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Summer Picnic Year 2005




VJ
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Location: Mississauga-Canada


Hi All,

I apologize for a delayed re-entry to this thread. But as I have already said, PICNIC (ENJOYMENT) and VJ are synonyms to each other, SO I AM ALWAYS THERE. Only 18 days from today to leave the MOTHERLAND, hence tied up in lots of things.

As far as the two streams are concerned, I feel CAMPING is an APPLICATION SPECIFIC OUTING, where PICNIC would be more of a GENERALISED outing (one stop shop), where we can think of having everything under one roof.

But both gives great enjoyment, so I too am happy for both, but first choice would be a PICNIC as a fresher to the new land. PICNIC would give us a chance to meet new friends and know each other well.

I am infact looking forward to have sort of a week end gathering with MUSIC, MASTI, GAMES, DRINKS, SINGING etc..

BUT WOULD GO WITH THE MAJORITY. We are two alongwith 3 members from my host in CANADA (4 with a small cute dog) ;)

Let the ball rolling now....

:cheers:

Love,

VJ


 
Post ID: 38928 05-02-05 00:24:13
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Skywalker
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Member since: Aug 04




Posts: 91
Location: Oakville


If it helps ...... I am putting the names down alongwith the number of participants ..... and will keep updating this list as the replies come in .... so in a reasonable time we'll get an approx number .......

I am taking the liberty of doing this ..... I hope the seniors would agree ????

PLease correct me if I am not following procedure ....



- Skywalker - 2
- Bhavna - 4
- Bison - 1
- DP Jain - 1
- Yourstruly - 1
- Chandresh - 1
- Peacock - 1
- VJ - 5



Like I said ..... I'll keep a track and keep adding names to this list for all to see .... let's see where do we end up after three or four weeks.


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Post ID: 38932 05-02-05 01:14:27
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bison
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Posts: 306
Location: Toronto, da BEST!!!


Quote:
Orginally posted by DiogenestheCynic

What happens in camping? How does it work? Where do you get the tents, sleeping gear and all? Buy? Rent? Food? Do you cook at site? Using what? Pots,pans? Are all these things available for hire near the camp sites? Any good website that gives all these details.
Will search for some now.



To start off, Here's a brief primer..... :)

a) First we look for a good campground.
They are usually open from April to September. Some remain open till late November. July and August IMO are the best times to go camping. U wanna avoid those early mosquitoes and flies, and those late chilly nights. :). Now, Some are private, some in provincial parks and some in national parks.
Some provide no facilities. Others provide some. Eg comfort stations, recreational areas, reception facilities, campsite activities...etc,etc...

If ur taking a RV, u would need a 30A or a 50A site. If ur taking just a tent, u dont need no electricity :)

Rates per site on an avg. range from 15 to 30$ per night.


b) Then we look at the campsite in that campground
Usually, u should reserve a campsite well in advance. U can also drop-in without any reservations to see if there are any vacant sites. Most campsites provide a map of their campsites on their websites, so u could choose the spot u want, and u can reserve it either online or by calling them.
Couple of things u may wanna keep in mind:
- Site quality
- Site privacy
- Proximity to water tap and washrroms
- % of Shade/Sun
- Kind of trees, ground quality ( sand/grass) , and ground level
- location : Facing lake/water, or wooded or open ground ( some people do like to camp in open grounds... i personally cant appreciate that taste ;)
- etc,etc...


And, Now to answer ur questions :) :

Q> What happens in camping?
Ans> Sleep in ur tent, Get up late, Swim in a lake/river and/or take a shower. Cook ur own food on a propane stove, light up that barbecue, eat, drink, play games (cricket/cards/soccer/badminton,etc,etc...), tour the neighbourhood, try out other activities like boating/fishing, etc,etc..., go for a walk in the woods...... In the night, light up a bonfire. Enjoy those marshmallows with ur kids....try and sleep... usually my kids never sleep the first night... 2nd night they are too tired to mind those jungle noises. :)

Basically, U take it slow...& try and enjoy the woods...


