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Old 04-26-2008, 02:45 PM   #61
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Aren't we all lucky. We get to see Joy's "mods over the winter" projects. That new TV stand is beautiful, but I'm not sure I quite understand how it is supported.

Really looking forward to seeing these. We will be having an open house hour or two for anyone wanting to show or tell.

We will post an optional schedule in the rec center. Open house time, picture taking time, pot luck, etc.

There will be a bulletin board in the rec center so if people want to post anything for/to others the option will be available. For example if anyone wants to post that they want to get together for cards or car rides to hikes/casino etc they can put it up.

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I just got the look of disappointment from hubby I was informed that this camp out is over Fathers Day. Kids and hubby not happy with me for going away on "his day", I may have to just pack up and head home early so as to spend part of the day with hubby and the grown kids that want to be with their dad to celebrate his day. I never gave it a thought that I would be gone over Fathers Day.
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:18 PM   #63
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I didn't realize it was on Fathers Day until I was watching golf "today" and they mentioned the next major tournament dates. I thought Oh good I'll be at GM with my satellite dish deployed. Then they said something about Fathers Day.

I never gave it a thought when choosing the dates. Nancy & Fred said we should have a gathering when I go through Minnesota and I said OK but I get to choose the place. I chose GM as I wanted to spend some time there not just a day or two. That meant the dates were June 12 to 15.

We'll see if anyone backs out when they realize it too.

I'll be there no matter what. My Dad's in California and I'll be in Minnesota.
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Old 05-22-2008, 06:03 PM   #64
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Me too!!! I'll trade you.

It's been like summer here already. We haven't had measurable rain since February. Was in the 70's near 80 yesterday. Too warm for April.

Say Bob, I don't have you on my list. Are you coming to GM??? If so, when you make your reservation be sure to let me know where you are from, what type trailer you have & year, as well as your in and out dates.

No excuses now, you Minnesotan's shouldn't be scared off by a little snow, rain or cold. It would be I who should be and I'm not. I'm coming. Now, ice is another thing.
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:41 PM   #65
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Here is some information on camping areas in and around Duluth for those who might want to spend some time in the Duluth area before heading up the Shore to the Grand Marais Gathering.

Name: Black Bear Casino/Resort
Location: I-35 Exit 235
URL: http://www.blackbearcasinoresort.com/
Description: Will allow overnight parking in lot.

Name: Jay Cooke State Park
Location: I-35 Exit 235 then 6.3 miles east on Hwy 210
URL: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_par...oke/index.html
Description: Park pass required. Suspension foot bridge over the St. Louis River is just a short walk from the parking lot. The river thunders over slabs of ancient, exposed rock right beneath your feet.

Name: Spirit Mountain Campground
Location: I-35 Exit 249, past Mc Donald's and Country Inn and Suites, then west on West Skyline Drive
URL: http://www.spiritmt.com/campground.aspx
Description: Easy access from I-35.

Name: Indian Point Campground
Location: In Duluth, 75th Avenue West and Grand Avenue then south.
URL: http://indianpointcampground.com/
Description: A privately operated campground on the St. Louis River on the western edge of Duluth. Access to the Munger Bike Trail. Duluth Zoo within walking distance.

Name: Lakehead Boat Basin Marina and Camping
Location: Lake Avenue South and 10th Street
URL: http://www.lakeheadboatbasin.com/rv.html
Description: Camping available. Call for reservations 1-800-777-8436. Within walking distance to lift bridge, Canal Park and LakeWalk. Watch ocean-going freighters and 1,000-foot lakers go by in the Duluth/Superior harbor. Might want to wait until Grand Marais to take your shower.

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Old 05-26-2008, 01:49 PM   #66
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Here are some of our favorite trailer-friendly waysides and points of interest on Lake Superior's North Shore from Duluth to Grand Marais.

Name: Thompson Hill Tourist Info
Location: I-35 Exit 249
URL: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/restareas/locat...ompsonhill.html
Description: Tourist information center and wayside. On a clear day, you can see forever! Great overlook of city of Duluth and St. Louis River valley. Nice stop before descending the hill into Duluth (steep grade - gear down). Same exit as Spirit Mountain Campground.

