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dieselengineer
08-24-2009, 03:50 PM
New Thread for the next great PA rally.

The first rally had Segway tours, ice cream, etc. what can we do for the next year's rally. Airplane rides? Open to new ideas.

JWalker
08-24-2009, 04:08 PM
What Area? What Month?

porthole
08-24-2009, 04:16 PM
Hot air ballon rides

dieselsweetheart
08-24-2009, 07:23 PM
JIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am still recovering from the FIRST ANNUAL PA RALLY~
Are "we" in France here??? Is there a "we" in the Second Annual Pa Rally?????????? good golly...

:-)

dieselengineer
08-24-2009, 07:34 PM
Great idea, hot air balloons. Maybe we can put the heartland logo on the side. Jim the factory have a balloon logo?

Jamie, open to ideas for location. (hot air balloon locations) And you know It Will be when you are available.

porthole
08-25-2009, 12:09 AM
Great idea, hot air balloons. Maybe we can put the heartland logo on the side. Jim the factory have a balloon logo?

Jamie, open to ideas for location. (hot air balloon locations) And you know It Will be when you are available.

I was jesting - but since you seem to like the idea - there is a balloon festival at one of the ski resorts in the fall out by the Gap.

Only a minute or two from a campground. We were there last fall, will have to look for the info.

Here it is

http://www.shawneemt.com/s_timberballoonfestival.html

Pocono KOA
http://koa.com/where/pa/38101/hotdeals9969.htm

dieselengineer
08-25-2009, 05:18 PM
Okay everyone, Our last thread had a total of 388 posts of good ideas, good discussion, and a random off color comment about tow vehicles (FORDs are okay). Lets make it our goal to surpass this and have over 400 post to this thread. The person that posts the 400th post gets a free dish of ice cream at the rally! :D

truknutt
08-25-2009, 07:05 PM
Did someone say ice cream?

boatto5er
08-25-2009, 08:01 PM
Mmmmmm, count me in!:)

dieselsweetheart
08-25-2009, 08:59 PM
Duane...LOL we stayed at that KOA in the Poconos... did you hear the story about the motorhome guy coming in at 1 am in the pouring down rain looking for his site when he had never been to that campground before?? Oh my... that is where it happened.... those of you who were in the circle that day at the rally heard that story...."can you say 'walmart?'"

porthole
08-26-2009, 10:17 AM
Duane...LOL we stayed at that KOA in the Poconos... did you hear the story about the motorhome guy coming in at 1 am in the pouring down rain looking for his site when he had never been to that campground before?? Oh my... that is where it happened.... those of you who were in the circle that day at the rally heard that story...."can you say 'walmart?'"

Nope - missed that story - what was it?

bill40
08-26-2009, 10:39 AM
Missed it too, but I'm if for Moose Tracks.

truknutt
08-26-2009, 01:15 PM
Duane...LOL we stayed at that KOA in the Poconos... did you hear the story about the motorhome guy coming in at 1 am in the pouring down rain looking for his site when he had never been to that campground before?? Oh my... that is where it happened.... those of you who were in the circle that day at the rally heard that story...."can you say 'walmart?'"

Heard that one and the one about the diesel idling forever and the off-road lights shining in the Bighorn! :eek:

dieselsweetheart
08-26-2009, 04:39 PM
That's the story....! And that was the KOA.... which I thought was sort of small...sites close together... but we shall see what we can find..

JWalker
08-26-2009, 05:17 PM
How about ATV tours? Maybe Gettysburg Tours? How about something at or around lake Erie? Raystown lake? (jet skis or pontoon boats)

Any idea of a month yet for the rally? We are already planning next years vacations. I'm considering Segwaying my way across Pa. haha

boatto5er
08-26-2009, 06:28 PM
How about ATV tours? Maybe Gettysburg Tours? How about something at or around lake Erie? Raystown lake? (jet skis or pontoon boats)

Any idea of a month yet for the rally? We are already planning next years vacations. I'm considering Segwaying my way across Pa. haha

That's a lot of stopping and recharging Jamie!;)

hertzberg
08-26-2009, 10:14 PM
One vote for Raystown lake with jet skis and pontoon boats. Never been there but heard great things about the area. We're always ready to do something on the water... but probably not on a Segway!!

lelandpa
08-27-2009, 10:31 AM
Never been to Raystown Lake either, I hear its awesome. We stayed at Drummer boy in Gettysburg and it was really nice.

