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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #120 on: December 31, 2015, 01:27:09 PM »
That is a great looking picture guys.  Looks like a beautiful place.

Always nice to see new rally members, makes Chrystal and I feel like we're not the noobs anymore. ;)

Happy New Year everyone.  April will be here before we know it.

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #121 on: January 03, 2016, 08:11:28 PM »
Just an update to everyone.  I am attaching a new attendee list.  Pretty much the same
with the exception of Paul DeMariais. 

Additionally due to a catastrophic failure of my Hydra-Lift motorcycle carrier I will NOT be
bringing my Harley to Big Bend which I really regret.  There are some great roads around
there to ride on.  I guess we may have to take the top off the new Jeep and go for a ride
topless.  Don't let my misfortune stop you from bringing yours.  Great roads in the Big Bend.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Texas once again....

THE Big Larry

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #122 on: January 03, 2016, 09:36:34 PM »
Wow you and LORETA topless in the jeep. What a treat. :o :o :o
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #123 on: January 04, 2016, 10:46:43 AM »
Just an update to everyone.  I am attaching a new attendee list.  Pretty much the same
with the exception of Paul DeMariais. 

Additionally due to a catastrophic failure of my Hydra-Lift motorcycle carrier I will NOT be
bringing my Harley to Big Bend which I really regret.  There are some great roads around
there to ride on.  I guess we may have to take the top off the new Jeep and go for a ride
topless.  Don't let my misfortune stop you from bringing yours.  Great roads in the Big Bend.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Texas once again....
 Wow I hope your lift didnt brake off for the frame.  I installed a cable lift for a  friends class A its  welded to the frame and has latch with some pins   that lock in place  if there is a cable failure.  Hopefully there wasn't a  jeep being towed.
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #124 on: January 05, 2016, 09:34:10 AM »
Larry, due to some ongoing health issues, Lorna and I have had to cancel our reservation for Big Bend.  Sorry we'll miss everyone.
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #125 on: January 05, 2016, 09:39:51 AM »
Larry, due to some ongoing health issues, Lorna and I have had to cancel our reservation for Big Bend.  Sorry we'll miss everyone.

We're sorry to hear this Ned.  We all hope these issues are resolved favorably.
Take care of yourself and the lovely Ms. Lorna.  We will hopefully cross trails with
you both real soon. . . . .

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #126 on: January 05, 2016, 02:41:32 PM »
Jesse and Vicki Vaught will be there.  Thanks

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #127 on: January 05, 2016, 05:31:35 PM »
Jesse and Vicki Vaught will be there.  Thanks

Awesome.  We look forward to getting acquainted.  Glad to have you on board.  We gained one
and lost one, but that is to be expected. 

Attached is Word list of those attendees who have RSVP'd so far. . . . .
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #128 on: January 06, 2016, 01:13:26 PM »
The current issue of Westways magazine, a publication of the Southern California Auto Club, has a few photos of what they consider to be some of the best spots for star gazing in the country.  The attached photo is from a location within Big Bend National Park which, according to the article, has the least amount of light pollution in any of the NPS sites in the lower 48. 
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #129 on: January 06, 2016, 10:46:45 PM »
Ned, hate to hear you and Lorna won't be there for the rally. Was looking forward to seeing you again.  Hopefully things will get better and we'll see you down the road.

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #130 on: January 13, 2016, 12:18:05 PM »
Hi all, This is Dan & Brenda Shuler from Michigan.  We are new FMCA members.  We want to attend the Big Bend National Park, Texas Rally  April 17-24.

Please advise who we contact to make reservations.

Thank You,
Dan & Brenda

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #131 on: January 13, 2016, 12:38:57 PM »
Hi all, This is Dan & Brenda Shuler from Michigan.  We are new FMCA members.  We want to attend the Big Bend National Park, Texas Rally  April 17-24.

Please advise who we contact to make reservations.

Thank You,
Dan & Brenda

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome! ! !   We look forward to having you join our merry band of misfits.

On the opening page of this thread, there is a link to the Maverick RV Ranch. 
To make a reservation, call Maverick Ranch RV Park at 432.424.5180.

