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Old 08-10-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
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Connect the dots..........

We'll soon be off on another escapade, this time to the west and southwest. Our route outbound is set as we have a schedule to meet. However, once we leave the Columbia Gorge area east of Portland, all those blue dots are tentative stops as we dodge the wildfires and wander back towards home over the next ten weeks or so. I'd appreciate any suggestions for campgrounds or places to visit that are generally along the route shown.

There's a chance we may head up to Chilliwack in mid-September to have a little work done once we leave the Portland area. If so, coming back we would visit Mt. Rainier National Park. Coming from the north, the route from Enumclaw, Washington follows SR's 410 and 123 to the Ohanapecosh Campground in the park. SR 123 is a little squiggly line on the map that has a notation "closed during winter." Has anyone driven that road pulling a trailer and has anyone camped at the Ohanapecosh Campground?

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If you choose to follow the map link, E4 - uMap, hovering your mouse pointer over the markers will reveal the name of the currently planned stops. We hope we'll have a few 'Escape Sightings' on this trip as they are pretty scarce in our part of the country!

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Old 08-10-2015, 11:10 AM   #2
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COOL map! Looks like a great trip!
The only place on your itinerary that we can comment on is Oliver Lee State Park in New Mexico. It is a really nice campground with excellent facilities and a hiking trail adjacent. Not far from White Sands which is worth a day visit.
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:32 AM   #3
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I notice the one stop in Nebraska, not too far from Kearney, Ne. There is a cg and very interesting museum not far from Kearney- Minden, Ne- Called Pioneer Village, just amazing collection of cars,farm implements, rifles spread out over a dozen buildings, huge collection- see here Pioneer Village
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Must see's if you can.
-NW of Klamath Falls, OR - Crater Lake
-E of St. George, UT - Zion National Park
-N of Flagstaff, AZ - The Grand Canyon (if you haven't seen it now is the time.)


We will be in Lassen National Park sometime around Oct. 4-7. Maybe we'll see you as we make our way south.
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Old 08-10-2015, 12:45 PM   #5
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Champoeg SP south of Portland

Deception Pass SP south of Bellingham

hitting the Oregon/WA/CA coastline at some point

bypass Seattle traffic via Hwy97 then over 410 to Rainier




Thanks for reminding me to go see the volcanic areas of California. Enjoy your trip
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Must see's if you can.

-N of Flagstaff, AZ - The Grand Canyon (if you haven't seen it now is the time.)
Why now? It is going to be shut down or what?
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Old 08-10-2015, 01:59 PM   #7
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A gazillion awesome places all over the SW where we mostly love to travel.

One of our all-time favourite campsites is Valley of Fire State Park, less than an hour's drive south of I15, about halfway between Vegas & St George. Or even better, from Henderson, get there via Nevada 167 through the desert northwest of Lake Mead, and go "out" after your stay back North to I15.

Another great campsite is the Virgin River Campground, a little further NE along I15. Can't remember for sure, think it's a BLM recreation area.

We're also very partial to the Eastern Oregon high desert country, particularly the Steens Mountains area. On an upcoming trip, we're planning on going through there and extending the trip across the SW portion of Idaho (South of Boise) where we haven't been but are anxious to explore.

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Coming from the north, the route from Enumclaw, Washington follows SR's 410 and 123 to the Ohanapecosh Campground in the park. SR 123 is a little squiggly line on the map that has a notation "closed during winter." Has anyone driven that road pulling a trailer and has anyone camped at the Ohanapecosh Campground?
That road is Cayuse Pass (elevation 4675). Two lane-road, plenty of curves, but well-maintained and safe -- just take it easy. Very scenic as well.

You can avoid the pass by traveling down I-5, turning east on SR12 and head up from the south side. Longer drive, far fewer squiggles, but I-5 presents its own challenges (traffic, trucks, boredom).

Ohanepecosh is very highly regarded by people around here who have gone. Everyone we know who has been say it's a must. It's on our list but we haven't gone. Soon, though.

Near the summit on Cayuse Pass:
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place to camp in Beatrice, Nebraska


We camped here a couple of years ago, and it is a pleasant and inexpensive campground run by the city.
While you are in Beatrice, you can go see National Homestead Monument, run by the National Park Service. Homestead National Monument of America (U.S. National Park Service)
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I'd pass on Deadhorse SP and stay in Sedona, nice walking town and just real short drives to some nice Red Rocks to walk around as well as Oak Creek Canyon. I'd use Rancho Sedona RV Park although I've not been to it. Greg A has an Xmas Rally at that park. Worth at least a couple days, at least to us.
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