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"Buses Nowhere Near The Arch #32"

Formerly, and also known as "Buses By The Arch". A family-oriented VW camping weekend!

Friday, Sep 1st through Monday Sept 4th, 2017 (The entire Labor Holiday Day weekend!)

It's time again to make plans to attend the premier Midwest VW Type 2 camping event! On average, we are delighted to host roughly about 100 Buses. (Check out past event coverage in the July, 2011 issue of "Hot VWs Magazine".)

Come join us for the upcoming "Buses Nowhere Near the Arch" camping weekend. This family camping event will feature a gathering of VW Transporters of all types and eras from all over the USA. While predominantly a Type 2 event, all models of VW are welcome to camp with us! We are looking forward to seeing you and your Transporter amidst all the "Split-windshields", "Bubble-windshields", Vanagons, and EuroVans as well as any other VW types this Fall. All models and years of VWs are invited, and only VWs are allowed inside the BNNTA event campground.

"Buses Nowhere Near The Arch #32" will be held rain or shine over the
long Labor Day holiday weekend, Friday, Sept 1st thru Sep 4th, 2017. We will gather again at the "group use" campground at Indian Creek Recreation Area. This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground is located right alongside 18,000 acre Mark Twain Lake, about 30 miles southwest of historic Hannibal, Missouri. This is a beautiful, federally-run campground with paved roads and parking pads and nice facilities. Most conveniences are available in nearby Monroe City or Hannibal.

On both Friday and Saturday evening we plan to have campfires and music along with VW and other "unusual" door prizes, and parts swapping in addition to the "site-to-site" socializing "Bus-banter" that this VW camping event is famous for. On Saturday morning we are planning another of our famous "Bus caravans" over to historic Hannibal, the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. "Mark Twain." You'll have lots of time to explore the haunts of his hometown, or tour "Injun Joe's cave." You won't want to miss it!

If all goes well, on Saturday afternoon we plan another communal gathering for a pot luck dinner. So if you join us for that, please bring a large portion side dish to share with everyone! On Saturday evening, owners choice awards will be presented in several Type 2 classes in addition to vendor and participant-donated door prizes. If you have a neat VW related item to donate, bring it along. On Sunday you are free to enjoy the lake or visit other regional highlights. It should prove to be a relaxed, fun weekend full of great Volkswagen experiences and new friendships.

Our private camping facilities at Indian Creek include our own large, private "Buses Nowhere Near the Arch" group area with some electric hook-ups (first come, first served), fishing, water-sports (bring your water toys), playground, a huge pavilion, toilet and shower facilities, and a nearby boat ramp. The all inclusive camping/event fee is $30 per VW for the entire weekend.

Only VW’s that are registered and camping will be admitted into the BNNTA group campground area! Now, please read that last sentence again!

Sites in the BNNTA group campground area cannot be reserved in advance. The gates to our campground will be open for arrivals and site selection by about noon on Friday. If you arrive earlier, you could stay nearby in the regular campground at the Indian Creek Recreational Area. Although there should be plenty of room, the earlier you arrive the better.

We are looking forward to your arrival for a holiday weekend full of Volkswagen fun. Please pass the word around to your VW friends about this Volkswagen camping festival held over the long Labor Day holiday weekend!

So wipe down and pack up those Transporters for the cruise over to Mark Twain Lake for the "Buses Nowhere Near The Arch #32" campout on Friday, Sep 1st thru Monday Sept 4th, 2017 near Hannibal, Missouri. Please see the website below for lots of photos and information and a link to a mapping program to find your way to BNNTA.

"Buses Nowhere Near the Arch #32"
Indian Creek Recreation Area, Mark Twain Lake, MO

Directions:

From Monroe City, MO:
Take US Route 24 southwest approx. 6.5 miles.
Turn left (south) onto State Route "HH", (WATCH FOR "BNNTA" SIGNS)
Proceed almost 1.75 miles, turn left onto first paved road. Monroe County Road #581. There is an "Indian Creek Marina" billboard as well as a BNNTA event sign at this turn, then proceed a little over 3.5 miles into the "Indian Creek Recreational Area" and watch for BNNTA signs on the right for the turn to the "Group Use Area"; then follow the BNNTA signs into the "Group Use Area".

Welcome to "Buses Nowhere Near the Arch" ! We'll see you there!

Bill Bowman

http://www.bnnta.com/
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See y'all there.
Looking forward to it as always


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Will be there. Brother Mark will be there also.


