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Title: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: MN Blue Skies on March 04, 2014, 06:54:51 PM
Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff County

  Dates:             May 27 – May 30, 2014.  Some people are coming earlier in the week and some staying later.

  Location:         Eagle Cliff Campground.  Three miles east of Lanesboro, Minnesota
                        So far it looks like most of us are staying in Area B of the campground.

  Reservations:   http://www.eagle-cliff.com/ 
                        When you make reservations please post the dates and your campsite on this thread. It would be nice to keep
                        track of the RV forum members and give you updates as we get closer to the date. (Note:  You might have to click
                        the word SKIP if it shows up on the upper right hand corner of your screen.  You might also have to turn off your
                        pop-up blockers.) 

  Phone:            507-467-2598 
                        The campground is closed until April 1 however the office is open on Tuesdays and Thursday until the Campground
                        officially reopens for the season.  This is a Passport America campground so you might want to check with the
                        owners about the PA discount rates. 

This will be a very casual rally.  There are lots of attractions in the area.  See the list and links below: 

Area attractions: 
  □   Hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and horseback riding along the Root River Trail.
  □   National trout center and fly fishing – three blue-ribbon trout streams
  □   Amish Tours and Amish farms and buggies along country roads
  □   Mystery Cave and Niagara Cave- stalactites, stalagmites, and underground pools.   
  □   Historic sites including ghost towns and old cemeteries (Zumbro Hills Cemetery)
  □   Scenic trials and byways
  □   Arts, entertainment, and shopping in Lanesboro (Arsenic and Old Lace at Commonweal Theatre)
  □   Slims Wood Shed – The largest wood carving museum in the US

  Links:
   
  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/forestville_mystery_cave/index.html
  http://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/2255/niagara-cave/details.aspx
  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/sepoct08/ghost_towns.html
  http://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/2222/root-river-state-trail/details.aspx
  http://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/7024/national-trout-center/details.aspx
  http://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/2188/amish-tours-of-harmony/details.aspx
  http://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/1766/lanesboro-arts-center/details.aspx
  http://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/4717/slims-woodshed/details.aspx
  http://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/2018/lanesboro-golf-club/details.aspx
  http://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/2347/old-barn-resort-rivers-bend-golf-and-activities/details.aspx

Hope to meet you there!
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Ned on March 04, 2014, 08:42:58 PM
Ned and Lorna May 26-30 Site B-9

Eagle Cliff does respond quickly to email. You can use the contact form from the web site or email eaglecliffcampground@gmail.com with any questions.  Online reservations are charged to a credit card for one night, and for Passport America, you will pay the balance due in cash at check in.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: MN Blue Skies on March 04, 2014, 08:45:42 PM
Eric and Max (aka Maxine) - May 27 -30 --- Site B-10
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Tourmaster on March 04, 2014, 09:40:06 PM
John and Carol May 23-30 Site B5
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Becks on March 06, 2014, 02:56:35 PM
Gary and Darlene   May 23-30  Site B-3
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Ned on March 06, 2014, 04:47:26 PM
That's 4, better hurry Jeff, before the sites are all gone :D
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Jeff on May 13, 2014, 12:16:48 AM
Thought I had posted this but Sue and I will arrive 5/27 and depart 5/30. We are spending Memorial day with Sue's niece and her son over in Waseca.


Does five coaches make this enough to change the name to a RV Forum Rally instead of a mini rally?
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Ned on May 13, 2014, 07:29:56 AM
Jeff, great, looking forward to seeing you both.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Jeff on May 13, 2014, 10:59:45 AM
We are too Ned.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: MN Blue Skies on May 24, 2014, 01:28:28 PM
It looks like there are still a few more sites available in Section B at Eagle Cliff Campground so sign up now if you want to join us.

This will be our maiden voyage and we are so excited!  Husband is especially happy because he just discovered that I reserved a pull thru site.  We have learned so much from the experts on this forum and we still have a lot to learn.  Eric is printing our a forum checklist as I type this post.

Now we need advice on how to host a happy hour.  Originally we had planned to host a happy hour on Tuesday, May 27 at 4 PM  however I just noticed that check- in time isn't until 3 PM so that's not a good plan.  Instead we would like to host a happy hour at 5 PM on Wednesday, May 28. to celebrate the beginning of our new adventures.  So I'm fretting about whether happy hours are passe',  how do we let people know about the happy hour, how many will show up, what to serve, etc., etc.   Eric (husband) says we just need to make sure we have a cooler full of beer.  Hmmm?   One of us is a Type A personality and the other a selfprofessed Type B- if there is such a thing.  You can guess which one is what.   

