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RE: Grand Canyon 2020

Been to both rims many a time along with Zion, Bryce, Escalante and many places in between. My observations: The south rim is more crowded, but you are able to drive in a more continuous manner along the rim. There's a lot of different view points on the north rim, but several of these require a fair amount of driving to get to. The south rim has more amenities. One that is really nice is the shuttle system. So once you park, you can visit much of the south rim w/o moving your vehicle. I think photography is easier for us novices from the south rim. Of course this doesn't matter as much in the summer as the sun is virtually overhead, but in certain times of the year, shooting toward the south often is difficult with the sun in front of you. North rim is cooler due to elevation. While Mather is a nicer CG, Trailer Village is the place to be if you "need" a/c. Of course if you're out exploring all day, it won't matter as much since it tends to cool off quite nicely in the evening. That's the great thing about a PUP. Unzip every window and let the breeze blow through. As for the suggestion to hike into the canyon, I'd only do it if you got some cooler weather. Gets quite hot as you go down. If you do want to hike, take the Bright Angel Trail and leave in the mid to late afternoon. The shadow from the canyon rim hits the upper part of that trail so you're out of the sun. Plus, when you get back to the top, you can get an ice cream cone at the Angel Lodge! The north rim is simply too far from the other places you're talking about visiting to use it as a base camp. All told, if you haven't been to the GC, I'd recommend the south rim for your first visit. For Zion NP, I'd suggest getting a reservation at Watchman CG in the park. Electric service is available plus it's walking distance to the visitors center where you catch the shuttle bus into the canyon (the only way you can get up there). Watchman also borders the Virgin River which flows pretty slow by mid summer. Kids build little dams and play in the "river" (really more of a stream) and the adults set their lawn chairs up in the water under the shade of the giant Cottonwood trees. Great way to spend a hot part of the day and way better than a motel swimming pool IMHO. Otherwise, hike the trails on the east side of the canyon in the morning when they're in the shade and the west side trails in the afternoon when they're in the shade. Do plan on a day to hike up the Zion Narrows. You end up wading up the stream with walls that are over 1000' high and a canyon that is just a few dozen feet wide in places. But it's much cooler in there, even in the middle of the day. Bring water shoes or tennis shoes that you don't mind getting wet and sandy.
4runnerguy 09/29/19 09:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Alaska RV trip loop routes/planning resources

When we were in AK some years ago (see our signature pic) we flew up and spend four weeks. We did the tent route, and every 4th or 5th day we'd find a cabin or motel to get a good scrubbing. Now we did some backpacking and found several trails on the Kenai to do, so I think we spent over a week there. with only three weeks, I'd concentrate on the area between the Kenai and Denali. Anchorage is kind of between those two areas so you'll pass through there mid trip to restock. If you want to camp on the Kenai, we found the Chugach NF CG's to seem less elbow to elbow than modt of the other campgrounds on the Kenai. Some of those CG's do take reservations. We also camped at a few of the State Park CG's around the state. Also check on websites for individual towns. We canped at a great little site at Hornaday Park in Homer. We did both the 26 Glacier and Kenai Fjords cruises. The first was amazing but we had absolutely perfect weather. The seas were so rough for the Kenai cruise they couldn't even get us all the way out. Lots of green people on that cruise. If you're looking for an intresting experience for your kids, consider renting a cabin from Alaska DNR or from Chugach NF. You might have to hoof it a short distance to the cabin, but you can really get a feeling of solitude at many of them. One place we stayed in a cabin was Kachemak Bay park. Had to take a water taxi out of Homer. We could see loads of salmon swimming right along the shore just below the cabin. Doing the cabin thing takes a bit of research and planning, plus getting reservations the second they open up, but it's a great Alaska experience that your kids will love.
4runnerguy 09/23/19 01:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: States Visited Map Rules

Your map, your rules. OK! My rule would be a state I was in long enough to drink a beer! ;) Just to clarify, that would be about 5 minutes? :DWell, maybe a little longer. Wanna find an interesting locals joint to hang out and get the inside scoop on where to go and what to see. Sometimes even find out about places people here on RV.net haven't mentioned.
4runnerguy 09/22/19 09:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yellowstone - Spring or Fall?

I don't think you wuld save that much time staying at Fishing Bridge. Best locale for saving time is Madison. No hookups!Or stay at Grant. Won't need a/c so hook ups aren't as important. As for when to go, it depends on how early you're talking about in the spring. Can still be lots of snow even into May, making trails to some of the areas a little mucky.
4runnerguy 09/22/19 09:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: States Visited Map Rules

Your map, your rules. OK! My rule would be a state I was in long enough to drink a beer! ;)
4runnerguy 09/21/19 11:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Southern Utah in late June?

