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Old 02-12-2009, 10:30 AM   #101
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Greg, these places (sites) aren't always up to date, best bite the (financial)bullet and land-line call either the park DIRECT or the reservation line.

Brandy, sorry, I meant 'Val' (soooo many women, sooo little time, LOL) Terrie's a hoot an a definate 'pardyanimul'!!!! I still haven't had the T[at]b tour....
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:38 AM   #102
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I suppose she may have not specified having an RV (as opposed to a tent). Not sure what she plugged into the reservation webpage, but I agree with Doug, that she may just want to call the Park Reservation folks by phone and confirm what's really still available, and perhaps also find out why she couldn't book a site on-line.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:51 AM   #103
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Valerie may have other commitments and couldn't say for sure yes or no........Doug ya need to start calling all your womenf riend the same thing, somthing endearing that way they all think their special and you don't have to remember names ...HA I crack myself up

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Greg, these places (sites) aren't always up to date, best bite the (financial)bullet and land-line call either the park DIRECT or the reservation line.

Brandy, sorry, I meant 'Val' (soooo many women, sooo little time, LOL) Terrie's a hoot an a definate 'pardyanimul'!!!! I still haven't had the T[at]b tour....
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:53 AM   #104
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I let her know this morning to check again....she has a TAB or whatever you call those things..so I'm guessing she'll be able to get in if not bummer for her but I'm in site 22


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I suppose she may have not specified having an RV (as opposed to a tent). Not sure what she plugged into the reservation webpage, but I agree with Doug, that she may just want to call the Park Reservation folks by phone and confirm what's really still available, and perhaps also find out why she couldn't book a site on-line.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:46 PM   #105
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I let her know this morning to check again....she has a TAB or whatever you call those things..so I'm guessing she'll be able to get in if not bummer for her but I'm in site 22
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Brandy, you and I are "almost" neighbors which makes it easier for dragging the lawn chair around
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:37 PM   #106
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Donna, use one of these instead of the lawn chair....
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:06 AM   #107
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Some of those sites say reserved for 'van campers'. Why that would be they said it is too hard to manuver a trailer into the spot.

Maybe if you call the park, and explain the size of your rig, they may let you in.

PS: Site #49 is right by the black tank emptying station.
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:11 AM   #108
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Looks like the "dump station" is closer to 46 than it is to 49, at least from the drawing on the park reservation website.
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:23 AM   #109
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Some of those sites say reserved for 'van campers'. Why that would be they said it is too hard to manuver a trailer into the spot.

Maybe if you call the park, and explain the size of your rig, they may let you in.

PS: Site #49 is right by the black tank emptying station.
Not to mention the fact that SOMEONE attending should have a Boler Stroller with them, so the traditional backing up routine almost a thing of the past! (Makes manuvering a snap!).

Site map I have shows 'Sanny Dump' almost directly behind site #49.
(LOL!! It also 'seems' to be across the road from a CULTURAL EXHIBIT, wonder IF the park designer was trying to make a statement??)
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Here are a couple of photos from the reservation website of both sites available. Site 46 wants a van/camper to be in that site probably due to the fact it is so close to site 45 and a tow vehicle and trailer would block access to site 45.
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Site 49 has a nice view of the dump station just through the trees. Kind of surprising since this site does not have sewer hookups like the other sites in the area

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We might need to start a waiting list and offer sites in case there is a cancellation from a fellow egg owner.

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Old 02-14-2009, 02:26 PM   #111
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"We might need to start a waiting list and offer sites in case there is a cancellation from a fellow egg owner. Chris"

Boy, I never figured we'd come to taking cancellation requests in just our 2nd year, in order to attend. Last year we only had a dozen rigs, this year we have pretty much filled up the loop. I think we may possibly need to find an even larger venue for the next get-together, although they will probably have the newly constructed sites open sometime this year as well. Does anyone have any opinions as to whether we want to establish a single repeated venue here, (kind of a same time-same place thing like the one at Bullards Beach,) or should we keep this thing a "travelling circus roadshow" at a different place each year? Just puttin' out a "feeler".

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Greg, it seems no one has stepped up to the plate to express an opinion, so I'll break the ice and say that the Trailer Goddess and I would prefer a same place event. Easier to plan to get to and from every year. .....and yes, it looks like a larger venue might be needed, but you can NEVER accompany EVERYONE all the time.

Our (West Coast Canadian) event [at] The Fort Campground started years ago with about 6 like minded campers. Its grown in size almost every event. We DO meet twice a year, same place. Some years the host (Craig) has had to turn back to the park MANY unused sites, other years we have had to turn people away. Its always a first come/first served deal anyway, so 'Snooze, Ya Loose'!!
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Our event (in May) comes before yours, why not plan to take ours in and see how 'we' do it'?

I know others on here will vote for the roaming venue, but IMHO, that could/would make attendance by some a no show deal. IF its held too deeply into WA, OR to far east, for us, it would be too far to go just for a weekend event. For example for the Trailer Goddess and I to attend this June, SHE has to take part of her allotted vacation which cannot be broken down into days, must be taken in 5 day (work day) increments. (I KNOW, it SUX to be us!!)
SO NOW we have to plan of allowing 2 weeks of her vacation to attend a weekend event!!!

