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      01-02-2018 08:09 PM #1
      I've started to consider options for the wife & I's summer vacation. I'm thinking of presenting the options of Jasper Nat'l Park in Alberta or the Mighty 5 in Utah.
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      01-08-2018 04:46 AM #2
      No big epic backpacking trips this summer. Probably a few long weekends here and there bagging some peaks and a bunch of day hikes.

      Spending two weeks in Northern Spain/Southern France with friends in August. Going to do an overnight in the Picos de Europa National Park in Spain while we are there. Planning on staying at a refugio, so that will be a new experience. After Spain we're going to spend a couple of days in London seeing touristy stuff before we head back home.
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      01-08-2018 11:02 AM #3
      Last year went to 7 Nat Parks (Theodore, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Redwoods, Crater Lake, Olympic, Glacier) in a camper mini-van style road trip. Awesome time. This year unfortunately we have nothing on the books. Might make it up to the north shore of MN. I'd love to go to Colorado (sand dunes nat park) never seen sand dunes. Or just find some relatively local hiking adventures. My extended family invited us to a Canadian wedding that will take us through/near Niagara falls so I'm hoping we see that.

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      01-18-2018 05:19 PM #4
      Hoping to do some hiking/camping in the eastern Kootenays of BC this July.

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      02-01-2018 10:11 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by XClayX View Post
      I'd love to go to Colorado (sand dunes nat park) never seen sand dunes.


      Looks like we're heading North. The Great White North.

      Now to begin travel arrangements. Hotels are already sold out. Or really, really expensive. $300/night for sub-Motel 8? Srsly?
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      02-01-2018 12:17 PM #6
      ^ Jasper?

      We didn't bother staying in Jasper. We stayed in Hinton, take a look there. Plus the gas was like .30 a litre cheaper! We saw tons of wildlife in between the two towns so that was pretty cool.

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      02-01-2018 12:40 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by VWVan View Post
      ^ Jasper?

      We didn't bother staying in Jasper. We stayed in Hinton, take a look there. Plus the gas was like .30 a litre cheaper! We saw tons of wildlife in between the two towns so that was pretty cool.
      Cool. Wildlife is P0 for us. I just reserved a kitchen suite at $187CDN at BCMI. Holiday Inn is $300/night for 1 queen.

      Now to get a campground spot.

      UPDATE: Revelstoke to Banff (Johnston Canyon) to Jasper (Hinton). Bringing the bicycles.
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      02-15-2018 12:21 PM #8
      Re: Banff and Jasper national parks...

      I'm working on booking a week's worth of camping/hiking in July. My B-I-L is treating my son to a week for a HS grad present and I'm gonna go just because. (This will be my B-I-L's 4th time there.)

      Should be great, other than I haven't tent camped in forever. For the last 10 years my idea of roughing it usually involves a rented cabin with a heated floors in the bath, upscale kitchen, hot tub, fireplace and a wine fridge.

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      02-25-2018 08:22 PM #9
      I was born and raised in Calgary so I have visited Banff / Jasper in many forms; camping, Banff Springs, summer, winter and I usually do a day trip when I go back to visit my family still. A very beautiful place and lots to see, I hope you all enjoy it.

      My travel is a bit different this year, plus it is usually a mixture of work and holiday for most of my trips.

      I have just returned from Tokyo after 6 days there. Early April is a trip to London, May Bangkok, June is New York, September Beijing, October Taipei and November LA. That is the rough plan anyway, plus hopefully getting a couple local Hong Kong hikes in, especially before the weather gets too warm.

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      03-13-2018 09:28 AM #10
      Taking a trip to Ventura, CA at the beginning of April, any recommendations of places to go, eat, see? Any good hikes in the area? Car shows/shops to check out? Funky places of interest? Never been out west so I'm a fish out of water
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      05-29-2018 02:42 AM #11
      Road trip including Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, considering returning to CA more inland, Bend, etc.
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      06-18-2018 07:50 PM #12
      Travel plans: UPDATED

      We're no longer doing Kanuckistan. Instead, we're heading to the desert. In August. Much Gold Bond. Such sweating.

