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Old 11-18-2021, 08:07 PM   #1
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2022 Pink Elephant Rally - May 6-8

The 2022 Pink Elephant Rally is officially announced for the coming spring! The dates are Friday - Sunday, May 6-8, but people may come early or stay late. This will be a general camping rally with no official events planned due to the still-persistent COVID-19 virus other than morning coffee and evening campfires. Participants will be on their own for meet-ups, sight-seeing, etc. There are plenty of safe things to do in the area: hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, wineries, interesting little towns, etc. We'll provide some more information about these things in another posting later. We'll make potluck dinner decisions later next spring, too.

The campground again this year will be the Lakeview Campground in the Volga River State Recreation Area (Iowa), which is a few miles NE of Fayette, IA, off Highway 150. The original home of the rally, Pike's Peak State Park, is still scheduled for site renovations in 2022, so returning there will have to wait another year. Lakeview is the northern, full-service campground in the park. Be sure not to register for the other campgrounds, which are the Albany Equestrian/Non-Equestrian campgrounds in the southern part of the park (unless you want to stay with the horses!).

Cindy and I will be arriving on Wed., May 4 and staying until Monday, May 9. We hope to again be in Lakeview site 026, which is the first site in the western loop of Lakeview. Almost all of the sites in Lakeview are full hook-ups for $24 per night. Sites 26 - 36 are pull-through and have concrete pads. The other Lakeview sites are back-in with gravel pads. Showers and modern toilets are also available. Non-reservable walk-in sites are also available.

The reservation window for the park opens 3 months prior to the date you wish to arrive. Since we are planning to arrive on May 4, the reservation system will allow us to register on Feb. 4. This is a popular park, so please plan to register ASAP or you may end up with a less desirable site in the distant Albany Equestrian/Non-Equestrian Campgrounds. UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY HAS GRADUATION ON SAT., MAY 7, SO RESERVE EARLY TO GET YOUR SITE!

*** Here is the link for the reservations:
https://iowastateparks.reserveameric...&parkId=610134

When reserving your site under the "Pick Your Campsite" heading, BE SURE TO PICK THE LAKEVIEW CAMPGROUND - MODERN SITES. Caution:If you go into the system through the general map listing, there are multiple sites on the list with the same numbers due to the three camping areas. The Lakeview sites are the last set of sites in the list, going from H -041.

To help us keep track of participants, please make a note here when you register, your site#, and your dates.

Thanks and see you in northeast Iowa in May! Keep your fingers crossed for warm days!

Kevin and Cindy Anderson

PS: There is a winery at the entrance of the campground. I will post things to do in the area later. And we bought a larger coffee maker. (Cindy)
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Old 01-11-2022, 06:12 PM   #2
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Would've been nice if both rallies in this neck of the woods weren't the same weekend. Oh well.
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Old 01-11-2022, 06:18 PM   #3
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What's the other?

What's the other?
You don't mention it, and I don't believe it's been posted about here on the Escape forum.
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Old 01-12-2022, 09:50 AM   #4
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I guess you mean Mille Lacs. Well, it was that way last year too, and we filled the Iowa sites. I am guessing that there are differences in activities to do in the 2 areas, so you can make your choice that way.

This was the weekend date we inherited.

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Old 01-13-2022, 04:40 PM   #5
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I guess you mean Mille Lacs. Well, it was that way last year too, and we filled the Iowa sites. I am guessing that there are differences in activities to do in the 2 areas, so you can make your choice that way.

This was the weekend date we inherited.

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Yeah, not a big deal but maybe something to think about for the future. Cheers!
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