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dgrosvold
 Tuesday, September 08 2009 @ 03:04 pm EDT (Read 2883 times)  
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Come join us once again for a great Fall Star Party!

Lora and I cordially invite members of the AOAS and guests to a star party at our ranch on Hale Mountain. The Star Party will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2009. We'll start with a potluck supper at about 5:00 PM, and then move to the observing area as dusk approaches. You're welcome to come up earlier to set up.

This is a great dark sky site in NW Arkansas, and we should have an excellent time. We have a spectacular view to the south, with very little sky glow.

Folks are welcome to camp overnight, and we do have 30A electric hookups for about three RVs if you want to bring them. Unfortunately, electricity will not be available at the actual observing site, so bring your battery packs.

Please bring a covered dish or dessert for the potluck supper. Also - everyone needs to bring their own beverages. Lora and I don't serve alcohol up here, but if you want to bring a few beers or something that's up to you. We'll try to have a couple of ice chests full of ice, and maybe some hot cocoa later in the evening. One more thing - It gets COLD up here at night, so dress appropriately.

Click here for a larger satellite view of the ranch.

Here are some simple directions to our place if the web maps are just too hard to follow:

From Van Buren take Hwy 59 north to Evansville. Here's a Google Map showing the route from Evansville to our place. When you get to Evansville, turn right at the Post Office (That's County Rd 3 - Hale Mountian Rd.) Follow CR3 for 5-1/2 miles. If at any point you're in doubt, remember to bear left. It's all paved so you don't have to worry about gravel roads. You will come out on top of Hale Mountain at about 4.25 miles, and then the road will run fairly straight for about 7/8 of a mile and then bend to the right. Go another 4/10 of a mile, and you will see our mailbox on the right with the number 18966 on it. Turn right just after the mailbox, and then you will find yourself facing 4 driveways. Take the 2nd one on the right, just around the left side of the two stone pillars. See the photos below.

From Fayetteville, take Hwy 62 (Exit 62 on I-540) West through Farmington. and continue on through Prairie Grove. Continue 4 miles past the traffic light in downtown Prairie Grove to Ark Hwy 45. Here's a Google Map showing the route from Prairie Grove to our place. Turn Left onto Hwy 45 and follow that down through Canehill, and then Clyde. At Clyde, Hwy 45 will head to the right. Follow 45 approx. 2.5 miles to Country Road 3 (Hale Mountain Rd.) Turn left here. There's a big sign for the Morrow Country Store at this turn-off. Follow CR3 down into Morrow past the Morrow Country Store and on 2-1/4 miles past the store up to the top of Hale Mountain. Now follow the paved road for another 1/2 mile. The road will curve around to the left. At the end of a white/grey rail fence you should see our mailbox on the left with the number 18966 on it. Turn left just before the mailbox, and then you will find yourself facing 4 driveways. Take the 2nd one on the right, just around the left side of the two stone pillars. See the photos below.

If you're coming from Little Rock or points East on I-40, just go on to Van Buren and then follow the directions from there, above.

Got questions? Ask away... Big Grin


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 Tuesday, September 08 2009 @ 03:24 pm EDT  
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Here's a view looking NE on Hale Mountain Rd as you approach our mailbox:



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 Tuesday, September 08 2009 @ 03:26 pm EDT  
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Here's a view of the driveway area after you've made the turn:



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 Wednesday, September 09 2009 @ 09:54 am EDT  
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Wouldn't miss it for anything! Might bring a stew -
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 Wednesday, September 09 2009 @ 11:34 am EDT  
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Good deal! While I know Leonard's "Out-Of-This-World" ribs are unmatched, I'm planning on throwing some of my "Partially Famous Dave's" (not the restaurant chain) country style BBQ pork ribs on the grill for that evening. Who knows? It may be good!


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 Thursday, September 10 2009 @ 06:28 pm EDT  
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Dave & Lora,
It is with deep regrets that Loretta and I will not be able to attend the Fall 2009 Star Party at your Diamond Bar G Ranch. We have really enjoyed to past star parties there and know how great the food, sky viewing, and great company of the AOAS members is at these events. We have another commitment that will not allow us to be in two places at one time. Thank you so much for your earlier invitation. Wishing one and all clear skies that evening.
Chuck & Loretta


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 Saturday, September 12 2009 @ 08:09 pm EDT  
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We'll be there! But I'm not telling what kind of vittles we are bringing, it's a secret... Wink


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 Sunday, September 13 2009 @ 11:14 am EDT  
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We'll be there! But I'm not telling what kind of vittles we are bringing, it's a secret... Wink



Cool! I'm looking forward to learning what you have in mind! BTW - if you come earlier in the afternoon, I'm sure Lora would be willing to take the girls out to spend some quality time with the horses.


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