      I don't remember exact dates, but we're visiting friends in Sun Valley, going to Moab for a few days for the UT parks near there. Then back West to Yosemite and possibly Tahoe. Then home.

      I found a site called freecampsites.net. Because, if anyone knows camping in/around NPs, there's no way we'll get a reserved spot 6 weeks out.
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      06-18-2018 09:59 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by CanadianTurbo View Post
      I was born and raised in Calgary so I have visited Banff / Jasper in many forms; camping, Banff Springs, summer, winter and I usually do a day trip when I go back to visit my family still. A very beautiful place and lots to see, I hope you all enjoy it.

      My travel is a bit different this year, plus it is usually a mixture of work and holiday for most of my trips.

      I have just returned from Tokyo after 6 days there. Early April is a trip to London, May Bangkok, June is New York, September Beijing, October Taipei and November LA. That is the rough plan anyway, plus hopefully getting a couple local Hong Kong hikes in, especially before the weather gets too warm.

      I did end up skipping the trip to Bangkok in May (decided to save some money for a change) but I have added a trip to Calgary in July now, so I imagine a day trip to Banff and probably Drumheller are in my future.

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      06-19-2018 06:35 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by GreenandChrome View Post
      We're no longer doing Kanuckistan.

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      06-19-2018 06:53 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by GreenandChrome View Post
      I found a site called freecampsites.net.
      Thank you! That site is great!
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      07-13-2018 03:30 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by VWVan View Post
      Yeah, I'm a little bummed, but not that much. I really wasn't excited to go as I was in the past. Mainly because my wife's health issues over the past year (broken & sprained ankle followed by debilitating vestibular infection), we haven't been able to get in shape for hikes. I really want to do the hike of 1000 waterfalls, but that's an all-day trek - being in shape!

      This year will be a test run for future Utah/AZ trips.

      And I believe we'll be having a Tepui shortly as well. I'm working on plans for an Adventure Trailer to haul behind the Adventure Rig (referred to as Earth F**ker when not on vacation).
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      07-19-2018 12:05 PM #17
      Flying Delta next week: CLT>SLC>YYC. Can't wait, however camping/hiking weather is not looking great. I hate hiking in the rain.

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      07-23-2018 06:44 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by flygliii View Post
      Road trip including Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, considering returning to CA more inland, Bend, etc.
      We're back home. Didn't go inland due to cast on left wrist, no camping either. Kid dug it, except for Seattle. Overpacked big time.
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      07-24-2018 10:20 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by tbvvw View Post
      Flying Delta next week: CLT>SLC>YYC. Can't wait, however camping/hiking weather is not looking great. I hate hiking in the rain.
      Hikes planned are Iceline and Whaleback in Yoho. Then Cory Pass and Molar pass in Banff. Anyone done these? Any tips?

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      07-30-2018 09:54 AM #20
      Hoping to get a short weekend trip in before babby #2 is due in December. Probably won't be a full on bikepacking trip unless I can get a day off of work.

      I was able to get in a great trip in May up in North GA with some friends. Weather was terrible on day 1, but that really worked in our favor since that kept folks out of the Coopers Creek camp area and we scored a site directly next to the creek.



      Jacket over hole I put in tent from carelessly placing support pole in wrong spot...worked out okay:



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      08-02-2018 02:25 PM #21
      Yuck. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6055/

      We're planning on visiting friends in Sun Valley. Fire started on Sunday, and in two days it was 22,000 acres. Now it's 55k+.

      Good news is I might get some eerie pics of the Craters of the Moon park.
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      08-23-2018 03:00 PM #22
      TL;DR - Smoke changed our plans. I didn't get to take night photos. Had fun.


      First stop was at some friend's in Sun Valley, ID. Saw the sites, went to the top of the mountain, saw the Sawtooth range, etc. Drove through Hailey, i.e., the town that Bruce Willis bought and sold. Meh. Went to Craters of the Moon National Park. It was cool, but not what I was expecting.