Smokeyfl
08-31-2009, 07:05 PM
Raystown Lake is beautiful - and huge for a "lake". We have a towhauler and a jet ski, but i don't think it will fit!!

Freckles
08-31-2009, 07:50 PM
Had heard that the "Delware water gap,Pa" Area was a nice . I'v never been there so I'm not sure.

dieselengineer
08-31-2009, 08:24 PM
Watkins Glen in also a great location, near the winery, Glenn Curtiss Avaition museum, Harris Hill (soaring center), Corning, finger lakes, etc.

lelandpa
09-01-2009, 02:59 PM
There's also a nice place in Mansfield, its called Bucktails its close to the PA Grand canyon. Beautiful country up there!

Clark
09-01-2009, 04:23 PM
Re Freckles mention of the Delaware Water Gap. We recently stayed at the Outdoor World Timothy Lake South and thoroughly enjoyed the park, particularly Dingmans Falls. We are going for an overnight at the Pocono Vacation Park near Stroudsburg, PA next week. Listed as having 300 pull through sites and reasonable rates. I'll take note and give you a report. Anyone else been to this campground?
Clark

dieselengineer
09-01-2009, 04:30 PM
Clark
Hey, give us a full report about the Pocono Vacation Park when you get back.

lelandpa
You're right this part of the state is real Beautiful country. Hill state park is nice also.

dieselengineer
09-01-2009, 04:55 PM
Okay, this is the 25th post, that means we are 1/16 the way to the ice cream give away :)

dieselsweetheart
09-01-2009, 04:56 PM
Freckles was just at the Hills Creek State Park. I don't think it's appropriate for a rally though...remember how stupid some of those sites were layed out? And if there's only the lake there, thpse who don't really use a lake won't have anything else.
True the PA Grand Canyon is pretty, but we need to pick a better CG if we want to get in that area...

JWalker
09-01-2009, 05:14 PM
Who's bringing the ice cream?

Freckles
09-01-2009, 05:18 PM
We also have some very nice State Parks here in NY , but to Set a section or group of site together would be impossible do to the reservation system. We have only been talking with private park's. Hill's Creek State park was very nice and we did enjoyed are stay. Campsite (A8) This is a Dog loop and a very large site

dieselsweetheart
09-01-2009, 08:49 PM
Yeah we have to do another KOA or a non-state park type of CG if we want to be paid attention to.... Deb from NJ is having issues too... some folks just don't want to host groups...or some CGs are mostly seasonals or permanents...esp. when you get closer to the beach....

We will come up with something. We had a second choice for a KOA up near PSU and Williamsport...we can always check that one out with a ride up...

porthole
09-01-2009, 10:06 PM
True the PA Grand Canyon is pretty, but we need to pick a better CG if we want to get in that area...

And there is always the trestle to go stare at :cool:

porthole
09-01-2009, 10:07 PM
Re Freckles mention of the Delaware Water Gap. We recently stayed at the Outdoor World Timothy Lake South and thoroughly enjoyed the park, particularly Dingmans Falls. We are going for an overnight at the Pocono Vacation Park near Stroudsburg, PA next week. Listed as having 300 pull through sites and reasonable rates. I'll take note and give you a report. Anyone else been to this campground?
Clark

Where is this and can you give any more info?

We will be passing through that area this coming weekend.

boatto5er
09-01-2009, 10:09 PM
Who's bringing the ice cream?

That's your job Jamie!:D:D:D

Clark
09-02-2009, 05:12 AM
Duane and Debbie, It is over by the intersection of I-80/US-33 (I80 exit 305). Here is a link to the website:

http://poconovacationpark.com/index.html

We will be there the night of the 8th on our way to Mystic,CT

Clark

dieselsweetheart
09-02-2009, 04:20 PM
Hey folks, I am going to investigate this park too for next year....thanks Clark for the link!

dieselsweetheart
09-02-2009, 04:24 PM
Ok Clark...give us a report when you visit the Pocono Park. Do they like groups? (Some can't be bothered)... Is there a spot there for a pot-luck dinner...(like a pavilion) we could have.... say, big enough for 40 people at least?

