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Old 10-18-2007, 09:43 AM   #15
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We have reservations, and will see youall there.
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:22 PM   #16
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My father registered today and he was told by the TPWD/LCRA folks that all sites at the park have 50 and 30 amp service.

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Old 10-25-2007, 08:32 PM   #17
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Great, welcome!
for folks coming on their first gathering, these folks are very welcoming, tolerant, and helpful.
We all can't wait to meet and greet!
our first time was PineKnot last year and just immediately felt at home---wayyyy better than your best family reunion! ha!
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:31 PM   #18
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We are approximately 5 weeks away and it looks like we are going to have a great turn out with possibly 3 times the attendance of last year. That is awesome!!

We have heard from many that are attending. Some like the no structure rally and others have wished for more structure. We have decided to keep the rally with no structure but with everyone gathering Saturday night for dinner. There are numerous rallies throughout the year with plenty of activities, but if this one does continue to grow structure may be warranted. We will meet Saturday night at River Bend Restaurant and Tavern at 6:30, towards town and on the same road as the park.

While at dinner we may kick around what this gathering may be officially named. Some have called it Matagorda madness assuming because of the unusually cold weather we had last year. We will start with one suggestion “Third Coast FGRV Rally”. This time of year is a great time of year to go to the Gulf because of no crowds, snakes and mosquitos and a great chance to get away from the cement jungle between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We would like to keep this rally somewhere around the Gulf but as time goes by it may not always be in Matagorda. We would like to keep it somewhere between the Bolivar Peninsula and South Padre Island Texas. So think of what you would like to submit as the official gathering name and we can vote at dinner Saturday.

Below are two structured excursions provided by LCRA that you may want to register for besides the obvious hiking, bicycling, birding, fishing and beachcombing at the park on your own.

Living on the Beach December 8th
1 ˝ hour long info session $8 per person, minimum registrants is 8
Survival between earth and sea brings forth some of the Texas' most amazing animals. Join park staff to discover the creatures that call the Colorado River and Matagorda Beach their home. Program includes birding, beach exploration, and beachcombing. Pre-registration is required. Call Matagorda Bay Nature Park at 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 4740 or email matagordabay@lcra.org.

Day on the Bay Wetland Kayak Trip December 8th
9 am – 1 pm, ages 8 and up, $50 – our boat & equipment, $25 – your boat & equipment. Minimum registrants is 6
Escape from the everyday world while paddling through a unique natural wetlands habitat. Home to a broad array of coastal waterfowl; discover why Matagorda County is number one in the nation for bird species diversification. Bring water shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, water and snacks for this two and a half-mile excursion. Pre-registration is required. Call Matagorda Bay Nature Park at 1-800-776-5272, Ext.
4740 or email matagordabay@lcra.org.

Both of these excursions will not happen unless there are enough pre-registered attendees. If you think you want to participate, please register ASAP.

See ya there,
Steve Nussenblatt
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:39 AM   #19
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For those who register for either of the the two excursions, let me know when you are registered and I will add that data to the attendees list. My email address is mycasita@tx.rr.com.

Also, anyone that has registered at the campground and has not received an attendees list from me can also send me an email and I will send them a ciopy of the list.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:23 PM   #20
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We are approximately 5 weeks away and it looks like we are going to have a great turn out with possibly 3 times the attendance of last year. That is awesome!!

We have heard from many that are attending. Some like the no structure rally and others have wished for more structure. We have decided to keep the rally with no structure but with everyone gathering Saturday night for dinner. There are numerous rallies throughout the year with plenty of activities, but if this one does continue to grow structure may be warranted. We will meet Saturday night at River Bend Restaurant and Tavern at 6:30, towards town and on the same road as the park.

I have an indoor activity if anybody interested; would need at least 4 or 5 to sign up: basically reply to this
bead a memory bracelet that circles your wrist three times. no expenditure. but you will need to purchase;
65 glass beads with 15 beads being the size of your thumbnail. others misc sizes and colors to your liking.
--make it for yourself or as a gift.
-- I will bring memory wire and tools, you bring the beads!!!
--would be good activity if it is particulary cold or rainy!
--men: you can even make one for the lovely lady in your life!

If enough interest then cool! You'll want to make more once you learn how to do this.
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:37 PM   #21
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It wont be long until we get together on the Island. I know this forecast doesn't mean much of anything this far out but it sure will be nice if it is correct.

Matagorda Long Range Forecast


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Old 11-26-2007, 10:45 AM   #22
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I just received an email from the Matagorda Bay Nature Park.

