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Old 03-10-2008, 05:00 PM   #57
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Coastal leg

Follow the coast starting north of Marin Co. in California and go to Astoria, Oregon and you'll do fine (unless the earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes that they are always predicting for the Northwest coast on the Discovery channel actually happen). Stop at Ultimate Pizza in Gualala, Cal., for excellent pizza—we were there a couple of years ago and it was the best pizza I'd had since New York state in the '70's.

That coastal trip is on our Fall schedule.

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Old 03-10-2008, 05:34 PM   #58
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Where would you suggest for a 1st timer?
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hi don...

how much time do you have for travel (or the suggestions! ) in the northwest.

also depends on the loop direction, season and activites while there (hiking, bikes, canoes), or perhaps u wanna catch some steelhead?

the oregon coast is rugged and spectacular; they have so many state parks along the coast it is hard to imagine really.

an amazing contrast is eastern/central oregon, which i also like very much...

sisters is like aspen or vail or crested butte, 30 years ago...

and the road west from there doesn't allow semis (too many twists and switchbacks and washouts) even though it is a paved highway...

the columbia river coastal area, washington or oregon side is great too....wanna wind surf? or mountain bike?

the olympic peninsula is very special as are the san juan islands...

a loop around the peninsula will get you to the hoh rain forest and hurricane ridge and the straits' and port townsend-sequim ALL special places.

what is so fun about being on the washington coast or in puget sound during the summer is...

they have "warm weather advisories" when temps get above 80 degrees or so...

northern washington eastward (the north cascades) gets into some great forest areas and lakes (ross lake) and eventually to chelan...

whre some roads n areas are only open in summer. it isn't costal but the cool water and green stuff is sublime.

i also love british columbia and vancouver island but that's another long trip.

zep' did a loop starting not far from you 2 years ago and had a really nice route...

here is a small piece of his map, PERHAPS u can nudge zep into more details of his route.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/308706-post43.html

i tend to avoid most of the cali coastal areas because they are so crowded except in the short off season or when cold and windy...

and i don't really like i-5 (in cali) as a route...

now the 'state of jefferson' is a whole nother area, and very very good!

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and i don't wanna hijack this thread, let zep do it!
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:12 PM   #59
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Thanks, 2air' and Gene.
We are headed to Yellowstone again about the 1st of June then on up to Glacier and then to Lewiston, ID.. We are retired so no time limits other than our short trlr gets, shall i say, umm cozy after a couple of weeks.
I have driven thru the pnw with wife and kids 30+ years ago but didn't get the time to stop and enjoy.
Olympic NP to Coos Bay sounds like a nice trip.
Thanks for the info
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Got a fly rod today

Bought a fly rod at the local shop this afternoon so I guess thats one step closer to fly fishing this summer. Its a four piece one that I can carry in a case over my shoulder, the idea being it would be easier to hike in with it or more likely ride my bike to where I want to fish. Have to see how that works out.

Hopefully I will have time to develop some casting skills before summer.
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Don;

Take a look at coming west on 12. When you come out of Glacier you can pick 12 up just south of Missoula. Its a beautiful ride and will take you into Walla Walla, where, if you like great wine and great food, you will find a lot to like. From there you can drop down to the Columbia River Gorge and continue west to Astoria.

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I find highway 12 out of Missoula to be one of the best in that region. You have the old Cedar forest and the river following the road the whole trip. Also all the free camp sites run by the National Forest. Up to 14 days free it is a trip to make and fly fishing out of this world. There are lots of trails for mountain bikes and hidden lakes. Make sure to get a forest service map.
While you are having so much fun think of all of us and please do send pictures.
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Hopefully I will have time to develop some casting skills before summer.
Hey General, if you don't know the technique, I highly recommend taking a lesson. I just started fly fishing last year. A local fly shop was giving group 2 hour lessons for $25 a person. I tried teaching myself also, but after the lesson, I could cast probably 5 times further with 5 times less effort. Piece of cake once you know the trick. Money very well spent.

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Take a look at coming west on 12. When you come out of Glacier you can pick 12 up just south of Missoula. Its a beautiful ride and will take you into Walla Walla, where, if you like great wine and great food, you will find a lot to like. From there you can drop down to the Columbia River Gorge and continue west to Astoria.

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John, Gold and Sliver. 2air
Thanks for the heads up, looks like a great route! And yes I will take plenty of photos.
I would like to try steelhead fishing, I hope June would be a good month???

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You know, last time we were in NW New Mexico for a few days, we ran across a small handout at the Aztec CofC about natural arches in the area. Hadn't even dreamed that they were there. Thinking back on this a few minutes ago, I checked the web for updated info; sure enough, there is now more info than before:

Aztec Chamber of Commerce - Aztec Arches

Might be interesting to look at!


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So I ordered the brochure, and it's pretty interesting. The arches aren't nearly as far out of town as I had imagined; indeed, some of the nice ones are just barely outside of town.

You know, come to think of it, Aztec might not be a bad location for a NE NM tour. In town you've got a couple of Ancestral Pueblan things. Then there's Mesa Verde not that far to the north and Chaco Canyon not too far to the south. There are also some nice places one can go on Navajo lands back on the back side of Shiprock in the Chuska mountains, apparently open to the public with permission. We'd probably stay out at Navajo Lake State Park instead of in town, but ... got me thinking. (Yes, a difficult undertaking, that thinking task, but when I'm stir crazy and having repeated bouts of wanderlust, it is a little easier.)


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Valle Vidal is out

I just talked to the staff at the Questa office of the Carson NF. It looks like the Valle Vidal is closed during the time I will be coming through. Kinda sad, I was really looking forward to spending some time up there.

In the other hand, I saw a post in the cheap or free in New Mexico thread about the Wild Rivers National Wild and Scenic River that looks promising. Time to pull out the maps again....
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Wellll, that stinks. When is it that you were headed up this way?

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Wellll, that stinks. When is it that you were headed up this way?

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On todays plan (for what thats worth) around the 15th of May or so.
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And the Valle Vidal is still closed then? Actually, I guess that makes sense. The area is administered by the Carson National Forest, and they don't open a lot of their stuff until mid to late May. Too late, in my opinion, but I guess they have their reasons.

But Wild Rivers is a different outfit, BLM, and they seem to have a rather different view of opening/closing dates. (Indeed, I'm not sure that they ever close it as a matter of policy.)


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And the Valle Vidal is still closed then? Actually, I guess that makes sense. The area is administered by the Carson National Forest, and they don't open a lot of their stuff until mid to late May. Too late, in my opinion, but I guess they have their reasons.

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I got the impression that the closure had to do with management of the elk herd.
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