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Old 06-21-2008, 12:37 PM   #29
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what about going up to Yellowstone, then back down through OR?

Any cool stuff on that route?

What is a good full hookup campground at Yellowstone.

This is starting to come together nicely!
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Old 06-22-2008, 04:21 PM   #30
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I think we need a sub-forum under On The Road.... for attractions state by state.

I'm suggesting we make a Points of Interest sub category and then fill it up with a thread for each state. Then anyone can post a message of a POI for a state with a description, link, photos, whatever.

It would be great for trip planning.
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:16 PM   #31
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Tim!
We live in the "Banana Belt" - Brookings, Oregon. The weather IS better here!
The beaches are great - not so crowded this year. Great camping at Harris Beach State Park - if it's foggy at the coast, just head up our Chetco River and camp at Loeb State Park. It's right along the river - nice park next to crystal clear water, great for swimming, floating, etc.

There's lots of great hiking on nearby sections of the Pacific Crest Trail - it'll take you to beaches that will yours alone- beautiful! There is a nice hiking trail near Loeb park on the river too.

The Port of Brookings has a nice boardwalk with shops, food and ice cream, and a nice coffee place with music on the weekend (evenings).

Gold Beach is about 26 miles north of here. It is a fantastically beautiful drive. Lots of places to pull over an look, hike, photograph... Gold Beach can be a bit more windy and cool though. I agree that the Rogue River jet boat trip is worthwhile - I would suggest the long trip. It actually goes into the "wild and scenic" sections of the wilderness area - gorgeous!

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Old 06-25-2008, 11:27 PM   #32
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what about going up to Yellowstone, then back down through OR?

Any cool stuff on that route?

What is a good full hookup campground at Yellowstone.
Tim,
The route:
If you go to Yellowstone... which way do you want to return to Oregon? Several choices. You can go from Yellowstone up thru Coeur d'Alene and down thru Washington and into Oregon, or Up thru Missoula and down towards the middle at Lewiston, or the southern route to Boise and across part of Oregon. Some of the routes are just a lot of driving... depends on what you want to see. I guess I would suggest driving down the Columbia River Gorge if crossing from the North... very interesting and the terrain changes dramatically once you get to The Dalles.

If you go the more southern route from Boise you can drive Across to Bend (I would take Hwy 26 rather than 20 a bit more scenic...) Once at Bend then you would need to decide which way to go! Most of the "goodies" in Oregon are along the coast and the western half of the state. But I would suggest taking in Silver Falls near Salem... it is wonderful. (check out their website)

Camping in Yellowstone:

I can't remember if there are any full hookups inside the park or not. We have always traveled there and stayed places without any hookups. Big commercial places surround Yellowstone on the west at the town of West Yellowstone. Always horribly busy in the summer. If you go, make reservations. We've never stayed outside the park, it is at least an hour's drive to get to places we want to see, so we just boondock type camp. Hopefully someone else will chime in and give you additional info on Yellowstone. It is one of my favorite places. Last time we went we stayed at the Lodge at Yellowstone Lake. Stunning.

We have camped at Yellowstone and got reservations the same day we entered the park... but you need the phone number for reservations and call on the cell around 9:00 a.m. or so ~ before official checkout, but by the time many folks have left. We've had the same luck with lodge reservations. We also love the lodge at Old Faithful, except the heating system is old steam pipes and they are noisy at night!

Give us more info and I am sure folks will put in their 2 cents worth!

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Tim, If you are going up the Oregon Coast your second night from the trees of Mystery should be the sand dunes at Honeyman State park near Florance. Fun for everyone, sliding down the sand dunes on cardboard, then walking back up!!! Also the tidal pools around Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. A great little campground in Cannon Beach within walking distance of town is Sea Ranch RV Park.
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Thanks guys!

We are outside of Yellowstone now in the city of West Yellowstone. Our plan is to head from here up through WA then back down the OR coast and catch many of the sites in this thread.

I was looking for something between Yellowstone and WA and found Silverwood Theme Park. I debating that one. I think the kids would like it. Has anyone been there? Any good full-hookup sites?

Trailer and truck are doing great. Kids help up good for the first 900 miles ;-)

Tomorrow... Old Faithful!
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Thanks guys!

We are outside of Yellowstone now in the city of West Yellowstone. Our plan is to head from here up through WA then back down the OR coast and catch many of the sites in this thread.

I was looking for something between Yellowstone and WA and found Silverwood Theme Park. I debating that one. I think the kids would like it. Has anyone been there? Any good full-hookup sites?

Trailer and truck are doing great. Kids help up good for the first 900 miles ;-)

Tomorrow... Old Faithful!

Tim -

Your kids will love Silverwood. We try to go at least once a year. There is a RV site across the highway that you can stay at. It's $29 a night, but we haven't stayed there, so I can't tell you how it is. We stay just up the road (about 5 miles?) at Farragut State Park. It's nice, a little cheaper, swimming, hiking, etc. Make sure and visit the Naval Training Center Museum on the park grounds also.
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Here's the swimming area of the State Park.
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Tim,

Before you begin your journey back... check the wildfire maps and webcams of the areas you want to visit... the wildfires and smoke here in California are really, really, really terrible. I am sure one needs an oxygen mask to drive down I-5... I don't know how bad it is west of here, but here in Yreka visibility is about 1 mile in smoke and haze.

Check this map: Wildfire Maps - Remote Sensing Applications Center

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Old 06-30-2008, 08:17 AM   #38
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Hey all,

We are departing Yellowstone today. We saw bubbling springs, my kids got to play in the snow, and we even saw a bear! Not to mention a lot of these guys in the photo.

We're heading toward WA today. Have not fully decided on Silverwood it is quite a haul from where we are. Thanks for the info.

Good idea about checking the fires in CA. We were glad to drive out of that finally. There was still a lot of smoke in NV believe it or not.
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:45 AM   #39
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Hey Tim,

If you exit Big Yellow from the west and go south thru the Tetons, you will scoot right thru Jackson, WY. Awesome scenery on the way down.

If you happen to visit the town (very cute & Western), be sure to stop in and see a friend of mine at the New York City Sub Shop. The owner (Bruce) cooks up the best hot-on-the-grill subs you have ever had.

Be sure to say hi for me if you make it there!
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Things to see and do in WA

There is so much to do you may not have enough time.
Here is a random list of things to do.
Mt. Rainier National Park- Hiking, camping, visiting Paradise Visitor Center.
Mt St. Helens Intrepretative Center
ALL of Seattle- Seattle Center, Seattle Science Center, Experience Music Project, The Ballard Locks connecting Puget Sound to Lake Washington, The Seattle Art Museum, Boeing Field Aerospace Museum, The Interenational District, crusie to Blake Island, Cruise Puget Sound on Argosy lines
In Tacoma there is the Glass Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Childrens' Museum, Wild Waves ( an amusement park)
The Seattle or Tacoma Zoos
Fresh water and salt water fishing.
Plus all our State parks are free many have full hookups
There is more to do here than you guys will have time.
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We did a quick fly in-rent car-tent camp for five days and did the ferry out of
Belingham to San Juan Island back to Dungeness Spit to Redondo Beach to Ho Valley to Mt.Rainer in five days very doable.
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