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Old 07-16-2008, 08:06 PM   #57
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I also just found this thread too. We've been along most of the Pacific coast highways (we avoided all the big cities), pre-Airstream, and you're helping me re-live it. Too bad you couldn't get to Big Sur, but more reason to come back. The road north of SF and Pt. Arenas, is very curvy and hilly and will take some time to travel, but you may be past there by now. It would be great fun in a sports car though. You'll have many cars behind you. When you get to Gualala, there's a an excellent pizza joint—I think it's called Ultimate Pizza and it's the best I've had since I moved West 30 years ago. It's on the right in a little building at the south end of town (or was several years ago). When you get about half way through Oregon (where they pump the gas for you), traffic picks up and lots of little towns.

When we went it was the rainy season in the Northwest (most of the year I think) and after weeks of rain, we who live in the high desert, started to get crazy, but I think it's the dry season now and you won't be going north of Oregon. Looks like you'll be traveling along the Columbia R. We took the road on the Washington side as it seemed to be less intense than the interstate on the south side. There's a Pendleton factory store 15 or 20 miles east of Vancouver, Wash., with some good discounts. It's in a town starting with a "W". There's no Pendleton store in Pendleton, Ore.

We're hoping to bring our Safari west in September starting north of Pt. Arenas and going north to Oregon until we have to return home at the end of the month. If the fires stop and gas prices don't get any worse, we'll go.

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Old 07-16-2008, 08:17 PM   #58
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Benbow

We left San Francisco and made it to Benbow. Once again we're without wi-fi with no explanation or apology. We survived. We took a trip south on Hwy 1 to Ft Bragg just to see the Redwoods, and the coast. Click image for larger version

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The road was as advvertised, and I was glad for the advice y'all gave me to stay off of the 1 when in tow. The trees are a wonder, and we're both wondering when we'll see blue sky again. The fog has added a flavor to the pics that we don't really experience in Texas that often.

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Hey Tom, I forget your travel route, but last I heard Hwy 1 was re-opened through Big Sur. Might check the CHP website.
I haven't been able to get on here much in the last few weeks but I'm enjoying your photos when I can catch them.
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Hey Tom, I forget your travel route, but last I heard Hwy 1 was re-opened through Big Sur. Might check the CHP website.
I haven't been able to get on here much in the last few weeks but I'm enjoying your photos when I can catch them.
Our access has been spotty as well. The drive into Oregon was very nice. Nicer still was diesel for $4.89 p/gal, and they pump it for you. We stayed just North of Brookings at Whaleshead Beach RV, a great park suggested by this thread. The park is terraced into the side of a mountain, and overlooks whaleshead island. Our slot had its own deck, and a nice view. Trailer life does not give good ratings, and these should be ignored. It is a very nice park, and has a very good cafe to boot.

We walked across to the black and gold beach to see whatleshead up close. The first thing we noticed were the pelicans, which are rare in Central Texas.Click image for larger version

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The beach just seems to go for ever, and with the sun out it was a very nice place for a walk.
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The drive up from Benbow was hard with the turns and grades to climb and descend. My speed did not get over 50, and I didn't go that fast all that often. My mileage dropped to 11mpg as a result.

One more stop on the coast, and then we head inland to Portland for a three day rest with little of anything on the agenda, yea.

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Florence, Or

The drive from Brookings to Florence was very scenic. The roads were good, but speed was again limited due to curves and grades. Two days of sun is a really good thing, and it seems we are going to have sun into next week.

The coastline here is really beautiful. The Oregon Dunes are a wonder because of their height, trees grow, rivers flow, and the sand dams that make lakes.
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We unhitched in Florence and then continued up the 101 to see Sea Lions and a Lighthouse. We thought the Sea Lion thing was going to be a tourist thing, but boy were we surprised. The pictures I took in the cave did not come out, but they were there and it was a really good look at a natural habitat. Outside the photos came out.Click image for larger version

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The light house was just about a mile further, and the views on the walk up to it were really something.Click image for larger version

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Old town Florence is a nice place to stroll through, and get some fresh fish. There is a small harbor there alongside the old town and its restaurants. This would be a nice destination stop all on its own.
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Portland & Beyond

The trip East from Florence to Portland was a good one. We stayed at a real nice park in Wilsonville, just South of the city. While there we saw some friends who suggested we go to the Columbia River Gorge which we did. Another treat to add to our trip. I had never seen water falls this close, and the river is just huge.

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Rivers in Texas just don't compare to this one. Seeing the hydroelectric dams was neat too. The waterfalls, as I said, were beautiful.
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The next two legs could have been planned better, as far as miles are concerned. After about 2500+ miles, I'm starting to get a little road weary and my back tires out a bit sooner.

