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Old Jan 06, 2009, 12:09 AM
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WeaselFest '09 - April 25-26, Santa Barbara

Looks like the Weasel Evo is going to be in production soon, so let's start talking about WeaselFest 2009. We had good wind and a good group last year. This year we'll do it April 25 & 26 in Santa Barbara .

Directions

For the past couple years, Ellwood and Knapp's Castle have been the two primary flying sights
Additional directions and local knowledge provided by the SBSlopers website.

Camping

If you enjoy camping, El Capitan State Beach is only about 10 minutes north of Ellwood, it has good facilities, some R/V parking and is very family friendly. If you do plan on camping, book early!

Hotels

Louie wrote a great synopsis last year. Rather than recreate it, I'll just cut and paste. There are a lot of options, but be advised that most hotels in Santa Barbara and Goleta proper will be more than $100 per night and book up way in advance. You have been warned

Ellwood is located at the far western edge of Goleta, about 15 miles from downtown Santa Barbara. So if you are coming with family and you want to be downtown so they can walk to go shopping and sightseeing, I suggest getting a hotel in downtown Santa Barbara proper and then driving the 15 minutes or so out to Ellwood to fly. That's what I would do if I was coming with my family. There are a bunch of nice options, they are not cheap, but they are well-located and you will have a good time with your family.

If you want to stay on the beach in downtown SB, I recommend you check out the Harbor View Inn which is right on the beach and about half a block from State Street. It's a bit more money, obviously, as it's right on the strand and a pretty nice place, but the rooms are very comfortable and you have easy access to the beach, harbor, Stearns Wharf, etc. The shopping of downtown State Street is a 10-15 minute easy walk away. Also, the Harbor View Inn donated a room to the fundraiser raffle for Josť Luis, so of course I strongly endorse them as they did so much to help us out!

There are a few hotels on upper State Street as well that may be a bit less pricey, though are a longer walk or a short drive to get to the main shopping area. Examples include the Orange Tree Inn, the Lemon Tree Inn, GuestHouse Inn & Suites, the Hacienda Motel and the Sandman Inn. There are also a number of Motel 6 offerings, in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria.

You can also try booking a hotel in Goleta, a bit closer to the flying site, and then drive to downtown SB if desired. There are a number of hotels on both Calle Real and Hollister Avenue in Goleta, all of them are reasonably well-located and comfortable. There is a Holiday Inn, an Extended Stay America and a Super 8 Motel (the Super 8 looks like one of the cheapest options, around $80 a night).

You could also check out hotels and motels in Carpinteria, which is about 15 minutes southeast of Santa Barbara and about 35 minutes from Ellwood. There is a Holiday Inn there that is quite nice and more reasonably priced. There's also the Sandyland Reef Motel.

Summary

Cheap: Super 8, Motel 6, anything you can find by searching "motel goleta" or "motel Santa Barbara" on Google

Nice: Anything on State Street with an address of 1200 or less, anything on Cabrillo Blvd. PM me with specific questions.
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Old Jan 06, 2009, 12:12 AM
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Sounds good to me

Hope there are plenty of WeEvos in the wild by then!

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Old Jan 06, 2009, 12:40 AM
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Smart minds think alike Pete.. I am IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old Jan 06, 2009, 01:14 AM
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I believe I can squeeze it into my schedule but Noel won't make it this year due to his DG300 competition schedule. It's sad when your kid can afford bigger toys than you!

Mike

I'll keep the updated frequency list in this post and bring my frequency board to the Fest.

howsthewind 11 (et.al. )
Mike C 14
Scurvy Dog 15
jludwick 18 *
dirtman 18 (38,45)
BOZman 19
SrWade 20 (13,25,59) *
Mr. Robert (and son) 23 (49, 48)
RCPeterV 23 *
madstick cliff 26 (28) *
PGR 28 *
ScheissCo 31
hydrogin 33
joeskysailor 33
Foamer1 35
b12roll 37
Gosta 40 (48,20,46) *
Pismo 41 *
Surfimp 42
cobalt 42
Rob G 43
Mark Wood 44 *
wr_mizzard 45
Jason Jones 46 *
fredeich 53
Greygoosegreg 54
mrichter 56, (60)
c.walker 56
dawsonh 60 (50)
LouieD 2.4GHz (24) *+1
rockbus 2.4GHz *+2
IneptOne 2.4GHz *
jims123 2.4GHz (17)
rarner 2.4Ghz
Charlesp99 2.4Ghz (30) *+3
droydx 2.4Ghz (26)
DogFly 2.4Ghz
mewhitlock 2.4Ghz
matthans 2.4Ghz
swoof ? *

Red indicates frequency conflict with somebody's primary frequency

* = Pizza
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Old Jan 06, 2009, 01:25 AM
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I don't think it's in the cards for me this year . Would really like to get down there again this year, had a great time hanging w/ everyone...
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Old Jan 06, 2009, 01:25 AM
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I should be able to go. Shall we start a channel list?

I'm mainly on 40. Have channel 48, 20, and 46 crystals available for certain planes as well.
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Old Jan 06, 2009, 01:28 AM
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Same place?

Quote:
Originally Posted by SrWade
I believe I can squeeze it into my schedule but Noel won't make it this year due to his DG300 competition schedule. It's sad when your kid can afford bigger toys than you!

Mike
Mike and Louie,

Same hotel as last year? I thought it was OK and the location was good.

Mike, I hope to be as proud as my boy as you must be.

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Old Jan 06, 2009, 01:41 AM
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I'll try! I'll probably still be in school, though.
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Old Jan 06, 2009, 09:53 AM
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I'm in! Ch44.

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Old Jan 06, 2009, 10:17 AM
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CH36 for me.
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Old Jan 06, 2009, 10:45 AM
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I am in!

Channel 60 and/or 50.
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Old Jan 06, 2009, 12:29 PM
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COUNT ME IN! got a handful of crystals so I won't bother posting them all!

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Old Jan 06, 2009, 10:10 PM
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Cool, I can bring the limbo gear again.


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Old Jan 06, 2009, 10:27 PM
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Ch. 42 like always for me. Maybe I'll setup my WeEVO on the Spektrum though... who knows. I don't even know if I remember how to fly! LOL

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Old Jan 06, 2009, 10:37 PM
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Where have you been Steve. Haven't seen a post in quite a while. Hope all is well, and happy new year!

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