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des1954
06-14-2008, 02:36 PM
My poor DH had to go to work today, while I have the day off. So what would any self-respecting wife do? Throw her bike in the Explorer and head to FtW!!

When I arrived at FtW at about 11:30am, the temp was a balmy 90 degrees. Onward I press.

Here's the "Freeloading Mobile". Notice that the cupholder conveniently holds a re-fillable mug!!!

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00101.jpg

Getting ready for new lights on the main road from check-in:

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00103-1.jpg

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00102.jpg

The renovation of the 1900 loop is now complete:

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00104.jpg

The renovation of 1800 is only half done:

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00105.jpg

This is a sight not often seen at FtW. Anyone want to rent a cart?

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00108.jpg

This is site 303. These people have been at FtW since Nov 07 that I know of... lucky stiffs!!

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00109.jpg

Here is the ellusive "shed" that provides the sound for the Wishes Fireworks for the Hayride:

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00110.jpg

After biking all the loops on the west side of FtW, it's time for refreshment in my re-fill mug:

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00112.jpg

....and a little break at Clementine's Beach:

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00113.jpg

This next picture is for Al's benefit.... Stall #2:

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00111-1.jpg

Another sight not often seen at FtW. The golf cart parking area by Settlement Bus Stop:

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00117.jpg

And finally.... a picture for the best Trip Reporter of all times....TCD!!!

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00114.jpg

I rode all the loops with the exception of 2000, group camping, and the cabin loops. I got plumb tuckered out! I took a mental count of the empty spaces and I would say that FtW is about 65-70% occupied. Each loop had 7 to 10 empty spaces.

That is all until my next adventure!!!

The Otter Spotter!!

2goofycampers
06-14-2008, 02:45 PM
great pics....2 trips in 2 days are you trying to make us jealous? Well it's working, almost as much as the guy in 303 . So do you think the guy in 303 can't afford the gas to get back home and decided it was cheaper just to stay at The Fort? :rotfl:

des1954
06-14-2008, 02:51 PM
great pics....2 trips in 2 days are you trying to make us jealous? Well it's working, almost as much as the guy in 303 . So do you think the guy in 303 can't afford the gas to get back home and decided it was cheaper just to stay at The Fort? :rotfl:

.... I live in an RV community and am one of the very few here that does not have another home "up north". (A house payment & MH payment is pushing my budget to the limit, thank you very much!)

Up until this year, the winter folks took there MH's with them when they left for the summer. Not this year!! Quite a few homes have the RV's in the port, and nobody's home!!:confused3

Gatordad
06-14-2008, 04:49 PM
As the unofficial self-appointed moderator of this subforum, I need to ask you to please adhere by the rules and post these types of things in the "main" questions thread.

That is all,

Carry on

des1954
06-14-2008, 05:07 PM
As the unofficial self-appointed moderator of this subforum, I need to ask you to please adhere by the rules and post these types of things in the "main" questions thread.

That is all,

Carry on

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Gatordad
06-14-2008, 05:32 PM
you are lucky I won't consider that a minor personal attack and assess you 5 points.

des1954
06-14-2008, 05:41 PM
you are lucky I won't consider that a minor personal attack and assess you 5 points.

Otter Beer Fairy comin' your way, Pete.

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Gatordad
06-14-2008, 06:11 PM
ok, consider it just a warning.

auntie
06-14-2008, 07:57 PM
You are making us all jealous again Deb.
Enjoyed the pictures..thanks.

Ahemm...about the refillable mug.:rolleyes1 You best watch out, it's a slippery slope your going down girl. I fear the next thing I know you'll be pool hopping! :laughing:

des1954
06-14-2008, 08:01 PM
You are making us all jealous again Deb.
Enjoyed the pictures..thanks.

Ahemm...about the refillable mug.:rolleyes1 You best watch out, it's a slippery slope your going down girl. I fear the next thing I know you'll be pool hopping! :laughing:

Guilty on all counts!!! http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_1_112.gif (http://*******************************************ZSzeb00 1_ZSYYYYYYOCUS)

2goofycampers
06-14-2008, 10:08 PM
Deb: just curious how many pics do you have in your photobucket account?

des1954
06-15-2008, 06:00 AM
Deb: just curious how many pics do you have in your photobucket account?

I have about 51.

stacktester
06-15-2008, 07:16 AM
Deb you should just buy an enclosed trailer and set it up with all your stuff in the overflow lot. That way you won't have to pack anything to come over.:rotfl:

2goofycampers
06-15-2008, 07:38 AM
I have about 51.


I thought about 1000. you have a great pic for every subject.

des1954
06-15-2008, 11:30 AM
Deb you should just buy an enclosed trailer and set it up with all your stuff in the overflow lot. That way you won't have to pack anything to come over.:rotfl:

Actually, we have a cargo trailer for the bikes, but we seldom use it at FtW. There is a large county park nearby, and a 55 mile Rails To Trails bike/exercise trail that we use the trailer at. We pack a small gas grill, cooler, 2 small chairs & folding table & spend the day riding our bikes. Now mind you,,,, these trips are reserved for cooler times of the year...never from June thru the end of Sept!http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/16/16_4_22.gif (http://*******************************************ZSzeb00 1_ZSYYYYYYOCUS)


Here's a link to the Croozer Cargo Trailer:

http://www.biketrailershop.com/catalog/578-croozer-cargo-p-199.html

Tri-circle-D
06-17-2008, 08:32 AM
And finally.... a picture for the best Trip Reporter of all times....TCD!!!

