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Old 05-26-10, 10:06 PM   #1
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Need some vacation planning ideas please !!!

OK gang, need some help here ..

I was under the mistaken impression that our summer holiday plans were set. My wife and daughters informed me last night that although I may have thought they were set, they weren't.

So here we are, planning on either 2 or 3 weeks away - end of July beginning of August.

The girls want to load up the RV and go camping - which is fine. Of course at a this point mst of the great places will be booked solid ( think Cape Lookout !! ).

We're in the Okanagan Valley in BC and want to stay in the PNW I think, so BC / Alta ; WA / OR.

We did Banff and Radium last summer and the kids don't want to go back to Banff this summer.

So - suggestions for neat and fun places in our little corner of the globe?

Scenic, some hiking, some good riding for me, a brew-pub or three



Anyone have any good ideas? Suggestions?
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Old 05-26-10, 10:37 PM   #2
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We're going to be in the Selkirks/Priest Lake area during July, and looking forward to it. The Columbia River Gorge is hard to beat, with some great riding as well. The Oregon coast-anywhere from Astoria on down-is just incredible. Good state parks, jaw-dropping scenery, cute little towns-pretty much everything. That should get you started!
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I'd say go down the east side of the Cascades, great riding (road or Mtn) near Bend (also hiking, pubs, camping). Then cross over to Crater Lake, Ashland to catch a Shakespeare play, and on to the coast and the giant Redwood forests at Crescent City California. Then up the O coast as far as you'd like, lot's of nice camping along the way.
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I'd say go down the east side of the Cascades, great riding (road or Mtn) near Bend (also hiking, pubs, camping). Then cross over to Crater Lake, Ashland to catch a Shakespeare play, and on to the coast and the giant Redwood forests at Crescent City California. Then up the O coast as far as you'd like, lot's of nice camping along the way.
You know, the road from Grant's Pass over to Crescent City is a good idea.

Be nice to go to Crescent City sometime that it wasn't pouring rain ..........
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The West side of Vancouver Island (Tofino, Ucluelet) is very nice. There's also the Gulf Islands and Sunshine coast if you want to stay in BC. I second the previous recommendation of the Oregon coast if you don't mind a little longer trip.

The east side of the Cascades is pretty hot in the summer compared to the coast so you might have a preference one way or the other.

Heading the other direction from the coast there's Glacier N.P. and Yellowstone which offer some great sights...
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The West side of Vancouver Island (Tofino, Ucluelet) is very nice. There's also the Gulf Islands and Sunshine coast if you want to stay in BC. I second the previous recommendation of the Oregon coast if you don't mind a little longer trip.

The east side of the Cascades is pretty hot in the summer compared to the coast so you might have a preference one way or the other.

Heading the other direction from the coast there's Glacier N.P. and Yellowstone which offer some great sights...
I live in the Okanagan Valley. I'm used to it.

It will be a very long time before I take the RV on BC Ferries again.

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We did Banff and Radium last summer and the kids don't want to go back to Banff this summer.
Mind if I ask why not? Is it just they want something new, or did they not like it? I'm asking because I haven't made it up to Banff yet, but plan on fixing that in the near future ... and wonder if there's something I should know, that no one else is telling me...

Have you thought about North Cascades Nat'l Park, in WA? It's not terribly far from you, but gorgeous. You can camp on Lake Diablo in an RV ( or from a kayak! ), and the Cascade Pass hike is short, but almost as scenic as anything in Glacier Nat'l Park.
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Mind if I ask why not? Is it just they want something new, or did they not like it? I'm asking because I haven't made it up to Banff yet, but plan on fixing that in the near future ... and wonder if there's something I should know, that no one else is telling me...

Have you thought about North Cascades Nat'l Park, in WA? It's not terribly far from you, but gorgeous. You can camp on Lake Diablo in an RV ( or from a kayak! ), and the Cascade Pass hike is short, but almost as scenic as anything in Glacier Nat'l Park.
MAtter of fact, the Banff / Canmore / Lake Louise area is one of our favourite places on earth - as a family.

We go there frequently, and love it.

This year, they just want something different, somewhere different.

