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10:20 pm
September 8, 2009


hugues

Retroman

posts 110

The camping stories were fun – getting stuck in bad weather is the worst but also makes for a great story later. Many years ago a friend convinced a group of us to go camping in Wisconsin Dells in October. He said that since it was the off-season we could get a huge campsite, make a giant fire, and get all drunk 'n rowdy without anyone caring. That was all true and everything except in the morning our tents had snow on them. I decided not to stay another night.

8:54 pm
September 9, 2009


JungleRatRob

Utah

Retroposer

posts 91

Post edited 12:58 am – September 10, 2009 by JungleRatRob


Dude! Hugues, you've been to the 'Dells? I grew up in a tiny town in Wisconsin that's really close to the 'Dells. I used to go up there every summer in the '90s and play games in the arcades. For those who don't know what we're talking about Wisconsin Dells is a tourist town. Its well known for its water-parks & natural scenery and back in the '90s the main strip of town had like 5 different arcades in 2 two blocks. Playing Street Fighter 2, T2 and X-Men for the first time there were some of my favorite video game memories.

I can also testify that getting drunk in the woods is what everyone does in Wisconsin. And that it snows a lot. Even in October.

Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well.
*Isaac Asimov

7:11 am
September 10, 2009


Sulpher

Retrososo

posts 18

We get the odd dusting here and there in october here in Ottawa, Ontario, though you can get a decent snow fall of about 8 inches. It is usually more around mid November you get in danger of getting the start of permanent Winter snow though.

Interesting retrocast, especially since you barely talked anything retro. XD

5:19 pm
September 10, 2009


Mike

Admin

posts 81

Sulpher said:

Interesting retrocast, especially since you barely talked anything retro. XD


it was like 3 weeks ago ** you don't have permission to see this link **

9:04 pm
September 10, 2009


hugues

Retroman

posts 110

JungleRatRob said:

Post edited 8:58 pm – September 9, 2009 by JungleRatRob


Dude! Hugues, you've been to the 'Dells? I grew up in a tiny town in Wisconsin that's really close to the 'Dells. I used to go up there every summer in the '90s and play games in the arcades. For those who don't know what we're talking about Wisconsin Dells is a tourist town. Its well known for its water-parks & natural scenery and back in the '90s the main strip of town had like 5 different arcades in 2 two blocks. Playing Street Fighter 2, T2 and X-Men for the first time there were some of my favorite video game memories.

I can also testify that getting drunk in the woods is what everyone does in Wisconsin. And that it snows a lot. Even in October.


Yeah, I live in the Chicago suburbs and it's like a law or something that you have to go up to the Dells every so often. We usually camped in Baraboo because it's also near the casino and there are campsites that don't care what you do. Most of the people I went with spent the day rock climbing at Devil's Lake but I preferred going to the Dells for the crappy stores and arcades. I only remember seeing 2 or 3 but they had a nice mix of new and old games.

It's been ~3 years since I've been camping up there. I've kinda lost the passion for passing out in a tent. When my kids are older we'll probably do a weekend at one of the indoor water parks up there.

2:01 am
September 11, 2009


JungleRatRob

Utah

Retroposer

posts 91

Hehe. I didn't want to bore everyone with my life story, but Baraboo was where I grew up. When I was a kid there was a gas station a couple blocks from my house that had Super Mario Bros, Gauntlet, Ninja Gaiden and Contra. Good times to be a kid. The arcades in the malls in Madison were pretty good back in the 90's too. That was also where I bought my Virtual Boy on clearance. 

On the subject of visiting Wisconsin, I wonder if Baraboo still has the circus in the summer? I haven't lived there in 10 years so I don't know. You might want to check it out if you ever want to take your kids to a real old-fashioned big top show.

Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well.
*Isaac Asimov

9:20 am
September 11, 2009


brucedickhamster

Retrososo

posts 44

Griswold Family Vacation Thread.

Grandfather Mountain. Only time. Same weather.

9:22 pm
September 11, 2009


hugues

Retroman

posts 110

JungleRatRob said:

Hehe. I didn't want to bore everyone with my life story, but Baraboo was where I grew up.


Wow, small world eh? No offense but I don't blame you for leaving. Just thinking about living there is making me bored. At least being near the Dells is something to do but that largely closes in the winter. January-April had to be some pretty lean months in Baraboo. When I was a kid I lived in a town of roughly the same size and it was the same deal there – the grocery store and YMCA had a couple arcade games but for anything more you'd have to drive 30-40 miles to the nearest mall.

Anyway, our favorite campground in Baraboo was a place call Red Oak(s). They had a couple giant sites and didn't care what you did there. I remember when we were calling around looking for a good campsite we asked them all what their rules were. The guy at Red Oak(s) simply said \"just don't burn any picnic tables or chop down any trees\". We knew then it would be the perfect place. On one trip their \"security\" guard spent the night drinking with us. Good times.

Oh, and yeah, the Circus Museum in Baraboo does sound like something that Chevy Chase would have taken his family to. I never went there but maybe when my kids are old enough to camp I'll visit Baraboo again.


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