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mockturtle

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Posted: 02/24/12 05:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Washington does not really cater to tourists like Oregon does. And most of our state parks are not as nice as Oregon's, either (there are exceptions, like Cape Disappointment). But we do have some truly awesome scenery and great national parks. As has been mentioned, the Discovery Pass is just for day use. Your park entrance and parking are included in your camping fee.


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Posted: 02/24/12 05:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The liquor stores are going to be phased out and opened in stores over something like 55,000 sq. feet.
Some say prices will go down.


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Posted: 02/24/12 05:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I appreciate the responses from the people that live in WA. Our son lives in Ca. and we will be visiting him this year. After all the negative responses, I will just forgo our visit to Wa. and travel elsewhere. Sure don't want to go where we are not welcomed.





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peaches&cream wrote:

I appreciate the responses from the people that live in WA. Our son lives in Ca. and we will be visiting him this year. After all the negative responses, I will just forgo our visit to Wa. and travel elsewhere. Sure don't want to go where we are not welcomed.
Where did you read that?? When I say Washington doesn't cater to tourists like Oregon does, I simply mean that tourism is not the major emphasis that it is in OR. We have some of the prettiest (IMHO, THE prettiest!) mountain ranges in the US and some rugged but beautiful coastal waters. The San Juan Islands are a wonder to behold. Yes, we do want you to come and visit. WA just can't afford to spend the money promoting tourism that some states do.

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peaches and cream, I remember back years ago we had a governor that said Oregon is a nice place to visit, just don't move here. That was often thought of as a turn off.

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Money or lack thereof is a problem everywhere! Since WA has no state income tax, they have to get $$$ somewhere to provide the services people have come to think of as necessary. I willingly support the state parks because I use them and recognize that it costs to keep them open and staffed.

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There is other locations here in WA that are operated by the federal government that works. National parks, Forest service and BLM. Even some of the counties have good parks. Look at this website for the area you would like to visit.
http://www.uscampgrounds.info/

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Actually to answer the OP's original question, yes, we need your money more than we need tourists. Is that so bad?


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Posted: 02/24/12 07:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oregon is a deal if you are a freeloader or don't live here. I believe we are in the top 5 for being taxed, maybe the top 3. As much as I love this place, I'm packing up. Too few people pay taxes and the ones that do are getting murdered and the ones that don't are voting to tax us (the "rich"ie. the ones who work hard) more.

I don't see how anyone can balk at a $30 a year Discovery Pass in Washington, that's a steal. That's one night camping in the Oregon State Parks.

I don't know why people from other states complain when they are asked to contribute to the upkeep of the parks that they are using.

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Oregon Ms wrote:

Oregon is a deal if you are a freeloader or don't live here. I believe we are in the top 5 for being taxed, maybe the top 3. As much as I love this place, I'm packing up. Too few people pay taxes and the ones that do are getting murdered and the ones that don't are voting to tax us (the "rich"ie. the ones who work hard) more.

I don't see how anyone can balk at a $30 a year Discovery Pass in Washington, that's a steal. That's one night camping in the Oregon State Parks.

I don't know why people from other states complain when they are asked to contribute to the upkeep of the parks that they are using.
The Discovery Pass has nothing to do with camping, however. And our camping fee for utility non-premium sites is $31.

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