stoop and scoup storm....maybe I could pay an unsuspecting gentleman at the park

The weather again has changed and now calling for rain tomorrow all day - but I don't CARE I am going anyway - and just sit in the ModPod and read a book (maybe I will finally get to finish that book you lent me Carol)
But the weather from Thursday on is to be like an indian summer - so last minuet I had to pack some shorts

LP detector is toast - now on permanent red with no alarm and will not clear - so when I get there I will just unhook it - last thing I want is it going off all night long....just have to use my nose - not using the furnace so it will only be the cook top I am using.

Have a great time around the fire pit gals - will check back in when I can....all be safe be well and have fun at whatever you may be doing.

Steph I am going to try some of that backwards Yakking stunts will let ya know how it goes
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:10 PM   #1952
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Just had to share....

Had a great Thanksgiving weekend with Annie and Marvin - Peter joined us a little later than expected but nevertheless we had fabulous weather.

But what I want to share is....some may know that I have a little fetish about the cute (but tenacious) little red squirrels. I have taken 100's of photos of the little cutties - but what I did not know is that these little guys can SWIM!!!!! and swim fast too.

On Friday I decided to get up early for me (7:00am) take the girls for a quick piddle and back in for a short breakie and out the door I went for a morning paddle. Being much cooler now in the mornings the mist is quite thick so you have to time it just right so that you can actually see where you are paddling.

Anyway I was thoroughly enjoying the paddle and checking out Lake St. Peter - not a soul was up - and no one in the water and it was dead calm. Simply a perfect morning.

Something caught the corner of my eye and just had to see what it was. I thought maybe a little otter, or muskrat - but then thought it might have been a weasel but no...... I had to high tail it in getting the kayak turned around to get closer look and better position to shoot him and could not understand why this little water creature did not dive....until of course I saw the bushy tell tail "tail" A Red Squirrel - wow....

I watched him cross the lake at a narrowing - it must have felt like he was crossing an ocean - and it was brrrrr too - when he got to the other side he shook so hard I could not get shot in focus - besides the issue that I was avoiding slamming into someone's dock while still clicking off photos...

Anyway for all those who never knew - here is proof of the pudding
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Right...here is the thing....I have had itchy feet to get out solo for quite sometime...with everything feeling a bit like it is caving in my so called walls that are safely put up around me

So with the almost broken in ModPod I headed out for my long awaited few days on my own - awe peace and quiet....

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Not being a seasoned "trailerite" when I arrived at the 99.9% empty provincial Park I never gave a thought to looking for a different site other than the one that was reserved for the coming weekend. At the time I just did not feel like setting up camp and breaking camp in the same park.....but I should have - as there were some awesome sites right on the water that would have been perfect to gaze out my big windows at

Instead I spent quite a bit of time leveling up the MP - was on a hill with only one bag of blocks to boot. With my jack plate on I was still too high in the front - so I ended up hooking up again and removing it and letting the jack sit on a piece of wood I borrowed from the pic nic table Anyway not a person was to be found in the loop I was in and only 3 others in the entire park.

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My next order of business was to get my kayaks unloaded (brought hubbies along for when he arrived later) - By the time that was done I just caught a bit of a sun set - but did not have much time to check out the park yet. Walking of the dogs was close to home was feeling a tad bit nervous - you know like the boogy man under the stairs spooky

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Of course when the mind turns to food all fears seem to vanish - could be the bottle of wine that I did not have to share with anyone. Now check out that label too. On my way up to the park I realized all I had was the Chocolate Raspberry Port and I had planned a nice dinner so I thought I better pick one up. Not knowing if I still had a cork screw packed I played it safe and went with the screw top type of plonk But could not resist the label

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OH YUM and there was no one there to tell me I took out too many shrimp!!! or you have more than I do yada yada...

However when it came to sitting down to eat - ALONE!!!! - that made the evening seem a bit "lonely" and I hate being lonely...so into the DVD box I went and selected "The Long Long Trailer" for my dinner theatre extraveganza

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Well not quite the RITZ with the Chocolate on my pillow - and as you can see the first night in it was really cold and the girls took half the bed! I was very glad that I decided to take them after all - although I could really do without the experience of having to pick up their doo doo that is the size of owning two elephants!!! But they were really good and did not pull when I had to stop and to the deed with the blue bags

The oil heater worked really well - as I had a malfunctioning LP detector I did not want to run my propane furnace unless I was awake. First night I did not have it high enough and near chilled me through

Thursday was a right off - the weather was yuck and I basically went for a drive with the girls and then it started to rain for the rest of the day. So I headed back to the MP had a great afternoon nap, read a book and watched another movie - not much to do outside when it is pouring with rain. Just glad I was not in a tent

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Friday morning the weather was nice and clear so I headed out in the Kayak before anyone else was up. It was so quiet I don't think the birds were even up.

It is a fairly big lake with lots of cottages/houses around - it felt somewhat peculiar and not really in the middle of the wild. I thought it was funny how the Provincial Park was nestled in the middle of such a place. If you turned just so you could pretend that it was Algonquin - really in the middle of the wilderness with just a few privileged cottages here and there.

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Nonetheless it was wonderful to get away and to spend some time in the Airstream.

However it was more than welcoming to see my friends Annie and Marvin roll in late Thursday afternoon.

With no phone signal in the area I relied on the telephone booth and experienced a no show from Peter not arriving until late Friday evening just in time for Steak and Shrimp!
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Beautiful pictures and so brave to go and set up camp. Thanks for sharing
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:18 AM   #1955
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Hi Sisters,

Here's a link to a collection of pix taken at the Jackson rally..paula

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I have wheelbarrowed some wood in as the temps are dropping and we need some warmth to go around - lots of sisters needing hugs and support out there...Life tosses us a real long road at times.....


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Life really sucks sometimes too. Friends and Family is all we have to get us through!!! - so here is the starting HUG! {{{{{{}}}}}}
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Hi,

We're back from our rally in Kernville, Ca..here's a link to a collection of pix taken from the rally:
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We're back from our rally in Kernville, Ca..here's a link to a collection of pix taken from the rally:
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Looks like a great Rally! - love the Big Flinstone Rocks that mark the site numbers

Hey Paula is that you on the Keyboard?
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Hi Gals! Looks like everyone is having a great time and loving your pictures and stories. I am getting a few pictures up at pbase and still adding them here upper_peninsula Photo Gallery by Carol Baidinger at pbase.com

We went to the UP for a fall tour after the Mackinaw rally. Brad had a problem with shortness of breath but he is home from the hospital and doing fine. In fact I still can't keep up with him...especially mornings.
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......... I am getting a few pictures up at pbase and still adding them here upper_peninsula Photo Gallery by Carol Baidinger at pbase.com..........

OMG how do you type breathless - or deep breath - your photos blew me away!!!! I am so glad to see you are posting on PBase again you have such a talent Carol You have such an eye for natures beauty - the lighting this time of year is awesome and you have captured nature in its glory.

I am so glad to hear Brad is home safe and sound now and doing much better.
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