      Next was a drive down to Kodachrome Basin State Park, near Bryce Canyon Nat'l Park. Detour through Bonneville, where it was Speedweeks. Too bad it was really windy and slightly raining when we went through. Racing was over. Drove around the flats, then back on the highway. Long day of driving, finally pulling in camp at 1am. Waking up, though, was awesome. Kodachrome is a great place to camp. Plus, they just redid the showers, and are very nice (and free!). 10/tents, would camp here again.

      Drove over to Bryce Canyon NP, about 30 minutes. It's a pretty small park, and the main sights can easily be seen in a day. If you want to hike a few spots, it could probably be done in a long day, or in two.

      Camped back at Kodachrome for the night. Woke up at 2am to see lighting in the distance and the Perseid meteor showers.

      Got up, packed up and headed to Zion. Unless you really want to get a dawn picture of Bryce, it's best to skip Bryce (unless you want to build anticipation). Zion is awesome. I've been to Disneyland and seen the attractions. I've always thought some of them, like Thunder Mountain Railroad, were just a cartoon-y version of nature. Nope. Zion looks fake, but it's real. We're going back to Zion, and will spend a couple of days. We did one hike, the Riverwalk and then up the river about 1/4 mile. That's pretty cool.

      After that, we drove through the park a few times to get it recorded on the GoPro (the tunnel is pretty cool).

      The way out to the South is pretty cool, too. We could see big storms brewin'. Camped at Quail Creek State Park, on the shore of a reservoir. Really windy, and lots of bugs. I probably wouldn't camp here again. There was a huge lightning storm, though, that was about 40 miles long, you could see it go for miles.

      In the morning we began the trek across Nevada. Days of hotels in Reno ensued. We planned on hitting the redwoods at Jedediah Smith SP in N. California, but the wildfires were just not something we wanted to deal with. So we added a few more nights in Reno. Did non-casino things like see Virginia City, look for the wild horses (not as wild as it sounded), and went up to Tahoe two days. One day in South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly. Did the coaster and a couple of zip lines. Wife did her first rock wall climb. The next day we rafted the Truckee (rather, lazy-river floated the Truckee). We were complete amateurs. The rental company had a rule: Coolers that can be carried by one person are allowed. We saw a bunch of military guys come down, two were carrying a big Yeti. Oh fun times. We saw people in giant swans, floating islands, etc. It was pretty funny to see.

      The last day in the hotel was spent sleeping, running to Cabela's and joining the Yeti cult, getting gas ($3.01 out of town, $3.49 in town), and coming back to lay by the pool. Oh, hey, the Silver Legacy pool is closed for three days. Opens tomorrow, when we leave. We go take a walk down to the Reno Riverwalk, which is completely underwhelming now that Reno's almost a ghost town. No shops, no tourist traps. Just lameness.

      Go back to the room, get our casino clothes on, and hit the floor. I was very reluctant to go to Circus Circus, but it was the least populated, and the only one paying out. Our deep-pockets, high-roller casino expense for two nights in a casino (about 6 hours, total): $40. $20 each, per night. $80 total. The first night we spend about 2 hours playing and losing on various penny slots. I had a few bucks left on my ticket. The next night we tried some other casinos (Silver Legacy and El Dorado) and we went through half our cash pretty quick. I plopped down at a video roulette game and won a bunch. My wife was very excited, she never played roulette before. Cashed out before I got greedy. Played a little bit more, then started to leave. Sat down at one game, "Dam Beaver Lumberjacks." In about 6 spins, I hit the bonus and won $35. We cashed out and broke even for that day. Not too shabby.

      Left in the morning to Crater Lake. Drove by a wildfire. Camped. Pretty nice spot. There were only a few bugs, which was nice. And Crater Lake is supposed to be bear country. These people do not act like it's bear country. The ranger I registered our campsite mentioned nothing about bears. There are bear garbage cans and signs, but nobody pays attention to those. We drove and walked by two site loops and almost every one had some food or water sitting out. If we were in true bear country, like Yellowstone or Glacier, these people would be fined by the Rangers.

      Got up and drove around the lake and tried to see features through the smoke. Then headed home. Rolled in at 9pm. Unloaded and went to bed. After a shower. So hot and smokey here. Thanks, Canada.
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