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IC Midwest: Tents get internet access, right?

TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus DewmanderMisery Icrontian
edited Apr 2012 in Icrontic
Oh... they don't? Guess we'll have to make do then.

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What: Camping (Tents, fire, food, fire, drinks, fire, rain (if our previous trips are any indication there will be a random Monsoon)

When: Memorial Day Weekend (Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28). I could probably be persuaded to take that Friday off and get somewhere Thursday evening or Friday morning.

Where: Good question. Open to options. Southern Iowa? Northern Missouri? Western Illinois?

Who: Whoever. Will need details early to make sure we can get sites reserved depending on where we choose.

People that might be interested: @koreish @cannonfodder @winfrey @fatcat @malia @canti @qch
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  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    We definitely should make coleman fuel soaked torches again. <3 FIRE!
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    I'm probably in for this. For the weekend at least. New job doesn't let me work remotely as easy as I did at AMD, but I'm definitely down for the weekend.

    Can we push it back by any chance? I'm either moving to LA for my new job the weekend before this or the weekend of the may 25th, and things are going to be complicated. Lots to figure out yet.
  • CantiCanti =/= smalltime http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9K18CGEeiI&feature=related Icrontian
    I'm going to suggest Montauk State Park near Rolla, Missouri. http://mostateparks.com/park/montauk-state-park#

    I went there with my family every summer from 1988 to about 2001. I haven't been there in about 10 years since I spent most summer's in the 2000s working at scout camp but I remember it was always a good time. The main thing I remember is trout fishing but I'm sure there are several other things in the area to do.
  • KoreishKoreish KCMO Icrontian
    There is a fun little camping/canoeing/kayaking town called Eminence near the Ozarks. A little farther out of the way then what Jimmy suggested but, thought I'd throw it out there. About three hours south of Columbia and STL and 5 hours from KCMO.

    http://www.eminencemo.com/campgrounds.html
  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    So... its 1.5 hours to Dubuque, Iowa for @malia. Its ~ 5.25 hours to Columbia from DBQ for the both of us...

    Just saying :) We basically have a day of only driving..
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian
    I've already got plans for that weekend :(
  • maliamalia Sconnie Nation Member
    edited Apr 2012
    Um...In. Plus dog. Am going to put a vote for further north than the ozarks tho, cuz 8-10 hours in car w/ at least 1 dog kinda sucks. Also @cannonfodder and I run out of car games by then. Of course, I have no helpful replacement suggestions...so, whatever :).

    edit: also also, modern bathrooms, pls??
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    edited Apr 2012
    no Iowa state parks, those rangers are dicks. (who the hell invented the one tent per lot rule anyways)

    otherwise I'm maybe in
  • maliamalia Sconnie Nation Member
    What about one of these? They seem more centrally located?? MO state parks = 6 ppl in 2 tents/site. Plus, they still have a couple reservable campsites.

    http://mostateparks.com/park/wakonda-state-park
    http://mostateparks.com/park/thousand-hills-state-park

    Also, there's a private campground in Hannibal that has a night cave walk that could be interesting??
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    I'm just going to say in. You guys do the planning. If my new job prevents me from going, I'll speak up when that happens. Otherwise, expect me to be there. Gonna need a long tent.
  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    I put my vote in for Mark Twain caves. I like caves :)
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    edited May 2012
    so, my Memorial Day's off are Sun, Mon, Tues.

    Pretty much the USPS doesn't want its employees ever having normal holidays

    Since I'm gonna assume most of you will be doing Fri-Mon, I'm probably out
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    edited May 2012
    How does that even make sense?

    :(

  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    Sun we are closed. Monday is Holiday. Tuesday is my day off.

