Informal Lance Get Together at Woods Canyon Lake AZ "Aspen Campground" - June 2018

Woods Canyon Lake AZ - Aspen Campground

Woods Canyon Lake, AZ June 6-12

Jayne and I will be arriving at about 3-4pm on the 6th and will be at site #117.  If you have any questions please post it on the main discussion page for Current Rallies.  This is an "INFORMAL" Lance get together, no activities planned other than a nightly cocktail party for what ever beverage you like (BYOB)...  I'll have a ham radio set up and perches for hummingbird photography and other critters.  You are welcome to sit in or set up your camera along side mine and shoot away!!!

Rob

 

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Rob Monsipapa posted:
lewander posted:

What an outstanding, memorable weekend!!  Rob, you hit it out of the park!  As you probably assumed, I was intrigued by your photography and the ham radio setup you had up there.  It was absolutely fascinating watching your efforts to get the best shots of the birds and the communication with folks all over the western hemisphere via your radio and wire set up in the trees!  I truly enjoyed the weekend!!!

You were a welcome addition to the group Lew, you added a lot of spice to our 6pm happy hour.  Loved the shot assortment and the girls, what a hit of the gathering..  Thanks for coming Lew!

Starting to post photos Lew, save the link, got a lot more to post:

https://www.az-pics.com/Arizon...ring-June-6-12-2018/

Rob

Rob Monsipapa posted:
Rob Monsipapa posted:
MaricopaMike posted:

Had a great time at the Woods Canyon meet up !!!! Great to meet all of you and the cool weather and abundant wild life was awesome !!! Here are some of the pictures that Kari took .

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Mike and Kari,

thanks for making the trip.  Hope to see you guys next year, I want to go on one of your morning walk-abouts...  I think you had the right idea!  Great back lit shot Kari, love the baby elk pic, never gets old.  Our next door neighbors took their inflatable boat to the lake this morning and saw a femal go into the lake and bathe for about 20min....  i’d Kill to get photos of that!!!  Next time you guys.

Rob

Kari, remember me telling you about the female elks calling for the herd???  There is one calling for them right now, she sounds like she is right across the street from us, it’s almost 11pm...  i’ll Find tha video clip and send it to you!  Sounds sooo cool!

Starting to post photos guys, got a lot more to post so save the link:

https://www.az-pics.com/Arizon...ring-June-6-12-2018/

Rob

FairJim posted:

Donna and I had a great time, even though we had to leave early. Was glad we got to meet everyone. Hope to see everyone in the near future.

Got the trailer back from Tom's today, repaired Frig.  It required a new controller board (normally takes two weeks if order (but they took one from another unit).  They also had to replace the CO/Gas detector (it kept alarming). The Generator did not work any better back here in the valley, so I used the Costco liberal return policy and got a full refund.

Ya, it was a bummer that you guys had to leave early...  got a photo gallery started, keep checking it for new photos...  I have a lot more to post.

https://www.az-pics.com/Arizon...ring-June-6-12-2018/

Rob

Donna and I had a great time, even though we had to leave early. Was glad we got to meet everyone. Hope to see everyone in the near future.

Got the trailer back from Tom's today, repaired Frig.  It required a new controller board (normally takes two weeks if order (but they took one from another unit).  They also had to replace the CO/Gas detector (it kept alarming). The Generator did not work any better back here in the valley, so I used the Costco liberal return policy and got a full refund.

lewander posted:

What an outstanding, memorable weekend!!  Rob, you hit it out of the park!  As you probably assumed, I was intrigued by your photography and the ham radio setup you had up there.  It was absolutely fascinating watching your efforts to get the best shots of the birds and the communication with folks all over the western hemisphere via your radio and wire set up in the trees!  I truly enjoyed the weekend!!!

You were a welcome addition to the group Lew, you added a lot of spice to our 6pm happy hour.  Loved the shot assortment and the girls, what a hit of the gathering..  Thanks for coming Lew!

What an outstanding, memorable weekend!!  Rob, you hit it out of the park!  As you probably assumed, I was intrigued by your photography and the ham radio setup you had up there.  It was absolutely fascinating watching your efforts to get the best shots of the birds and the communication with folks all over the western hemisphere via your radio and wire set up in the trees!  I truly enjoyed the weekend!!!