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj272/des1954/DSC00114.jpg


The Otter Spotter!!

Hey! Thanks for the compliment! :goodvibes I can't believe that they named a whole area of the Fort after me! Colson just has a corner, but I have a whole ranch!:banana:

BTW- great report! You know, you could get some pretty good behind the scenes photos with that bike of yours.

TCD

Gatordad
06-17-2008, 08:40 AM
Hey! Thanks for the compliment! :goodvibes I can't believe that they named a whole area of the Fort after me! Colson just has a corner, but I have a whole ranch!:banana:

BTW- great report! You know, you could get some pretty good behind the scenes photos with that bike of yours.

TCD

no one compares to your trip reports. they are the only ones, except for Deb's that I enjoy reading.....

Pirate-Jeff
06-17-2008, 09:01 AM
You are making us all jealous again Deb.
Enjoyed the pictures..thanks.

Ahemm...about the refillable mug.:rolleyes1 You best watch out, it's a slippery slope your going down girl. I fear the next thing I know you'll be pool hopping! :laughing:


it's not POOL HOPPING if you are not staying at any resort....... :beach:

Gatordad
06-17-2008, 09:09 AM
That is a sick point you bring up.

Colson39
06-17-2008, 09:17 AM
Great report Deb!

AuburnJen92
06-17-2008, 09:18 AM
no one compares to your trip reports. they are the only ones, except for Deb's that I enjoy reading.....

i'll remember that for later on....

Gatordad
06-17-2008, 09:20 AM
i'll remember that for later on....

Typically I never read them..... nor do I post them.

AuburnJen92
06-17-2008, 09:26 AM
Typically I never read them..... nor do I post them.

last year when i posted our trip report, i was slammed by several people...wondering if i will do that again...

des1954
06-17-2008, 10:00 AM
it's not POOL HOPPING if you are not staying at any resort....... :beach:

Great point, Jeff!! I go "POOL FREELOADING".... and I've never seen any rules against that!!
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Gatordad
06-17-2008, 10:01 AM
last year when i posted our trip report, i was slammed by several people...wondering if i will do that again...

Did I slam you? If I did, I blame Rog.

BigDaddyRog
06-17-2008, 10:44 AM
I blame Rog for everything...it has worked well for me.

2goofycampers
06-17-2008, 10:50 AM
I found our refillable mugs from last visit it is blue and white with black handle, but it says 2007 on it, do they have some without the year. I'm guessing this one can't be reused? :confused3

Gatordad
06-17-2008, 11:19 AM
tell them you follow the Hindu calendar and that you don't know what 2007 means to you.

AuburnJen92
06-17-2008, 11:25 AM
Did I slam you? If I did, I blame Rog.

no, i have pretty much forgiven the three who pounced...they have mellowed over the year...

AuburnJen92
06-17-2008, 11:26 AM
I found our refillable mugs from last visit it is blue and white with black handle, but it says 2007 on it, do they have some without the year. I'm guessing this one can't be reused? :confused3

tell them you can't read..:rotfl:

Pirate-Jeff
06-17-2008, 11:30 AM
I wish I lived close enough to the fort for a Day trip.

Keep the photos coming.

des1954
06-17-2008, 11:41 AM
I found our refillable mugs from last visit it is blue and white with black handle, but it says 2007 on it, do they have some without the year. I'm guessing this one can't be reused? :confused3

I use mine (2007) all the time. No one really watches that I've found. I also still use the old brown mugs. Clif at Meadow Snack Bar tried to tell me I couldn't use the brown one, but I explained to him that when I bought mine, it was sold as a "life-time" mug. True story!!! They will still honor the brown one, but only at FtW. Not at WL or any of the other resorts. The blue "2007" are the "universal" mugs ---- but you can't use them at US/IOA - :rotfl2:

Gatordad
06-17-2008, 11:42 AM
I just press the lever and let the soda fall into my mouth.... kinda like a water fountain

des1954
06-17-2008, 11:43 AM
I wish I lived close enough to the fort for a Day trip.

Keep the photos coming.

Moving closer to FtW was part of our retirement planning! Now, if I could only withdraw from my IRA before 59 1/2 without paying penalties, I could quit one of my two jobs!!!

2goofycampers
06-17-2008, 11:48 AM
I use mine (2007) all the time. No one really watches that I've found. I also still use the old brown mugs. Clif at Meadow Snack Bar tried to tell me I couldn't use the brown one, but I explained to him that when I bought mine, it was sold as a "life-time" mug. True story!!! They will still honor the brown one, but only at FtW. Not at WL or any of the other resorts. The blue "2007" are the "universal" mugs ---- but you can't use them at US/IOA - :rotfl2:

I'll bring it, see what happens. Maybe we should do a mug swap.

Us3
06-17-2008, 01:36 PM
Thanks for the report Deb. No otter pics from this trip? ;)

des1954
06-17-2008, 01:52 PM
Thanks for the report Deb. No otter pics from this trip? ;)
Ha ha!! You never know what the ol' Otter-Spotter is gonna do!

specialkidsmom
06-22-2008, 10:42 PM
Hey you were freeloading the day we pulled in. We stayed in site 207. We loved it and the Fort. We are still recovering but I want to try to post something in a few days but I dont think that DH ever got a pic of our site.

TxTink :)
06-24-2008, 02:18 PM
Great pics- that's awesome to be able to play in Fort occasionally! :banana: