Memorial Weekend Campout/ Cookout

Join us Memorial weekend for a group campout/ barbeque on a 31 acre wooded and secluded property 30 miles east of Dallas. This is a guaranteed more peaceful setting than any state park- no ear plugs are required! You'll be surrounded by old growth hardwoods, creeks, ponds, trails and wildlife. You can swim, fish, ride bikes, hike and rope swing over the rear pond if you dare. There are plenty of fun things to do for the kids too- the tire swing, crazy swing, mini bikes, archery, etc. You can camp near my home or seclude yourself back in the jungle. The cost is free, the rules are minimal-bury your waste, pack out your garbage, don't pee in my ponds. I will provide the smoked brisket for a pot luck dinner, in my home Saturday night. Everyone is welcome but parking large groups can be a challenge so plan on car-pooling.

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  • Randall O.

    Here's a list of stuff left behind: two folding chairs, one ray gun water pistol, one Hello Kity towel, one tupperware container and a one quart skillet. Ellen, I have not found your hanging water container.

    June 4

    • Ellen

      Randall I did find the water container. Is one of the folding chairs red? I have a red one missing from one of the two last campouts.

      June 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went off on my own & although I hadn't planned it that way, it was such a blessing. I hope to meet more of you next time! Thank you Rand for helping me push through my fears & overcome some of the blockages in my life. Everything happens for a reason & I'm now ready to move on with my life. I think everyone took something different away with them. For me it was personal growth & proving to myself I was going to be okay. Thank you!

    1 · May 28, 2014

    • Rex B.

      Hey Tammy, those pink mushrooms kind of help too, huh? LOL

      2 · May 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      But of course! ;-)

      May 29, 2014

  • Ellen

    I do hope everyone pitched in with $'s donation. Randall and Arie had a LOT of expense and did a lot of work to make this a weekend to remember. THANKS again, my boys and I all had a GREAT time.

    May 26, 2014

    • Ellen

      Good to meet you guys too, Pramodh.

      May 28, 2014

    • Pramodh

      It was nice meeting you and your boys Ellen, hope to see you guys again.

      May 29, 2014

  • Randall O.

    As usual, there were a few things left behind-two folding chairs, one beach towel and a pair of women's sandals.

    May 27, 2014

    • Ellen

      Randall, by chance did I leave my water bag there hanging? I haven't located it yet in my "stuff".

      May 28, 2014

  • Arie

    Thank you BB for allowing Papa to invite us for great weekend. Thank you Papa Randall.

    May 28, 2014

  • Randall O.

    This was the biggest and best group of people of any event I’ve ever had. Over 65 showed up over the course of the weekend! To have that many enjoying my property, well that's as good as it gets. It was a thrill to have so many first time campers and first time 'meetupers'. We all start off as strangers so the opportunity to bring so many good people together and help create so many new friendships and great memories is a real honor. Thank you all for coming, for respecting my property and all of your contributions.

    May 27, 2014

  • Pramodh

    Hi Erie..It was good to meet you.

    May 27, 2014

  • Pramodh

    Thanks Randall for organizing this event. Me and my son had a great time, also we got to meet lots of nice people. Hope to meet you again on some other meet up.

    May 27, 2014

  • Andrea C.

    Was a great time for all!

    May 26, 2014

  • Marilyn l.

    I had a great time. Everything was perfect. Thx so much

    May 26, 2014

  • Marilyn l.

    I had a great time. Everything was perfect. Thx so much

    May 26, 2014

  • Ellen

    GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!

    May 26, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Thanks Rand! The boys and I had a great time. I can be reached by email at: memartin22 atsymbol hotmail dot com.

    May 26, 2014

  • Frank D.

    Rand, thank you for a great time. I'll see you on a camp out soon. Good luck with your pens.

    May 25, 2014

  • Andrea C.

    DJ and I had a great time and it was wonderful meeting all of you! Hope to see you all at another event soon.

    May 25, 2014

  • Randall O.

    Could someone please bring me a bag of ice

    May 24, 2014

  • Pramodh

    Just left irving..

    May 24, 2014

  • Rex B.

    I want to come Sunday afternoon. Is it too late to RSVP? There is no option on the page to RSVP.

    May 24, 2014

    • Rex B.

      I promise not to pee in the pond Randall. LOL

      May 24, 2014

  • Renko T.

    Randall, I would love to come by and spend a couple of hours this(Sat) afternoon. Won't be able to stay for cookout nor camping. Thank you.

    May 24, 2014

  • colleen

    I will be there late this am

    May 24, 2014

  • Randall O.

    bring flashlights!

    May 24, 2014

  • Michael M.