Gene&Sherry posted:

Rob and Jayne,

I want to thank you both for organizing a wonderful getaway for us 595E8E82-BA1D-441F-84AC-3186B63BB4CC37EF62B2-6487-4708-8E0E-03BCE4C77C58Arizona Lance Owners. Woods Canyon Lake is now going to be a recurring trip for us. May never have found it without your invite, thanks again.

So good to meet new friends and share our love of the outdoors! The grandsons got their first fish and more! All in all a super weekend. 

And Jayne I’m looking for those thingamajigs for the top of my glasses! 

Looking forward to seeing you all again on the road!

Gene and Sherry

Jayne says they are at Bed Bath and Beyond...  glad you guys could make it...

Rob Monsipapa posted:
MaricopaMike posted:

Had a great time at the Woods Canyon meet up !!!! Great to meet all of you and the cool weather and abundant wild life was awesome !!! Here are some of the pictures that Kari took .

IMG_5560IMG_5715IMG_5778

Mike and Kari,

thanks for making the trip.  Hope to see you guys next year, I want to go on one of your morning walk-abouts...  I think you had the right idea!  Great back lit shot Kari, love the baby elk pic, never gets old.  Our next door neighbors took their inflatable boat to the lake this morning and saw a femal go into the lake and bathe for about 20min....  i’d Kill to get photos of that!!!  Next time you guys.

Rob

Kari, remember me telling you about the female elks calling for the herd???  There is one calling for them right now, she sounds like she is right across the street from us, it’s almost 11pm...  i’ll Find tha video clip and send it to you!  Sounds sooo cool!

Gene&Sherry posted:

Rob and Jayne,

I want to thank you both for organizing a wonderful getaway for us 595E8E82-BA1D-441F-84AC-3186B63BB4CC37EF62B2-6487-4708-8E0E-03BCE4C77C58Arizona Lance Owners. Woods Canyon Lake is now going to be a recurring trip for us. May never have found it without your invite, thanks again.

So good to meet new friends and share our love of the outdoors! The grandsons got their first fish and more! All in all a super weekend. 

And Jayne I’m looking for those thingamajigs for the top of my glasses! 

Looking forward to seeing you all again on the road!

Gene and Sherry

Gene and Sherry,

Thanks for coming, you two were a great addition to the 6pm happy hour! You were a joy to have as part of the group...  hope to see you at a future gathering.

Rob & Jayne

MaricopaMike posted:

Had a great time at the Woods Canyon meet up !!!! Great to meet all of you and the cool weather and abundant wild life was awesome !!! Here are some of the pictures that Kari took .

IMG_5560IMG_5715IMG_5778

Mike and Kari,

thanks for making the trip.  Hope to see you guys next year, I want to go on one of your morning walk-abouts...  I think you had the right idea!  Great back lit shot Kari, love the baby elk pic, never gets old.  Our next door neighbors took their inflatable boat to the lake this morning and saw a femal go into the lake and bathe for about 20min....  i’d Kill to get photos of that!!!  Next time you guys.

Rob

Wow, I’m sitting here on the last night of the Woods Canyon Lake trip and thinking I don’t want to go back the the valley.  Met some truly great people, laughed a lot, got a lot of photos to be posed here.  

Thanks to everyone that made the trip.  Without all of you the memories wouldn’t  be the same.  We had a few windy days but the temps at night were great and not too hot during the day.  Loved, loved, loved the 6pm happy hour!  What a great time.  I can now put another birthday in the logbook as one of my favorite memories! Home made peanut brittle, Lew’s home Brew bar shots (that special Jack Daniels brew was soooooth), fish tails to talk about next year (got to sink that hook), lots of wildlife shots to post (was great to have another photographer in the group), never take in and house train a wild jack rabbit (the bites are painful), Tia, Marley, and Lew’s shelty are the BEST.....  There is more..  you all just have to come up and experience it for your self!

I’ll get photos posted in my smugmug site and post the link here as soon as I can.

safe travels everyone.

Rob & Jayne Monsipapa

Had a great time at the Woods Canyon meet up !!!! Great to meet all of you and the cool weather and abundant wild life was awesome !!! Here are some of the pictures that Kari took .

