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Old 04-09-2020, 08:11 AM   #1
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BUCKET LIST - If this were the last trip - what would you want to SEE Again?

BUCKET LIST - If this were the last trip - what would you want to SEE Again?

With the RV'ing World at a stand still right now, this seems to be Appropriate, at least in My Head. -

So the Question is have you even thought about taking that Next Big Trip - The Last Big Trip - Where/What would you select as your TOP 10?

Let's get away from the P'ing and M'ing about what we can't do right now because of COVID-19 and Let's Plan that Next trip. -

No Wrong Answers, Just Your Personal Favorites! What do You want to see, either for the first time or again? Make a list - long or short but let's talk about the Trips we want to Take.

I'll start it off as this is something I've been working on for Years;

This would be a Personal Bucket List;

My top 10 would be the drive to and thru these places; - my second 10 would be the destinations. I just believe that the trip is as good as the destination.

1. Yellowstone, Wyoming – coming from the south and leaving thru Cody, this would include Dinosaur NP, Flaming Gorge and (7) Grand Teton NP. As I exited to/thru Cody I'd spend a few days there just driving around, Beartooth Pass - Chief Joseph - Wind River Canyon would all be special visits, I just Love this part of the country, Most likely it would be after the first Snow had fallen and melted to help thin out the Crowds. -

2. All of Southern Utah (south of I-70) – this drive would include Arches and Canyonland NP’s, Capitol Reef NP, Escalante NM, Zion, Bryce NP’s, with a drive around Lake Powell, and because we have time we’ll do the north rim of the (8) The Grand Canyon. This could easily follow My Drive above as the Heat and summer crowds will have left here too, likely putting me in Zion for Christmas. -

3. The San Juan’s of Colorado, this would include Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, Crested Butte - for the life of me I can’t understand how so much of this area has been so left out of the national park system other than it has so many private landowners (silver mines and coal), Back to the trip, At the Gunnison Reservoir we would go down to Lake City taking the Alpine loop over to Silverton and back (just the tow car and only if it’s tough and 4X4) then on to Ouray, for more 4x4 trails, then over to Telluride thru Dunton and Rico to Cortez slipping into Mesa Verde NP, then taking the Durango to Silverton RR before backtracking the Million Dollar high all the way back to Silverton, before rolling out on RT 160 to Del Norte, driving through Pagosa Springs. Now heading North towards Salida and Buena Vista I'd stop at Twin Lakes to catch Independence pass and Maroon Bells, before heading North to get to Yellowstone. Yes, if most of you Know I love Colorado and generally try to be in it for the Aspen at the End of September. This works really well for me as it puts me into Northern Colorado to run along RT 40 to Dino to start the trip for Number 1. Seems as if I've decided to spend the Better part of a Spring, Summer. on this leg. Might have just called this Colorado. -

4. Ashville, NC is the start of the next trip Actually could be the start of the drive from Maryland to the Rockies – heading to Asheville and the Biltmore to just enjoy some Of the History of the Era, we quickly stock up and head up to Lake Toxaway on RT 64, better have your driving gloves on and pray for light traffic, from there to Cashiers and Highland heading NW to Silva and the Pisgah National Forest getting on the southern most part of the Blue Ridge parkway heading north till your worn out. (Might just catch a quick hike in the Great Smoky Mountains NP). These are some of the most beautiful and wild mountains in the US. This is where they filmed the Last of the Mohicans. The Hiking and the waterfalls are just Amazing, and with the slight elevation is a respite, for many in the Summer. -

5. Glacier NP – Going to the Sun Road, need I say more? Just driving anywhere around this park will give you a rush, just follow the rivers and stay by the lakes. Issue with Glacier is the season is Just So Short - and it is Popular. Short season and Very Popular makes this very difficult for Me as while it may be one of the most Beautiful areas in the world, when you start stacking people on top of People, it make it hard to enjoy. Add to that the fact, that it seems as if you also have to work the visit in around the almost annual Forest Fire season. So I rank it High Number 5 but it is something that just has to Happen, as it can be a disappointment, if you hit any of the negatives - Rain/Weather - Crowds - Fires - Late opening of Going to the Sun Road. The Good thing for Me is I personally have had at least 3 Exceptional Trips here, so I seen just enough to Know I would Love to get Lucky again. -

6. Canyon de Chelly NM. Will always go by this spiritual place of the Navajo Indians usually coming from or going to the Grand Canyon going thru the four mesas to Grand Canyon NP. I like one of the former Candidates for President - have been told I have Native American Blood - while it matters little to me if it's true or not - when ever I come to this Monument I get Goosebumps, actually getting them just writing about it, so it has a special place for me, so it too will be High on my list. -