Yet, another reason for staying at the same place is that 'someone' doesn't have to do all the leg/prep-work to find a new place to 'hatch' our Eggs for next time, PLUS the park 'hosts' get to know the group and are prolly going to be more reciptive to repeat visits!!!

So, I'll git offa mah soap box (for now) and Thanks for listening to mah .02 $ (Canadian)
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Old 02-15-2009, 12:34 AM   #113
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That's $.016 American. He, he.

My only problem with Taidnapam, is the remoteness. I don't think there is a heck of a lot to do in Morton nor Glenoma. Mt Rainier Park and Mt St Helens are close and would be good day trips for those interested. I am not able to find out just what is available in Taidnapam itself...fishing, swimming and boating in Lake Riffe as well as hiking and horseshoes.

I guess I was spoiled by camping at Fort Worden last year, with the gun emplacements, museums, beach and lighthouse to explore as well as Port Townsend with its interesting shops. But then again Fort Worden is known for its wild parties and indeed we did leave early because of a raucous wedding party in the campsites around us.

Another factor is the location and size. Birch Bay is remote for persons in the southern part of the state whereas Nine Mile is remote for the western part.

I think we all will be able to make a better judgement AFTER the gathering in June.

The wife just pointed out that our church used to have a yearly camp-out at Grayland and after a while, the park wouldn't allow the organizer to reserve blocks of sites.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:08 AM   #114
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Standing in line first on the waiting list for a fellow gal pal who owns a TAB or a TADA.....anywho Let me know she's not on here so i said I would keep watch.......
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:41 AM   #115
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My only problem with Taidnapam, is the remoteness.
well that it is! but a beautiful park.. I have gone there just for my sunday drives and it is beautiful.... I may take a drive here soon to see if the 'new part of the park will be open and if it has full hookups too...
Maybe when we are there we can take discuss if the group would like to stay at the same park or go someplace else...

One up the road about 5 miles from there is called Bud Allen Park.. its also a nice park. I have of brochures on alot of the parks I have picked up...
http://www.lcpud.org/reccampgroundpark.php
Only thing i dont think they offer a Sr discount to anyone... but one can drive and seek it out to see if they like it...
just a suggestion...
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:42 AM   #116
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Okay, as far as same place, I say, lets see how this park works out and then deside if it is good for returning.

BUT here are two things I noticed while previewing things to do while camping on their website:
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Camping fees

$26 – Water/electric and sewer hookups
$25 – Water/electric hookup
$14 – Walk-in tent sites
$10 – Extra vehicle/RV, if space allows (No charge for towed vehicles)
$10 – Unattended vehicle
$75 – Extra vehicle season pass
$180 – Primitive group camp (You must reserve all 12 sites)

Also it says that the showers are coin operated so those who don't use a trailer shower need to remember to bring lots of quarters.

Brandi, if you have a long space, it seems that it might be posible to add another vehicle, it is 10 for a trailer.
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Okay, as far as same place, I say, lets see how this park works out and then deside if it is good for returning
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I have to agree with that too.. let see how it goes...
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:57 AM   #118
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I think I remember seeing (somwhere) that this park is about 5 miles from the town of Morton.
The Trailer Goddess an I plan to stock up on most items we'll be needing for the weekend LONG before we get near Morton anyhow, so the 'shopping' issue will have been dealt with. We don't attend these events to 'go do something else', to occupy our time. We come for the comradery of spending quality time with like minded campers....
(the Wodka Shotz don't hurt either, LOL!!!)
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:04 AM   #119
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Doug.. h ave to agree.. once I am at a park i am usually there for the duration. Unless one needs to go to the grocery store I usually dont go running around...
I do have to admit when I go to Grayland I love to go into Westport .. Salt Water Taffy is a 'must' have item... LOL and browes the shops....
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I suppose that we can have a meeting during the get-together, for all of those who may be interested, in where and how to continue our get-together venues. There are obviously some good arguements for staying at the same place/same time, and also some good arguements for those who like to "mix it up" by going to different places or have it at different times of year. I personally think that establishing a uniform time frame, if not the same venue, for trip planning purposes would probably help most folks who don't share the luxury of being retired, (like me...neener, neener!) so they could plan each time knowing when it will be held. Some folks can't schedule such trips easily on short notice, and some of us can. Nobody said life was fair, or that everyone's wishes can be accomodated, but we can all try to find a workable solution if we get together and hash it out. They do the Bullard's Beach trip at the same time/same place every year just so people can plan ahead knowing that it will always be the same every year. But then, there are those who like to experience new places, or at least different places so as not to feel like they're in a rut. Both arguements have merit, and I'm sure that we'll work out something which will be workable by the majority of our group. (If we could get Doug to ply us all with enough vodka, I'm sure we will all agree to just about anything, hint, hint! LOL) But, until then, please feel free to express your thoughts here as to your feelings on the matter and also why you feel that they would be the best way to go. We could air a lot of views here between now and the get-together in June, and perhaps by the time it rolls around, we can narrow down the field of suggestions to just a few, rather than forty. It's good to see that people are interested, so keep the dialog going.
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