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« on: February 02, 2006, 08:06:42 PM »
Betty and others:

     The Gulf Coast is fine that time of year, but activities and sites to see are more limited than the Texas Hill Country.  The Hill Country is ideal for the middle of April which is typically when the wildflowers are at their peak.  I am talking about the area north of San Antonio, South of Lampasas, West of Austin and east of Junction.  The only thing to remember is; this isn't typically Boondocking country.  I might be able to find a site that would allow it.

     Here is an example of sights or activities to take advantage of:

You are in the heart of the Texas Wildflowers and I know where to go.
Scenic area of Texas
Highland Lakes of Texas (Lake Austin, Lake Travis, Lake Marble Falls, Lake LBJ, Inks Lake and Lake Buchanan)
Fredericksburg Area including Willow City Loop, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, great German Food, Wildflower Seed Farm, Lady Bird Johnson State Park, LBJ Ranch and         State Historical Park, numerous Wineries.
Llano and the best BBQ around
Longhorn Caverns and State Park
Marble Falls and the famous Bluebonnet Cafe. (You might even see Willie Nelson eating there) Oh yes.  Great Pies.
Perdenales Falls State Park
Austin, TX.  The State Capital and home of University of Texas, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and 6th Street and lots of partying.
San Antonio, TX  Home of the Alamo and old Missions Tour.  Don't want to miss the River Walk and restaurants and cantinas.
Inks Lake State Park
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Bandera Texas, Cowboy Capital of Texas
Stonehenge in the Hills

     I could keep going with numerous other sights, but you get the jist of the location.  Might even be able to find a 4-wheel adventure, but there are unlimited country roads with interesting scenery and activities.  I could easily fill a week that would wear you out.

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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2006, 08:40:14 PM »
By the way:

      What I posted about the Texas Hill Country is a possible replacement for Moab, NOT FOR QUARTZSITE.

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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2006, 03:33:33 PM »
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The big challenge, as others have suggested, is finding somewhere that could accomodate the group.

May I drop a suggestion for an summer or autumnal rally in Calfornia.   The Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton sits in the middle of the Sideways wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley.  The scenery is romantic golden hills of Califoirnia.   Wine touring is easily available and the quainte townes of Solvang and Los Olivos are at hand.   There is even decent fishing in Lake Cachuma a few miles away.   For those that dig indoor sports there a Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez and beaucop restaurants (see Sideways).    Mission Santa Ynez and Mission Purisma are nearby as are the flower fields of Lompoc and Santa Barbara is an easy drive.

Flying Flags is a huge campground with something like 250 full hookups even with real 50 amp poles.    There are a number of boondocking sites on meadowy grass and the layout is congeniail for groups.    Pool, spa, showers, and no damn dust.
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2006, 03:37:35 PM »
Carl, I know Chris would go for somewhere near Solvang any time.
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2006, 04:49:53 PM »
Yeah, it is great mini-vacation venue and Flying Flags is a fine park.    The thing I like about the area is the range of activities available from fishing and nature cruises at L. Cachuma (trout and cats) thru mission bagging to chowing down at restaurants whose wine menu is entirely  pinot noirs on the red side of the list -- no merlots allowed.  ;D
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2006, 05:23:26 PM »
Carl,

I was not one to desire to spend time in CA. However, on our trip last year we spent a couple of very happy weeks visiting various locations in CA. If it was feasible for us, I would not hesitate to attend a rally especially in the wine country. Some very lovely areas there. I really enjoyed the drive along the 101 from west of Vallejo north.
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2006, 05:42:38 PM »
Jim,

Carl is talking about a different "wine country". Put Buellton, CA into your mapping software and you'll see it's much further south.

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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2006, 07:02:41 PM »
The following was cut and pasted from a message in another topic. It fits better here, although it might appear out of sequence.