    At noon Friday, i had high hopes for making it out friday night. But logitics of children made that impossible. Car is packed and should be there ~ 2:30 saturday.

    May 24, 2014

  • Ellen

    Question - anyone interested in doing a breakfast potluck on Sunday morning?

    1 · May 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      And bacon. LOL!

      May 23, 2014

    • Michael M.

      I'm bringing breakfast burrito makings for my crew on Sunday. There will be extra to go around.

      May 24, 2014

  • Monica

    Any one will do carpool?
    I am close to Plano.

    May 21, 2014

    • Monica

      Thank you Chantal! I just saw your message. I will call you tomorrow(Saturday) I would come late so I probably I drive my car too.

      May 24, 2014

  • Randall O.

    There seems to be some confusion regarding pot luck dinner etiquette. I've had people show up with nothing. They were not invited back. Bring a bag of chips or a bottle of booze but bring real food too- salads, vegetables, your favorite casserole. Bring enough to feed everyone in your party +2. Bring serving dishes, trivets and serving utensils. I will provide the brisket, honeysuckle tea, paper plates and plastic ware. I have three ovens, two cook tops (no microwave) and an outside electrical plug you can use. I will not have refrigerator space available for others.

    May 22, 2014

    • colleen

      I will bring a salad

      May 23, 2014

    • Pramodh

      I will be coming saturday and probably leave on sunday late evening.

      May 23, 2014

  • Masa_

    Any ideas on how people can stay clean? I was wondering if there was a shower or bath alternative during the stay.

    May 20, 2014

    • Ellen

      FYI - WalMart has the shower bags (that you hang to heat up in the sun) for $9.49 - so a cheap way to take a quick shower.

      May 21, 2014

    • Andrea C.

      I think both Ellen and I will have one of these camp showers and can probably share if needed.

      May 22, 2014

  • Randall O.

    The national weather forecast indicates that Sunday could see a 20% chance of rain, Monday, a 40% so here's the deal-the property is dry right now and you can drive to your campsite, unload and then move your vehicle to one of three designated parking areas. Only one of these areas is 'paved'. If it starts raining hard, everyone in the 'unpaved' areas has got to move their cars onto the county road- quickly. I'm at the end of a dead end road so no one will care but it's imperative since wrecker service to pull you out is expensive. I doubt if it’s going to be a problem but if we do get slammed with a lot of rain you will have to carry your gear out to your car.

    May 22, 2014

  • Noushin

    Sorry i can't make it, i have to work this weekend we are short hand

    May 22, 2014

  • Randall O.

    There will be others coming out just for the day.

    May 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could this possibly be a one day trip rather than an overnight?

    May 22, 2014

  • Sandra R.

    I am for sure

    May 21, 2014

  • Randall O.

    There is a outside cold water shower behind my house that guests can use. There's no privacy screen but you can figure out how to get clean without flashing anyone. My good friend Arie covered the $95!! cost of the porta potty and I have spent $150 for mowing, $40 for brisket, etc. etc. so we will have tip jars available for much appreciated contributions.

    May 21, 2014

  • Randall O.

    A few people have asked about guns and dogs. I've never allowed hunting on my property and there will be way too many people for target shooting. No dogs over 30 lbs. and if your dog presents a threat to my little dog, the kids, the wildlife or the tranquilty of my property you will be asked to leave.

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will be out of town for my daughter's graduation

    May 21, 2014

  • Randall O.

    OK girls, I'll have a porta potty delivered this week. With a 60 person RSVP list from several Meetup sites we should have at least 30-40 show up. If the property is wet or there is rain in the forecast parking will be a challenge so check these postings before you head out.

    2 · May 18, 2014

    • Ellen

      Thank you, Randall, from The Prewitt Gang!

      May 20, 2014

  • Pramodh

    Any one to carpool from Irving ? Also I might come back on Sunday afternoon as Irving ISD schools are making up for snow days so no school holiday.

    May 20, 2014

  • Randall O.

    There is a fire pit large enough for cooking, etc. but I don't have much split fire wood.

    May 18, 2014

    • Ellen

      Cool - then I will bring some too (probably under the boys' feet, but will make room).

      May 19, 2014

    • colleen

      I will bring some. I am oncall friday night but will arrive sat morning

      May 19, 2014

  • Pramodh

    Hi Randall,I will have a 10Year and 5 Year, will that be Ok.

    May 18, 2014

    • Michael M.

      You're not the only one with kids. Should be a handful around that same age.

      1 · May 19, 2014

  • Randall O.

    Kids are welcome- just keep an eye on them. If your kid wandered off here he might be lost for some time. Kids can swim and rope swing but only with parental supervision.