7. Grand Teton NP. See number 1, it's only number seven because I got to see it when I did number 1. Really not sure this is Fair - I can just drive to and sit and stare at those Rocks for Days, it has never gotten Old, this is just one Beautiful/Special Spot. It really does not hurt that you get to see it with every visit to Yellowstone.....just saying Special. -

8. The Grand Canyon NP. See number 2 its only number eight because I saw it from the high side on the drive on number 2. I will make this a drive through as crowds and I just do not enjoy each other, but it is and easy drive through - at the end of a late Utah excursion - before or after any visit to Canyon de Chelly - Page/Lake Powell/Monument Valley - so it's just easy, and Beautiful. -

9. Yosemite and Sequoia are this late only because I don’t like to drive/be in California and it is almost always crowded. Don't get me wrong, I've been often as a kid, I grew up in Cali and then had a son go to College there so I've been and will admit this is a Wonder of the World - if you are young and willing to grab a tent and enter the lottery to get a trip then go - go again and again as it is made for the young the people that can get away from the People, Lucky for me I've seen it as it is just hard to get into it - But for the Grands - We'll do it again. Oh Sequoia - did I Mention amazing you will just shake your head in amazement, it is that Good. -

10. Three way tie for tenth -- Carlsbad, Olympic and Cascades NP’s these are always hard because my wife thinks they are so far from everything but trust me these are great drives and beautiful places that are well worth the drive. Thinking that if I worked Number 10 in with a Drive up through California, timed it right to Catch Glacier then I could roll out to the south to Grand Canyon and Carlsbad, sounds like I'll need two years to pull this off. -

As you can see I've been working on this Bucket List for a while, Sure there are places I have yet to go but having seen and experienced so many it would be great to just do these all again, maybe with the Granddaughters, Now that would be a trip.

JMHO,

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I have been to all your 10 except #5. Heading there in June. This may be our last trip so i planned this route starting in June for 2 months.

Yosemite
Reno
Glacier Natl park
Banff
Vancouver
Then down 101 to San Diego.

We did Banff once before. I gotta go back.
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In order of Preference:

1. Oregon/ Washington coast
2 Flat Tops Wilderness Colorado
3 Eastern Townships of Quebec
4 Nova Scotia
5 Canyon Lands /Arches/ Monument Valley
6 Black Hills SD
7 Upper Peninsula Michigan
8 Death Valley (spring)
9 Provincetown Ma (Only if I can stay a month or more summer)
10. Big Bend NP (Spring)
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I'd have to make some serious eliminations if only one more trip!

1. Alaska - all summer
2. Silverton, CO - July-September
3. Big Bend Nat'l Park in November
4. Stanley, Idaho - Sawtooth Nat'l Rec Area - September
5. Moab, Ut - 4-wheeling - September/October
6. Bryce Nat'l Park - hiking - September
7. Grand Teton Nat'l Park - hiking - September
8. Yellowstone in May
9. Sante Fe area late summer while the chili's are being roasted
10. Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Rec Area - September/October
11. Tucson, AZ in March/April
12. Cape Blanco State Park, Oregon - August
13. Port Townsend, WA - August
14. June Lake area, CA - September
15. Quartzsite, AZ w/friends in January
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We loved visiting the places on Busskippers list and most of the places on the other lists. Also, AK was wonderful.

I think if we had one last trip it would be to someplace we hadn't been before, and I'm not sure where that would be, yet.

We've been at it since the early '70s and have been blessed to be able to see as much as we have, and do the things we have. We made the trip from OR to WV every year from the later '70s until now visiting the places we wanted to see between there and the northern and southern borders. There were two years we didn't make the trip when we took the boat to the San Juans in Wa for a few weeks, and the 1.5 month trip to AK. It is indeed a beautiful land we live in.

Going with grandkids is wonderful too. It's as much fun as seeing things the first time yourself, IMHO. We did that with one of our grandsons when he was 11, and at 32 now he still remembers it well. The trip was from OR to WV and back seeing things from the Gunnison to Yellowstone, Tetons, GC, Rushmore, up in the Arch at SL, AF museum, Smithsonian and monuments at DC, a few days at Oshkosh including a flight (thank you Young Eagles sponsors), and back to OR. He likes airplanes. He also got to see his grandparents and other relatives in WV. The trip was open to the other 6 grandkids, but they always seemed to have other things to do during the summer. Now there 3 greats, who knows?

Thanks for starting the thread, it has got me thinking about where to go on our Fall trip to WV, if it is possible at that time. I'm also getting some good ideas about places to go from the other posters.