Q>Where do you get the tents, sleeping gear and all? Buy? Rent? Food?
Ans> U buy ur own tent... avaialable in sizes of 2/4/6/8,etc...Keep an eye on those deals, and u can get a tent that sleeps 6 people anywhere between 70 to 150$. Its a good idea to buy a really big plastic tarpaulin to cover ur tent and the area around to avoid that rain. ;) Or u borrow it from a friend who is not camping that weekend ;).
U usually prepare ur own food there. U could always go find a restaurant...


Q> Do you cook at site? Using what? Pots,pans? Are all these things available for hire near the camp sites?
Yes, if u can :). U dont wanna keep running out with ur entire family for breakfast/lunch/dinners, do u? Eventually, U gotta buy a stove/propane tank/portable barbecue... Usually one is kinda enough between 3/4 families... Unless u really wanna do some simultaneous heavy cooking ;) Havent seen people renting these stuff... It aint that costly...and u buy 'em only once, right ;)


Generally, Common camping equipment includes :
- sleeping bag for warmth
- air mattress to cushion against sticks, small rocks, and other pointed objects (sleeping bag works fine for me ;)
- portable stove/propane tank to prepare hot meals and/or drinks
- lantern, flashlight
- axe for cutting firewood (usually most campgrounds provide firewood right at the location,
Some dont let u bring in ur own firewood. Have u seen the asian long horned beetle warning signs around GTA? U cant take
firewood from GTA to most campgrounds :) )
- rope
- portable barbecue
- Kerosene/matches
- picnic chairs
- bug sprays, candles,etc,etc
- sunscreens
etc,etc...

Depends on ur comfort levels...Usually, i always forget something ;) and always end up searching a canadian tire or a grocery store.

:p bison


 
Post ID: 38934 05-02-05 02:05:03
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Skywalker
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Location: Oakville


Quote:
Orginally posted by Skywalker
- If it helps ...... I am putting the names down alongwith the number of participants ..... and will keep updating this list as the replies come in .... so in a reasonable time we'll get an approx number .......
- I am taking the liberty of doing this ..... I hope the seniors would agree ????
- PLease correct me if I am not following procedure ....

ORGANIZING VOLUNTEERS :chef: :icecream: :sleep: :evil: :b

1 - Skywalker
2 - Reachash
3 - Bison





COMMITTED PARTICIPANTS:party: :ylsuper: :sur: :H :cheers: :hat:
- Skywalker - 2
- Bhavna - 4
- Bison - 1
- DP Jain - 1
- Yourstruly - 1
- Chandresh - 1
- Peacock - 1
- VJ - 5


I'll keep a track and keep adding names to this list for all to see ... or ..... please add a reply to this thread with your committment and I'll add the names for all to see.

Let's see where do we end up after three or four weeks.

GG .... your coments please ???????? :type:

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When the Axe entered the forest ... the trees cried out ..... It is the Handle that is one of us.
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Post ID: 38970 05-02-05 11:00:34
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Quote:
Orginally posted by bison

GG/BL/Chandresh/Pratickm,etc,etc whats ur view?




Guys,

As much as I'd love to go, camping this year is out of question for me for personal reasons.

As far as organizing goes, you guys are already doing a great job. I think a couple of people like Bison and Skywalker have taken the lead in organizing and collecting names and whoever else is intersted can just get in touch with them either here or peronsally via email. Its really encouraging to see so many desis into camping. I did it a couple of years back, 4 of us dragged along a friend's worn out tent trailer up to Bancroft up North for a caving/camping trip and it was the best time. Don't know if it was the vodka, but I'd never seen so many stars in the sky.

In any case, if you guys need any help from me or GG for the organization part, do let us know.

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Post ID: 38971 05-02-05 11:10:21
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chandresh
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Hi Guys,

I am in for both - camping and picnic. And yes, I am not 1 but 4 members!

Chandresh

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Post ID: 38974 05-02-05 11:44:35
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Skywalker
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Posts: 91
Location: Oakville



As much as I'd love to go, camping this year is out of question for me for personal reasons.

In any case, if you guys need any help from me or GG for the organization part, do let us know.




This is for BL and EVERYONE ...... From the way things are going .... I personnaly think a "PICNIC" would suit everyone more than the camping .... I anticipate that in a few more weeks more CD's would like to comitt ... which means organizing Camping for 100 odd people would be a pain in the ..... neck :smhair: , and troublesome too :madgo: , however a Picnic would be easier to handle..... A One day event instead of 2 or 3 days for the Camping.