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The event artwork (for T-shirts, award plaques, and dash plaques) is done and as usual, looks great, thanks to super-long time event participant Tom Janiszewski! Thanks again Tom! Now I can order up the shirts, awards, dash plaques and window stickers. I think you'll like 'em too.

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looking forward to it.Plan on being there for part of the weekend.


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I should be there, Thurs evening or Fri not sure yet.


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I talked to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rangers a while back and they are all ready and looking forward to our arrival at the group campground again. The event window stickers arrived, t-shirts and awards are being produced and shipped. I gotta get our registration packets made and assembled on my days off. Hell, I'd better start packing event supplies in the '59 Panel pretty soon, this event is sneaking up on me! We're looking forward to seeing everyone arrive in just nine days from now!!!

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Will there be the standard departure from the wedge in Chesterfield valley in the late morning hours?
My daughter Jacqueline and her boyfriend are coming up this year so I maybe delayed by a couple of hours waiting for them or they may just have to meet me there.


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Hi Dana and everyone!

Four days and counting down...

The Rangers have our campground ready and I think like in the past the Rangers will probably open up the "group campground" where the Buses Nowhere Near The Arch #32 event is held at least a day early on Thursday for the early arrivals.

If anyone arrives early and camps in there on Wednesday or Thursday night you must drive over at some point to the "main campground" and pay the daily rate for the early arrival camping. The BNNTA event is paying for the sites from noon Friday through noon on Monday and that camping will be included in your event registration fee. Please, please, please take care of paying for your early arrival camping with the booth at the main campground, as I don't want to get chewed out by the Rangers for folks not taking care of that. No one should jeopardize their kindness at opening the gates early for you by failing to pay those daily rates. Nuff said!

The awards are here, the T-shirts look awesome again this year and we are assembling the registration packets as I type. I gotta load up three Buses with event stuff and pack some clothes. Remember that if you want to join in on our communal pot luck dinner on Saturday evening (yes, Jim Kirk is again bringing his famous tasty pork butts!), then please contribute to it by bringing a large dish to share with your old and new VW friends. That would be very appreciated by all. Thanks!

We are looking forward to seeing you all in just a few days camping on Mark Twain Lake at the BNNTA campout this Labor day weekend! Pack up those VWs and have a slow, fun and safe journey over to the Lake this weekend!

Bill & Kathryn Bowman
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I usually hate to look at long range weather forecasts until about 4 days out from an event when they are usually far more accurate, so I just just held my breath and pressed the "enter" button, and I'm delighted with what I'm seeing on weather.com for the upcoming weekend camping event! Have a look for yourself:

https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/15185:21:US

Wooooo Hooooo! Gonna be nice. Ice down your cooler(s), pack up your VW and prepare to get your "camping in a VW" thing on!

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Just saw photos of the location of the BNNTA event, and there is a good grouping of Buses already camping in the group campground! Beautiful camping weather!

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Hi all,

Wow! What a great weekend! We just brought three of my own Transporters back home to their garage from the 32nd BNNTA Campout held on the shores of Mark Twain Lake up near Hannibal, Missouri with hardly any issues. Fantastic weather all four days! I gotta sit down and decompress. I'll report back later. If anyone is home and wants to post up a few of their photos from BNNTA #32, please do so! I'm going to take my lovely, patient and supportive wife Kathryn out to dinner tonight.

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Had a great time, and as usual it's all over way too fast! even though I came a day early this year it still wasn't enough.
I feel like I hardly saw you, Bill.. and certainly didn't get to visit enough with most folks up in the "front" lot.

Didn't take a whole lot of pictures but I did make an album for the FaceSpace impaired:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Hvx6vo5r0gZN8GvY2

And hey! I actually have some constructive suggestions for the future!
1) there was about 20ish campers there on Thursday night this year.. at what point does it become economical to just rent the place out for the extra night?
2) a gentle reminder for people to pick up after their dogs - maybe provide a few baggies as a subtle nudge. (I can bring you some rolls). I know I picked up a lot of other people's messes.. and we had at least 2 incidents of someone stepping in shit down at our end of the camp. Kent, in bare feet for one. LOL.. I don't think we need to tell people to tramp into the woods to pick up there.. but at the very least in the mowed grassy areas where we're walking.. ya know?

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Just one of the reasons I leave my dog at home for this event. :)

Had a good time as always, and agree it's too short. Wish we could have stayed Sunday this year but had things to do on Monday. Next year I'm going for Thurs-Mon.


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