I JUST found this thread (THANK YOU Jen for starting this!hehe) and am very happy to see that there seems to be some interest for a Hunter siblings sort of rally! YAY! hehe
I do agree with Jen though, I don't know that we would want to make this just an exclusive trip, but maybe an 'emphasis' on Hunter siblings? After all, it's always fun to get folks together, the more the merrier I say, and there would probably be some great input/insight from people who are PAST Hunter sibling owners (Like Frederick), and who are also just very handy/knowledgeable folks to have around. And just to clarify what we're counting as "Hunter siblings":
1. Compact Jr
2. Compact II
3. TrailsWest Campster
5. Family Wagon
6. Peer Mini
7. Hunter I
8. Basically anything that has that obvious resemblance in shape to any of those, with a pop-top, right? Maybe even include anybody with a pop-top at all, like Cadets, or Eriba Pucks, etc?
Then there's the question of, as Jen mentioned, when choosing a location do we need hookups or not?
Personally, from the list of campgrounds that Jen mentioned, I've camped at Morro Bay State Park and at Montana De Oro State Park as well. They are both beautiful sites, actually only like 15-20 mins apart if that, but Morro Bay SP has some hookup sites, running water bathrooms with showers, all that sort of thing. And I believe they went through a big remodel in the last 4-5 yrs, so most of the facilities should still be fairly nice. I believe they have a group site that is somewhat secluded from the rest of the park, but I believe there are no hookups there, just a bathroom.
Montana De Oro SP is a very beautiful location, but only pit toilets and no hookups. So it's a bit of a different flavor of camping. But again, you're close to Morro Bay, and you actually are welcomed to hit Morro Bay SP for shower use, and maybe even for dump station priviledges (not 100% sure on that one). I don't believe there's an actual group site at Montana, but I don't think it would be hard to just take over part of one of the loops for a trip like this. And there are so many beautiful hike options there, it's really a beautiful place. Can you tell I have a soft spot for Montana De Oro? hehe
There are other places in the SLO County area, as well as northern Santa Barbara County, just depends on what people want. Some possibilities include:
1. Lake San Antonio or Nacimento (Sure some of you have been to the rally there!)
2. Lake Lopez
3. El Chorro Park-SLO Area
4. Morro Strand
5. San Simeon Campground (Near Hearst Castle)
6. El Capitan State Beach (Just north of Santa Barbara)
7. Refugio State Beach (also north of Santa Barbara)
8. Jalama Beach Park (near Lompoc)
9. Gaviota State Beach (north of Santa Barbara)
10. And the list goes on...
I would be happy to work together with a few other members to plan this event out, but I would not want to do it all alone. I'm just not that big of a martyr...hehe
I do kind of think that this might be too short of notice to pull something off for fall
of 2009, but maybe spring of next year would be more possible? Again, just tossing some ideas out there to see what people think.
So what does everybody think so far, huh? More input is a good thing! hehe