IMG_5560IMG_5715IMG_5778

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Rob and Jayne,

I want to thank you both for organizing a wonderful getaway for us 595E8E82-BA1D-441F-84AC-3186B63BB4CC37EF62B2-6487-4708-8E0E-03BCE4C77C58Arizona Lance Owners. Woods Canyon Lake is now going to be a recurring trip for us. May never have found it without your invite, thanks again.

So good to meet new friends and share our love of the outdoors! The grandsons got their first fish and more! All in all a super weekend. 

And Jayne I’m looking for those thingamajigs for the top of my glasses! 

Looking forward to seeing you all again on the road!

Gene and Sherry

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lewander posted:

I arrived in Mesa a bit after 1pm.  When I hooked up to electricity, everything is working great - except the refrigerator.  I've run some checks with the help of Rick at Lance Service and it looks like I have a circuit board failure.  I phoned Tom's Camperland and they will not work on a unit that wasn't sold by them!  Bad on Tom's Camperland!!!!  And Camping World would have to order the part - a three week wait!  Looks like I'll be heading back to Yuma tomorrow morning.

If anybody wants to come up and needs a site, mine will be available for you.  Site 116 from Wednesday until Sunday.  Just let me know...

I am NOT a happy camper right now!!!!!!

Wow, sorry to hear that...  I'm surprised about Tom's, we have been going there for years and they always take care of us.  I would think warranty work no matter where the rig came from would not be an issue!  I'll have to find out what their policy is.

CALL ME 480-250-5332

Got 2 good repair companies here in the valley that work on Lance and do warranty repairs.  Tom's uses them also when they get slammed with work.

1st choice Timothy at Primitive RV 602-446-3576

2nd choice Ben 480-276-0906

I arrived in Mesa a bit after 1pm.  When I hooked up to electricity, everything is working great - except the refrigerator.  I've run some checks with the help of Rick at Lance Service and it looks like I have a circuit board failure.  I phoned Tom's Camperland and they will not work on a unit that wasn't sold by them!  Bad on Tom's Camperland!!!!  And Camping World would have to order the part - a three week wait!  Looks like I'll be heading back to Yuma tomorrow morning.

If anybody wants to come up and needs a site, mine will be available for you.  Site 116 from Wednesday until Sunday.  Just let me know...

I am NOT a happy camper right now!!!!!!

On our way now.  See everyone soon.  Saw a lance heading down the mountain and we both though "your heading the wrong way "  We have really been looking forward to this trip.

usmcshepherd posted:

Does anyone have an idea on what the temps have been like and/or are expected to be there? I noticed Payson was about 88 degrees the other day around 2pm which will be pretty toasty without air. Thoughts?

Tim, we Yu-MEN don't need to worry about warm temps like those pansies in Phoenix do!  We can wear shorts until it gets down to 45 degrees, and then maybe a hooded sweat shirt will keep us warm around the fire.   Ha-ha-ha!!!!!!!!!!      

MaricopaMike posted:

I just got off of the phone with the lady in charge of campgrounds on the rim . I was moving Sunday night over to Black Canyon rim campground for my wife to hopefully see the wild horse herd that lives near there . She called to let me know that its now closed and was able to get me into another campground for Sunday . Anyway I asked about Aspen campground and she said they do not foresee having to close it . There is currently no fires threatening that area . 

Thanks for the update....

I just got off of the phone with the lady in charge of campgrounds on the rim . I was moving Sunday night over to Black Canyon rim campground for my wife to hopefully see the wild horse herd that lives near there . She called to let me know that its now closed and was able to get me into another campground for Sunday . Anyway I asked about Aspen campground and she said they do not foresee having to close it . There is currently no fires threatening that area . 

Rob Monsipapa posted:
usmcshepherd posted:

Does anyone have an idea on what the temps have been like and/or are expected to be there? I noticed Payson was about 88 degrees the other day around 2pm which will be pretty toasty without air. Thoughts?

