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Old 07-10-2017, 11:46 AM   #68391
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Yesterday we had our first encounter with "Mormon Crickets" crickets crossing the road. No pics... but trust me... They need a saddle and a wildlife crossing sigh. They grow up to 3 inches and I'm pretty sure we several world records!
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Old 07-10-2017, 12:01 PM   #68392
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Steve, and all. It's 110 degrees now, but was hotter earlier.
We were going to boondock in Quartzsite but the heat changed our minds.

We'll be in Acton, Ca. tomorrow for some cooler weather. Maybe 2 or 3 d.

Glad to be out on the road again.

Drive safely, and see you up north.
Head further West young people. Get at least over to Hwy 101 and it will be many degrees cooler.

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Hi RE_Farmer, I'm not a farmer but 3 of my great grandparents families were (for what it's worth). Wayne's theme song isn't really that bad, warning people about it is one of the running jokes here within the group. There are several others you'll discover after you've been here a while...

Here for a couple of days at Onawa, IA, then northward through Sioux City and west to Rapid City, SD, to see Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse and hang out for a week or so (yes, and a stop at Wall Drug too). Can any Mutants recommend a good campground in the Rapid City area, Good Sam atlas shows about 20 and I'd like to cull that a little...
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Okmunky: DW mentioned the other day that several farmers closer to the hwy were renting out pasture space for gawkers. I think we're a bit far off the beaten path for casual observers (7mi. of country road, some gravel, from both US36 & 73).

While I have a circle drive that can accommodate several RVs, I wouldn't think of taking anything larger than a PU in most of my fields, too rough or soft and have honey locust tree "thorns" as large & hard as 9" nails. We just throw a gal. of tire slime in farm vehicle tires, but I would want the liability for others' tires.
Wow! Circle Drive! Don't want to block the drive so can you add some parallel pads for us to park on. We could have a MiniGC or even a GC if you make about 20 pads.

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Hey Steve, or anyone who knows, I have the option of hwy 126 or 38 coming from the OR coast over to I-5. My question, is there any problems with the mountains more so on one hwy verses the other? Talking about Reedsport to Cottage Grove or Florence to Haley.
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Tim, 126 has less sever twisting than 38. Do make reservations. If you just want to site see park at the Armitage County RV park in Eugene (Coburn) OR. Inexpensive but you have to make reservations at least two days in advance or more is preferable and it has to be done on-line.

I don't know what your plans are, if you want to explore Oregon further to the south or just go north from Reedsport to Seattle. Id the later you will be missing out on some fine places in Southern Oregon. Starting at Golds Beach and the Rogue River Boat ride, 54 miles up the Rogue River in a jet boat. Great experience. My site has pictures. Then there is Coos Bay and the Mills Casino RV Park. You don't have to go to the Casino and loose your money to stay there. One of the best hamburger joints is in town. Not a whole lot there but a nice quiet resting place.

Reedsport or Florence is a great place to visit the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area.

There are many stops along HWY-101 and Tilamook, OR is where the cheese factory is. You'd like that being so cheesy.

If your plans are to go from Reedsport to Seattle please don't use I-5. Use the 101. we have traveled it several times all the way to Whidbey Is. WA (bypassing SF but we have gone through SF with 5'er and MH) You will be 20-30 degrees cooler traveling the 101 versus being 12 miles or more inland. Our typical temperatures in August range from 65-75 daytime and 50's or a little lower at night. Wonderful weather traveling the 101.


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Who's been to Glacier NP?
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Ed and Jackie have you been before?
Looking at a possible stop on way from Seattle to Yellowstone!
Hey Bud! We stayed at the Columbia Falls RV Park. It is about 15 miles from the entrance to Glacier. Nice facilities and close to town for needs.

Seattle to Yellowstone we to I-90 to Whitehall (or close) and picked up MT-55 to MT-41 to MT-287 (Not to be confused with US-287) but we did pick up US-287 in Ennis, MT. We were so happy we took that route. Scenery was wonderful. We stayed at Grizzly RV Park but make reservations.
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Wayne... isn't 287 the highway you can take all the way from Canada to the Rio Grande Valley...???
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Long day trip today... We have been to Oregon briefly and Idaho largely, Hells Canyon. The end of of the line on the Idaho side. We could practically driven to Lewiston. Lol.

