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Old 07-23-2007, 08:58 AM   #1
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"I Like Mine with Lettuce and Tomatoes...."

It's time for my pretrip report to the Cheeseburger in Paradise Festival in Caseville Michigan, so here goes:

Dates: 8/7/2007 - 8/14/2007

Attendees from Maryland: Me, Joan (48), the planner of all plans, organizer of all organs, and packer of all packs; DH Pat (62), the money maker, Fahja (Austin Powers reference), the one who goes along for the ride, DD Grace (16), loves to travel and help me plan, and DD Rachel (15), a well travelled teen as well. Not sure if Camille, Neil and Marco are joining us yet, Camille and Neil are buying their first home

Attendees from Michigan: DSis, Mary Jean (47), DBIL Dennis (49), and a whole lotta his family, including nieces and nephews

Attendees from California: More of DBIL's family

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8/7 Tuesday - Leave around 2:00 pm, after picking up rental minivan at Budget
Don't want to add mileage to Nessie, she's got plenty already
Drive through Pittsburgh, stop for dinner at Primanti Brothers (as seen on FoodNetwork)
Continue on to Youngstown, Ohio and spend the night at a Fairfield Inn
Possible stop at Quaker Steak and Lube .: Quaker Steak and Lube :.

8/8 Wednesday - Breakfast at the Fairfield
Travel on to Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame http://www.rockhall.com/ AND the house used in the movie Christmas Story http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.shtml
Possible photo opportunity of the World's Largest Rubber Stamp, also in Cleveland.
Travel on to Charlotte, Michigan to stay with Mary Jean and Dennis

8/9 Thursday - Head up Sebewaing, Michigan, lunch at Lefty's (1950s drive in, car hop service)

8/12 Sunday - Head back to Charlotte

8/13 Monday - Day trip to a car museum a little southwest of Charlotte http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/ . See the car used in The Gnomemobile. A classic, and a must see for my gnome!

8/14 Tuesday - Head back home early am, stopping in Toledo to have a hot dog at Tony Packo's, as seen on PBS' A Hot Dog Show.

I think we are driving straight through, and not spending the night somewhere.

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Sounds like you, your family and your gnome are going to have a great time!

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I knew you couldn't resist the Tony Packo's Hot dogs!!! Sounds like a great trip and how nice of you to take the gnome to see some of his heritage!!
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Sounds like a heck of a trip! Can't wait till it's over and hear the TR for it.

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Sounds great and you will be very close to my house!!!! Maybe I will see you there! PM me if I can help with any of your local plans!

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Woo hoo! Hope you all have a wonderful time.

Say 'hi' to Pat and the girls from Matt and me

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Have a great trip! Hope the gnome has many adventures!
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Your plans sound great Joan!! If you eat at Quaker Steak and Lube, you will really enjoy it!! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is about 45 minutes from me!!
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Joan, sounds like this is going to be a fun trip! I can't wait to hear all about it!!

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