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Old 06-22-2011, 11:30 PM   #1
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Our Road Trip 2011 in SteSpot

We are on the road with SteSpot---the 1968 Ambassador that was completely rebuilt by Uwe Salwender......We have traveled up from Venice, CA to Oregon, Washington and over to Missoula, Mt. We will make our way back to the Oregon Unit Wally Byam Birthday Bash over July 4 in Baker City, OR (anyone know of a good route from Missoula to Baker City? I'm thinking of taking 12 to 95) then on to Denver, Cheyenne, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, I think ......

If anyone along the way wants to see Uwe Salwender's great work, please let us know....Ste Spot is traveling like a true champion.....and we get's lots of interest wherever we stay.....we were last in the Washington Land Yacht Harbor park in Olympia, WA...it is the Airstream only park started in 1965.....everyone who lives there is a member of the WBCCI........paula
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:56 AM   #2
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Can't wait to see her, it was so fun to hear from our PO when she mistook your trailer for her old one. She loved it.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:25 AM   #3
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It is such a small world

It was so much fun meeting your PO. She was so welcoming and friendly. She made our stay at the Harbor very special. We also met two other folks who are coming to the Wally Byam Birthday Bash. We can't wait to get to Baker City.
We are off to Glacier National park today. P
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:00 PM   #4
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Today was Glacier National Park

This park is pretty spectacular despite the fact that the Going to the Sun Road was closed at Avalanche Creek due to the heavy snow pack. The vistas of the mountains with the snow was really beautiful. We drove up one side of Flathead Lake and down the other.....

We had some pretty serious rain here and there but it cleared in between.....not a hiking day but had to have some Huckleberry Pie.....delicious....

This is Lake McDonald in Glacier Nat. Parkand the second photo is our dog, Bandit's, lunch while we were away from the truck...he sneaked in the front seat and found a bag of Trader Joe's dog treats......oh, well.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:45 PM   #5
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I know it has only been a couple of days since you last posted, but just wondering how things are on the road.
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Old 06-28-2011, 05:55 PM   #6
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Beautiful Idaho, WA and Oregon again

We have been internet less....so I could not post.....we left wonderful Missoula. Montana and doubled back to Oregon to attend Wally Byam's Birthday Bash in Baker City Oregon....

We traveled Route 12 from Missoula to Lewiston, Idaho and spent a couple of nights at Hell's Gate State Park.....a delightful park--huge sites with full hookups and the weather was beautiful....we drove up the old Lewiston Grade road that is twisty but afforded a beautiful view of the Lewis and Clark Valley...visited the Nez Perce National Park site and learned about the tribe. The name was given to them by the French and it means pierced nose but they do not pierce their noses....(Ed got in a couple of good road bike rides on the very good bike trail network in this area...hope to be able to post some pictures soon.

Today we left Lewiston and we took WA 129 S which becomes OR 3 to Joseph, Oregon......the road was like no road I have ever seen.......windy and twisty with spectacular views.....many many 20 mph hairpin curves......incredible views of the Nez Perce country....It took us 3 hours to drive 90 miles.......but I am so glad we took this route (recommended by Les)......not the major highway route Good Sam had suggested.....the route was uncrowded and we didn't meet too many big trucks.....it felt like we were on top of the world....not sure my camera caught it but will post if it did......and then we were in the bottom.....I highly recommend taking this route if you have good brakes and can downshift into 3rd or even 2nd some times. We saw perhaps 2 or 3 other RVs and a couple of big horse trailers along the way.

We are camped now at Wallowa Lake State Park.....a beautiful lake recommended by a Portland area friend.....

Right now we are parked outside of a library in Joseph picking up wifi. We stopped in and got their password.....

This eastern WA/OR and western Idaho area is breathtaking.......what more can I say.....The Wallowa Mountains are snowcapped and majestic......more later...paula
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:41 PM   #7
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On the road again.....sort of...

After Joseph, OR we saw Hells Canyon Dam and made it to Baker City, OR for the Wally Byam Birthday Bash....great rally--lots of nice trailers and the towns people of Baker turned out for our Open House.

After a nice restful long weekend, we hit the road for Denver stopping in Ogden, UT and making it to Ft. Collins in 2 long over 400 mile days....pretty country....

We are now at the Ft. Collins KOA and hope to see Rocky Mt. National Park tomorrow. We are getting spectacular rain storms daily......

Will go to Cheyenne, WY on business on Monday then head for Colorado Springs. Anyone have any recommendations for a campground in Colorado Springs?
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Would appreciate it....thanks,
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:25 PM   #8
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Any Colorado Springs RV Park recommendations?

Please help us find a nice place in Colorado Springs.

Currently we are at a KOA in Ft. Collins.....KOA Lakeside....we recommend this RV park.....sites are nicely spaced with concrete pads......level, wifi, enclosed dog run......lake for fishing if you are into that......

We went to Rocky Mountain National Park today....spectacular.....as are the daily thunderstorms.....we like it here......paula
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:25 PM   #9
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How about Garden of the Gods?

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Please help us find a nice place in Colorado Springs.

Currently we are at a KOA in Ft. Collins.....KOA Lakeside....we recommend this RV park.....sites are nicely spaced with concrete pads......level, wifi, enclosed dog run......lake for fishing if you are into that......

We went to Rocky Mountain National Park today....spectacular.....as are the daily thunderstorms.....we like it here......paula
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:46 PM   #10
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Is the Garden of the Gods near a RV park?

Hi Bill, we do plan on going to the Garden of the Gods....haven't been there since I was a child.....wonder if my impressions will be the same.

We used to visit our favorite aunt in Salida every year traveling from Missouri across Kansas in the middle of July heat.....some years without air conditioning.....and seems like we always had a blow out of a tire in some small Kansas town.....

We love Colorado.....the people and the scenery and the spectacular thunderstorms and rainbows. see the beginning, the end and the middle of a double rainbow yesterday from I-25,

......just hoping someone can give us a recommendation in Co Springs...wondering about Mountaindale Cabins & RV Resort????????

Hope all is well with you.....paula
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I meant the Garden of the Gods Campground: Garden of the Gods | Colorado Springs, Colorado RV Park and campgrounds

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If you are Military the Air Force Academy has a very nice campground. They are located just off the highway on the north side of Colorado Springs. You won't be disappointed with their facilities. And a big plus is that they are usually nice and quiet. Except for the middle of the night coal train passing by. Sounds like a blackhawk helicopter overhead. But they move on. Seriously, it's a real nice spot. If you can get in.
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We are non military

Unfortunately.....so we will try the Garden of the Gods RV Park....

Thanks for the suggestions....
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