Hardly a soul on the road or water. Despite the beauty, 100+ outside. Cool a comfy in CR-VMutant...
Absolutely gorgeous!
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Yesterday we had our first encounter with "Mormon Crickets" crickets crossing the road. No pics... but trust me... They need a saddle and a wildlife crossing sigh. They grow up to 3 inches and I'm pretty sure we several world records!
That sounds like a cheesy 1950s horror movie. INvasion of the Mormon Crickets.
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Absolutely gorgeous!
Thank you. Wish youse two were here. But wish we'd been at Papaw Steve and Mary Anns. Wouldn't have missed that for anything less than Hells Canyon.
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Wayne thanks for the info. After Gold Beach we head for Idanha and the GC.
Seattle comes after the GC.

Steve how do you know they were Morman?
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Who's been to Glacier NP?
Where's the best place to stay?
How long do we need to stay?
Ed and Jackie have you been before?
Looking at a possible stop on way from Seattle to Yellowstone!
Johnson's of St. Mary St. Mary, MT

Located at the eastern gate. Good for what we needed for a 2 night stay. One FULL day of driving in the park is sufficient. Early start and dusk return allows for multiple stops, lunch, and short trips on the opposite gateway area (the south entrance).
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Who's been to Glacier NP?
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How long do we need to stay?
Ed and Jackie have you been before?
Looking at a possible stop on way from Seattle to Yellowstone!
My sources tell me the east side is much less windy to stay at... we are booked at Johnson's of St. Mary Aug 14-16. there are more places to stay on the east side than the west. The west campground is kind of wide out in the open and the wind comes rushing down the hills and rocks you all night long...

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Wayne... isn't 287 the highway you can take all the way from Canada to the Rio Grande Valley...???
US-287 yes, except it is broken up by Yellowstone National Park. Montanan (MT) 287 is the road we picked up off of I-90.

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Wayne thanks for the info. After Gold Beach we head for Idanha and the GC.
Seattle comes after the GC.

Steve how do you know they were Morman?
Then yes, 101 to 126 to The 5 to roads to Idanha.

That's right you are going to Southern Calif. first. From El Cajon take 67 to 52 to I-805N to I-5N to US-101N. Stay on the 101N all the way to San Fran and decide where you want to stay and pick a road. Petaluma, CA is about 1 hour ride North of SF. Petaluma KOA has 307 sites. Just remember that CA is expensive for RV parks but there are some buys out there.

Continuing North, we stay on The 101. You can travel The 1 but trying to go inland you will run into some twisty/turney roads. We find CG's along 101 and take day trips to The 1. Petaluma to Bodega Bay is an okay ride for a MH.

If you can find an RV Park near Ferndale, CA you most definately want to take a trip to The Lost Coast (IN THE CAR). Off the 101 you would pick up Hwy 211 to Ferndale and then pick up the Mattole Rd and follow it through Petrollia, stop and have lunch at the first resturant on the left side of the road going in to Petrollia. Mettole Rd will take you through the Humbolt Forest, think Red Woods. Explore - wonderful drive, and then Mattole takes you back to The 101 and you can take it all the way to Florence, OR when you have to cut back.

We Love the West Coast for traveling. Wish we were going with you, but alas it is our summer in the heat.
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My sources tell me the east side is much less windy to stay at... we are booked at Johnson's of St. Mary Aug 14-16. there are more places to stay on the east side than the west. The west campground is kind of wide out in the open and the wind comes rushing down the hills and rocks you all night long...

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We didn't have any problem with winds in Columbia Falls, MT. Must have been the calm season. We stayed there the last week of August 2012.
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Well, my week is getting broken up by a quick trip to Allen, TX. About 10 degrees warmer but feels hotter due to higher humidity. Well, what could be better than Texas in July? Found out this morning I need to go there, fun is. Good thing it's not on my dime!
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Ed and Jackie have you been before?
Looking at a possible stop on way from Seattle to Yellowstone!
Have not been to Glacier NP, may spend a couple days on the way out as,we are staying North this trip.
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