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Old 06-23-2012, 06:37 PM   #1
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Had an awesome Trip! Here is the photos link:

Collection: Summer Vacation 2012

17 Days and 4700 miles. What a Fantastic Trip!

After figuring out what our immediate needs are we finally joined the Egg Family after 4 yrs!! Didnt want to say anything till it all worked out and kind of wanted to surprise e'body.

We went through Wayne and got the Deluxe for the bigger bed. So now we have a trailer that allows each of us to have seperate sleeping/hanging out areas, built in A/C, 3 way fridge, and light enough for my minivan. Although I got to say I was surprised how much my V6 worked going through the Smokeys on our way home. Trip summary is we went tent camped from FL to Backus which was fantastic, then picked up the Scamp, from Backus to Bimidji for pix with Paul Bunyan/Babe, to Itasca for the Mississippi Head waters, to the North Shore where we hit all the State Parks with waterfalls (8 I think), Split Rock Lighthouse, the Canadian Border but couldnt cross b/c of no passports, then Duluth which we were not able to tour due to a Marathon that weekend so all the parking lots were closed, through WI and IL where we got caught in a horrible storm with hail, lightening, green skies and 60+ mph winds so we ducked into a farmhouse driveway for an hour then made a run for Kankakee, IL I think it was and sheltered between 2 semis at a truck stop (pix in Album). From there through IN, KY and to Gatlinburg, TN and the Smokys for 3 days where we went to the Aquarium and Forbidden Caves then did a 700 mile 14 hour day drive home to make my daughter's Ortho appnt, lol. So 4700 miles, 17 days and $860 in gas for the vacation the kids will never forget!

I'm amazed how how comfy we are inside. The kids can hang out on their bunks reading, journaling, watching a movie etc while I'm at the table or "kitchen" or we sit at the table playing games/chit chatting. That bigger booth really helps. So we got e'thing we need for now. The only thing missing is a bathroom but the porta potti works great and of course if I'm paying for a bath house I may as well use it. We stayed in 5 different Truck Stops and slept great! So cozy tucked in with the trucks. Well lit, lots of folks around, level, paved and best of all free! Good b'fast in the morning and clean bathrooms. I even did some laundry at one.

I met Sandra and her husband Tom at Jay Cooke SP near Duluth. They bought Mary's 2008 Scamp 13 on here. Only saw one other Scamp and a Casita which was at Itasca SP the entire trip otherwise.

Now I'll be at Scamp Camp with a Scamp!!

Melissa in Florida
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:42 PM   #2
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looks like a nice time had by all
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:44 PM   #3
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WOOHOO, Melissa! You did it right! Beautiful choice of trailer, and what a vacation for the girls!!!

I am SO happy for you, especially after your long wait for an egg!
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:04 PM   #4
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Again, Congrat's to you and your family! Great pic's! I am sure it will hold great memories as well....... What a vacation, lot's of great places to see and a new egg! Enjoy it!
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:27 PM   #5
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I wondered when I saw the change in the trailer. Congrats!

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Old 06-25-2012, 03:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for sharing these wonderful glimpses of your family vacation. Looks like surely a trip to remember...I am happy for you and your sweet family!
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