I'm starting to think the run down through Bend, then over to Grant's PAss and on ther Crescent City ,then home from there may be the ticket.

Last time were in Bend it was gorgeous; then we went over to the coast and both froze and nearly drowned!

We will see.

I also suggested to Mrs. TMB that maybe we should head over the Crow's Nest Pass to Waterton, then down through Glacier and run along the side of the Lolo Nat Forest before turning west again.


I have been making suggestions and there is no noticeable uptake on any of them, so I'm really starting to wonder if they really do want to go away at all.
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I drove that road from Crescent City to Grants Pass just last week, it is a jewel. The redwood parks are just beautiful and so unique. July and August are the driest of the year, so it's the best (and warmest) time on the Oregon Coast. Just pack the group and go, they'll have a ball despite their ambivalence now.
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You know, the road from Grant's Pass over to Crescent City is a good idea.

Be nice to go to Crescent City sometime that it wasn't pouring rain ..........
One point. The city's name is GRANTS PASS. There is no apostrophe. Between Grants Pass and the California border is Cave Junction. Follow the signs up into the mountains (don't trust your GPS), and you will arrive at the Oregon Caves National Monument. If holes in the ground strike your fancy, this is a place to check out.

Grants Pass hosts the Josephine County Fair in mid-August (August 17-21). Central Point is the host for the Jackson County Fair in July (July 20-25). And if you are at the Jackson County Fair between 1 am and 9:30 am, look for the fair staffer riding a black mountain bike. That's usually me.
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One point. The city's name is GRANTS PASS. There is no apostrophe. Between Grants Pass and the California border is Cave Junction. Follow the signs up into the mountains (don't trust your GPS), and you will arrive at the Oregon Caves National Monument. If holes in the ground strike your fancy, this is a place to check out.

Grants Pass hosts the Josephine County Fair in mid-August (August 17-21). Central Point is the host for the Jackson County Fair in July (July 20-25). And if you are at the Jackson County Fair between 1 am and 9:30 am, look for the fair staffer riding a black mountain bike. That's usually me.
Sorry....... Grants Pass.

All that time at the other place it never registered with me that you were that far south.

I always thought you were more around Seattle area.

Been to the Caves once before; Jackson County fair is the time frame we would be there certainly.

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Drive down U.S. Hwy 97 to Bend, enjoy the dry side of the mountains. Definitely see Crater Lake, and do so from a bicycle saddle -- theres a lot of UP and some very nice long down sections. The Medford/Ashland area will be the hottest part of your trip. Oregon Caves, +1. As you head up the Oregon coast, if you're pressed for time there are several choices you can take to get over to I-% and a quicker journey north.
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hey u can go dry side of mountains.its lovely and u will like it very much and also do bike riding on that dry mountains u can also try bicycle riding. go for it and enjoy ur trip.i also suggest u that if ur wife and children do not want to go that place ask them which they like most and go for that place.its much much better idea for u.Ur wife and children's will must be like it.


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Found out, that my vacation request for the fair week has been turned down. Guess I won't be working there this year after all.
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I assume riding bikes has something to do with your plans. Have you done your looking on TrailLink.com?

Within a 100 mile radius of Spokane are a number of great trails and many miles of riding...

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes 74 miles - the best destination trail in the West.
Route of the Hiawatha, 16 - outstanding, tunnels, trestles
The Spokane River Centennail Trail, 39
The North Idaho Centennial Trail, 24
The Fish Lake Trail, 10
The Columbia Plateau Trail (N end) 24

If you are up the BC Okanogan - the Trestles of Myra
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I assume riding bikes has something to do with your plans. Have you done your looking on TrailLink.com?

Within a 100 mile radius of Spokane are a number of great trails and many miles of riding...

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes 74 miles - the best destination trail in the West.
Route of the Hiawatha, 16 - outstanding, tunnels, trestles
The Spokane River Centennail Trail, 39
The North Idaho Centennial Trail, 24
The Fish Lake Trail, 10
The Columbia Plateau Trail (N end) 24

If you are up the BC Okanogan - the Trestles of Myra
I rode the trestles today.

The nearest of them is 3 miles from my front door.
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