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4th of July Campout/ Cookout/ Party

  • Jul 4, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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We had so much fun Memorial weekend that we decided to do it again so join us for a campout/cookout/party at our property in Kaufman over the 4th of July weekend. We have 31 wooded acres with abundant campsites, lots of wildlife, trails and two ponds so come prepared to camp, swim, hike, fish, ride bikes and try the awesome rope swing over the back pond. At our last event there were numerous people who said that they would rather camp on our property than most state parks-it's closer, more peaceful with fewer rules and no fees! Everyone is welcome, especially kids and fun-loving adults! We will do our traditional pot luck dinner Saturday night where I provide barbeque and everyone brings side dishes. Hope you can join us!

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  • Randall O.

    I'm really glad that you and your daughter joined us Paula! Your contribution to Saturday’s dinner was outstanding. You told me before that you were a good cook and now I believe it. I really enjoyed your company too Heather! You have a great kid -he played so hard that he was exhausted which is something I can relate to. Meeting good people like you guys makes all of the effort and money spent worthwhile. I've said what I have to say about the no-shows so let's move on. Here is a tentative schedule of the next trips that I'm planning: July 19th- 21st- Texas Railroad Park in Palestine, August 2nd- 4th- Turner Falls Park in OK, August 16- 18th, Cleburne State Park and the Glen Rose Passion Play. Yall are also welcome to come back to my place anytime. Whether you camp or just come for the day, I would be glad to have you all come back.

    July 8, 2013

  • Randall O.

    I understand what you are saying Paula but my phone number was included on every site. This is a problem with every event that I have led as well as every other trip organizer. Many Meetup sites will remove you from the group if you no-show. As a result of no-shows trip leaders incur more expenses and frustration- I bought food for the group anticipating a certain number of people. In the past we have reserved too many campsites and paid cancelation fees as a result. Most meetup leaders don't make any money on their events- we just lead trips to provide opportunities for people to meet so there is really no excuse for this kind of inconsideration.

    July 8, 2013

    • ~ P.

      I'm not making excuses for anyone. :) My statement was not specifically related to your comment. I was just letting you know that once the event begins, one cannot change the RSVP status on meetup. I said YES I was coming, then later changed my RSVP to NO because of work, but then I decided I would just make it happen and go anyway (just get a later start, like Heather), so when I couldn't change the RSVP, I simply commented here in lieu of changing the RSVP. I was hoping there would not be a problem doing so. I brought my own food, so I wasn't expecting any special accommodation. It was so late when I arrived, that I was concerned about calling and disturbing you. I appreciate the time and effort that went into the event. You were a wonderful host! I agree, that you provided ample opportunity for someone to notify you. Thanks again.

      July 8, 2013

  • Heather C.

    Thanks Rand for opening up your home to strangers and providing the opportunity for us to connect with each other. I met some pretty incredible people (including yourself). And I really appreciate this being a kid friendly event as well. My son had as much fun as I did...he might argue he had even more fun! Thanks again for your hospitality. PS- your rope swing rocks!!!

    July 8, 2013

  • ~ P.

    I can't RSVP, but three of us are coming Friday night.

    July 5, 2013

    • ~ P.

      I just wanted to mention that the RSVP function is disabled once the event has started, so if someone can no longer attend (or suddenly can, as in my case), the RSVP cannot be changed.

      July 8, 2013

  • Randall O.

    What a wonderful time we had- swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, riding off road mini bikes and LOTS of rope swinging! I appreciate all of the good people that showed and the new friendships that were formed. However, there were numerous people that RSVP'ed yes and no-showed as well as a few who came but just took off without saying goodbye, thanks, kiss my foot or anything. Since it takes a considerable amount of time, effort and money to host these events and since I have zero interest in associating with rude, inconsiderate people of low character, these folks will not be welcome on any future party, event or trip that I host.

    July 7, 2013

  • ~ P.

    We had fun...thanks.

    July 7, 2013

  • ~ P.

    I just got off work...was thinking we might head out there around 6, even though I'm getting a late start. Would that be okay with the group? Also, my plus one would be my 16 year old daughter. Anyone else bringing a teen...is that even allowed? She's well behaved and doesn't roll her eyes much. :)

    July 5, 2013

  • Amy P.

    Hope y'all are having fun! - Can't make it as originally planned. Hope to join next time!

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Rand! I'll be there around 4pm.

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My original plans for this weekend fell through so I'm thinking about joining you guys today through Sunday morning. One question, I have a very friendly, lab / retriever mix who loves to camp and play in the water. Can I bring him?

    July 5, 2013

  • ¡oʞɐsɐW

    I might join just for Saturday afternoon till 9-ish since I have to get up really early next morning. I will bring side dish.

    I will text you tomorrow for sure!

    Looking forward to meet everyone!

    July 5, 2013

  • Randall O.

    Hey Mark! The fireworks in Terrell don't start until 9:00. I guess we will leave here around 8:00 so you can join us here and follow us to town or just look for the only long haired hippie with a Hawaiian shirt in a big crowd of rednecks.

    3 · July 4, 2013

    • Heather C.

