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Friday, June 4, 2010

Social Parade Follower Friday Blog-Hop

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1st Place - 3 Week Ad
2nd Place - 2 Week Ad
3rd Place - 1 Week Ad

Social Parade Followers Friday Blog-Hop is a weekly link-up hosted by Smart and Trendy Moms. It was created for socializing and to get new followers, fans, subscribers, readers without feeling overwhelmed. Every week there will be a new link-up! Its about fun one follower, fan and reader at a time!

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May Top Commenter Winners!

1st Place - 3 Week Free Ad.
2nd Place - 2 Week Free Ad.
3rd Place - 1 Week Free Ad.
Here are the results:

3 way tie for first place, so all 3 ads will run for 3 weeks.
Lin @ Duck and Wheel With String 3 Week Ad spot.
Stacey @ All Stace, All The Time 3 Week Ad spot.
Harriet @ Harriet And Friends 3 Week Ad spot.
Congratulations to the winners! Ads will be up shortly.

Just a reminder to everyone that my Top Commenter Contest will be running in May, so now is your chance to stake out your spot at the counter or grab a booth.

Feel free to copy this contest and link back to me to give me credit for it!

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Monday, May 31, 2010

No longer a camping virgin

And I have to say...I love it! We really had a great time. I went camping with my girlfriend. (No kids!)

We did hit a snag, and had to start out Saturday morning, instead of Friday night, but it was beyond our control. We hit Palace Campgrounds in Galena, IL late morning and set about to find the perfect, shady spot to park the pop-up camper and set up camp in the primitive camping area. (No electric hook-up, etc.) Our first attempt at parking the camper failed, due to the primitive camping area being quite hilly. Our second attempt, just off the dirt road under some trees was perfect, except that we were at a bit of an angle. It made cooking a bit of a challenge in the camper, but we managed. It also caused us to joke endlessly about the mount and dismount of the seats and table in the camper. Due to the angle, we had a bit of maneuvering to get into the seats and had to be on the lookout for sliding pencils and beverages.

As we were setting up the trailer we were treated to music and singing, courtesy of our camping neighbor. They had an acoustic guitar and a banjo. I joked with my girlfriend that maybe they were Deadheads. (She's a big Grateful Dead fan.) She's like 'yeah, right'. Next thing you know, our camping musicians break into a Dead tune. My girlfriend was laughing and shaking her head. They also did several Beatles' tunes, Arlo Guthrie, Dusty Springfield, and some things I didn't recognize, but it was awesome nonetheless. Stairway to Heaven, Blackbird, Yellow Submarine, Come Together, This Land Is Your Land, The Look Of Love. After awhile, I jokingly confessed that I hired the musicians to make our romantic camping getaway complete. When my girlfriend asked how I knew we'd end up in that spot, what if she would have gotten into that first camping spot? I said I didn't want to be negative, but I didn't think we'd get up that hill with the trailer. Lol!

The banjo player even hopped on the hayride wagon and treated fellow riders to some music as they rode around the campground.

So, a few shots from our trip:
05/30/10 hot air balloons over the trees viewed from our campsite.
05/30/10 Sunset
05/30/10 Cooking breakfast on an angle.

I also took a video of one of the songs we were treated to. Not great video because I took it on the sly from behind the van, but I think you can still get the idea of what we experienced. Great musicians. We overheard one of them say that they studied at The Academy of Music.

It was a great weekend and I look forward to future camping trips.

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