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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldogger View Post
    My son and I are hoping to attend. I have to confirm his availability and just as importantly get the HMMWV steering rebuilt. If it doesn't rain too much next week, I've taken days off to accomplish it.
    We will camp if we make it down. Two tents as usual, one for the humans and one for the snoring machine (bulldog).

    I will PM once sure.

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    That would be great! I am really, really, wanting to get a HMMWV up on Doubletop Mountain behind the Lodge on the new trails that we have been cutting with the log skidder...and on some of the older ones to confirm that they are wide enough...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGarbee View Post
    That would be great! I am really, really, wanting to get a HMMWV up on Doubletop Mountain behind the Lodge on the new trails that we have been cutting with the log skidder...and on some of the older ones to confirm that they are wide enough...
    Cabell, and All,
    I am pleased to report that the HMMWV steering is rebuilt and tracking true with no wobbles. Whether I get an alignment, time will tell. I took great care to replace the tie rod ends first and match their new length via a drawing and measurements for each to their original length. So far so good.

    My boy can make it as well, so we will plan to come on down. I'm looking at coming down Sunday eve, leaving the evening of the 4th perhaps, or morning of the 5th. My son doesn't like loud noises, so fireworks are nice but not essential and leaving the afternoon of the 4th would see me back to work the 5th which helps my diminished leave balance.

    Regardless of those plans, I am very happy to help with trail maintenance and with trying my HMMWV out on some of the Doubletop trails for you. When is the best time for those? I can change my plans if need be.

    Lastly, it was hot but bearable for our dog during the last Labor Day campout, but I am worried about July. Based on your experience, would you say it'll be similar or hotter than Labor Day? If noticeably hotter, I will kennel Betsy rather than have her panting the entire time. It may be more bearable by your cabin for instance, but I don't know myself.

    I've mentioned this to TheCaptain, who missed last Labor Day. He and his family might also be able to bring their HMMWV down. Time will tell.

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    My son and I are planning to attend.
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    Bulldogger,
    The cabin is usually five to ten degrees cooler than the field at the Lodge... It is seriously shady, with the river beside it and a small stream from the spring outflow in the side yard (suitable for dog wading...). We can also fire up a fan if needed since we have electricity at the cabin, but there is no A/C... Hard to answer the question for you other than to say that it has been cool so far this year...

    We tend to pick the trail that we are working upon based off of who is there and what the weather looks like. The usual plan is get up, have breakfast, then go work on a trail... Khloe and Laura mind the cabin during the day and/or run errands...

    I'll be there before you arrive, and will be staying later, so your schedule works well.

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    Cabell, you’ve sold me on the idea. We’ll bring Betsy and she can help Laura and Khloe mind the cabin then. With shade I think she’ll be fine.
    Glad to hear the schedule will work.

    See you all soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CARMAN View Post
    My son and I are planning to attend.
    Carman, how old is your boy? Mine is 9. He’s hoping he won’t be the only boy there.
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    I made a day trip down last year for some trail rides in my HMMWV and had a good time. I'd like to come down and camp overnight and get some more trail time in this year, schedule pending. Glad to hear Bulldogger is going to come down and make sure the HMMWVs will fit before hand.
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