    Will have to work until 5 or so Saturday
  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    :hrm: something weird happened in this thread with posts.
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    Agreed, Fatcat's reply was in Tiberus's reply. What the hell?
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    There are some great places to camp in Southern Ohio. :D
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    :hrm: something weird happened in this thread with posts.
    Agreed, Fatcat's reply was in Tiberus's reply. What the hell?
    because I have mod and accidently replied within Jimmeh's post instead of quoting

    should be fixed now
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    While the other parks mentioned are probably nice, I think keeping this North of I70 will keep most people at a fairly even drive. For the 3 Marie listed the longest drives look to be about 4.5 hrs (ryan and marie, and about the same for winfrey if he joins from Springfield). For any of the Mizzou people we could meet in columbia and then drive on to wherever.

    Prices are all basically the same. For Mark Twain we can have a max of 4 people per campsite and for MO state parks we can have a max of two tents per site. We'd probably need two sites for either option for 3 nights. ~20 per person for the weekend.

    The Mark Twain area sounds pretty cool with the caves and there is a good amount of historical stuff in Hannibal itself, if that interests anyone. I'll ask a couple coworkers from the Hannibal area if they've ever been out to the camp area/caves to see if it is worth it.

  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    As for camping necessities, I 've got the following around:

    pot for boiling/cooking
    skillet
    cooking utensils (spatula, tongs, grill fork)
    standard cooler and a 5 gallon cooler
    tent (listed to sleep 3 sardines or 2 comfortably)
  • ardichokeardichoke Buttes Master B Lansing, MI Icrontian
    I'm just going to say in. You guys do the planning. If my new job prevents me from going, I'll speak up when that happens. Otherwise, expect me to be there. Gonna need a long tent.
    Lynx goes camping: image
  • WinfreyWinfrey waddafuh Missouri Icrontian
    edited May 2012
    I'm tempted to come join you guys but if I come from Springfield I won't have any camping gear, plus my family usually does stuff Memorial Weekend. Will find out more soon hopefully.

    Most of the good camping places I know are closer to Kansas City or way down here closer to Arkansas.
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    edited May 2012
    We're more entertaining than your family :)
  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    @Winfrey whens the last time you went camping with us over doing something with your family anyway :)

    Also, I'm all in for the Mark Twain place. I'll have a 6 sardine tent. I highly suggest we reserve the sites NOW.. (or tomorrow) before they all fill up for memorial day weekend.
  • maliamalia Sconnie Nation Member
    @tiberiuslazarus: $20...that's it?? Now THAT is a vacation I can afford - I think I spent more than that on a drink in LA ;)

    Not to stomp on Ryan's tent offer - anyone who stays with us should prolly have fair warning about Stella the dog's tendency to bark @ squirrels and want a walk at 7 am. However, she's one hell of a tent guard dog :P

    @winfrey....you do really need to come; the guys have talked you up too much to not meet you. Truth.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    I'm just going to say in. You guys do the planning. If my new job prevents me from going, I'll speak up when that happens. Otherwise, expect me to be there. Gonna need a long tent.


    Lynx goes camping:
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    Now we're talking!

  • Straight_ManStraight_Man Geeky, in my own way Punta Gorda, FL Icrontian

    Not to stomp on Ryan's tent offer - anyone who stays with us should prolly have fair warning about Stella the dog's tendency to bark @ squirrels and want a walk at 7 am. However, she's one hell of a tent guard dog :P
    Best of luck with the camping trip-- but Stella?? My brother Paul has a dog named Stella, an old lab retriever. She is NOT a tent dog. Trattoria Stella in Traverse City MI was named in part after Paul's Stella. :)

  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    Going to try to make the reservations tomorrow.

    @malia Technically that 20$ only covers 'housing' for a vacation. But if we buy food and drinks at grocery stores instead of at restaurants... Ya.

    @winfrey We can come up with some camping gear if you need it. I'll start looking at getting a bigger tent. Could be some deals coming up soon. Might be useful.
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    I'll see what I can do about showing face Sat night/Sunday if you are doing it in Hannibal.
  • maliamalia Sconnie Nation Member
    @ straight_man - My Stella is a pound mutt (elkhound + chow mix.....maybe??), so she came pre-named. Ironically, she's jet black ;) She's a good tent dog, except she's too smart for her own good, and can get out if you leave the tiniest crack in the zipper, after which she runs off and brings back, um, let's call them....presents.

