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Old 12-03-2006, 06:05 PM   #15
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Death Valley's Prime time is not June/July

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We are just back from Death Valley, although I suspect there might be a difference in weather between November and your Juner/July time frame. None the less, this is nothing less than superb and a photographer's dream.
Death Valley is one of my favorite places in the west but not in the summer....better to enjoy the Sierra's--Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia, Lake Tahoe and beyond......in the summer.....have a great trip!!pj
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Old 12-03-2006, 06:09 PM   #16
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The West?

When I think of the West, I think of Northern California and WINE COUNTRY! Talk about great places. You can drink, er, drive your way from Lodi, Napa, Sonoma, Russian River, and then head south to the Paso Robles region and beyond. Lots of Indian casinos, parks, and shopping. You also have the option of day trips to Reno/Tahoe, the coast (Bodega/Point Reyes), etc.

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Old 12-03-2006, 06:16 PM   #17
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BEST Green Chili Cheeseburgers on this planet. I seriously thought twice/three times before going into this place, because it looks like a place you'd get stabbed. Not so - at all. Highly recommend - if I was going back out west, I'd work my schedule so I could get back to the Owl Cafe - in San Antonio, NM.
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Old 12-03-2006, 06:25 PM   #18
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If you haven't already toured area around Canadian Rockies National Parks and Glacier National Park, that's where I'd head... Banff and Lake Louise and Jasper have open lots to boondock, and a number of less traveled side roads.. Radium Hot Springs and towns west of Rockies in BC are impressive, as if river running west towards Vancouver.. (The Canadian Rail train follows much of riverbed from Vancouver to Jasper in 24+ hours of spectacular train trip..). You can't pull trailer over "Going to Sun Highway" in Galcier Park, but you can boondock on either side and ride Park Service restored open busses..

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Old 12-03-2006, 06:33 PM   #19
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Ok, its brainstorming time: If you had two months or so to travel in the west (ie the Rockies and south west in June and July) where would you go? what is cool to see? Out of the way boondocking? Historical stuff? Which roads are not to be missed?
So much time, so much country!

Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico.

Yankee Boy Basin at Ouray, CO
Dinosaur NM in Colorado
Great Sand Dunes Natl M. CO
Pecos Nat'l Monument, NM
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Moab, UT
San Juan River, NM
Tough trying to get all that done in two months, but you can sure do alot.
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Old 12-03-2006, 06:51 PM   #20
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We are just back from Death Valley, although I suspect there might be a difference in weather between November and your Juner/July time frame. None the less, this is nothing less than superb and a photographer's dream.
Beautiful photo Brad. You truly captured the soul of Death Valley. If I lived in Illinois, I would certainly be inspired to travel there...well, maybe not in June or July...can you say HOT?
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:06 PM   #21
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Niles said they have the best green chile cheeseburgers......I live in NM, and while they are phenominal, the ones at the Outpost in Carrizozo, NM (about 55 miles east on US 380) are better (and bigger). And, the Buckhorn in San Antonio (across the street and west a couple hundred yards) was rated in the top ten in the country by some magazine. I've never sampled their cuisine, so I can't offer an opinion.
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:57 PM   #22
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As for roads, pull out the Rand McNally atlas and connect all the roads with dots alongside them. You can't go wrong doing that.

To love the West is to love rocks, rocks, and more rocks. All shapes, sizes, colors. Even different colors in different lighting conditions. Amazing beauty everywhere you turn.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:13 PM   #23
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The area around the San Juan mountains of southern Colorado would be one of my must see areas. Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and Mesa Verde are just a few of the places to see.
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Gen D.,

A northern boy should stay north unless you can take the summer heat.

Black hills, Colorado, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Waterton, Calgary, Banff, Lake louise, Lake Maline, Icefields parkway to Jasper, Jasper to Clearwater thru the gorge, back to us, Olympia, Mt. St. Helens, Columbia River Gorge Stephenson, Mt. Hood, Interstate east , Snake river.

You will run out of time to go further south in Oregon. (central Oregon green areas, coast highway, Craytor Lake, if you had time)

Don't forget passport for 2007. A million illegals per year on the southern border but, you are a security risk with that trailer. Some profile.
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.. Monument Valley on the Navajo Reservation..
Boondock and views and photography, that's a good place for both. Yes you can camp there. Bring lots of water as it's windy and dry year long.

Utah state route 128 is near by to the north of Monument Valley, right at Moab. Lots of U.S. Forest Service camp sites banking the Colorado River, self served. Also breath-taking views, as numerous car commercials were shot there. Plus the NPs at Moab.

A not-so-close third: Oak Creek Canyon, along Oak Creek from Flagstaff to Sedona, AZ.


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Old 12-03-2006, 10:59 PM   #26
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I'd like to second the suggestion to visit the wine country around Sonoma. It's a lifestyle experience. You can stay at the Lake Sonoma Corps of Engineers Campground for about $7 with Golden Age Pass. Good food, good wine, and good scenery!
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The area around the San Juan mountains of southern Colorado would be one of my must see areas. Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and Mesa Verde are just a few of the places to see.
I agree with this, as well as northern NM, just below Durango, Silverton - Same type of terrain until you get down to the dryer parts.
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Old 12-04-2006, 12:56 AM   #28
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There is so much to see, so little time!

Favorites here:

*Yosemite (but summer is really crowded...come in late fall or early spring!)
*Glacier National Park
*Yellowstone is fab!
*Rocky Mountain National Park
*Capitol Reef National Park (it is really different!)
*Silver Falls State Park in Oregon (a little gem!)
*Olympic National Forest in Washington
*Any of the state parks in Oregon (they are most excellent!)

So many places! I would invest in one of those BLM camping books that give you directions on how to find them! Also check out the National Forest Service Campsites. They have a lot listed online. When we traveled back to Nebraska a year or so ago, we were amazed at how few NFS campsites there were past Colorado! But, don't try to see too much too soon... pick a couple of wonderful places and stay awhile! Come back again, and again! You will drive a lot.... Oh yeah, if you are driving here in the summer ~ go north where it is cool, it gets pretty hot in the south!

Happy travels to you...

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