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Author: alstroemeria Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Recommended Fools Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 2385  
Subject: Summer 2012 Trip plan Date: 6/7/2012 3:50 PM
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Whew! Finally got the advance planning/reservations done. Here's the itinerary:

6/10 Leaving Home (SC Lowcountry)
6/10 Columbia SC--sightseeing with a Fool, Sesquicentennial SP
6/12 Athens GA--(ditto), Victoria Bryant SP
6/14 shopping for awesome smoked pork products in Madisonville TN, then crashing at a Knoxville super wal-mart
6/15 Edgewood KY (Cincinnati burbs--visiting IRL BFFs)
6/19 Kankakee State Park IL--see Midewin Tall Grass Prairie
6/21 Madison WI--shopping, crash at Camping World or Home Depot
6/22 rural eastern WI--visiting a Fool and Collins Marsh
Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers WI en route to...
6/23 Ellison Bay WI--photographing scenic Door County (hubby), taking an art class (moi), Wagon Trail CG (pvt and more expensive than our usual, but very convenient to The Clearing for my class)
6/30 Stevens Point WI--visit IRL friend
7/2 Bay Furnace CG, Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan Upper Peninsula, right on Lake Superior (hope to rent a kayak or canoe), Whitefish Bay Scneic Byway
7/6 Straits State Park at the Mackinaw bridge--ferry to Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, Soo locks
drive cherry tree trail en route, see cute towns like Charlevoix
7/9 Interlochen State Park MI--peformances at Interlochen Arts Center, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Traverse City, pick-your-own farms
7/16 Amish Country, northern IN--haven't settled on a cg yet...any suggestions?
7/18 one-nt stands at a couple of corps of engineer & national forest campsites in KY so we can arrive early at the first-come, first-served...
7/20 Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
7/22 Asheville NC--maybe this time we'll visit the Biltmore Estate, somehow I'm never in the mood while RVing ;-) probably try for a cg along the Blue Ridge Pkway instead of the pricier pvt CG we like here-- (Campfire Lodgings).
7/26 Home again--in time for the Olympics on July 27

Any suggestion of things to see or do along the route? We're interested in a great variety of things, from museums, restaurants, hikes (not too strenuous at our age), bird-watching, gardens, odd-ball things very specific to a locale. We love live, local music at non-fancy venues (not into real loud, live hard rock so much any more, but we enjoy most kinds of music, from highbrow to ole time fiddlers, jazz, Native American, folk, country rock...). If you live along the route or will be camping near us and want to meet up, if we can, I'd love to.
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Subject: Re: Summer 2012 Trip plan Date: 6/8/2012 5:08 PM
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We live in Knoxville, but will miss you by mere days. I will be leaving on the 9th or 10th to head to Boston to paint and fix up our condo up there for a new tenant (presumably) starting in September.

Bummer.

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Subject: Re: Summer 2012 Trip plan Date: 6/8/2012 10:12 PM
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Yeah, bummer. But likely to pass through Knoxville on our way to the Canadian Rockies next year.

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Subject: Re: Summer 2012 Trip plan Date: 6/10/2012 11:31 AM
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That is quite some detailed itinerary.

Here's what ours looked like for our 6 weeks in Florida this winter:

January 20th: leave home, drive south and east
drive down east coast of Florida
visit Judy in Marathon sometime
get to Key West. Turn around.
drive up west coast of Florida
visit Marilyn in Venice sometime
March 1: return home

Actually, the dates aren't precise either, they're more just "guidelines."

maybe this time we'll visit the Biltmore Estate

Biltmore is great (and expensive), but it's better at Christmas when they put out all the decorations.

7/16 Amish Country, northern IN--haven't settled on a cg yet...any suggestions?

No, but I bet the maker of your coach is located there, and probably has a free factory tour. Fascinating stuff, if you can spare a few hours. Might even have a repair shop if you have any issues.

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Subject: Re: Summer 2012 Trip plan Date: 6/12/2012 7:22 AM
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That is quite some detailed itinerary.
Here's what ours looked like for our 6 weeks in Florida this winter:
January 20th: leave home, drive south and east
drive down east coast of Florida
visit Judy in Marathon sometime
get to Key West. Turn around.
drive up west coast of Florida
visit Marilyn in Venice sometime
March 1: return home
Actually, the dates aren't precise either, they're more just "guidelines."
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There are several reasons for this.

One, we stay at less expensive--and public--campgrounds usually, which fill up early, especially National Parks and other major federal camogrounds. Although I got reservations over a month in advance, I couldn't secure a site in the entire month of July at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan coz they were already full, and got almost the last site in a couple other places such as Interlochen State Park. Also, we pretty much only camp in peak season so far. And in summer we tend to want an electric hookup unless we're far north or at high elevation, in case we need air conditioning. Where we are currently, however, we could have simply shown up unreserved--most of this beautiful campground (Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia SC) is empty. But then school just got out last Friday, and it's been rainy since we got here. I should secure reservations in the Canadian Rockies, Glacier and Olympic National Parks, and probably a couple other peak-seasn places in California for next summer as soon as we get home from this trip in late July.

And finally, I guess I'm a bit of a worrier. I would like ti leave things more as-the-spirit-moves-me when camping, and Ai plan to go more in that direction s we camp in fall, winter and spring.

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Biltmore is great (and expensive), but it's better at Christmas when they put out all the decorations.

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Thx!

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7/16 Amish Country, northern IN--haven't settled on a cg yet...any suggestions?
No, but I bet the maker of your coach is located there, and probably has a free factory tour. Fascinating stuff, if you can spare a few hours. Might even have a repair shop if you have any issues.

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How convenient that would be! I know most RVs are made in the Elkhart IN area, but our Lazy Daze was made in Southeern California. Assuming we do the 2013 big retirement celebration trip as (so far vaguely) planned, we will make an appointment then in early fall, en route from Northern California and seeing a Fool in Mesa AZ.

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Subject: Re: Summer 2012 Trip plan Date: 6/21/2012 12:37 PM
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I will be leaving on the 9th or 10th to head to Boston to paint and fix up our condo up there for a new tenant (presumably) starting in September.

Oh totally cripe! I mistranslated your "6/14" to be JULY 14, not June. I don't leave for Boston until July. Double cripes, I was at that WalMart about a week ago. Mrs. Goofy and I could have popped in and brought you coffee! (Just read your post on RELE, sounds like it's going according to plan.)

Meanwhile I just took our rig to Cummins for an oil change and genset service, then to a paint shop for an estimate (it's a '96, it's due) and then to the service center to have the stabilizer pump replaced and the dashboard air conditioner fixed.

Then, for fun, I came home and lighted a bundle of $20 bills on fire in the middle of the livingroom floor.

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