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Tremor30

Any Ontarians Going To Plus?

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Just wondering if there are any Ontarians planning on going to PLUS.

I'm thinking about it just not sure if I can swing it yet!

Thanks

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We did the drive from Ottawa to TN a few times in the past when we lived there. It is a long haul, but pegion forge area is beautiful. We're going to make the drive about 6500km round trip from here in NS.

i think living north of ottawa it would be too much of a drive

where is the PLus ?

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Well I might make it a family trip for a long weekend. Just going to have to convince the family to miss the Canada Day Celebrations.

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Look's like I'm probably going to be going to plus. The only thing left to formalize is what day we leave and where we stay. Going to make a little family vacation out of it.

Going to bring the kids to Gatlinburg and see if we can find something to do!!!! LOL.

Any suggestions on things for the wife and kids to do?

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wow i just google it and from my place it is aprox , 18 hrs drive ,,, i dont know if my 2 kids (10 and 12 ) would enjoie the drive .,,, unless i told them we were going to disney land wich is only aprox 5 hr more lol

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LOL... yeah the drive will be long. We aren't sure what we are going to do about that yet. It's 12hrs by mapquest from here. So that's a good long haul. Mapquest is usually wrong though and usually wrong on the long side so it should be a bit shorter than 12hrs. It's more of just something to do while we are off for a week. I'm looking forward to going to PLUS and my wife is looking forward to meeting some of her online friends she has in the area. So we are going to take this time just to do it.

My kids are 6 and 3 so it's not going to be fun but they have a DVD player and Nintendo DS. They will be good for a few hours. I'm considering adding a day for the drive there just to break it up into 2 day's of driving. We will see though.

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