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Old 09-02-2014, 11:17 AM   #1
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Leon, A MN/WI/IA get together would be fun. I bet you are getting real anxious to pickup your Skylark! We will be up north for a week at the end of September and early October and are hoping for some nice fall colors.

Have a fun trip!

John and Brenda

HI john, Eric, Adrian and others....

I don't want to hijack the "Its Friday!" thread any more than it gets hijacked already so I started this discussion over here.

I think it would be great to get together with some other Escape Owners. Lindy and I won't be back to MN until the 20th of October, but if folks want to get together after then, it would be fine with us. Do you think that Oct. 31 to Nov 2nd would be too late? We could meet someplace further south, along the river. I am thinking of Merrick State Park, or someplace like that. It is a bit late, but hey we all have a furnace and know how to start a camp fire.

Another alternative is to latch on the spring egg fest that happens every year. I don't know much about it, but there seems to be a gathering of the eggs in the spring and the fall. For the last couple of years they were in Taylor's Falls in Sept -- I ran into them when I was on a bike ride and stopped at the Drive-in. I looked over on FGRV and it looks like they were at Mille Lacs Kathio state park last spring. But I have been thinking of going to it for a couple of years. It just didn't match up with our other activities. But I think it would be fun to see other kinds of trailers.

Adrian, of course you are welcome! I freely admit to being a "canuk-ophile"

In any event, lets do something either this fall or next spring.

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Old 09-02-2014, 02:10 PM   #2
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Oops. Lindy just reminded me that we have theater tickets for nov 1. So maybe best to wait until spring. Of course, you guys could get together this fall and we could all gather in the spring too....
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:39 PM   #3
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Leon - sounds very much like an interaction between Mary and I - except it usually a contains an " I told you about that date weeks ago!"

A get together sounds like a lot of fun and there are so many great places to choose from. I'm always pushing our Driftless Region, but we love visiting everywhere from the UP, to the North Shore, Northern Highlands State Forest to Wyalusing.

I mention Northern Highland as we have found an amazing campground there - Big Lake. It is on a beautiful lake for canoeing, kayaking and fishing and it far enough away from the tourist towns that it has about a 15% usage rate. The last night of our trip there in August it was us and the campground host as the only campers in the entire 60+ site campground. I'll share it here - but don't tell too many people about it! LOL
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:52 PM   #4
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Glad that the fall gathering might not happen but spring for us would be great, I would recommend the North Shore myself, but not too early, Lake Superior keeps things pretty cool. It's handy for us as we have family in Thunder Bay so could do a circle trip.

Big Lake in Northern Highlands sounds intriguing as well, not too far from Ironwood which we know as well.

Now there's an Eastern Escape rally, we can perhaps start our own centre of the continent rally There are other Manitobans who have Escapes we could invite.

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Old 09-03-2014, 12:14 AM   #5
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Leon - sounds very much like an interaction between Mary and I - except it usually a contains an " I told you about that date weeks ago!"

A get together sounds like a lot of fun and there are so many great places to choose from. I'm always pushing our Driftless Region, but we love visiting everywhere from the UP, to the North Shore, Northern Highlands State Forest to Wyalusing.

I mention Northern Highland as we have found an amazing campground there - Big Lake. It is on a beautiful lake for canoeing, kayaking and fishing and it far enough away from the tourist towns that it has about a 15% usage rate. The last night of our trip there in August it was us and the campground host as the only campers in the entire 60+ site campground. I'll share it here - but don't tell too many people about it! LOL
Well there may have been a comment or two about my failing memory. So let's pick a date in May and plan on heading up to Big Lake Campground in Northern Highland State Forest. John and Adrian and others would that work for you? Anybody else in?
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That should work for us as long as it is not Memorial Day weekend. In fact, the earlier in May the better. Too bad we have a long winter in between.
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Hi guys, just remembered we may have a medical operation booked in May which would not let us come depending on the date, but otherwise yes. Big Lake sounds good even though it's 500 miles away for us, we'd have to stop somewhere on the way, but then being retired we don't have to worry about hurrying.

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The campground host said one thing that will start next year is that Big Lake sites will be reservable - hoping that that will boost usage.

I forgot to mention that there is a new beautiful paved bike trail in the Northern Highland area now too. http://boulderjct.org/maps/HeartOfVilas.pdf
Apparently it was funded by several of the towns along it. We were quite surprised when we first saw it, looks like quite an expensive project.

One consideration is that May can sometimes be very buggy in the north woods.

Here are a couple of picture from our campsite - the lake is down the slope behind us. The morning we were leaving an immature bald eagle was sitting in a tree not far below our site.
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All these plans sound great. I spend much time near Big Lake and agree with Eric on the bike trail, eagles and Mosquitos. Several years ago I stayed at a Corp of Engineers campground on the Mississippi that was being used by a caravan of trailer owners. It was Fisherman's Corner near the Quad Cities. There are several other COE sites north of there including Savanna -Thomson Causeway and Potosi - Grants River.

The advantage the southerly locations offer is the opportunity for Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and related states to have an easier travel. I guess I think of this being the Mississippi River Escape Owners. Somehow I see Dubuque as the center of a lot of Escape owners that I know or have corresponded with.

With all this said there is still the opportunity to join with the Scamp owners and attend Scamp Camp. I had the pleasure of attend their Duluth get together and they would be a great group to join. Tony Nowak hosted the Eggs at Egg Harbor this last June. He has told me of plans to hold it again in Door County in early September 2015.

I would be willing to assist in collecting names and email addresses of potential attendees. We could poll the group to find the best fit. If you would send me a personal message with your email address I could start that collection process.
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Thanks Paul!! You have mine already please put us on the list for info.
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