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Re: A pM Retreat? Share Your Thoughts

Post by St3v3M » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:00 pm

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I have no issues tenting. I did that for many years in my youth. It's the whole camper/KOAs/planning thing that I'm trying to understand. I'm probably overthinking it, as I tend to do. But the idea of motoring down has its appeal.
Chuck is great at explaining this, but road-tripping typically comes down to three things, hotels, RVs, or tenting it. Hotels are great to pull in, get something to eat, and sleep. RV's are a bit more work, but not much, it's mostly find somewhere to park, make something to eat, and sleep. Tents are the cheapest and most adventurous and can definitely have that feeling of roughing it, but with a little preparation can be just as nice and what's better than sleeping outdoors?

The 'hard' part with RVs and tents is finding somewhere to set up and that's where campgrounds come into play. You can park an RV in most Walmart parking lots, but there still issues there, but you're basically looking for a safe, level place to set up. Some campgrounds are basically a parking lot, while others offer amenities like showers, laundry, pools, and other fun things. It depends on where you are and what you want to pay for. Tent camping along the road can be dangerous so campgrounds make sense.

There are some wonderful guides on the internet and YouTube, but mostly it's a trial by fire sort of thing. Some people love camping and others don't understand why the world isn't full of hotels. I love it, but I'm crazy that way! S-
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Post by minniev » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:27 pm

Just in case the arrow points at Sallis, I'd suggest that the date be moved a bit towards the latter part of October since fall color comes later to MS than to other parts of the country, and temperatures should be pleasant then. I'm game, I've even told my husband, who insists no one will come to Mississippi but says he'll volunteer to help cook.

For anyone who wanted to bring a camper, we have plenty of room, and there seems to be no further danger of going through the bridge now that the new culvert has been installed.

This would be our dining room/general work room, the only one with a table big enough for a large group, but there will be other workspaces all around the house by then.
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Post by minniev » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:37 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
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I have been watching this thread with anticipation and fear too. I am close to jumping onboard, but it may be awkward for me for a while, we would have to figure out how to get the dog taken care of (perhaps a daughter taking a vacation here during that time). But wanted to share that other than the logistics of it and the fear of making a commitment, this is something that I think is awesome.
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Post by Duck » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:31 am

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If the arrow lands on Mississippi...

I am in favor of letting members who have budget or traveling constraints have first dibs on the location choice. Personally, I can travel just about anywhere (within reason, obviously) so any location is ultimately fine with me. Of course Maine (or within a day's drive?) would allow me to transport equipment that can be used by the group while were together. As an instructor and studio owner I have lots of equipment... just saying. :D
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Post by minniev » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:48 pm

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I am in favor of letting members who have budget or traveling constraints have first dibs on the location choice. Personally, I can travel just about anywhere (within reason, obviously) so any location is ultimately fine with me. Of course Maine (or within a day's drive?) would allow me to transport equipment that can be used by the group while were together. As an instructor and studio owner I have lots of equipment... just saying. :D
I'm open to all ideas too. The ideas I already put forward (Maine and my house!) were based on what I know and have, which of course has limitations. I can find things that appeal to me in almost any setting, and the primary attraction would be hanging around with the pM crowd. So speak up, those who are interested, and talk to us about times and places and your own interests/wishes/constraints. My own offer remains on the table, should the group feel inclined to that option. And I'll be happy to do some of the research about other options folks may want to know more about.

But if we want to do something, we probably should begin to make some plans?
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Post by Charles Haacker » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:17 pm

Duck wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:31 am

I am in favor of letting members who have budget or traveling constraints have first dibs on the location choice. Personally, I can travel just about anywhere (within reason, obviously) so any location is ultimately fine with me. Of course Maine (or within a day's drive?) would allow me to transport equipment that can be used by the group while were together. As an instructor and studio owner I have lots of equipment... just saying. :D
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I'm open to all ideas too. The ideas I already put forward (Maine and my house!) were based on what I know and have, which of course has limitations. I can find things that appeal to me in almost any setting, and the primary attraction would be hanging around with the pM crowd. So speak up, those who are interested, and talk to us about times and places and your own interests/wishes/constraints. My own offer remains on the table, should the group feel inclined to that option. And I'll be happy to do some of the research about other options folks may want to know more about.

But if we want to do something, we probably should begin to make some plans?
Like Min I am mainly attracted to hanging out with our bunch. I have really no restrictions beyond expen$e, and once I can get a handle on how much that might be I can probably work with it (I must by law take a "distribution" from my IRA and I can take beyond the minimum if I need to). I just like to photograph and have madly varying tastes, from architecture to zouave. I have literally shot a manhole cover that caught my attention. My thinking at the moment is that I would make a solo road trip of it, shooting along the route. I would be happy to serve on an ad hoc planning committee in any capacity you (committee) think I could manage. I don't think I am especially good at planning per se but I'm willing to help to make this happen.
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Post by Duck » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:46 pm

Like you Chuck, I might make it into a road trip as well.

I say we also think about setting (maybe) half day "sessions" where each of use leads a "workshop" in our strong areas. I.e. Textures with Minnie, I can do Lightroom, etc. Intersperse time for group outings and communal activities... :-D
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Post by Duck » Tue May 15, 2018 1:17 pm

Just resurrecting this thread so it doesn't get forgotten... ;)

If this is still something people are interested in... we should start making plans soon.

My situation still stands the same, I can travel just about anywhere.
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Post by minniev » Tue May 15, 2018 4:26 pm

Duck wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 1:17 pm
Just resurrecting this thread so it doesn't get forgotten... ;)

If this is still something people are interested in... we should start making plans soon.

My situation still stands the same, I can travel just about anywhere.
Hmm, I was just talking about resurrecting this thread yesterday....thanks Duck!

1. My house in Sallis, Mississippi is still available. Late October though November is the best time (foliage is usually best mid-late November). We put the house to the test this past weekend, fed and housed a bunch of people and all survived. What's available in Sallis MS? A farmstead built in 1905 and never remodeled, only repaired, full of antique furniture and other old stuff, 60 acres of woodland and creeks and forest, colorful local characters, a few minutes from the Natchez Trace (a National Park byway) and an hour from the best civil rights museum in the world, as well as my favorite swamp and my dam birds that you see too often. It's free, but rustic and has no internet yet, though it might by then.
2. It looks like I will probably be in Colorado the week of Oct. 14, through a series of complIcated events I won't try to explain, and will be exploring Maroon Bells and Rocky Mountain National Park. I'd love to have company but I don't have any free lodging out there to offer.
3. There's a gazillion other places we could go. Like Duck, I'd love to do this and will go just about anywhere to hang out with ya'll!
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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed May 16, 2018 2:29 pm

I remain very interested but also feel unqualified to plan, except as a committeeperson. I have the utter freedom of action but also not much dough (D'oh). I'd need to road trip it and camp, and weather could be a factor (thinking bitter cold and even snow). (N)
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