Jim and I would take a field trip up there too, but we'll wait for your preliminary report. No use us going if you don't like it...

porthole
09-08-2009, 08:46 PM
Clark & Carolyn and us are here now. Took a few pics and will post later. And yes they have a "rally section" We are in it now.

dieselsweetheart
09-10-2009, 08:48 AM
Hey gang, Jim and I have a tentative date for the next rally as the w/e after Father's Day....I'm sorry, don't have a calendar right now...but it would be the w/e AFTER Father's day.... how does that seem for everyone??

Still waiting on a report from the Pocono park as a potential site...

boatto5er
09-10-2009, 09:28 AM
I would love to visit PA again and I believe that date (June 25, 26, 27? - Fathers day is 20th) fits into my calendar.

porthole
09-10-2009, 11:42 AM
Listed as having 300 pull through sites



Seems as though most of them are "seasonal"
The rally area seemed OK, but Clark was informed that many week and monthly campers reserve some of those spots.

The rally area as well as most of the campground have awning to awning sites, that is nice is you are traveling with someone.

The area we were in was fairly level, most of the fire rings seemed to have been absconded by seasonals using 2 stacked rings.
Our site was long enough to leave the truck connected overnight with a good 20-25' behind us and 5' in front.

Sites were relatively clean, dog friendly, although not everyone picks up after their dog :confused:.

Golf carts are the norm for the locals.

One thing I didn't care for but would not stop me is that the "3/4 blend" gravel road was more dust then rock, so it made for dirty dog paws after walking in the wet grass.

There is a shower rest room building a short walk from the site. Don't know about the female side but the men's shower was 2 showers and 1 "stall". Wonder how that works out with a full camp.

Never saw the store or "arcade" area (was closed) and it is on the other side of the campground.

I could not find a "park map"

Rates are reasonable and ala carte.
This past weekend it was 27 for W&E and 32 for WESC.
Extra 3.75 for each 7-17 year old.

I can't recommend as I am more familiar with NJ campgrounds. In that aspect I would definitely go there. But you "Penners" may be used to something a little different. Clark seemed to think it would be a bit far from the left coast of PA.

Our site row was the closet to a road. Although it didn't seem that busy the noise level suggested it was a 40-60 mph road, with some trucks.

Pictures to follow.

lelandpa
09-10-2009, 11:58 AM
Hi Cheryl, we just stayed at Shangri la on the creek in Milton, PA (it is a Jellystone park franchise), we loved it there, sites are huge and level, there is also a big pavilion there for groups, if you are interested in checking it out the website is www.slcreek.com (http://www.slcreek.com)

f250dieseldad
09-10-2009, 06:38 PM
Cheryl, Deb and I should be able to make it. As long as we can get time off from work.

bill40
09-10-2009, 07:39 PM
Hi gang, we found a great CG up in Somerset.Hickory Hollow. I know all the Dodge & Fored guys are going to find this had too beleive but the chevy had a break down. GM calls it the parking lot syndrome. This is NO PS when going slow. Bummer. The people at HH were great worked us in on holiday and were able to find someone to get us back on the road. We are going to try and stop back on the trip back if they are open. Little out of the way for some but right in the middle of the Laural highlands. Will keep you all up on the trials and progress on the trip[ to CA. Made it too Dayton after losing four days.

boatto5er
09-10-2009, 07:43 PM
:eek:"the chevy had a break down" - No Comment, Bill:)

JWalker
09-10-2009, 08:07 PM
Bill,

We live about 15 minutes from there. Hickory Hollow is a nice campground. It is fairly new, about 3 years old. The owners are improving things and adding things every year. Lots of outdoor recreation nearby.
I have talked to the owner a few times (we do ice cream at the campground) and she is very nice. I could talk to her and see if they could accommodate a Rally? Let me know.

porthole
09-10-2009, 08:10 PM
I could talk to her and see if they could accommodate a Rally? Let me know.



Sounds like you already volunteered :cool:

dieselsweetheart
09-10-2009, 09:05 PM
Jamie, sounds good to have you ask her... where is this in relation to the turnpike, for example?

Porthole, your place sounded a bit iffy... on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the absolute worst (would never stay there again) to a 5 (high recommend it)...what score would you assign?

