[DFT] Guardian questions

kristid2001@yahoo.com kristid2001 at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 31 16:16:27 PST 2005

Hey, Lady! 
Where's Garner?
We've used the Buck's site before, back before it was Buck's. It's pretty. How's the bathroom situation now? It was unimpressive back then. A toilet and an open shower per side. Just as at Broken O, a single spigot for water. You know me, I want water! Silly water bearer. How about grassburrs? They were not bad last time. Bonus with this site is that the list field area was in shade, and the archery range was right there next to it, so we got to watch everything! There was also a raised concrete "stage" there that we used for court. My vote so far!
Seriously, though, as much as I like the Broken O, and Cheree, there is vast vast vast room for improvement at the Broken O. I HATE the road. The lack of water, the grassburrs, the porto-pottys. I LOVE the isolation, the Pavillion, the River.
I don't like Tres Rios. Period. Way too much mundanity. Not enough shaded tent camping space, or rather it's a hike to get anywhere 'cause the "shore" line is only 20' or so wide from bank to beach, so we wound up strung out along the horseshoe-shaped river for a half-mile. It may not sound bad, but it was not conducive to reveling. AND, unless they've resolved the whole dangling chunks of asbestos problem, I for one will not cook, or eat at the Palace.
The people at Camp and Fish were excedingly rude to us last time we approached them.
State Parks- no alcohol, and no smoking or smoking only in your vehicle (!?!) in some of them. 
I vote we definitely check out some of the other sites. Need help? I'm a great navigator!

ThoraOdottir at aol.com wrote:
I have a couple of questions for the populace regarding Guardian this year.  I have a tentative date with the Broken "O" this year awaiting approval.  Before I finalized this I wanted to get the opinion of the populace. 
Do we want to go with the Broken "O" period or shall we compare prices with other sites that already have amenities such as water and bathrooms and a mowed site?
Considerations are the cost of bringing in water, cost of extra porta-johns, and cost of rental of a brush hog mower (unless we have access to one again this year) or cost of having it mowed. Cheree says she could mow it on her riding mower but it isn't running right now.
I drove around some yesterday looking at potential sites.  
I found a place in Garner called West End RV Park that says they are willing to work with us for $450, but the place is pretty trashed out in the wooded areas. He says he could have it cleaned up by April but I would be much more sold on a clean site than the promise of a clean site. On the other hand they have bathrooms, showers, electrical hookups and a nice, long, flat field that would be really good for pavilions and list fields.
Looked at Tres Rios.  Looked like it may be a little pricey for us and there would be a lot of mundanes but they have all the amenities the site is well kept and it sounded like they would be willing to work with us.  PS next Yule autocrat might want to check out the renovated Palaces 1,2,&3.  They each have a little kitchenette with stove, fridge, sink and microwave.  They can be rented individually or all together (they are separated by curtain partitions) which would give a feastocrat three kitchens to work with.
Drove out to Keller's Campground in Mineral Wells.  The sign said they were closed so I decided to check some other spots and call for an appointment if ya'll think it would be a good idea.  I did notice that it seemed the neighbors were right on top of the campground though.
Willow Lake Gardens, where Springfare is going to be would cost $900 for the weekend but we would not be able to get the area that Springfare is going to be using.  It would have to be the Barn site that is not scheduled to be completed until May I believe.
Camp and Fish wouldn't do a group rate.
Went to Buck's onthe Brazos.  Spoke with JR (appears to be a caretaker maybe) He said I would need to speak with the boss Scott for a group rate and reservations.  JR sounded really interested in the SCA though.  I told him about forge night and drew him a map. He may show up.
Please ya'll give me some feed back on this as soon as you can and if you can think of some other places for me to check out let me know.
Thanks ya'll.  I'll keep you posted.
In Fidelis Muneris
Thora Olafsdottir
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