      Hey there Randall...I RSVP'd yesterday. Change of plans, we're gonna head out today (instead of Fri) and join you for the fireworks!

      July 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Randall - Sorry I couldn't make it. Worked today, got home very late. Thanks for hosting this event - very cool.

      July 4, 2013

  • Randall O.

    I hope you are all OK. That must have scared the crap out of you! We are out on the property so checking email is difficult. Here are my #'s[masked] home [masked] cell. Call me if I can help.

    PS. Duck tape that son of a gun and come on out!

    July 4, 2013

  • Heather C.

    In route to your place and someone/something shattered my entire rear windshield. Waiting for police. Obviously this means I won't wake it out tonight for fireworks. One disappointed kiddo:( Hope this is resolved and can pull off coming out tomorrow. Ugh.

    July 4, 2013

  • Jamie

    Hi Rand, Is there a grill available for cooking meat and vegetables?

    July 4, 2013

  • Ronda

    Unexpected stuff happened. Can't make it.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Randall - When/where are you meeting for the fireworks show? Thanks.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you guys there!!

    July 3, 2013

  • Jamie

    We'll be there!

    July 3, 2013

  • Heather C.

    Not sure if we're staying both Fri & Sat night but we'll be there!! Bringing my son and our mtn bikes. Looking forward it:)

    July 3, 2013

  • Ellen

    Don't have my boys the first weekend of the month. One of these days we will make it out there.

    July 3, 2013

  • ~ P.

    I wanted to attend, but can't get Friday off. Have fun.

    July 3, 2013

  • Amy P.

    Bringing the fam out. Really looking forward to it.

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Randall - I am interested in Thurs night fireworks. I live in the area. What time are you meeting? Where?

    July 2, 2013

  • Randall O.

    So far there are about 37 people that said they are going to join us. Thursday night we are attending an awesome foreworks show in Terrell. Fireworks on my property is OK as long as they are confined to a small area so the debris can be picked up and thrown away.

    July 2, 2013

  • ~ P.

    I'm off on Thurs and Saturday...working on Friday, so it's up in the air right now, unless I can get off work. Maybe I can just miss Friday.

    July 1, 2013

  • 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]

    June 30, 2013

  • Randall O.

    Absolutely!

    June 29, 2013

  • Deborah

    Can I come out just for Saturday and the pot luck dinner. Just a day trip?

    June 22, 2013

    • Deborah

      I am going to come for a day trip. Sounds like lots to do. I am a outside kind of girl.

      1 · June 29, 2013

    • Joel

      You will really enjoy it Deborah. I am sure of it.

      June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i like that its a family oriented & chill disposition. i dont have a family but just glad its not the usual drunk fest anarchy. a whole different kind of anarchy will ensue i imagine ;)

    thanx for hosting this & inviting keen folks.

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Randall O.

    Go ahead and RSVP if yall are going to join us.

    June 29, 2013

  • Randall O.

    Amber turned 12 today. I hope you two can make it Heather. There's some real fun things to do out here and your son will have a great time! We've got a 'crazy swing', a tire swing, regular swings and the big boy swing over the back pond. You can check out our treehouse- a work in progress. Kind of sounds like a Tarzan lifestyle doesn't it? Ungawa!

    2 · June 28, 2013

  • Heather C.

    Randall just curious how old is your daughter? If I can make it next weekend I'll be bringing my 9yr old son.

    June 28, 2013

  • Randall O.

    Kayaks are welcome but these are small ponds so there's no where to go. It is a great place to just play around and practice your role. I usually have one or two of my yaks out for the kids to play with. Beach floats are my prefered mode of transport out here!

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Ronda

    Looking forward to meeting everyone! Are we kayaking, too? If so, have kayak will travel! If :-) ....UPDATE.... I will bring my kayak. I see this is the 4 day weekend of fun. I can't camp, but I can be there on the 4th and hopefully on 6th.

    June 28, 2013

  • Ronda

    Looking forward to meeting everyone! Are we kayaking, too? If so, have kayak will travel! If not, I will leave it at home. :-)

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to go, but already have plans. ..hopefully next time!

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    your event is really thu-sun? wow. crazy generous. i will ask some friends. perhaps fri-sun or sat-sun for us. if thats ok.

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Heather C.

    This sounds great!! I have a few questions but I'll save those for the meet & greet tomorrow night. Btw- I'm new to the group and look forward to meeting everyone.

    June 26, 2013

  • Randall O.

    Absolutely!

    June 22, 2013

  • Randall O.

    Glad you're going to join us Mark. Has your dog ever been aggressive towards little kids, little dogs or wildlife?

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Randall, Very interested! I may be able to make it Fri/Sat, maybe til Sun. Tent camping. Can I bring a dog?

    June 17, 2013

  • Randall O.

    This campout is posted on several Meetup sites and I've invited some artists and musician friends so it should be an interesting and fun crowd. We had 35 show up at our last event- some camped in tents, some in RV's, some just came for the day. I hope someone else is bringing kids- my daughter is in charge of the campfire & smores!

    2 · June 13, 2013

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