The last thing we need is a badly planned occassion and an out of control situation :kaioken: ....

I would strongly suggest a Piccnic in the GTA with food and freshments organized by the " Organizing Desi's " ............. YOU'R INPUT PLEASE ..... all DESI'S :type:


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When the Axe entered the forest ... the trees cried out ..... It is the Handle that is one of us.
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Post ID: 38981 05-02-05 12:53:29
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Skywalker
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Posts: 91
Location: Oakville

LIST FOR THE PICNIC UPTADED ON 06 FEB.
- If it helps ...... I am putting the names down alongwith the number of participants ..... and will keep updating this list as the replies come in .... so in a reasonable time we'll get an approx number .......
- I am taking the liberty of doing this ..... I hope the seniors would agree ????
- PLease correct me if I am not following procedure ....

ORGANIZING VOLUNTEERS :chef: :icecream: :sleep: :evil: :b

1 - Skywalker
2 - Reachash
3 - Bison





COMMITTED PARTICIPANTS:party: :ylsuper: :sur: :H :cheers: :hat:
- Skywalker - 2
- Bhavna - 4
- Bison - 4
- DP Jain - 1
- Yourstruly - 1
- Chandresh - 4
- Peacock - 1
- VJ - 5


I'll keep a track and keep adding names to this list for all to see ... or ..... please add a reply to this thread with your committment and I'll add the names for all to see.

Let's see where do we end up after three or four weeks.

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When the Axe entered the forest ... the trees cried out ..... It is the Handle that is one of us.
Rumi

 
Last edited by: Skywalker on 07-02-05 12:31:02
Post ID: 38982 05-02-05 12:57:47
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bison
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Posts: 306
Location: Toronto, da BEST!!!


To be Honest, Day One, I wasnt expecting a lot of families to get onto the camping bandwagon this year. ;)
Yeah Skywalker, trying to organize a camping trip for 100 odd people who would spend atleast 2/3 days and nights together is kinda unrealistic. :D
The organizing part is a no brainer. But, we are probably dealing with lot of other issues here.
a) We dont even know the level of enthusiasm or the commitment by again i wonder how many people ?
b) The comfort level across families aint there yet.
c) We have a lot of veggies/non-veggies here. ( Needs to be delicately addressed ;) )
d) We are probably dealing with people of varying beliefs/backgrounds/personalities/habits,etc,etc... from different parts of our subcontinent.

So bottom line : the trust or the comfort level aint there yet. Am i wrong?

But, I also believe that its realistic if the expectations are tuned appropriately. Yeah, we are not there yet :)
Perhaps to start off, we can work on building that comfort level for our GTA fellow-mates.

Maybe next year, we can attempt another combined effort. ;)
On my end, i am definetely going camping this year, and can assist anyone else who is interested. Again, its a no-brainer, and once u do it, next time, u'll all be into it by urselves. :) Its highly addictive

For all the people who showed their camping enthusiasm, PM me if ur still interested, let me know ur thoughts and we can see if we can work out something here :) \"Together we can achieve more\"

So to avoid further confusion and to concentrate our efforts only on picnic, lets not talk about camping anymore on this thread. Right? or if u disagree, we could discuss this further.

As for the picnic, Skywalker, ur giving us a wonderful start.
a) I volunteer and
b) Please count the number of people as 4 for me for this event. :)

For raising that comfort level,
For people from Mississauga, How about a lunch this friday from 12-1 at the Sarvarna Bhavan at the corner of Hurontario/Eglinton ?

We are getting there... Keep going guys....

BTW, From people who attended last years picnic, can we have some answers for the following questions. Lets use ur experience here :
a) List the highlights of last years picnic
b) Who were the organizers? Are they re-volunteering this year? What were the challenges they faced?
c) Number of people who attended ?
d) Ratio of newcomers to old-timers ?
e) Location
f) Food
g) Identify what we missed on last time and what could be done better this time

:p bison


 
Post ID: 39071 06-02-05 19:19:11
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dp_jain
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Well, when do we plan it? Camping I may not attend due to small kids but picnic is not a problem at all. However, experienced members let me know if it cause a problem to kids age 8+ and 4+.
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