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    Exclamation Georgia Campout and meet and greet, November 16-18th 2012

    OK, here's the dates for the 2012 Georgia get together.

    Located just outside of Douglas, Georgia at General Coffee State park.

    As always, we are camping at the Pioneer campgrounds at the back of the park. This is nice cause it gives us a little seclusion from the rest of the park. Hence, no worries about SHTF discussions around the campfire bringing unwanted attention.

    Setup day is Friday any time after noon. Plan on leaving by mid morning on Sunday. Your welcome to arrive whenever you want and stay for 2 minutes, 2 hours or 2 days!

    We will offer a bunch of classes as normal and as always we are open to suggestions and volunteers for classes Classes are optional, informal so don't feel like you "have" to participate. Don't worry about "performance anxiety" or anything No one will put you on the spot. I'll choke them out if they do. Or maybe I'll really embarrass them and have a 12 year old choke them out

    Your welcome to bring your family. Everyone at these loves kids, but keep them from burning themselves, stealing stuff, running amok or otherwise going Lord of the Flies and everything will be fine. LOL

    It's a PRIMITIVE campsite, bring a tent and supplies. Their IS cabins to rent at the park and others have availed themselves of these at previous, so you won't be the first. Location is six miles east of Douglas and Douglas has Superwalmart, hotels, dining, etc. So if you don't want to "rough it" but would like to come, please feel free. I promise we won't make fun of you in person, we will wait to make fun of you when you are back at the Hyatt all comfy womfy LOL

    Bring barter/trade items and it might behoove you to bring a couple bucks cash for trade/purchasing. These events usually have several people that bring a LOT in the way of gear.

    Cost for the campout is just $20. for the family.

    In the spirit of SELF RELIANCE and promoting the learning of skills (cooking in the field, etc) you will need to bring your own food. We have in the past had a dedicated group of 3 or 4 YOUNG men to cook breakfast from time to time but we will let them rest and enjoy themselves this go around.

    Now, for those that have never attended one of these-

    What you won't find at one of these-
    *Very much conspiracy talk
    *Everyone acting like a ninja and going around all "tacticool"
    *Open display or handling of real firearms. (Sometimes plastic "red guns" have been used for classes on disarming techniques, use of space, working angles, CQB related stuff)
    *Someone asking you personal questions- if someone does, let me know and I'll use them for choke demonstrations But seriously, we all respect each others privacy at these things, first names are fine. Call yourself Mickey Mouse for all I give a rip Opsec is in full effect.
    *NatGeo will NOT be at this event hounding you for an interview and chance to be on Season 3 of Doomsday Preppers.

    What you WILL find at these-
    *In general a pretty damn nice group of people.
    *Kids and women folk. Not always in great abundance, but they are there.
    *Chance to talk/hangout with like minded folks in person, meet others in your area.
    *Chance to learn various skill sets that people usually have to actually PAY good money for.
    *Chance to test your equipment/supplies in the field in a friendly environment where others are willing to help you.
    *Chance to checkout/test/see other people's gear, maybe some equipment you been interested in but wanted to see in person before buying.
    *A whole lot of people with ACTUAL REAL WORLD experience in preparing, versus what you sometimes find on the net.

    Folks, we have and continue to run off the jerks, the ones with attitudes, the something for nothing types etc. It's kinda like the forums here, we don't put up with a lot of bravo sierra. Knock wood, we haven't had any problems.

    Their is a gate at the back of the park that leads to the Pioneer campsite. As we get closer and the park announces the code for that weekend, we will post the code. It's always on my cell also from the time I get it. Other than that, it's a simply drive on blacktop all but the last 200 yards. Small cars make it to the campsite without a problem.

    Lots of posts asking when GA folks are getting together, here it is. Attendance usually runs anywhere from 18 (in really cold weather) to as many as 40. Lots of folks from Florida, AL, TN and SC attend also. I'm guessing you'll see most of the site staff there

    Who's up for it?

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    On the calendar. Will know 100% the closer we get to November. I am really looking forward to this folks. Sounds like some serious fun and hopefully the weather will be nice.
    And I will try not to get choked.
    You know what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like this?

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    sounds like a great time.
    will plan on it.
    rr

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    RR- we will be expecting several good "what if" discussion starters around the campfire We tease him about that but honestly he usually starts a good discussion that way!
    Boris- "He's famous, has picture on three dollar bill!"

    Rocky- "Wow! I've never even seen a three dollar bill!"

    Boris- "Is it my fault your poor?"

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    On my calender! Should be a great time.

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    folks,
    i'm encouraging my little lady friend to attend. still in discussions!
    --
    this would be a good weekend to bring the spouse.
    my wife has been twice...
    on her first visit... there was huge lightning storm much of the night.
    and i heard the "what if's
    what if it rains?
    what if the wind blows the tent down?
    what if the rain and wind come and blow the tent down and all our stuff gets wet?

    i was pooped after a busy week at work. but it was great.. the lightning show was wonderful to view.
    a fella i didn't know wondered up and volunteered to help us put up the tent... he's become a good friend.
    i turned him down about 3 times but he could see we weren't progressing very well on the tent so i relented! glad i did.
    i've **** some good friends at this campout... folks i'd feed and sleep if they need food or shelter. folks i've learned to trust them. that's a big word.
    --
    on another campout, the weather was predicted to be in teens.. my wife had had some lung issues. she didn't need to be in 15 degree weather outside. two other couples were also going. we agreed to rent a cabin and use it for the women (and a back up for the men) while the men "toughed it out"
    --
    the other 2 couples backed out at the last minute. (it was going to be cold!! they said... duhh) guess who got stuck with the cabin rental!!
    there's a lesson in that story.

    BUT, we learned about camping in 15 degree weather. my wife stayed in the cabin. she didn't get sick!!
    camp water spigot froze.. the camp stew turns to a block of ice.. one of the old geezers there froze taking middle of the night "walks" because he drank too much coffee and hot chocolate around the campfire!!

    advertisement... the cabins are nice.. they are a short drive from the primitive camping area.... probably 3-4 miles.
    but mid november weather in so. georgia should be very nice. no cabins should be needed because of weather.

    come join us and maybe you'll meet a few folks you can learn to trust. and it's possible you'll meet someone you'll learn not to trust... that's happened to me too.... BUT, isn't it nice to learn these things now. in a non stressful situation.
    before it becomes critical.

    come on down... (or up, or over) and join us.
    rr

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    On the calender, I'm up for it!

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    I'll be there for a spell Saturday morning for sure.
    Maybe even overnite, not quite sure yet if that will be possible.

    Anyone who has never met any of the fine folks that inhabit this board is missing out on a good thing.
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    RPD, looking forward to meeting ya since we are in the same town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puternut View Post
    RPD, looking forward to meeting ya since we are in the same town.
    We are?
    Looking forward to making your aquaintance.
    FWIW, our mailing address is Hilliard, it's the closest place with a post office.
    How about ya'll?
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