Name: Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
Location: Lake Avenue South. I-35 Exit 256.
GPS Coords: 46 46′ 44.5″ N, 92 5′ 33.9″
URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerial_Lift_Bridge
Description: The iconic image of Duluth, MN, is the aerial lift bridge. Parking difficult on weekends. Be sure to check out the Corps of Engineers Maritime Museum at the foot of the Aerial Bridge.

Name: Two Harbors Ore Docks and Edna G. Tugboat
GPS Coords: N 47; 1; 6 W 91; 40; 33
URL: http://www.exploreminnesota.com/list...?EntityID=8239
Description: History center and museum. World's largest locomotive. Working iron ore loading docks. Historic tugboat.

Name: Two Harbors Lighthouse
GPS Coords: N 47; 0; 84 W 91; 39; 90
URL: http://www.lighthousebb.org/index.php
Description: Large parking lot. Walking path. Portable toilets. Historic lighthouse is now a B&B.

Name: Two Harbors Campground
Milepost: 26
GPS Coords: N 47; 1; 35 W 91; 39; 43
URL: http://www.hikercentral.com/campgrounds/106423.html
Description: Easy access from highway. On Burlington Bay. Look for agates on the beach!

Name: Gooseberry Falls State Park
Milepost: 39
GPS Coords: N 47; 8; 375 W 91; 28; 408
URL: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/goo...alls/index.html
Description: Minnesota's best waterfalls! Free parking and visitor center with large clean restrooms, gift shop, theater. Be sure to check out the sculpture-clad pillar on the outside southeast corner of the building. Short walk to middle falls is handicap accessible. If you are able, the loop walk around the falls is beautiful. From the middle falls, walk down (counter clockwise) to the foot bridge below the lower falls. Cross bridge and follow the path back up to the highway. The trail goes under the highway bridge allowing you a view of the upper falls on your return to the visitor center. To drive to the mouth of the river or to the lava flow picnic area you must have a park pass.

Name: Iona Beach
Milepost: 42
GPS Coords: N 47; 10; 11 W 91; 25; 54
URL: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snas/sna02029/index.html
Description: No turn lane from highway in either direction. This gem is easy to pass by. There is only satellite toilet here. Two parking lots. Both have drive -through slots. Upper is better for trailers. This spot is a boat launch and bicycle path access point. We like the beach of quarter-sized pebbles just a short walk from the upper parking lot.

Name: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Milepost: 46
GPS Coords: N 47; 12; 33 W 91; 22; 9
URL: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/spl...ouse/index.html
Description: Turn lanes from both directions into the park. Park pass required: $5 daily or $25 annual. Parking at lighthouse. Also, parking and very nice views of lighthouse at picnic area/beach below lighthouse.

Name: Tettegouche State Park
Milepost: 58
GPS Coords: N 47; 20; 38 W 91; 11; 78
URL: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/tet...uche/index.html
Description: Turn lanes from both directions into wayside. Go past entrance drive to park to the free wayside parking areas. Six hour limit. No camping in the wayside areas. Nice walk to mouth of Baptism river. Great walk to, and around, Shovel point with beautiful views of Lake Superior shoreline from of top of tall cliffs. Shovel Point walk is about 2 miles round trip with some long stair sections. Very nice visitor center.

Name: Cross River Falls
Milepost: 79
GPS Coords: N 47; 32; 75 W 90; 53; 60
URL: http://www.gowaterfalling.com/waterf...ossriver.shtml
Description: View of Cross River falls from highway. Parking on uphill side both before and after the bridge over Cross River.

Name: Temperance River State Park
Milepost: 80
GPS Coords: N 47; 33; 29 W 90; 52; 41
URL: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/tem...iver/index.html
Description: Possible highway parking (depends of traffic). No facilities. Fee required for campground, which has facilities. Great short hike from highway. The river has cut narrow and deep gorge through the rock resulting in waterfalls and cauldrons which can be viewed from seven overlooks.

Name: Cascade River State Park
Milepost: 100
GPS Coords: N 47; 42; 42 W 90; 31; 41
URL: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/cas...iver/index.html
Description: Possible highway parking (depends of traffic). No facilities. Fee required for campground, which has facilities. Nine miles from Grand Marais campground. The Cascade Park and river are aptly named. An easy trail follows the river and provides many views of the river cascading down the hill.

Name: Grand Marais Campground
Milepost: 109
GPS Coords: N 47; 44; 95 W 90; 20; 66
URL: http://www.grandmaraisrvparkandcampground.com/
Description: Welcome to the Grand Marais Gathering!

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Old 05-27-2008, 10:24 PM   #67
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Made reservations today for site #W147 for 6/13,14 Leaving on the morning of the 15th
to get home for Fathers Day evening
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Old 05-27-2008, 10:40 PM   #68
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Loren and Elaine,

Glad to have you coming. I think Joy already has the name tags made, you may have to write your names on yours. Looking forward to seeing you.

Hope the cold weather is gone by then!

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Old 05-29-2008, 09:16 AM   #69
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Got my printer with me, so I can make any name tags necessary.

Am at Minden, NE right now at the Fiberglass rally. Been having a great time seeing folks I haven't seen since the Turkery Creek, MO gathering 5 years ago. I will leave Monday for MN.

The weather has been terrible. I think it hitched on to my bumper.

Some one told me it was 47degrees in GM the other day. Well, it was 47 degrees here in Minden yesterday and was a great day for Lily and I to walk around the town.

Bye for now.
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:18 AM   #70
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We are up to 47:

Site# Name/State

29W David & Sharon C. - MN
30W Doris L. - IA
31W Joy A. - CA
32W Don & Dianne L. - MN
33W Lyndon & LouAnn L. - MN
34W Dwayne (Pete) & Kathy P. - MN
35W Dave & Dianne P. - WI
43W Don L & Donna K. - TX
45W Ron & Loretta S. - IA
45WA Bruce & Marsha W - MN
46W Jim & Autumn B. - MI
47W Dave & Kathy B. - MN
67W Frank & Pat G. - WI
68W David & nancy C. - MN
69W Murray & Shirley D. - WI
70W Sunnie N. - WI
71W Lee & Lynda D. - MN
72W Jack & Judy F. - PA
73W Bill & Deb M. - MN
74W Blake & Bette H.- MN
75W Debra F. & Jill H. - MN
76W ????
77W Ken & Carol B. - MN
78W Gerald B. - MN
82W Paul O. - MI
83W Tony & Darlene N. - WI
84W Patty Mc. - MD
85W ?????
87W Merle L. - FL
97W Karalyn A. - MN
103W James & Bonnie E. - MN
116W Dean & Virginia M. - IA
117W Bob V. & Lucille K. - IL
130W Lowell & Mary R. - MN
131W Robert & Jan K. - MN
132W Randy & Connie - IL
145W David & Nancy - MN
147W Loren & Elaine H - MN
156W Ted & May A. - IA
157W Fred & Nancy H. - MN
158W Bill & Carol M. - IL
159W Dave & Virginia P. - MN
160W Randy & Janet N. - MN
161W Karen H. - MN
162W Bill S. & Greg D. - IA
172W Pat, Joanne & Elizabeth J. - MN
----- Ron & Linda W - NE


The 2 ???'s have registered with the campground but haven't advised us so I don't know anything about them.
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Old 06-01-2008, 03:44 PM   #71
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This will be the first rally we are attending. I have read where sometimes they do a pot luck supper.Are there any special things that I should know about? What do you do on the tour of campers? Is there any thing we need to do ? I can hardly wait for the fun to start. Thanks, Bette
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:13 PM   #72
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Hi Bette

There will be a pot luck and an open house tour of trailers for anyone who wants to participate. Looking forward to seeing your new rig.

Lyndon will be bringing a large cooker for a huge stew, so anyone who wants can talk to him about what they can contribute. With so many people gathering I think we could probably use more than the stew.

When Joy and I started this it was going to be casual with about 10 to 15 trailers. It has sort of grown. We have not a prepared schedule but will work it out and post the times for pot luck, campfire, morning coffee, open house, card game times for anyone willing, etc in the activity building.

Hopefully the weather will be grand as the community building available is not going to hold us all at once.

