2008 SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN EXPEDITION (SAE) Nov 7-9
Yes, Its that time of year again.
Southern Land Rover Society (SOLAROS) presents the:
2008 Southern Appalachian Expedition (SAE)
Dates: November 7-9, 2008
Event Site-Skeenah Creek Campground, 20 Skeenah Gap Road, Suches GA 30572
Located near great trails that contain offroading for all levels.
Registration Forms to be attached to this thread soon. In the meantime, I can email them to you.
Registration is free for 2008 members - very low cost for non-members
Registration starts at 12 pm on Friday November 7th.
Friday Activities Include: Registration, Swap meet , trail rides (day and night), and some tech talk. We are proud to have Bill Davis from Great Basin Rovers with us for this event. He will be answering questions, talking rover and riding some trails with us.
Saturday Activities Include: geo caching, blind driving, and events for the kids. Saturday night will have a catered dinner from Poppy's Rib Shack and our famous auction to raise money for Southern Four Wheel Drive (fighting for our trails) and the Cerebral Palsy Assoc. of Georgia. There will, of course, be trail rides going on all day long from beginner to advanced.
We are also going to be giving away awards to the owners of these great vehicles (some serious, some funny).
As the event gets closer there will be a more permenant schedule of events, so you can decide exactly what to participate in. As you can see this is gong to be a fun weekend for the whole family so mark it off in your calendar and plan on being in Suches November 7-9. See you there!
for more info please see the website www.solaros.com
SAE (November 5th – 7th)
SAE will be held Friday November 5th, 2008 through Sunday November 7th, 2008 in Blairsville, GA. As you may know, the Mountain Oaks Campground, the campground that we have used in the past, , unexpectedly notified our event organizers that they were withdrawing their offer to host SAE this year. With the closure of the Mountain Oaks Campground, we have been pressed to find a suitable camping venue for SAE.
A group of us recently met for two purposes. First and foremost, we wanted to find a suitable campground, and second and some would say even more important, to find a purveyor of the best BBQ at the best price that could and would cater our big pig blowout on Saturday night. I am happy to report that we were successful on both fronts.
We will be camping at Skeenah Creek campground. Skeenah (Cherokee for “big bear”) is located at the intersection of GA Hwy 60 and Skeenah Gap Rd about 19 miles from Beasley Knob, the venue for our challenge rides and 15 miles from the Suches and Cooper’s Creek trails, the venues for our adventure rides. Skeenah Creek is located on the site of Skeenah Mill (circa 1848) and was built by Willis Rabun Woody. The site is featured in the Historic Mills of North America. The campground is a full-feature facility, including 30 and 50 amp hookup sites, restrooms, showers, and all the amenities one would expect. They have a few rooms in the Willis Rabun House and several RVs to rent. If you are interested in either, please contact the manager at 706-838-5500 or 770-761-5300 to reserve a room or RV.
The other major objective of our scouting weekend was to find a suitable caterer, and I think you will be very pleased with Poppy’s BBQ. The food was good, the price was right, and the service was as friendly as you would expect from the people of Blairsville.
Don’t forget to register for this event and remember that SAE registration fees are waived for paid-in-full SOLAROS members. A registration form is conveniently located in this edition of the newsletter and can be downloaded from the website. Again, thanks to the event organizers, including Jeff, Moose, Steve, Rick, Mike, Chris, Roger, Christian, and the many others who have contributed over the last few months; this committee is doing a great job, which will result in a great event.