At any rate we would love your input on RV happy hour traditions.  If nothing else you are welcome to join us anytime at campsite B-10 for a good chuckle while you watch the newbies try to figure out how the stuff on their new TT works.  (I'd better be a quick study because the following week I am taking the TT by myself to stay in while I complete my internship near Madison, WI.)

Looking forward to meeting you! 
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: kjansen on May 24, 2014, 01:34:14 PM
Max, Max, Max, just listen to your husband.  A few crackers, lunch meat, cheese and a big cooler of beer.  You will have the whole campground at your door.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Tom and Margi on May 24, 2014, 01:44:36 PM
Nearly all of the RVing happy hours we have attended over the (many) years have been "bring your own" affairs.  The host lets everyone know time and place and provides their own beverage and a snack to share.  The guests bring chairs, whatever they wish to drink (hard or soft), and also bring a snack to share.  Relax, Max, and just let it happen.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Betty Brewer on May 24, 2014, 04:55:27 PM
What Margi said.  All you have to do is announce day, time and place.  Almost every RV Happy Hour I've attended is bring your own chair, beverage and maybe a snack to share with group.  If it is a big group and Happy hours are going to be  every day at 4:30 sometimes we leave our chairs at your place.  Not everyone has to bring something everyday.  It's all about the company and getting to know new friends.

Wish we could be there! but we are Happy in South Dakota today.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Jeff on May 24, 2014, 06:58:16 PM
Happy hour Tuesday will be sitting around watching the rest arrive. We plan on arriving well before 3:00PM, hope they have room for us to park. ::)
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Wendy on May 24, 2014, 07:58:53 PM
Happy hour Tuesday will be sitting around watching the rest arrive. We plan on arriving well before 3:00PM, hope they have room for us to park. ::)

One of our favorite pastimes is watching other people arrive and get set up. My sister joined us one year in Death Valley and she couldn't understand the fun in watching others set up. Obviously not an RVer :)

As for Happy Hour, just yell "Happy Hour" and they will come.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Jeff on May 24, 2014, 08:08:39 PM
As others have mentioned, "hosting" a happy hour with this group does not mean providing the refreshments (unless Ned has a bottle of good scotch), just providing a place to gather. Just try to outdo the other ladies with your favorite Hors d'oeuvre.  8) 

Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Ned on May 24, 2014, 08:51:16 PM
We'll be there on Monday, so Tuesday is good for us :)  Happy hours typically start about 4:00pm so you had that right.  We'll be right next door so we can start whenever we like.

I'll have some cheap, but good, scotch.  Jeff should bring the really good stuff :D
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: ArdraF on May 24, 2014, 10:41:15 PM
Quote
So I'm fretting about whether happy hours are passe',  how do we let people know about the happy hour, how many will show up, what to serve, etc., etc.   Eric (husband) says we just need to make sure we have a cooler full of beer.  Hmmm?

Max, the first thing to do is to stop fretting.  Happy hours are definitely not passé with the RV Forum!  We always have them, even when we're so cold it could freeze a witch's nose.  Just announce here where and when and it will happen.  We always bring our own drinks so you do not have to provide even the cooler of beer.  Some days I take a snack and other days I don't.  It depends somewhat on what we did that day and what got defrosted or what we remembered (or forgot) to bring.  Sometimes we girls decide that one day the happy hour will be dinner and we go all out with good snacks that substitute for a real meal.  Maybe that's where Jeff got the idea that we all need to bring good Hors d'oeuvres!  ;)  Anyway, all you have to provide is the site and, as the others said, they will come.  Relax and have fun at your first rally!