That said the stop in Hermiston, OR could have been up into Washington. I had scheduled this for two nights, but after arriving we decided that one night was plenty. Eastern Oregon is quite a bit like Muleshoe, TX near Lubbock, but you need to add some rolling hills. It's a dry part of the State that's under irrigation for farming. Local sights include an Army chemical warfare depot that stores wonderful things from WWI & WWII, and a bombing range with unexploded ordinance.

The next day was North to Spokane, WA . Nice park, but again I should have planned a stop a bit further closer to Glacier NP; our ultimate destination.

We drove I90 East through Idaho into Montana, and turned North at the sign for Glacier. This was a leg that was about 90 miles too long. We were on a secondary road with grades and no shoulders - kind of like what y'all kept me off of in California. The difference here was no ocean, and just as steep a drop off. The views were dramatic, but it added time because our speed was down to 40-45 for about 50 miles. Then there was the detour caused by the house being moved down the highway, and a dean-in-your-tracks traffic jam just 15 miles from our stop that lasted a good 45 minutes. I traveled over 3000 miles, in tow, without one traffic jam until I get just South of the Canadian border on a back highway. Go figure.

We're now in Hungry Horse, MT for 5 nights to take in as much of the NP as we have time for. This will include a day of rest tomorrow, which is sorely needed. Time for laundry, trailer cleaning, etc.

From here we turn right towards Texas via Colorado Springs. This won't be a fun leg either because of the distance. I've added an extra day so that no one day will be too long. I think my bones are getting ready for home. Too many travel days I fear, but when you're touring the Pacific coastline you gotta travel there, travel up the coast, and then travel home again. Not as many destinations will be scheduled on our next trip so we can stay put longer.

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After a few days at home, you'll forget the long days and have the great memories left of all of the beautiful scenery.
What a great trip! Nice photos and documentation of your travels. Thanks for sharing with all of us.
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After a few days at home, you'll forget the long days and have the great memories left of all of the beautiful scenery.
What a great trip! Nice photos and documentation of your travels. Thanks for sharing with all of us.
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I shouldn't post after a long day of towing. How can I stay tired when I'm camping between giant Christmas trees? The park, Mountain Meadows, in Hungry Horse has really nice sites, and each one gives you the feeling of seclusion. The hosts/owners have accommodated both of my requests to move my reservation ahead. Plus, strong wifi. The following are of the park.
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We drove into Glacier NP today, and we were both totally rejuvenated. This is a really beautiful park. We went as far as Lake Mitchell Lodge to sign up for a lake tour and a red bus all day tour. Our last day here will be on our own using the shuttle system to get around. Once again we had a cloudy, but cool day. It's still beautiful. The pics are of the lake and surrounding mountains. If you look closely at the first there's a navigation buoy in the middle - not a beer can.
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On Lake Macdonald

The one hour boat tour out on Lake Macdonald was fabulous. The views were something out of a picture book. The water color, calmness of the lake, and its' reflections are a direct cause of the glaciers. Our guide/captain explained that the mountains are all sedimentary rocks, which are soft. As the glacier moved, it crushed the rocks creating glacial dust. The dust remained behind and remains about 5' under the surface of the lake. The result is spectacular, as these pics show.
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This tour was really a precursor to the Red Bus Going to the Sun tour we scheduled for the next day. What a grand finale to our vacation! This is a beautiful, beautiful place. If interested, y'all should check my blog for the rest of the pictures. The best time would be anytime Monday.

What fun I've had. The rest of the trip is just hookin' it to San Angelo to help my Mother-in-Law; so I won't post after we leave here on Monday. I hope everyone has enjoyed the pictures. Now we have to decide which to print/frame, and that's going to be tough.

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If you get a chance, Try some huckleberry ice cream or milkshake. we were there in 2000 and found a small drive in selling huckleberry ice cream ,milkshakes, jelly and syrup. yum yum. A great young couple made it locally. I have enjoyed your blog and the pictures. Have a safe trip home.

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From the pictures and comments you have shared you have had quite a trip. Congratulations.

Have a safe journey home. On the road you should see quite a few hotrods as they have been converging at Kalispell, MT for a run this weekend. Many of them tow vintage trailers and some of those are Airstreams.

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If you get a chance, Try some huckleberry ice cream or milkshake. we were there in 2000 and found a small drive in selling huckleberry ice cream ,milkshakes, jelly and syrup. yum yum. A great young couple made it locally. I have enjoyed your blog and the pictures. Have a safe trip home.

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Thanks Kay. We did try the Huckleberry treats and agree with you - they are yummy.

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From the pictures and comments you have shared you have had quite a trip. Congratulations.

Have a safe journey home. On the road you should see quite a few hotrods as they have been converging at Kalispell, MT for a run this weekend. Many of them tow vintage trailers and some of those are Airstreams.

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We did see a bunch of vintage autos running around, but none were in tow. In Billings, MT for the evening, and trying to readjust to warm weather before we it the furnace awaiting us - called home.

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Tom, I think it was as high as 110˚ in Oklahoma and in the 100's in Texas yesterday. Furnace is right.

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