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Old 04-25-2014, 01:56 PM   #127
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TOW is Top of the World Highway. Chicken is a 'town' on the highway (about 10 population??)
Rumour has it the town of Chicken was originally to be named Ptarmigan but they could not come to a consensus on how to spell it.
So, they just called it Chicken.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:50 AM   #128
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Rumour has it the town of Chicken was originally to be named Ptarmigan but they could not come to a consensus on how to spell it.
So, they just called it Chicken.
Truth, not rumor!
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:26 AM   #129
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We are leaving Florida around May 1 headed to four corners ,Nebraska, Rushmore, Yellowstone , Rockies to Banff & Jasper and then to Alaska by mid June. John & Diane 2013 Ace Thor 30.1 towing a Dodge Dakota
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We have been on the road since March 11th. We will move Monday to Napn Valley for a couple of days and then back to following the coast
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We are currently at Harris Bay state park in southern Oregon. Light seeker, you will love this area. We picked up a brochure yesterday of the lighthouses on the Oregon coast. Looks like there are nine.
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I think I have that brochure plus soft back book "American Lighthouses A Definitive Guide" that provides directions to lighthouses and if open to public
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We will be entering Oregon tomorrow. Our plan is to head towards Crater Lake - I know it has lots of snow right now but we are this close and it is on our list of things to do on this trip. We will find a place to leave the campers and make a day trip to the lake. We are inching our way toward Canada. I have blog for friends and family if anyone would like to read it is redduckadventures.blogspot.com
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For Crater Lake, no, you won't be able to drive around the whole lake this early in the season but they usually have it plowed to the lake with wonderful views. Highly recommended that you stop if you're that close.

Don't know where you're coming from but Joseph H. Steward State Rec Area on Hwy 62 and Collier Memorial Stat Park on Hwy 97 are both excellent and very easy to get to Crater in your towed vehicle. Have fun!

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We enjoyed the Oregon beaches (much nicer than the ones in Washington, so far). But, overall, have been very disappointed in Olympic National Park. The "scenic highway" 101 has tons of clear cut road sides leaving a poor impression of a national park. I realize that much of the park is wilderness and not accessible by car, but the parts you can see are not really very scenic.

The WA state parks are not very friendly either. They want you to buy a $30 annual pass or pay $10 for every time you park to look at the beach. They seem to heavily enforce the fees and the state parks are expensive. We paid $26 for a "standard site" which has a gravel pad and NO electric, water or septic. The National forest sites limit RV size to 21ft and we drove through several and that's about all they can handle. One ranger told me that the people there enjoy "old growth forest", not driving through the park.

Tomorrow, we are thinking about heading north towards Port Townsend and staying at the SKP park in Chinacum for a week or so and then maybe taking a ferry to bypass Seattle. Hopefully, the east side of the Olympic NP will be better than the west.
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Port Townsend left a good impression on me. Quite scenic and the ferry will take you past Seattle alright. If you need to be anywhere on a deadline, you should probably make a ferry reservation. Or be prepared to wait a few sailings.

Washington SP's seem to be really hurting for funding. I have watched one of my childhood favourites Larabee State Park gradually get more and more tired and neglected. It is in need of a major facelift but it appears that the state doesn't have the funds to do it. Many other SP's seem to be in the same boat. Old, ill-equipped for the larger campers and trailers which are so common today.
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For Crater Lake, no, you won't be able to drive around the whole lake this early in the season but they usually have it plowed to the lake with wonderful views. Highly recommended that you stop if you're that close.

Don't know where you're coming from but Joseph H. Steward State Rec Area on Hwy 62 and Collier Memorial Stat Park on Hwy 97 are both excellent and very easy to get to Crater in your towed vehicle. Have fun!

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Thanks for the tip on Steward State Park. We arrived two nights ago. Went to Crater Lake yesterday and it was socked in with fog. We extended until Monday morning since the forecast is for sun on Sunday
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We have decided to head back home and visit Alaska another time. Maybe we will fly up and take a cruise or train adventure. We were kind of getting cold feet about the roads and then our daughter called and told us that we need to buy a new central air unit at the house. We have had a great tour of the west and really loved the Oregon beaches. Look forward to seeing photos and hearing of your adventures.
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Sorry to hear you are having to return home.
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We have decided to head back home and visit Alaska another time. Maybe we will fly up and take a cruise or train adventure. We were kind of getting cold feet about the roads and then our daughter called and told us that we need to buy a new central air unit at the house.
Well, that's a bummer. You were getting closer, too. I think you would have be happily surprised that the roads really aren't that bad. Buy a lottery ticket for the air conditioner and keep on pluggin'.
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