Link to the RV park is

http://www.lajitasgolfresort.com/default.aspx?pg=maverickranch
( may have to copy and paste it into your browser.)

I will add you to our list of attendees.  We like to think we are a fun group to hang around with.
You will only be "Newbies" for about 5 minutes, then you're one of the group. 

See you in a short couple of months.

THE Big Larry
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #132 on: January 14, 2016, 11:44:27 AM »
24 Coaches so far.  We have 30 spaces 'reserved' so if you have any friends
you think might enjoy our party, Bring Em ! ! ! !

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #133 on: January 14, 2016, 12:13:40 PM »
24 Coaches so far.  We have 30 spaces 'reserved' so if you have any friends
you think might enjoy our party, Bring Em ! ! ! !

I met a guy on "another" forum that I have mentioned it to.  Hope he joins in on the rally.

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #134 on: January 14, 2016, 06:40:52 PM »
I met a guy on "another" forum that I have mentioned it to.  Hope he joins in on the rally.

Mike.

We have friends that are full time RV people, and some that are not but just enjoy RV'ing.
We mention it to them and invite them to be a part.  ALL are welcome. . . Come on down ! !
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #135 on: January 16, 2016, 08:56:14 PM »
I met a guy on "another" forum that I have mentioned it to.  Hope he joins in on the rally.

Mike.

Hi y'all, I may be the guy that Mike's referring to. I joined this forum and made reservations at Maverick Ranch although I haven't received confirmation yet. It's not unusual to have to follow up and I will check back with them in a couple of days. A friend we travel with is trying to squeeze the Rally dates into his schedule as well.

What type of terrain and difficulty can we expect on the planned wheeling rides? Both of my Jeeps have 3" lifts and 32's but aren't equipped for hard core crawling. Looking forward to meeting the group and enjoying the Lajitas area... it's one of our favorite relatively close to home destinations!

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #136 on: January 16, 2016, 09:02:44 PM »
Hi y'all, I may be the guy that Mike's referring to. I joined this forum and made reservations at Maverick Ranch although I haven't received confirmation yet. It's not unusual to have to follow up and I will check back with them in a couple of days. A friend we travel with is trying to squeeze the Rally dates into his schedule as well.

What type of terrain and difficulty can we expect on the planned wheeling rides? Both of my Jeeps have 3" lifts and 32's but aren't equipped for hard core crawling. Looking forward to meeting the group and enjoying the Lajitas area... it's one of our favorite relatively close to home destinations!

~David & Kay~

Dave, great to see you here and glad to hear you and your wife will be joining us.

As far as wheeling, I am not sure about the exact area in Texas, but I am familiar with many of the Jeeps the members here have and your Jeep will fit right in.

Looking forward to meeting you and your wife in Texas.

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #137 on: January 17, 2016, 05:43:03 AM »
Hi y'all, I may be the guy that Mike's referring to. I joined this forum and made reservations at Maverick Ranch although I haven't received confirmation yet. It's not unusual to have to follow up and I will check back with them in a couple of days. A friend we travel with is trying to squeeze the Rally dates into his schedule as well.

What type of terrain and difficulty can we expect on the planned wheeling rides? Both of my Jeeps have 3" lifts and 32's but aren't equipped for hard core crawling. Looking forward to meeting the group and enjoying the Lajitas area... it's one of our favorite relatively close to home destinations!

~David & Kay~

Welcome David & Kay aka "Thunderfoot". 

It has been a common issue in getting the RV park to respond or confirm, but everyone has been able to with some
persistence.  I am sure you will also. 

As to Jeep performance, we're not sure.  Many of us have been to this area several times, but have not been wheeling
in the area.  As for me, I have purchased a new Jeep and will not have had an opportunity to get my lift etc. installed so
I will be running a stock Rubicon.  Lift, shocks and other mods will begin this summer.  Typically our wheeling accommodates
most all levels of Jeepdom, so bring what ever you want and go where ever you can is the order of the day.

Additionally if you're a shooter bring your firearms as we plan to have a day or two of all levels of shooting from pistols
to long range.  It should be good time.

We look forward to getting acquainted with you guys. 