ArdraF

Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: MN Blue Skies on May 24, 2014, 10:42:39 PM
Ok, we'll be there by 4 PM for your viewing entertainment.  I'm not a scotch drinker but I might become one.  See you soon.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Becks on May 25, 2014, 09:33:55 AM
Max, the CG will be quiet on Tues, and it is ok to arrive early.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Tourmaster on May 25, 2014, 10:39:57 AM
We are at the park now and it is full but it will be empty by Monday afternoon and we will have this area to ourselves. Gary and I have plenty of firewood for the happy hours. Looking forward to meeting everyone.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Ned on May 25, 2014, 10:42:42 AM
We'll see you tomorrow.  We'll dawdle here in Boscobel so we don't arrive before the park clears out tomorrow.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Tourmaster on May 25, 2014, 10:55:36 AM
Ned
If you want to PM me your phone number I could call you when I see that your site is empty and then it should be OK to come.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Ned on May 25, 2014, 11:18:09 AM
We're only 91 miles away so we'll probably get there in the early afternoon.  This way we can spend some more time with our friends before leaving here.  Do you know if the Lansing bridge is open or is it closed for construction?  If we have to go via La Crosse it will take us a bit longer.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Tourmaster on May 25, 2014, 03:08:58 PM
The Iowa DOT does not say anything about the bridge at Lansing.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Ned on May 26, 2014, 04:05:10 PM
We arrived about 1500 and are parked in B-9.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Ned on May 29, 2014, 09:54:20 AM
The rally is now in its 3rd day.  We've had a happy hour each afternoon, of course, and John has built a campfire each night as well.  Yesterday 8 of us went out for breakfast in Lanesboro and some stayed in town to browse the few shops that were open.  We have had some rain showers, but not enough to dampen the rally spirits :)  Today the sun is out, temps started out a bit chilly but are headed for 80°+ later today.  The plan is to have brats and beans at happy (dinner) hour today.

The campground is very nice, and our area is all grass with gravel for the RV pads.  Although it was full over the holiday weekend, we have most of this part to ourselves this week.  This is a Passport America park, valid Sunday through Thursday.  The WiFi internet is usable, but not free, and has some strange features, like blocking secure email connections (SSL/TLS) but allowing streaming video like YouTube.

There were some photos taken and should appear here sometime (hint, hint).
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Tourmaster on May 29, 2014, 10:54:14 AM
Wednesday happy hour at Eagle Cliff Campground. Jeff & Sue, Ned & Lorna, Max & Eric, Gary & Darlene, John & Carol.  :)
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Tourmaster on May 30, 2014, 10:05:34 AM
Every rally has to have a potluck. There was lots of good food and everyone had a good time. It was also good to meet new people.
Every one have a safe trip to your next destination.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Jeff on May 31, 2014, 12:50:55 AM
We pulled out this AM to make it to grandkids soccer tournament in Chicago this weeekend.


We had a great time meeting Gary and Darlene and Eric and Max and catching up with Ned and Lorna after a two year separation. Really appreciated John's help washing the Tradewinds.


Like all Forum events lots of laughs (A lot at my expense) and camaraderie.

The area was simply beautiful.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Ned on May 31, 2014, 06:56:54 AM
And we'll be pulling out in an hour or so.  This was a very relaxing rally with our old and new friends in a very nice campground.  I wouldn't mind coming back here for another one some day.  Hopefully, Max and Eric can get their cat back in the trailer this morning.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: MN Blue Skies on May 31, 2014, 07:10:17 PM
Eric and I had a great time at the rally.  This was our maiden voyage and it turned out to be an exceptionally wonderful experience.  Although we are newcomers to the RV Forum Community we felt right at home with everyone.  The campgrounds were very nice and the weather was beautiful.  There was a total of five couples who attended the event.  Good company and good food.  We only wish we had spent a few more days in the area but we are already planning on another rally at Eagle Cliff for next year. 
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Tom and Margi on May 31, 2014, 07:32:43 PM
 :D Five couples is perfect!  Don't get me wrong .... we enjoyed the larger rallies just as well.  The smaller rallies afforded a much better opportunity to get to know others better.   We're off the road now but we have such great memories of this splendid RV Forum group of people.  You did a great job of organizing, Max!  I'll bet you even relaxed.   :D
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Ned on May 31, 2014, 08:49:12 PM
It was nice to be at a rally where we could learn all our new friends' names in one day.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Daisy on June 01, 2014, 02:02:36 PM
Margi said what I was going to.  Small groups are best for new people to get to know every one better.  It becomes easier to work your way into larger groups, by already having met several others before then.  Glad you all had a great time.  Wish we could still travel that far, we would have loved it.

Daisy
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: lucyakers on June 11, 2014, 01:32:26 PM
George & Lucy Akers are reserved.
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: MN Blue Skies on June 11, 2014, 05:41:09 PM
George and Lucy,

The rally was in May of this year or are you thinking about next year which hasn't been set up yet?
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: Hfx_Cdn on June 11, 2014, 06:28:52 PM
    Max, think they hit the wrong string, as they also posted the  same message in the 2015 Texas Rally next May

Ed
Title: Re: Mini Rally at Eagle Cliff Campground in scenic SE Minnesota Bluff Country
Post by: lucyakers on June 11, 2014, 06:31:27 PM
I wondered where my Palo Duro reply went!! Sorry about that. (I hit the "Next" button)