The idea of a rally somewhere between QZ and Moab might work out well for folks who travel out west for a few months. Of course, it couldn't conflict with other events that might be a big draw for forum members. The big challenge, as others have suggested, is finding somewhere that could accomodate the group. Passing the Indio fairgrounds on our way to dinner last evening makes me wonder if such places might work. I've never camped at any fairgrounds and I don't even know where they're typically situated. Again, just thinking aloud.
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2006, 07:58:54 PM »
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I would not hesitate to attend a rally especially in the wine country. Some very lovely areas there. I really enjoyed the drive along the 101 from west of Vallejo north.

Like Tom says, different wine country.   The Santa Ynez area is in southern California, just north across a coastal mountain range from Santa Barbara.   It is the country in which the movie Sideways was set.   All the locations that the movie shows are actually in and operating in the area. 

I actually prefer the area to the Napa/Sonoma valleys.   The wine growing district is new, maybe 25-30 years old and is doing a lot of interesting stuff -- especially, as the movie's running gag goes, pinot noirs.   You can stiill get a fine bottle of wine there for $30.   The roads are not packed with limo parties and drunk tourists.   The area still has a rural feel.
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2006, 08:15:17 PM »
Nice list of things to do in Buellton but you forgot my absolute favoritest.....Anderson's Pea Soup Restaurant. Used to make trips from Whittier up there just for the All-You-Can-Eat soup and bread. YUM

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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2006, 08:25:48 PM »
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Anderson's Pea Soup Restaurant

Ah yes, I'd forgotten about Anderson's.
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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2006, 08:48:32 PM »
Ah yes, I'd forgotten about Anderson's.

Walking distance from the park.
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« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2006, 12:30:17 AM »
I would like to have a second rally the week after QZ in some campground with some hook-ups.  Nice to get a shower, do clothes, vacuum etc.  Would be good to stay in a warm place, where campfires are allowed and where rigs can be in a compact area.  Some state and federal campgrounds have "rally sites.  ??Horseshoe?? in Cottonwood, AZ comes to mind.  Not sure of the temps. in early February tho.
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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2006, 05:55:10 AM »
Good idea Fred.  Sharon and I were thinking along the same lines.  In fact this morning we are finally departing from QZ and heading up to Lake Havesu to have a little rally with my best friend and other friends of his.  A hot shower this evening with a little scotch among friends sounds very inviting after two weeks of desert living.

Oddly enough, my best friend is headed for Cottonwood at the end of the week after our Havesu mini rally.  I am tempted to move along with him to cottonwood and check it out.   :D

Heck, if we had a post QZ rally at a place with hookups, those who do not like the dust etc at QZ could join us for that part of the rally.  Interesting idea IMO!  And it would be fun to have an RV caravan moving from QZ up to Cottonwood.
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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2006, 06:52:58 AM »
Jim,

Carl is talking about a different "wine country". Put Buellton, CA into your mapping software and you'll see it's much further south.

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Tom,

That's OK as long as it's as nice as the "other" wine country. :) After I wrote that I remembered you mentioning Solvang at Anza and I saw it was further south. Almost stopped there on our way north but decided to skip it for now.
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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2006, 08:36:25 AM »
I would like to have a second rally the week after QZ in some campground with some hook-ups.  Nice to get a shower, do clothes, vacuum etc.  Would be good to stay in a warm place, where campfires are allowed and where rigs can be in a compact area.  Some state and federal campgrounds have "rally sites.  ??Horseshoe?? in Cottonwood, AZ comes to mind.  Not sure of the temps. in early February tho.

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Dead Horse State Park in Cottonwood put in a group area a couple of years ago. I've heard that the accomodations are excellent. The Millers may have better info on the park and weather in the area in early February.
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« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2006, 12:29:20 PM »
Fred

Dead Horse State Park in Cottonwood put in a group area a couple of years ago. I've heard that the accomodations are excellent. The Millers may have better info on the park and weather in the area in early February.