    @tiberiuslazarus - yeah, but I'm eating whether I'm on vacation or not ;) I'm not one of *those* girls - you've seen the amount of food I can polish off.
  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    @straight_man - My Stella is a pound mutt (elkhound + chow mix.....maybe??), so she came pre-named. Ironically, she's jet black ;) She's a good tent dog, except she's too smart for her own good, and can get out if you leave the tiniest crack in the zipper, after which she runs off and brings back, um, let's call them....presents.
    LOL @ presents. Its even funnier when the presents are alive...
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    Sites reserved.
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    Sites reserved.
    where at?
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    edited May 2012
  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    So, who all is coming for sure? I plan on getting my tent out and test setup on Thursday (when I get back from Milwaukee) and taking inventory of all the stuff I plan to bring.

    If someone is short of something, I suggest posting here as I (or someone) will likely have extra.
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    I'm still a maybe Sat night - Monday
  • KoreishKoreish KCMO Icrontian
    Work has neither confirmed nor denied my request off. But it's looking like slim chances for me, I'll update you all when the schedule is released.
  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    @Winfrey @Canti @upslynx gotta make it! Gonna be awesome to see you guys.. Before EPIC!

    @koreish and @fatcat sounds like maybes due to work, hope to see you there...

    @Malia @tiberiuslazarus and myself at in. Anyone else?
  • WinfreyWinfrey waddafuh Missouri Icrontian
    I will know 100% for sure after I go home this weekend. It's looking like I should be able to go.
  • KoreishKoreish KCMO Icrontian
    It's a no go for me.
  • WinfreyWinfrey waddafuh Missouri Icrontian
    Ok, as long as I can get back to Springfield on Monday in a timely manner, I'll be in attendance. Gonna try to hook up with people in Columbia then go together.

    Turns out my mom's side of the family is doing their Family Reunion on Memorial Day Weekend (LOL), but I've convinced people that I need to see my icrontic family instead :)
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    @winfrey Excellent. What time do you think you'll be to Columbia on Friday? And what time do you need to be back to Columbia on Monday?

    @koreish Less excellent. Actually, the opposite of excellent.
  • WinfreyWinfrey waddafuh Missouri Icrontian
    I can arrive in Columbia when it is most convenient. I'd like to be back in Columbia before late afternoon. So like, before 4pm.
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    @Winfrey If you want to shoot for around 4pm tomorrow. That'll give us time to get a bite to eat if we want, let you avoid rush hour traffic between jeff city and columbia, and put us at the campground around 6:30-7.

    @cannonfodder @malia What time are you thinking you'll be down?

    With 5 of us we can drop one of the site reservations and just add an extra person onto one site (4$/day vs 20$).
  • maliamalia Sconnie Nation Member
    @tiberiuslazarus: We are apparently bringing a friend, so that will bring the total to 6. Check with @cannonfodder for details tho, bc I only know this via txt....

    The current plan is that we'll leave dbq around 3-3:30, which teh google says will put us at the campground around 8pm. Hopefully it will still be light enough to set up the tent without too much disaster :)
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    edited May 2012
    @malia The count of 5 was with Other Ryan being added. Unless there is another another person. Even so, As long as we don't need more than two tents it will be cheaper to just have one site with additional people.

    Also, google seems to show the drive as 4hrs from dbq. And with the way @cannonfodder drives, you just might beat us there :)

    Also, also, sunset looks to be around 8:20pm. Plenty of time to get things set up.
  • maliamalia Sconnie Nation Member
    @tiberiuslazarus: ok good, that's who I meant - last I had heard there was still the potential for bobby or greg for at least part of the weekend, so I assumed you were counting them :)
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    I personally would keep the extra site just to keep annoying kids off my lawn
  • WinfreyWinfrey waddafuh Missouri Icrontian
    en-route to casa de jimmy, see you guys soon.
  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    leaving work, en route to MO as well.
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