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Ellen

    Randall - Is there a fire pit for both cooking and sitting around? So a need to bring firewood or not?

    May 18, 2014

  • Randall O.

    Directions from Dallas

    East on IH 80
    80 turns into 20 (going towards Tyler)
    Just past Terrell Exits take College Mound Exit
    Stay on service road 100 yrds.
    Turn right at stop sign on 429
    Go south on 429 (4) miles, turn right on 133 (across from water tower)
    Cross small bridge, go 1/8 mile, left on 135 (easy to pass)
    Last two drives on right, 300’ before dead end
    10164 CR 135
    SIGN ABOVE GATE : WILLIAMS CREEK MILL

    Rand Oliver

    (972)[masked]

    May 18, 2014

  • colleen

    I am willing to split it with people to rent the port a potty

    May 14, 2014

  • Michael M.

    My status says +2 but actually +4 boys under age of 13. I'm looking forward to it. Please let us know if you decide to rent the porta-potty. We would certainly prefer to contribute to a donation jar than pack out our own "droppings".

    May 14, 2014

    • Ellen

      Going to be a mess of boys under the age of 13 - Yippee!!!

      1 · May 14, 2014

  • Randall O.

    Of course your friends are welcome but you need to car pool as much as you can. It sounds like we are going to have a big turn out so check these postings before you head out-we will have seriously limited parking if the property is wet or there is a high likelihood of rain.

    I would love to have an outdoor worship service one morning if I can find someone to preside

    May 5, 2014

    • Ellen

      I'll second the outdoor worship service!

      May 5, 2014

    • Ellen

      I am sure we would not mind being his "guinea pigs" and letting him "practice" on us if he was willing to.

      May 5, 2014

  • Randall O.

    Tracy, If Ellen loans you a tent and I loan you a sleeping pad and bag your equipment needs will be minimal.

    April 27, 2014

    • Ellen

      Tracy, if you need me to bring the tent it doesn't take much space and I will, so just let me know. If anyone else needs a tent, I have a 2nd PINK tent

      April 28, 2014

    • Ellen

      This "offer" of a loaned tent is for anyone. I actually have two of the PINK tents. But I would have to know ahead of time so that I can pull them out.

      May 5, 2014

  • Randall O.

    Ellen, of course your puppy is welcome but I have to put restrictions on larger dogs. I’ve got a 12 lb. Yorkie and a 12 year old daughter that I am very protective of so here’s my dog policy- NO dogs over 30 lbs., if your dog presents a threat to my dog, the kids, the wildlife or the tranquility of my property you will be asked to leave. Pet owners should realize that this is a densely forested area with lots of wildlife looking for a meal. Keep your pets close at hand.

    I appreciate your portapotty suggestion. Sounds like a good idea.

    April 27, 2014

    • Ellen

      Cool, thanks Randall - the only threat my "Yorkie/Schnauzer"­ pup will be is if you let her get too close to your face, she will give you lots of puppy kisses. I will keep her with us at all times. She does well on the leash and being carried.

      April 28, 2014

    • Ellen

      Not sure what I was thinking - "Lilly" is a Shih Tzu/Schnauzer pup.

      April 28, 2014

  • Ellen

    Randall - I have RSVP'd us, but it only allows for a +2 and I am a +3. I guess I should ask about pets? I have a small pup (guessing she weighs about 2-3 pounds at the moment). She goes everywhere we do (camping and all). Is that okay? Please let me know. Thanks.

    April 27, 2014

  • Randall O.

    There will be no porta- potties since they cost about $80 for the weekend. I could charge a small amount to each visitor to cover it but, if I charged anything, it would be considered a business and I would have to get commercial liability insurance. For smaller events guests have access to my mud room toilet but larger crowds could easily overwhelm my septic system and cause me a lot of grief. So, it's dig a hole or bring your own toilet (as cheap as $12) and pack it out.

    April 24, 2014

    • Ellen

      Randall - have you ever thought about putting up the porta-potty and putting a "donation" jar to fund it. I am pretty sure it could be easily funded that way and then no "business". Just a thought.

      April 27, 2014

  • Tracy

    I want to go but I'm not yet equipped with camping supplies. Soon.. Soon...

    April 27, 2014

    • Ellen

      Tracy - there are lots of us that have extras that we don't mind loaning out. I for one have an extra couple of tents. They are PINK, but they are about a 3-man/woman tent. They hold two cots with space in between.

      April 27, 2014

  • Luke & Tiffany C.

    I have another couple wants to join us, I sign in as +2 but actually 4 of us is that ok?

    April 24, 2014

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