THE Big Larry
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #138 on: January 20, 2016, 08:16:08 AM »
Larry, please add Linda and Richard Sharp to the attendance list. They already have their reservations.
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #139 on: January 20, 2016, 11:46:39 AM »
Larry, please add Linda and Richard Sharp to the attendance list. They already have their reservations.

Thanks, Henry!

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #140 on: January 20, 2016, 07:42:21 PM »
Welcome Linda & Richard.  We are up to 26 coaches so far.  Sounds like a party to me. . . .
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #141 on: January 22, 2016, 12:18:42 AM »
THE Big Larry, I received your PM but cannot reply. An error message pops up saying I can't send PM's? I searched the help topics but can't find a solution. At any rate, thanks for the welcome and rally info! If you have any ideas on the PM situation I'd appreciate the help. Thanks,

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #142 on: January 22, 2016, 07:49:46 AM »
Not sure about why you can't send PM's.  Maybe view the "navigation" page on the web site.  I am not well versed enough on this page to help much.  I can send and receive PMs.  I don't remember what I asked.....  May have been looking for a last name to add to the list.  Some folks don't want last name out on the internet, most don't mind.  Either way. . . .

See you in under 90 days. . . . . .
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #143 on: January 22, 2016, 07:54:06 AM »
See you in under 90 days. . . . . .

WOW!  It is creeping up fast and I still have a ton of work to do before I'm ready for the 2016 RVing season.

I had better kick it in the butt, huh. ;D

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #144 on: January 22, 2016, 07:57:16 AM »
THE Big Larry, I received your PM but cannot reply. An error message pops up saying I can't send PM's? I searched the help topics but can't find a solution. At any rate, thanks for the welcome and rally info! If you have any ideas on the PM situation I'd appreciate the help. Thanks,

~David

As I remember PMs are restricted for new members until they make 5 posts. So after your next post you should be able to send PMs.
All part of the software attempt to limit hackers.

Glad you're joining us.

ken
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #145 on: January 22, 2016, 07:58:45 AM »
As I remember PMs are restricted for new members until they make 5 posts. So after your next post you should be able to send PMs.
All part of the software attempt to limit hackers.

Glad you're joining us.

ken

Okay David, Ken may have highlighted the issue, you need to start posting away. :D

Mike.
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #146 on: January 22, 2016, 08:00:36 AM »
I just happened to realize we are under 90 days away from the Big Bend Rally so I thought
it might be a good time to go over some 'Please Do, and Please Don'ts' for our gathering. 

1.  Please wear a name tag/badge of some kind.  This will help us old folks to remember
who you are.  If you don't wear a name badge, you will have to put up with me introducing
myself to you repeatedly. . .  It's Wendy's Rule.  "Wear your damn name badge" . . . .

2.  Many members have animals/pets/furry kids.  Most all of us like and enjoy them. 
We do ask however that none of them attend any social gatherings where food will be served.
This is to include happy hours and pot luck dinners.  Some people also have an allergy to certain
pet dander and we just want to be sure everyone can participate and enjoy social time. 

3.  Most if not all happy hours will include adult beverages.  Please enjoy responsibly.

More details may follow as time gets close.  We are really looking forward to warmer weather in
South Texas. 

THE Big Larry
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #147 on: January 22, 2016, 08:38:13 AM »
WOW!  It is creeping up fast and I still have a ton of work to do before I'm ready for the 2016 RVing season.

I had better kick it in the butt, huh. ;D

Mike.

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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #148 on: January 22, 2016, 10:43:24 AM »

It's Wendy's Rule.  "Wear your damn name badge" . . . .


Check out the Quartzsite discussion for how scared the newbies were about not having a name badge and how creative you can be 😄
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Re: Big Bend National Park,Texas Rally - April 17-24
« Reply #149 on: January 22, 2016, 10:59:01 AM »
WOW!  It is creeping up fast and I still have a ton of work to do before I'm ready for the 2016 RVing season.

I had better kick it in the butt, huh. ;D

Mike.
              Mike, lets hear what your list consists of. Mine is huge as well, seems I never catch up and it only grows bigger with time. Having missed Q I'm ready for Texas. Hoping I can catch Lake Havasu Jeep rally on the way to Pahrump then from there to Texas. Hope the winter is going fast for you guys.
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