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Old 02-05-2014, 09:37 AM   #1
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Our grand adventure to Chilliwack & Back!

T minus 170 days until we pick up our Escape! We will be traveling from Illinois and crossing the border into Canada at the north portal in North Dakota. Our travel to Chilliwack will also include some time in Banff and Jasper (any suggestions for must dos and must sees in that area would be most appreciated). We will be returning home through Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Iowa. We have been thinking about staying in or around the following places:

Anacortes, WA
Coulee, WA
Coeur D’Alene, ID
West Glacier, MT
Billings, MT
Sundance, WY
Hill City, SD/Custer, SD
Sioux Falls, SD
Cedar Falls, IA

This will be our first travel trailer (we have been tent campers!), and we are so looking forward to this trip and would love any recommendations of places to stay or places to avoid. Definite stops will be Glacier National Park, Devil’s Tower, Black Hills, Custer State Park and the Badlands. We will be traveling with our beloved blue heeler, so pet friendly is a must. We are Good Sam’s members. Any other insight on places to see or places to eat or places of interest would be great. We’ve spent the last bunch of summers camping in Colorado, and we typically go back to our favorite places each time we are there—creatures of habit definitely, so any tidbits of your favorites would be awesome. And if anyone is traveling to Colorado or our home state of Illinois, we will gladly return the favor! We have been doing a lot of research here, campground websites and campground reviews, but we also thought that forum members would be a valuable resource to ask, too! Thank you in advance for your time and helping us plan this grand adventure!
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:55 AM   #2
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Bighorn Medicine Wheel

Last summer on our way back east from Montana, we got off the highway in Wyoming and I saw on the map that there was something called Medicine Wheel National Monument. We followed the signs and the map and it took us high into the moutains -- beautiful scenery, actual cattle crossing the road -- and when we got there it was about a mile and a half gentle hike to the monument. Most definitely worthwhile.
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:58 AM   #3
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Sioux Falls turned out to be a real highlight. The town is kind of cute --but the actual falls are wonderful. We spent a couple hours there taking pictures and watching a mother duck and her 12 or so ducklings navigate the falls. We stopped there in both directions -- it was only on the return that we investigated the falls. There's a good Vietnamese Restaurant also.

http://visitsiouxfalls.com/visitors/...do/falls-park/ This picture of the falls doesn't really do it justice -- it is wider than you can tell and much more interesting up close. But it gives you an idea.
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Have you gone to Wind Cave NP next to Custer State Park? Interesting place and a very quiet well maintained campground when we were there.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:19 PM   #5
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Bighorn Medicine Wheel

Last summer on our way back east from Montana, we got off the highway in Wyoming and I saw on the map that there was something called Medicine Wheel National Monument. We followed the signs and the map and it took us high into the moutains -- beautiful scenery, actual cattle crossing the road -- and when we got there it was about a mile and a half gentle hike to the monument. Most definitely worthwhile.
Ruthe that sounds wonderful! We love that kind of stuff--I would have never known about it! After doing some additional research, it looks like there might be some additional places to find medicine wheels in Canada and the US. Thanks so much!
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:20 PM   #6
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Have you gone to Wind Cave NP next to Custer State Park? Interesting place and a very quiet well maintained campground when we were there.
Wonderful--thanks much! We will definitely try to check out Wind Cave, too! Did you take the tour of the cave?
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:18 PM   #7
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Camping in Colorado

Sue and I will be picking up our new Escape in Chilliwack on May 29th and then wandering back down through the North West and eventually to Denver Co to visit the grandkids.

Do you have any recommendations for campgrounds near Denver?

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Old 02-05-2014, 09:44 PM   #8
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Near Wind Cave is Jewel Cave. We visited both in 2010, and did underground tours in both. I think Jewel had the more impressive features, but I guess that's a matter of taste and what you've seen before. In both the underground tours were quite well done.

I think it was Jewel Cave that had some true spelunking tours. You had to be able to fit through this opening before they'd let you sign up on one of those...
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:57 PM   #9
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ooohMG, seeing that picture gives me the willies! I'm claustrophobic. I would jump out of a plane.. and have... before I'd EVER find myself confined.

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I'm not really claustrophobic, though I admit the notion of getting stuck is rather scary.

But that setup surprised me. I looked at it and thought I might have a bit of trouble getting my belly through, but I ended up wedging between shoulders and chest well before I got that far. I probably would have been better with my hands at my sides instead of overhead. Typical desk-jockey posture hasn't left me with much flexibility in the shoulders.
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