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Old 02-04-2010, 09:08 AM   #1
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Spring Rally at James Island, Charleston, SC

The Exploratory Committee as discussed above visited the “Jewel” of the South, Charleston, S.C. yesterday. We checked out four Camp Grounds to see which would be the best to host a Rally for IRV2, the Southeast Region, Florida Cooters, and returning North, Mid Atlantic, and Northeast groups.

We spent time visiting each, looking over the facilities and discussing rates. The feeling amongst us is 15 sites would be required.

Charleston is a city that has many historic venues to visit and the spring season is one of the best. Flowering trees and flowers are all beginning to bloom. The weather warms which lets you wander the city in comfort.

After discussing all four we decided that The Campground at James Island County Park would be our best selection. This is a county park, closest to Historic Charleston, easily accessible from the south, west and north. There is a Shuttle Service available from the Camp Ground to downtown.

James Island is open year round, has a camp store, 30/50 amp full service sites, paved roads, ceramic bathhouses, laundry facilities, ice, propane, fire wood. No TV cable is available.

Dates: Arrive Thursday April 29, 2010.
Depart: Sunday May 2, 2010 or Monday May 3, 2010.

Rates: Full Hook up, Pull thru $ 43.00 Good Sam Member or Senior (60+) $38.70
Full Hook up, Back in $ 41.00 Good Sam Member or Senior (60+) $36.90

Handicapped sites are available
The above fees are subject to 7.5% sales tax, plus a 6% Accommodation Tax.
Check in 1:00 PM, check out 11:00 AM

Call the Campground directly at 843-795-7275, Select option #3 Reservations. Tell them you are camping with a friend staying on site #6. Hopefully you will speak with Tara.
I had trouble with this telephone number today (4/20/2010) try 843-795-9884 or 800-743-7275

To see a site map www.ccprc.com select campgrounds and cottages, then campgrounds.

You need to call and make reservation, one night deposit is required of $ 41.88. Senior Citizen of Good Sam.
Cancellation is 6:00PM the night before for a full refund.

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#1 Depchief, Beau & Connie, site 6
#2 Driver, Mike and Colleen, site 3
#3 Freebird 23, Bill and Juanita, site 8
#4 diandtom, Dianne and Tom, site 9
#5 doc, Doc and Carol, site 11
#6 50kw, Duncan and Rose, site ??
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:59 AM   #2
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Is there two this year? I thought I read about Stone Mt.,Ga.
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There will be two scheduled, one at Stone Mountain, the other at James Island in Charleston.
You can select which or both you would like to attend.

Hope to see you.
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Unfortunately we will be in a different part of the country, but your choice of campgrounds is a very good choice. We stayed at James Island County Park last year for a week. If you have a dog, they have a two football field wide and long doggy park with water access. There is also, for a fee, a water park, but it may not be operational during the Spring time.

Don't forget to visit the "Angel Tree." (Google it)

Patiot Point Naval & Maritime Museum - Charleston Harbor and the USS Yorktown (CV-10)

Y'all are in for a good time.
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Old 02-05-2010, 09:10 AM   #5
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Hi All,

I am not yet sure would like to attend both, however this one is not realy in the direction I head when going back home!
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Hi Al
Granted, this one is a little out of your way...but your RETIRED...go for it!!
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Excellent choice. Great dog park, trails, and only a few minutes from Folley Beach also. You'll have a great time.
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The park is also very close to the Angel Oak Tree which is estimated to be 1,500 years old. I have some pictures that I'll put up tomorrow.
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For anyone who has never been to Charleston, take the horse drawn wagon tour. It is worth it. They used to start/end at the Slave Market. They are not expensive and it's a good tour.
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The Horse Drawn Carriage Tour which departs from the Market in downtown Charleston is the ride past "Rainbow Row" which are Revolutionary War era built homes which are preserved by the historic society. All of the homes on the waterfront



"In Charleston Harbor, Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard resolved not to allow the supplies to reach Fort Sumter. He issued an ultimatum to Major Anderson to surrender his men or face attack. When Anderson refused, Beauregard ordered the batteries to open fire. At 4:30 on the morning of April 12, the first cannon was fired and the Civil War began."

One doesn't have to use much imagination to gaze into the past. When looking at the balconies of these very same buildings the citizens and military were observing the start of the "War Between The States" as the shells began dropping in on Fort Sumter.

The peninsula that comprises the bulk of the old town is located between the Ashley and the Cooper Rivers. Rainbow Row is located in the South East part of town and is situated on East Battery Street.

White Point Gardens at the point of the southern most tip of this old town is resplendent in color from the plants and flowers that will be blooming there by late April. It would seem that botanically each of the homes that surround the park are trying to out do one another.

A walking tour on the streets and the wharf area will still present cobblestone streets that were originally made during the 1700s. On the return from your carriage tour enter the Charleston City Market and just take a few moments to see the Sweetgrass Basket weavers work their magic and browse through as many as 4 blocks of merchants.



This marker denotes one of the many wonders in South Carolina this being one of the most breath taking, "The Angel Oak". It's still standing and as healthy as ever.

The Angel Oak is estimated to be around 1,500 years old. It stands 65' tall, 9' in diameter, and the crown covers an area of 17,000 sq/ft'. It's longest limb is 89'.



Seeing the Angel Oak is one thing however touching it with one's hand brings the reality of what your are looking at into focus.

Seen are 2 tourists who for the first time like ourselves were taken away by the beauty and the grandeur of this fabulous creation.

The Angel Oak in recent times was severely damaged by Hurricane Hugo however it has survived that event and is thriving. Acorns taken from the tree have been grown continuing the blood like of this magnificent tree.

The Angel Oak is located 9 miles from the James Island County Park.
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Our plans have been to stay at James Island on our way from Florida back up to Myrtle Beach to see the kids,we'll make our reservations then and let you know what site.
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When you make the reservation refer to the group staying in Site # 6. That will put you in the site 1 thru 26 area.
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Aren't the sites reserved for a rally? Do we mention IRV2 and is there a discount for a rally?? Just curious!!
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Aren't the sites reserved for a rally? Do we mention IRV2 and is there a discount for a rally?? Just curious!!
Beau, Got it right. Just mention that you are with the people on Site #6. That leveled the playing field for us and the reservations were made in the right location. I don't believe they were able to save a reservation for iRV2 but in their system they can find Site #6.
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