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Old 10-28-2014, 01:09 PM   #51
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Sounds like you have caught the "Rocky Mountain High" fever.

Colorado is a beautiful state - we stayed at the Air Force Acedemy camp ground 2 years ago and Colorado Springs is beautiful.
Well y'all were just a few miles from us...we live on a ridge off Baptist road and can see the Academy from our back porch. (Free air show seats and when they do fly-overs for the AF Football games they make the turn right over us...) We've heard good things about the RV camp grounds and often dump our tanks there before storing down on the south side of the Academy. (Which came within a few miles of getting burned out in that huge fire we had a few years ago...they evacuated the Academy and it happened too fast for me to run down and get my camper.)

Go Air Force!!
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:44 PM   #52
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I'll second my friend !!
We found it is just a little cheaper to stay in FL. We camp half the time in TT Orlando for free and the other half @ Fawn Ridge-Davenport for $3/night full hook ups and level concrete pads/patios. Reduced heating/elec at home is enough to pay the fee @ Fawn Ridge. NOW, if we just didn't eat out as much or go to flea markets, we could actually save a little.
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30 December 2013 is when we took delivery in Orlando of our 8289. We camped the entire month of January in Florida down the east coast and up the west coast. Took another almost two weeks camping our way back to Texas, had a great time with our new camper. Never seen so much rain as we did the first week in Florida, one night almost 10". We will make it back to Florida but not this year, other plans in so Texas. Florida was a good test for our camper and we know it does not leak.
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DW's parents are in their 80's and she's an only child, so we feel kind of compelled to stay close to Missouri in the winter, in case they need our help. There will come a time, though...
Same here... Mom passed away last year leaving Dad in his eighties by himself so we do everything we can to help him stay independent.

Besides... If I've spent this many winters up here so it can't be all that bad... eh?

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We found it is just a little cheaper to stay in FL. We camp half the time in TT Orlando for free and the other half @ Fawn Ridge-Davenport for $3/night full hook ups and level concrete pads/patios. Reduced heating/elec at home is enough to pay the fee @ Fawn Ridge. NOW, if we just didn't eat out as much or go to flea markets, we could actually save a little.
Sounds like you have a good deal going OC. We volunteer at a Florida State Park for our camping. Free camping with full hook ups in exchange for 20 hrs of work a week. The work is actually fun, rewarding, and after our time is in we can go out and play. I agree with your statement that it might be a little cheaper to stay in Florida rather than run my home furnace and electricity almost non-stop. And if it wasn't fun I wouldn't do it! That's my motto!
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Old 10-28-2014, 04:08 PM   #56
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We had an Alaskan Malamute when I was growing up...he seemed to love 15 degrees but was miserable at 85 or above!!
My female went through three summers in Moab UT. On the really hot days, over 100, she wondered outside of the house only when necessary and always laid near the AC vent. However, at night, if it dropped below 90, or early mornings, before it went over 90, she would get a 1-2 mile walk. She seemed to like it, and I knew where are the city water spigots were on the different hikes.

But she sure does love to head dive into a snowdrift in the winter when I would take her up to the Lasals.

They are "snow dogs," so they sure do love winters.
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Old 10-28-2014, 04:15 PM   #57
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My female went through three summers in Moab UT. On the really hot days, over 100, she wondered outside of the house only when necessary and always laid near the AC vent. However, at night, if it dropped below 90, or early mornings, before it went over 90, she would get a 1-2 mile walk. She seemed to like it, and I knew where are the city water spigots were on the different hikes.

But she sure does love to head dive into a snowdrift in the winter when I would take her up to the Lasals.

They are "snow dogs," so they sure do love winters.
I'm showing my age, but there was a movie "Savage Sam" out when we got our dog so we ended up naming him Savage. He was a big dog, around 100 pounds but not "savage" at all...loved children and when other dogs would attack he didn't know how to fight so would just lay down until we chased the dog away. He rarely barked but would make deep bear sounds when we would play....I loved that dog!!
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Actually, Dan, DW and I were both born and raised in the northwest of England. The climate here in Washington is similar, but maybe 10 degrees warmer, so we're comfortable with it.

I was laid off from Boeing in 1971 and ended up working for three years for a contractor at NASA-Langley in Hampton VA. The third day after we got there, I was headed out to work at 06:45 and it was 81F, foggy, and there was a thunderstorm going on. To an expat Brit whose only experience of the US was Washington, it just didn't compute. It couldn't possibly be 81 degrees before about 15:00, if ever! Foggy and 81? no way in hell.

I never could get used to the climate there (or the bugs - particularly the skeeters and the "no-see-ums") and was overjoyed when Boeing called and asked if I'd like to go back. I believed the story that a Virginia mosquito landed at Langley AFB and ramp personnel pumped 120 gallons of jet fuel into it before they realized it wasn't an F-15.

People teased us about being from Seattle "where it rains a lot". Around here, if it rains for 24 hours we get maybe 3/4 of an inch. In Hampton, the afternoon summer t/storms dropped 3" or more in 45 minutes. One day, the afternoon t/storm stayed around until about 06:00 the next day. IIRC we got about 13" of rain in 18 hours. A railroad underpass in Newport News flooded enough to float the railroad track off its bridge pilings.

I often had to pull over on the way home from work because the windshield wipers on my British Ford couldn't handle the flow rate. My usual reply to people giving me a hard time about the rain in Seattle was "Yeah, it rains a lot in the Northwest, but it doesn't rain much".
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