JWalker
09-11-2009, 05:41 AM
Cheryl,

Hickory Hollow is located about 7-8 miles south of the Pa turnpike (exit 110) on route 281. Very easy to get to.
Campground is located:

10 min. from Restaurants
10 min. from fuel stations
10 min. supermarkets (Wal-Mart, Giant Eagles)
20 min. from Seven Springs Resort (ATV tours, Sporting Clays etc.)
30 min from Ohiopyle (white water rafting / Hiking-biking)
30 min. Falling Water
30 Min. Flight 93 site

I will stop in and talk with them this weekend.

bill40
09-11-2009, 07:32 AM
If you get to talk to Brenda she was very helpful. They had a big cook out going on Sunday with a DJ. New Pool and a water slide for the kids. It is only 7 miles off the Somerset exit. Big firemens jubelee going on as we were pulling out. Wish we would have had time to visit some of the sites.

brunomisty
09-11-2009, 10:33 AM
http://www.friendshipvillagecampground.com/

Nice campground to check out

porthole
09-11-2009, 01:22 PM
Porthole, your place sounded a bit iffy... on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the absolute worst (would never stay there again) to a 5 (high recommend it)...what score would you assign?



The Place was OK. The transient was nice, the other side - well.

We only stayed one night and comparing it to south Jersey campgrounds I would give it a 4-5. Comparing it to Pine Grove - maybe a 2.

I would definitely go back, especially if I was traveling with one other person (awning to awning setup). But I don't think I'd spend more then 2-3 days there.

And it is reasonable.
Rally rates for next year, from the flyer I got:

10 trailers - 26
15 trailers - 25
20 trailers - 24
25 trailers - 23

Extra adults 5
kids 2.5 (each I think), under 7 free

Free fire wood (didn't say how much) & gift certificate for a free weekend.

Pictures to follow after the power failures stop.

JWalker
09-15-2009, 07:19 PM
Cheryl,

Here are the pictures of Hickory Hollow. Most of the pictures are of the sites they would reserve for the rally. They do have that weekend after Fathers Day open. Rally price is $27/night. The pavilion has electric. 7.5 miles from Turnpike. www.hickoryhollowcampground.com (http://www.hickoryhollowcampground.com)

My wife and I would give it 4 out of 5. Downfall is that there is not much in the way of activities at the campground ( no Segways), but it is a nice, quiet, clean campground.

More pics to come.

JWalker
09-15-2009, 07:24 PM
More pics:

dieselsweetheart
09-15-2009, 09:42 PM
Thanks for posting those pictures! It does look like a nice, quiet place. Nice scenery too... I know there is a lot to do and see in the Somerset area... we'll think about that one! Thanks again!

Clark
09-16-2009, 03:06 PM
Cheryl,
You had asked us to stop by the Pocono Vacation Park near Stroudsburg, PA and check out the facilities with 2010 in mind. First, we ran into Duane and Debbie when we pulled in and had some nice talks. Wonderful folks. Duane mentioned that he took some pictures of the PVP and would forward them to you.
The park advertises 300 sites, which is true, but only about 30-40 of them are not permanent/seasonal sites. They could possibly accomodate 20 rigs on level sites, but I have reservations even about that. I would honestly look elsewhere for a rally, but if you are in the area of Stroudsburg, and ready for a short stay and sightseeing, please stop in. Prices are very good and the Delaware Water Gap park is worth seeing.
Hope that this helps.
Clark

dieselsweetheart
09-16-2009, 07:46 PM
Thanks Clark for the follow-up! It's so handy to have reporters in the field!!!

cableman
09-16-2009, 08:10 PM
We are looking forward to meeting some people from the club. Like the place around somerset, lots to do and see in that area.

dieselsweetheart
09-17-2009, 10:08 PM
Well Dan we will all be anxious to meet you! We had a great time together at Pine Grove in August! Always happy to have new folks join us...!

dieselsweetheart
10-11-2009, 05:50 PM
Announcement! Stay tuned for an announcement this week about a site in Lancaster, Pa...Heartland of the Amish... Jim and I just made our rounds today...one CG too small, the other just right...beautiful, large, wooded sites.... the actual address is New Holland with easy access off the PA turnpike. We are considering moving up the rally by two w/e's because it's cheaper earlier....full hook-ups with 50 amp and cable.
2 pools, mini-golf, volleyball, etc. Weekends are themed with activities. Much to do in the area.

More info as soon as the "group" lady calls me back. She wasn't there today.

dieselsweetheart
10-14-2009, 08:23 PM
See our new thread with information about the 2010 rally! Do not post any more responses to this thread....

thanks!!!!

jimtoo
10-14-2009, 09:08 PM
This is the new thread. New Rally Thread (//heartlandowners.org/showthread.php?p=93812#post93812)