Greetings Steve and Blair,
Hope Thanksgiving was safe and everyone faired well.
Just a quick note to update you on where we/everyone stands in concordance with the signing up for MBNP Programs, especially the Living on the Beach Program, for Dec 8th. To date, there have only been 3 sign up for this Program. We still need 5 more for this to happen and hopefully it will make soon. As for the other programs we have not seen any interest as of date. Looking forward to meeting you in person.
Thanks again,
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:55 PM   #23
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Matagorda Gathering Report:

The gathering was a success! The weather on the Texas Gulf Coast was between 50 and 80 degrees and mostly sunny. There was a beautiful sun rise and sun set every day. We had 31 units attend (9 last year)22 Casitas and 9 Scamps. Mike and Arlis came in from Kansas, Paul from Northern Wisconsin and Bob from Florida to name a few. While at dinner there was a token prize given to Paul for traveling the furthest. He was presented a Lightning Welk which is the official State of Texas sea shell that was combed off the beach Saturday. Also the official name of the gathering was voted on Saturday night and it is now The Matagorda Madness FGRV ?, named for the few and brave that attended the first Matagorda Gathering in freezing, raining, sleeting weather. The name Matagorda Madness FGRV ? was submitted by CD Smith. I am not quite sure if it will be a gathering or rally next year so stay tuned.

Friday night the happening place was Sean's Casita where everyone gathered for some of his Cajun gumbo which was a hit. There was an overwhelming applause when I suggested that next year Sean would fix us all up with gumbo instead of a possible potluck. There also was a gentleman that made a dutch oven apple crisp that was awesome and he volunteered to cook 4 of them next year if needed. Sorry sir, I cant remember your name so please reply so everyone knows who you are and then you will be a marked man next year ..lol..

Other than a place to have a potluck, a meal or just a gathering place for coffee in the morning, there was a huge majority of attendees that liked the laid back no structure atmosphere.

There were 10 people that participated in the Living on the Beach program hosted by a Texas certified naturalist and there were 7 people that went kayaking on a planned escorted trip.

I emailed everyone that was on Charlie's list and asked for your favorite picture or 2 from the gathering and I will add it to the slide show. If I missed you with an email asking for pictures please send me a message here on FGRV. Until I receive more pictures here is what I have.
If you have a broadband (fast) connection click below for the slide show.
Slide Show
If you are on dial-up click below so you can choose which picture you would like to view.
Pictures

Thanks to all that attended and to those that didn't, you missed some awesome weather in December. Next year maybe back to freezing you just never know. Right now it looks like you probably need to put the 1st weekend in December 2008 on your calendar.


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Looking forward to meeting you in person.
Thanks again,
Rhonda
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well, it was a wonderful gathering, i think everyone will agree on that! sure was cold getting back to big D. brrrrr!!!!

Had a bet with the Smiths--that they'd beat us home! We left at 8am and made it in the driveway around 4pm. I'm sure they made better time than we did! ha!

Notice the weather down there was still in the 70s. nice!
Here is some pics of the gathering and our table buddies! Good lookin' folks!


Have a great holiday, folks!
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Thank you Charlie for taking the initiative and maintaining our attendee email list.

Those of you that attended the first Matagorda Gathering and have some pictures please look at your archives and send them to me so I can add more pictures to the 2006 slide show/album. Once again I am asking for 1 or 2 of your favorite photos that I can post in the 2007 slide show/album. I have received a few already and I appreciate those that have. Slide Show

You may also want to visit Brian McWeeney's blog that chronicles his trip to Matagorda.

When I got home I started right away working on LCRA to provide a meeting room for us next year. I have contacted the LCRA board member that represents Matagorda County, the GM, and a public relations person. It looks promising and I will keep you informed as things progress.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!


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Old 12-17-2007, 09:53 AM   #26
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Bill, you beat us back to Grand Prairie.

When we go south to camp, we always take the opportunity to stop for lunch at Los Cucos in College Station. They make a stuffed avacado that is to die for. It is a whole, peeled avacado, stuffed with either chicken or beef, wrapped in Monterey Jack cheese, covered with batter, and deep fried. Magnifico!

I also take a 30 - 45 minute nap after lunch. Helps me keep awake while driving.

However, Steve and Cynthia went the same route as we did. We passed each other once or twice. Steve passed us for the last time just as we exited at College Station.
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looks like you all had a great time.. Thank you for sharing the photos

see you guys in Bandera
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