Having been in nearby Prescott and in Sedona on several winter occasions, I would guess that it would be cold enough to freeze the bells off a brass pagoda.   
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« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2006, 12:41:07 PM »
Camp Verde, which is not too far from Cottonwood, is showing 50F right now with a high of 74F and a low of 40F today.
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« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2006, 12:47:20 PM »
We are in El Centro visiting friends for a few days (and cleaning up from QZ 8)). High in the low 80's, low in the 50's. Not much to do but very relaxing after the past 11 days.
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« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2006, 12:54:32 PM »
Lemme apologize.  Cottonwood AND Prescott are both in the 70s day and 30s night.   Not too bad all things considered.  Comparable with QZ as I remember.   
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« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2006, 02:31:10 PM »
You SoCal folks think anything below 80F is cold :)
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« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2006, 03:30:03 PM »
Not true.   San Franciscans start dropping like flies when the temps get into the high 70s.    I am a coastal Angeleņo, we do the same thing.   Now San Fernandians and Sam Berdooyans get chillblaines when the temps sink into the 70s and Borrego Springers think 95 is a cold snap.    It all depends on altitude and distance from the Japan Current.
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« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2006, 04:02:39 PM »
SF ain't SoCal :)  Of course, in WI we wore shorts until the temp dropped below 0.
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« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2006, 04:21:15 PM »
SF can be 30+ degrees below the rest of the Bay area and 40 degrees below the San Joaquin Valley. We wear sweaters and jackets when we visit SF  ;D
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« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2006, 05:01:02 PM »
Ref: Deadhorse State Park in Cottonwood.

The "old" campground of about 45 sites and was rehabed with new fifty amp power (they also have water).
Two of the new campground loops have fifty amp electric. Dump available. The new campground loops (with power and water) have a total of 65 sites. At that time of year availability should be a problem. (the thrid new campground loop is for tents)

Also possible is one of my favorite campgrounds, Catalina State Park north of Tucson on the west side of the Catalina Mt's. Here the "old campground had 24 dry camp site and 24 electric/water sites (50amp). The new campground has over 75 fifty amp electric/water sites. Catalina also has two group camping areas but they are dry camp. Catyalina has great hiking trails into the foothills (and up the mountains) for those so inclined. It is also very quiet and secluded at the campgrounds, but just north of the Oracle valley shopping area & restaurants.

That said I would be interested in southern california wine country for something different.

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« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2006, 07:36:13 PM »
Ken,

We missed an opportunity to meet you and Sheila at Catalina. I hope we can do it someday. Sounds like a great place to visit!!!!
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« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2006, 02:43:40 PM »
Two good suggestions - Flying Flags - Buellton N34 36.6362, W120 11.6526.  Daily Rates [non-group] $28>$39.  group rate available, 270 sites with w+e and 240 with sewer.

The state park in Cottonwood - in the group site.

Smokey: You might ask your firiend to look at the all the factors at the group site?  Do we need to reserve it.  Power, water, sewer.  Campfires? Rates? etc

That would be a good one after QZ??

Carl:  What kind of rates for groups at Flying Flag?  Is there a group site with any hook-ups?  Reservations policy? etc.  What time of year are you thinking?
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« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2006, 03:24:09 PM »
As I think Mark Twain said, "Coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco".  Or something like that.  I remember my trip, had to go buy a jacket!  Couldn't believe the wind, visitied St Francis Yacht Club, and they told me it was fairly normal.  Whole different sail selection for those boats than what I was used to. 

How about a south east Rally, maybe at Rally Park, I can host.  300 sites, full hookups, + cable, plus newspaper, plus b-fast & lunch.  Test drive the new ones...  could be fun!  Just need to get thee to Florida.
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« Reply #28 on: February 05, 2006, 09:46:53 PM »
Ken,

We missed an opportunity to meet you and Sheila at Catalina. I hope we can do it someday. Sounds like a great place to visit!!!!



Especially now that they added the new sites. We were there over Thanksgiving weekend this year - no problem getting a site.

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« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2006, 06:37:47 AM »

Especially now that they added the new sites. We were there over Thanksgiving weekend this year - no problem getting a site.