For those who haven't been to Grand Marais....it is a small village but has nice grocery stores (can't remember if there is one or two). There are many places to eat and so very much to see. We want to keep our gathering casual and hopefully people will gather for coffee in the morning and campfires at night.

Anyone who wants to plan activities other than the trailer open house please feel free to do so with new or old friends.

Anything you should be aware of? Well, bring warm clothes, rain gear and a smile. Keep the smile and hope the rain gear isn't needed.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

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Old 06-01-2008, 05:22 PM   #73
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Deer alert.

The news on Duluth station last night was warning about fatalities to both humans and deer as the deer are moving around looking for food.

Be aware that evening and early morning are dangerous times, but be vigilant all the time. There are lots of deer on the way to Grand Marais.

I-35 coming into Duluth.

For anyone not familiar with I-35 coming into Duluth you will be coming down a hill. You may want to gear down. Truck speed is 45 on that stretch. I wondered what people pulling trailers do, maybe the truck speed limit? I doubt it as I haven't seen too many people pulling trailers slow down that much.
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:11 AM   #74
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Greetings to all Grand Marais travelers.

I expect there will be 50 rigs there ....... just cause GM is a good place to start the summer after a long Winter and slow Spring.

For those of you who have not been folowing this thread I suggest you go back to Nancy's post of May 26th in which she has highlighted stops and things to do from Duluth to GM. I dont think she missed anything that is trailer friendly.

For those of you who will be comming up I35 and are first timers to Duluth and the North Shore, I strongly recomend a stop at the Thompson Hill highway rest stop and visitors center (which Nancy also recomended)....especially if the weather is nice. The view of Lake Superior and harbor is spectacular. The staffed visitors center has much informational and promotional material relating to the Duluth and the North Shore for you to gather for later review.

I think nearly all of Highway 61 has been completely rebuilt and is in excellent condition. This means that it is easy to drive too fast as you will see many people doing. And yes there can be deer problems. There are several deer winter yarding areas along the route and some of the deer just hang around all year for the free hand outs that some folks provide in their yards. Be aware and take care.....and if you do get one bring it along for the pot luck

See you all soon

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Old 06-03-2008, 05:56 AM   #75
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GM stew day
Just got home from the Minden Meet where we used the Stew thing and all went well as far as I heard anyway
PLAN A
I bring the main ingrediants pot and fuel
Beef Veggi juice, rutibeggi honey and spices Each that want to contribute s hould bring a small can of any vegtable that they want to or if possible fresh is better.[ Peas, corn,carrots, cellery, onions, brussel sprouts spinich, tomatoes, Sweet peppers, beans, or whatever turnes you on.]
Beef will be started browning at around 6 in the AM around 7 water and juice will be added this will simmer until earlyafternoon and we will start adding the veggies that take longer to cook Beggies, carrots cellery, ect all canned stuff and the spuds will go in abort 1 hour before serving. We wont use Russett spuds as they tend to mush up.
Bring Any slaws salids breads crackers deserts,
Stew bowles I have. Furnish your silverware and plates and beverage
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:19 AM   #76
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And Lyndon, the stew was wonderful.


I'm going to bring a couple of loafs of bread and a tub of butter, that's the generic term. I'll let you folks add the veggies and bring the side dishes. With near 50 trailers we'll have plenty in the pot.

We are in Minnesota. Lily and I are headed over to Pipestone Nat'l Mon. today before heading north. I plan to visit the Scamp factory either Thurs. or Fri. then northward bound for Int'l Falls.
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I will bring two 9x13 pans of my yummy bars for the potluck. I hope everyone likes carmel, nuts and chocolate. I cant wait-- its a week from today!!! Bette
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Regretfully we will not be able to make this gathering and have canceled our reservation.The site is 83W and looks like a pull through, if anyone is looking for one. Hope you all have a great time and look foreward to seeing you all down the road.
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Tony and Darlene,

Sorry you can't come. If you have never been to Grand Marais I hope you can make it up there another time. It is a lovely place. August is my favorite (and everyones) month. Grand Marais is one of those places to see at least once.

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I heard that there has been a LOT of rain in grand marias and some flooding this past week. Is that for real?
Nancy, have you heard anything about that or is my information incorrect?
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