It’s usually about 10 degrees cooler than Payson and the temps at Woods Canyon swing about 30 degrees.  The forecast as of today calls for low to mid 80’s during the day and the 50’s at night so bring long pants and long sleeve shirts.  We always have jackets.  If it rains the temps will drop another 10-15 degrees.

rob

FYI there is a significant gain in elevation 2610 ft. between Payson at 4890 ft. and Aspen Camp at 7500 ft. You will know that as you chug up that last hill to reach the top of the rim. It will be a lot cooler than Yuma Sgt.

usmcshepherd posted:

Does anyone have an idea on what the temps have been like and/or are expected to be there? I noticed Payson was about 88 degrees the other day around 2pm which will be pretty toasty without air. Thoughts?

It’s usually about 10 degrees cooler than Payson and the temps at Woods Canyon swing about 30 degrees.  The forecast as of today calls for low to mid 80’s during the day and the 50’s at night so bring long pants and long sleeve shirts.  We always have jackets.  If it rains the temps will drop another 10-15 degrees.

rob

Does anyone have an idea on what the temps have been like and/or are expected to be there? I noticed Payson was about 88 degrees the other day around 2pm which will be pretty toasty without air. Thoughts?

AZCamp posted:

Okay, I have a situation and I cannot go now.  I am soooo upset.  Is there a way to give my spot to someone else??????  What should I do?  Can we do this again later in the summer???

 

I’ll be posting the up coming trips we have planned.  We love the area...  it’s out corner of the world and we totally disconnect for some needed downtime.  Hope you can make a future outing.

Stephen Ray posted:

Rob - Is this still on? I was wondering due to the fires.

Steve

We are going unless the forest gets shut down, at this point it doesn’t look likely but if there is  another big fire in the area between now and then it could change.  

Everyone that’s going, please keep an eye on this page.  I’ll post an update just before we head up on Wednesday afternoon or if anything changes that could impact this trip.  I’ll post my phone here so if you want to call before you head out that’s cool with me.  We will be keeping tabs on the Forest Service for all updates.

Rob 480-250-5332

make sure you leave a message, if I don’t recognize the number I won’t pick up due to all the sales calls I get!

I’m getting excited!!!!!

We'll be there!  We've had the site reservation for a while but couldn't totally commit until today.  Looking forward to meeting all of the fellow Lance owners!!  We're in site #60.

Steve and Julie

Sorry you can't make it.  We have a few trips reserved already. We will be in site 31. July 8th thru 19th.    Sept 9th thru 18th.  And we have Oct 4th thru 8th reserved.  I retire Sept 5th and ran out of vacation in July so nothing planned for August 

AZCamp posted:

Okay, I have a situation and I cannot go now.  I am soooo upset.  Is there a way to give my spot to someone else??????  What should I do?  Can we do this again later in the summer???

 

Bummer, things always come up when you least expect it.  My wife and I go up every month for about 5 days starting on this trip in June.  It’s how we beat the heat in Phoenix...  i’ll Post our next trip this weekend.  Since it is so close to the valley the sites get booked up quickly.  Fall could be a really nice trip with the colores changing. These was someone who was coming up and didn’t have a reservation.  I would hook up with them and see if they can reserve it just after you cancel.   Think you will only loose $10.

Okay, I have a situation and I cannot go now.  I am soooo upset.  Is there a way to give my spot to someone else??????  What should I do?  Can we do this again later in the summer???

 

Gene&Sherry posted:

Gene and I are bringing two of our grandsons, Nolan age 10, Oliver age 7 almost eight.  They expressed desire to learn to fish. So any fisherman that can share pointers with us, all are welcome! Can’t wait to meet you all!

We fish, at least Rick does a lot. 

Mustang03 posted:

Sorry to say it looks like we will not make it this time. We'll try again some time. Hope you have a great weekend.

Next time hopefully.  I just hope we get even a little bit of rain before we get there!  I’ll be posting a lot of photos from the get together.

Rob

Gene&Sherry posted:

Gene and I are bringing two of our grandsons, Nolan age 10, Oliver age 7 almost eight.  They expressed desire to learn to fish. So any fisherman that can share pointers with us, all are welcome! Can’t wait to meet you all!

The store at the lake has  all kinds of fishing supplies.  It’s not the biggest but has a lot of the most commonly used items there...

Rob

Gene and I are bringing two of our grandsons, Nolan age 10, Oliver age 7 almost eight.  They expressed desire to learn to fish. So any fisherman that can share pointers with us, all are welcome! Can’t wait to meet you all!

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