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We'll have to make sure we get there next time we head west.
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« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2006, 11:58:50 AM »
So where do we stand?  Is Cottonwood a viable idea for a post QZ rally?  A place where the QZ ralliers can "freshen up" and a place for the dust haters to join the forum crowd after the "dusting" is over?

Our current plans are to head out with our friends from Lake Havesu on Sunday and hopefully check out Cottonwood.  Not sure if this will come off yet.
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« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2006, 11:16:35 PM »
Our current plans are to head out with our friends from Lake Havesu on Sunday and hopefully check out Cottonwood.  Not sure if this will come off yet.

Smoky,

If it "comes off", what route were you planning on taking to get to Cottonwood?

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« Reply #32 on: February 10, 2006, 09:40:32 AM »
I am going north from Havasu to route 40, across to Flagstaff, and then down to Sedona.
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« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2006, 11:57:43 PM »
I am going north from Havasu to route 40, across to Flagstaff, and then down to Sedona.

That'll work. I was afraid that you would try to come thru Prescott then over the top and down thru Jerome.
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« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2006, 06:37:32 AM »
That'll work. I was afraid that you would try to come thru Prescott then over the top and down thru Jerome.


Don,

That would have been a very good test of his driving skills.  :) I have to get back there since my dirt shirt is wearing out. Of course I got another in Moab last spring but it hasn't been soaked in vinegar yet so I can't wear it. Guess I'll have to get to that soon. :)
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« Reply #35 on: February 13, 2006, 10:33:49 PM »
Well Don, I ended up doing exactly what you were afraid I would do.  If I had read your reply I would have stuck to my original plan.  But my buddy and his wife mapped out the Route 89 leg because they thought it would be scenic.  Well it was certainly that, but a bad mistake on my part.

My buddy drives a camper on a pickup.  Even though he was pulling a trailer with 2 ATVs on it, he had no problem zipping through the mountains.

When we got to the route 89 turnoff near Hope, I saw a sign that said no trucks over 40 feet.  I called my buddy on the radio, and he said not to worry, I was not a truck.  I had some indecision, but I elected to follow him.  It was very difficult driving our 40 footer with a long Taurus wagon toad.  As long as there were no guardrails, we were able to get by.  Somewhere along the way the road began displaying guard rails.  I don't know why, because the area without guardrails was just as bad.  The Admiral could not stand sitting in the passenger seat, got nauseous, and moved to the back of the bus.  We were able to make the hairpin turns without guard rails.  But we suddenly came upon a double hairpin curve.  I made it fine through the first curve, as it was a curve to the left, and I had the opposing land between me and the inside of the turn.  But then it swung around to the right, without any straightaway at all into a hairpin right.  There was simply no way the coach could make it without swinging out into the opposing lane. 

At this point I was doing 5 mph so I had time to think.  My great concern was that if I swing into the opposing lane, I would be head on to the blind curve.  Motorcycles had been racing through the route 89 passes all day.  I know how much fun that is for them as years ago I used to do the same thing.  I did not want to be responsible for a death of someone coming the other way, or even possibly my own death.  I elected to go about a foot over the double line, estimating it would be just enough to clear the guard rail.

Wrong!  I felt nothing but heard a faint swishing sound.  At the next pullover we pulled aside.  I asked the Admiral to go out and look, and she asked me to go out and look.  Neither of us wanted to look.  I went outside finally and at first did not see a thing.  I jumped in the air and gave her the thumbs up sign, thinking something had shifted in the basement and that was what I heard.  But as I walked on down the side my heart sank.  I must have just kissed the guard rail.  There were double stripes for the last 3 bays on the passenger side, matching the double bulges on the guard rail.  A few spots were down to the base but 95 % of it can be buffed out.  I also have matching touch up paint.

The good news is that no structural damage was done.  No worse than branches scraping the paint.  I figured God had made a deal with me.  Since I refused to go very far into the opposing lane, The good Lord gave me a break and only allowed cosmetic damage to occur.  I know know that no 40 foot trucks mean motorhomes as well.

