Monday, May 24, 2010
AirVenture: It's not for tenters anymore
I've just been informed that the site I've been camping on for the last 10 years at Oshkosh -- out in the field by the creek -- is now going to be the new 24-hour generator area.
This is necessitated because EAA has seen fit to upgrade the old 24 hour generator with sites with water/electric hookups (i.e. -- the rich people with their fancy camping units), charge them over $40 a night with no credit for unused nights.
So now the blight of land yachts with incessant noise is going to displace those of us who are "old school" campers and I have no idea what space will be left for us, and where.
Frankly, this is what I was afraid of when the "upgrades" to the AirVenture grounds were announced.
Unfortunately, EAA says no maps will be available for Camp Scholler's new layout for another two weeks.
This makes the Piece of Grass 2010 pretty impossible to pull off now because I have no idea where someone like me will be allowed to camp, so I won't be able to tell people where it'll be.
I have ZERO interest in being within a half-mile of the 24-hour generator people.
I'll try to reassess the situation over the next week or so and, if necessary, refund the money of those who've contributed to POG.
Update - I've sent back the hundreds of dollars that people donated to get the campsites for Piece of Grass 2010. It simply isn't practical to plan on Camp Scholler as the location since I simply won't know where we'd be if we were able to get spaces. Joe Ferraro at VAF pointed out -- correctly -- that nobody holds a gun to my head to pull this together and, of course, he's right. He also asked why it couldn't be moved 10 rows farther out and while that might be a reasonable question, it ignores the reality of what's happening here.
Camp Scholler is making fewer spaces available for tent campers. We don't know what the effect will be of displacing hundreds of those people AND the 24-hour generator people and it's simply impractical to invite people to an event and then not be able to tell them where it is.
In any event, the money was donated for campsites. We don't need the campsites and maybe someone will come up with a better location that can we use.