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Old 12-21-2008, 09:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Welcome to the second edition of the Redbird Newsletter, as I told you in the last edition I had hoped to have some good news to report,so here it goes. For those who didn't know the DNR State Parks Division will over see the day to day operation of the park on January 1st. What this means to the user groups, is that now when you check in at the gatehouse, you will be greeted by a friendly DNR employee. What else you can expect to see is grounds that are mowed and maintained weekely, restrooms that are cleaned daily and a overall upgraded look to the park.

This is a great thing for Redbird and the Redbird Management Group, it will relieve the management group of operation of the gatehouse and free us up to do more trail maintainence and building, event planning and in general let us focus on improving the park.

Going forward the Redbird Management Group wiil be known as the Redbird Foundation. We have filed the paperwork with the State and Federal Goverment to become a true non for profit group. What this means to the user, is that all donations be it money, equipment, labor for trail work,the purchase of shirts and decals, will be 100% tax deductable. This means that when your group or club come to do Adopt a Trail maintainence, that your mileage and expences will be a write off for you or your group.

The Redbird Foundation will now focus on events, fundraising, grants, and other means to raise funds to put back into the park. Now 100% of of all the money rasied will be put back into improving the riding area and not for things like insurance, forms, armbands, utilities,etc., things that the management group had to purchase in the past.

As for now Redbird will be open to the public on Sunday, December 28th and we will also have a New Years Day Hangover Run on Thursday, January 1st. After that Redbird will be open by appointment only till the last weekend in March, contact a member of the foundation to set up your rides during this time Jan. 2nd thru Mar. 27th. Then Redbird will open 5 days a week, Thursday thru Monday. Look for more extended hours in the summer as the days grow longer and the attendance warrant the area staying open longer.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And a question, Rule #8 says all vehicles must have overhead/rollbar protection?
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Old 12-21-2008, 04:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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And a question, Rule #8 says all vehicles must have overhead/rollbar protection?
I could be wrong, but I think that just means you can't chop the top off your truck then run it on the trails. If you do, like the removable tops on Jeeps, then you have to have a roll-bar.
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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And a question, Rule #8 says all vehicles must have overhead/rollbar protection?
that is one of those 'generic' rules most parks have. It is geared toward off roarders driving open cabbed rigs such jeeps and fjs. kind of an aniquated rule since most of the chapter have full bodied rigs this rule does not apply.the last time i ckecked, badland's has the same rule.
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Anyone going to the hangover run? Long drive, but I think I could do it?
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I would like to go anywhere with my truck and soon. but with this damn cold weather, it is hard to work on the truck since it won't fit in the garage.

But If I do get a chance in before New Years. I'll go, but it is doubtful.
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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im out cause im not in state. otherwise i would love the chance to go tour Redbird for next seasons run.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i may go

anyone been here before? as usual my ? is can i go in a stock height truck and enjoy myself?
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I'd be up for that, but I'm not sure yet if I'm going to have plans on New Years day.
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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anyone been here before? as usual my ? is can i go in a stock height truck and enjoy myself?
You can view the trail info here:
http://redbirdsra.com/index.php?opti...d=15&Itemid=33

I would think on the "More difficult" trails our stockers would probably get through, but if not careful we could take some damage.

Maybe MPiercy or someone else with some experience at this park will chime in and correct me.
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yeah, ive seen the website but i can never really get a ..............."feel".....for a place that way........if you know what i mean.
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Anyone? DC-when you gonna know if you got plans? If you don't by now, then I think you've got plans to be at RedBird!
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i will know by the weekend. looks like a pretty long drive for me, but my location makes badlands and haspin long to......63 to haspin, 80 to badlands, 120 to redbird
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is anything going on in badlands on jan 1? seems like most wouldnt have to drive as far
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Anyone? DC-when you gonna know if you got plans? If you don't by now, then I think you've got plans to be at RedBird!
Lol

Well, it's not as easy as that. I've already asked the "boss" of the house if I can go and she said yes. But I got that look, so I don't know whats going to happen when I start walking out the door on the 1st... She's my brothers wife, not mine so it shouldn't make any difference. But, you know how woman are... Can't live with 'em, can't kill 'em...
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yea, i hear ya. im trying to convince mine we should go.....hopefully sez yes by weeks end
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my main bitch always says yes when i ask if i can go wheelin'...........






















































and of course by "main bitch" i mean my dog.....which is a female so its a 'bitch'..
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Well, it's not as easy as that. I've already asked the "boss" of the house if I can go and she said yes. But I got that look, so I don't know whats going to happen when I start walking out the door on the 1st... She's my brothers wife, not mine so it shouldn't make any difference. But, you know how woman are... Can't live with 'em, can't kill 'em...
My favorite is when they say, "I don't care, you're gonna do what you want anyways..." That's right I am bitch! (Although I am currently single and have been for quite a while, so I really don't ask anyone!)

See ya next week, good to hear she said you could go.
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my main bitch always says yes when i ask if i can go wheelin'...........










and of course by "main bitch" i mean my dog.....which is a female so its a 'bitch'..
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anyone decide if they are going on jan1? i am allowed let me know so i can plan on meetin some of you.....
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I am in. I have never been to Redbird. Should be about 3 1/2 hours for me to get there. I may go down on new years, or head into Indy for new years and go in the morning. But as stated, I am down for wheelin! We'll figure things out beginning of next week. Have a good one.
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sounds good... i think my drive will be about 2.5 hours or so, but i plan on going....ordering my 2 inch toytec lift and shocks today so i will get to wheel b4 and after....woohoo......anything special i need to bring?
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My piggy bank's runnin alittle low after christmas,but Mark will take good care of ya out there along with jason if he goes. Somebody remember to take a camera so we can see what some of the trails look like!
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dn1911......you goin thurs?
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great....
Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Anyhow, what to bring? A snatch block if ya got one, maybe a tow strap. I've got full recovery gear, including a winch so I think we'll be ok. Bring lunch as we usually stay on the trail (don't really know about the trails there though), spare tire, the usuals...oh and a cb radio. I'll figure out a meeting place near there. details to follow

Oh, dustins rig is out-of-order, I don't think he's going unless he's riding with jason if he comes...Jason, you out there?
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i am definatly a newbie.....i dont even kno what a snatch block is! i dont have a cb either....maybe i need to look at gettin one.
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A snatch block is basically a pulley. they can be used to redirect winching anchor points, or to multiply the linepull of the winch. Don't worry about any of this yet, we will be having a techinical session on winching/recovery coming up in the next few months. Cb's are nice to have on the trail, I have an older Cobra 29LTD, but if I had to do it again I would just get a handheld to throw in the truck when I need it instead of a larger permanent mount like I have now. Just my
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