When we arrived at Cottonwood, the campground owner asked if we had come up 17.  When I said no, we came across 89, he looked at us in disbelief.  I showed him the scratches, but he said,"that is still mighty fine driving man!"  His comment was what finally stopped the Admiral from bitching what a lousy driver I was for kissing that guard rail.   ;D  No one should ever take 89 to Cottonwood if the have a big rig.
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« Reply #36 on: February 13, 2006, 11:05:06 PM »

In the airplane business we always said its easy to replace aluminum (or paint). 8)

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« Reply #37 on: February 13, 2006, 11:12:23 PM »
You are lucky that you did not suffer any more serious damage and that you didn't get caught by the state trooper.  40 ft is 40 ft no matter what 40 ft + vehicle you are driving.  Sure glad it wasn't more serious.
Ron & Sam-home is where we park it. Currently located   HERE

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Re: RV Forum rally suggestions
« Reply #38 on: February 14, 2006, 03:11:31 AM »
I learned a good lesson Ron.

First, I should listen to Rosie.  When I programmed the route into my 2610, "Rosie" did not want to send me on 89.  I use the "bus" option on the gps, figuring that if a Grayhound can make the passage, so can the Newmar.   ;D

Second, when I see any kind of doubtful sign, I will either send the toad ahead first, or seek an alternate route.
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Re: RV Forum rally suggestions
« Reply #39 on: February 14, 2006, 05:44:12 PM »
I learned a good lesson Ron.

First, I should listen to Rosie.  When I programmed the route into my 2610, "Rosie" did not want to send me on 89.  I use the "bus" option on the gps, figuring that if a Grayhound can make the passage, so can the Newmar.   ;D

Second, when I see any kind of doubtful sign, I will either send the toad ahead first, or seek an alternate route.

Third, Listen to what you're told here on the forum.  ;D  ;D  ;D

How long are you going to be in Cottonwood? Which campground are you staying at? We're just over in Camp Verde.
Don & Peg
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Re: RV Forum rally suggestions
« Reply #40 on: February 14, 2006, 10:00:30 PM »
We only stayed one night at Turqoise, right in Cottonwood.  Back at Phoenix now.
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

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Toad - Taurus wagon w/ axle lock
On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

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Re: RV Forum rally suggestions
« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2006, 06:51:27 PM »
Smokey:  Did you get a chance to check out the group site at Cottonwood?  Utilites? Price etc?
FRED E. THOMAS

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« Reply #42 on: February 17, 2006, 09:02:38 PM »
Fred:

Unfortunately the place we stayed did not have group sites, it was a regular RV park, "Turquoise" something or other.

Everyone: 

We were able to buff out almost all of the guard rail scratches.  The only remaining damage were two one inch areas on the slighty thicker aluminum molding of two bay doors.  This is amazing, in that a tiny fraction of an inch made a difference between serious structural damage and cosmetic damage.  I have touch up paint supplied by Newmar that will fill in the molding scratches that went down to the aluminum primer.
Smoky S  Ham radio - W3PY

The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
Toad - Taurus wagon w/ axle lock
On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

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Re: RV Forum rally suggestions
« Reply #43 on: February 17, 2006, 11:33:07 PM »
Smokey:  Did you get a chance to check out the group site at Cottonwood?  Utilites? Price etc?

Fred,

The next time Peg and I are over in Cottonwood I'll try to remember to stop by and get some information.

Don & Peg
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Re: RV Forum rally suggestions
« Reply #44 on: February 19, 2006, 05:47:22 PM »
Smokey;  Sometimes the Road Gods are p_____ off and reach out to grab!!!   Did you get a free tee shirt and hat??


Don;  Plenty of time for the Cottenwood info.  Good place for a rally tho I think.  Might be cold and snowy in February???
FRED E. THOMAS

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Re: RV Forum rally suggestions
« Reply #45 on: February 19, 2006, 05:50:14 PM »
LOL Fred!   ;D
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
Toad - Taurus wagon w/ axle lock
On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!