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August 15, 2019 at 4:43 pm #4110
I talked to Karlin, the park supervisor for Olmsted County. We can use Root River overnight for a Star B-Que, but we are not allowed to camp there. I've never been to one of our Star B-Ques before, so I am not sure if this is a deal breaker for us. The dates are open, nobody has the park reserved. If we use the park, and once we decide the date, she will email me a letter that states that we have permission to be in the park all night. This way, if the sheriff shows up, we have documentation to show.
For those of you that have not been to Root River yet, here is a link to the park information:
The park has dark skies, a porta-potty, picnic tables and some grills and is close to Rochester. It is pretty remote. There is a dirt road for less than a mile that leads to the park entrance that has some major potholes, so be careful!
Chester Woods is another candidate because it has camping, however, the camping location is pretty far from the observing area and I am not sure about campsite availability for those that want to camp. Camping was full last week.
If we agree that Root River is the place to hold it, I will start a poll to pick the date. I think that it is a great place to do it, I'm just not sure about the no-camping rule though.
Thoughts?August 16, 2019 at 9:02 pm #6897
i think it does take away quite a bit by not camping but mainly for people that might be traveling
a great distance. i have never been to Chester Woods or Oxbow (the other park we could camp at)
so i don't know what the lay out is as far as observing?
jimAugust 16, 2019 at 11:44 pm #6898
I think that the challenge at Chester Woods is that the camp sites are located pretty far from the observing area. So we might have to drive back and forth if it is too far to walk for some. I've highlighted the areas on this picture. I've also never camped at Oxbow, someone else might have some input.
[img]https://imgur.com/a/3ORZaJe[/img]August 18, 2019 at 1:07 pm #6899
well, Dean already chimed in on the Observing thread that he is okay with the Root River
site so that is good enough for me. lets just hope for some good weather!August 23, 2019 at 7:42 pm #6900LukaParticipant
I'm fine with Root River park. Just because there is no camping, doesn't mean napping isn't allowed. I can imagine for many members that the proximity to Rochester is an ok trade-off to the no-camping policy. For those that travel, we could probably come up with couch space to crash in Rochester, if necessary.August 27, 2019 at 4:19 pm #6901
Dean, are we looking at Sept 28th at Root River? If so, I can get the letter from Olmsted stating that we have permission to stay there all night.August 30, 2019 at 9:00 pm #6902ranParticipant
Currently tonight is looking better than Saturday. Cloudy early, clear later. Saturday: clear early and cloudy at midnight.
I?d be in for tonight.
What are others thinking?
RandyAugust 30, 2019 at 11:02 pm #6903ranParticipant
Now it doesn't look good for either night to get together. Maybe Sunday…September 3, 2019 at 9:18 pm #6904Dean JohnsonParticipant
Heck yeah, I'd be in favor of Sept. 28th at Root River. There are already fire pits and a port-a-potty there.
Hopefully the Park Rangers would stop by to get a better “look” at what we like to do.September 3, 2019 at 10:06 pm #6905
I liked the locations nearer the Iowa border (like Flatten Farm or Eagle Bluff). I'd prefer to go there. However, Root River will work in a pinch. I'll just pack a gallon of coffee and prepare to stay awake.September 19, 2019 at 7:33 pm #6906
Are we on for this weekend at Root River? I am happy to send out a club email if so. What time would we gather? I haven't been to one yet.September 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm #6907
I'm a little confused. Isn't Star-B-Q supposed to be the 27th and 28th and not this weekend? John, maybe you meant to post this weekend's observing event on the board for “Observing tonight” and not for “2019 Star B-Que?”September 23, 2019 at 7:47 pm #6908ellenvegaParticipant
Is there going to be an attempt at having the StarBQ this weekend?September 24, 2019 at 3:39 am #6909
i think it is Friday or Saturday weather permitting at Root River park?
i missed the last meeting but that was the plan…September 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm #6910
Does anyone have any information about Star B-Que this weekend????? I assume it's at Root River but is it Friday or Saturday?
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