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I have been to all your 10 except #5. Heading there in June. This may be our last trip so i planned this route starting in June for 2 months.

Yosemite
Reno
Glacier Natl park
Banff
Vancouver
Then down 101 to San Diego.

We did Banff once before. I gotta go back.
Good List - Reno is Interesting - Maybe Lake Tahoe?

Best of Luck on Making the trip,
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In order of Preference:

1. Oregon/ Washington coast
2 Flat Tops Wilderness Colorado
3 Eastern Townships of Quebec
4 Nova Scotia
5 Canyon Lands /Arches/ Monument Valley
6 Black Hills SD
7 Upper Peninsula Michigan
8 Death Valley (spring)
9 Provincetown Ma (Only if I can stay a month or more summer)
10. Big Bend NP (Spring)
Rick, Like your Choices - very Varied, you appear to have covered all the Corners and a good Bit in between.

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I'd have to make some serious eliminations if only one more trip!

1. Alaska - all summer
2. Silverton, CO - July-September
3. Big Bend Nat'l Park in November
4. Stanley, Idaho - Sawtooth Nat'l Rec Area - September
5. Moab, Ut - 4-wheeling - September/October
6. Bryce Nat'l Park - hiking - September
7. Grand Teton Nat'l Park - hiking - September
8. Yellowstone in May
9. Sante Fe area late summer while the chili's are being roasted
10. Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Rec Area - September/October
11. Tucson, AZ in March/April
12. Cape Blanco State Park, Oregon - August
13. Port Townsend, WA - August
14. June Lake area, CA - September
15. Quartzsite, AZ w/friends in January
Pretty Sure September is Your Month - Either you will need an Airplane or at least 9 or 10 more Years.

It has always surprised the number of People who fail to Understand being in these places in the Right/Perfect time of year - I think we might all have a good idea as your favorite time of Year - September - as soon as the kids all head back to School. -

Interesting that there is not one place in the East. Just a guess, you are not a fan of Humidity. -
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We loved visiting the places on Busskippers list and most of the places on the other lists. Also, AK was wonderful.

I think if we had one last trip it would be to someplace we hadn't been before, and I'm not sure where that would be, yet.

We've been at it since the early '70s and have been blessed to be able to see as much as we have, and do the things we have. We made the trip from OR to WV every year from the later '70s until now visiting the places we wanted to see between there and the northern and southern borders. There were two years we didn't make the trip when we took the boat to the San Juans in Wa for a few weeks, and the 1.5 month trip to AK. It is indeed a beautiful land we live in.

Going with grandkids is wonderful too. It's as much fun as seeing things the first time yourself, IMHO. We did that with one of our grandsons when he was 11, and at 32 now he still remembers it well. The trip was from OR to WV and back seeing things from the Gunnison to Yellowstone, Tetons, GC, Rushmore, up in the Arch at SL, AF museum, Smithsonian and monuments at DC, a few days at Oshkosh including a flight (thank you Young Eagles sponsors), and back to OR. He likes airplanes. He also got to see his grandparents and other relatives in WV. The trip was open to the other 6 grandkids, but they always seemed to have other things to do during the summer. Now there 3 greats, who knows?

Thanks for starting the thread, it has got me thinking about where to go on our Fall trip to WV, if it is possible at that time. I'm also getting some good ideas about places to go from the other posters.

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Pretty Sure September is Your Month - Either you will need an Airplane or at least 9 or 10 more Years.

Interesting that there is not one place in the East. Just a guess, you are not a fan of Humidity. -
We've lived in the Midwest and you're correct - we're not fans of humidity and recently all the tornados and flooding.

During the summer we hide out in quiet boondocking spots - typically no siteseeing in the tourist areas except for Alaska.
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I've pretty much done your list, but one thing I'd love to do is photograph the Fly Geyser. I've been to Gerlach & drove by the gate to the geyser, but at the time the owner of the ranch had it closed off. Only got a photo from about a mile away.

The Burning Man Association bought the ranch (or at least the geyser) and the Friends of Black Rock now offers both day & overnight tours, but only in the summers when I'm still in the northeast. I probably should leave for my winter stay in Arizona a month or two early!
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I’d opt for driving the Seward- Sterling highways in AK. Again
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Canadian Rockies, as far as I can tell. Just to give you a taste of what that part of the world looks like, this was taken on a cold and breezy day from the top of Wilcox Pass, overlooking the Icefields:


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I would do that hike again, for sure.
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Our trip this spring has been blown up but would have been to haul freight to the Dakotas and then park it for several days before continuing to so the same thru WY, UT, and CO.
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