Arches and Canyonlands will just be hot. One can see much of the parks by driving and taking short hikes. Start early in the day, find a cool place for the afternoon, then go back out in the aarly evening. A couple of cooler hikes midday would be up Grandstaff Trail just upriver from US 191. Narrow enough canyon that the sun only hits a lot of it for several hours midday. Or hike up Mill Creek just east of Moab. You can wade in parts of the stream to keep a little cool. But I think I'd limit my days in Moab due to the heat. As noted, Bryce is a lot higher in elevation and cooler. You can see many of the sites from lookouts along the road. The shuttle bus is convenient. zion is alos low in elevation. But the Watchman CG in the park has electric hookups and the Virgin River runs right by the CG. Plop your camp chair down at the edge (or in the middle) of the water under the towering cottonwood trees and you can stay reasonably comfortable even in the middle of the day. If you can, hike a ways up the Zion Narrows. A very narrow canyon means little direct sun, even in the middle of the day. Plus, once you're up there a mile, you have to wade the river to continue. Quite refreshing. For other adventures, just plan your walks on the east side of the canyon in the a.m. and the afternoon walks on the west side in the p.m. That way you'll be in the shade of the canyon walls. Sill hot, but not in the direct sun. Capitol Reef is a pretty hot park in the summer. Personally I'd spend my time elsewhere, although the CG is in the middle of an orchard so there is shade at some of the campsites. If you want to drive Utah 12, might I suggest staying at Singletree CG It's around 8200' in elevation so quite a bit cooler than down lower. You can explore Calf Creek Falls as a day trip from there. Definitely worth the hike. Don't know your route, but if you're heading through Vernal to see Dinosaur NM, stay up in the NF CG's south of Flaming Gorge. Around 7500' in elevation. Day trip down to the monument. The Fieldhouse in Vernal has a lot more dinosaur and fossil info right in Vernal and has a/c. It's a great museum and a nice complement to what you'll see at the "bone wall" at Dinosaur.
4runnerguy 09/17/19 02:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Which campground at Custer State Park?

We stay at Sylvan Lake. Highest elevation, better forest. Nice spacing and privacy between many of the sites.
4runnerguy 09/17/19 02:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sometime we win...National Forests and Wildlife Refuge

So in effect. There will be a higher risk of forest fires, due to a lack of Land Management.Don't know about what they do in that part of Alaska, but here in CO, the forest service sends out crews to remove beetle-killed trees. They also do lots of controlled burns, where the primary thing that burns is the grasses and brush which are usually the first thing to really get going in a forest fire. Clear cutting is not only unsightly, it has adverse effects on wildlife including game animals like deer and elk and also results in degradation of fisheries.
4runnerguy 09/04/19 08:53pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

We frequently boondock so internet is pretty much not a thing unless we stop at a restaurant along the way.Some mornings we stop for $1 coffee at McDonalds just to use their Wifi (and bathrooms!).
4runnerguy 09/04/19 08:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado 114 from Sillsville to Saguache

Had to look up Sillsville and finally found it on a topo map. CO 114 is one of the easiest ways across the Continental Divide in Colorado.
4runnerguy 09/04/19 08:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route Advice Estes Park to Great Basin and then Utah

Leave Estes Park on CO 7 and head to Allenspark. Just past Allenspark, CO 72 splits off from CO7. These 2 roads are part of the Peak to Peak Highway which is a great drive. CO 7 to Allenspark is a bit rough and narrow, but no drop offs; you're in the forest. Once on CO 72, the road is generally good with shoulders. Yes there are curves and hills but nothing overly challenging. You'll take CO 72 to Nederland where you'll pick up CO 119, still the Peak to Peak Highway. That will take you to Black Hawk/Central City. You can continue on CO 119 down to I-70 (follow the signs) and then just take I-70 westbound to your next destination.Do this continuing west on I-70. Lots of RV's on this all the time. Use your transmission to keep your speed in check on the downhill side of Eisenhower Tunnel and Vail Pass. Both are 7% for seven miles. Join US 50 at Salina, UT and follow it to Great Basin NP.
4runnerguy 08/27/19 06:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Taking Hwy50 form Montrose to Colorado Springs~

Heading east up the pass is mostly three lane with a passing lane in the uphill direction. Use tranny to keep speed in check downhill. Nothing scary about this pass. There is a tram and gift shop at the top of the pass.
4runnerguy 08/27/19 06:33pm Roads and Routes
RE: 70 through Colorado

IIRC you also have a fairly full van of people, too, so your weight is pretty high. I'd add two hours to the projected time from Google Maps, etc. Maybe more as there are a variety of places you'll probably want to stop for pictures, etc. If there's one rest stop not to miss it's Grizzly Creek in Glenwood Canyon. Room for large rigs there. Going up isn't necessarily the issue. Keeping your speed under control without burning your brakes is more important. Use your gears. The downhill parts from the Eisenhower Tunnel and the top of Vail Pass are 7% grades for something like seven miles. Most interstates have a maximum of 6% grades. Fill with gas in Summit County as it doesn't get cheap again until Grand Junction.
4runnerguy 08/26/19 10:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado to Maine

do I take I70 instead of I80? We have found I-70 preferable to I-80 across the middle of the country. Generally a lot less truck traffic and the road seems in better shape (probably because of less truck traffic). There's more to do in Springfield than just Lincoln's Grave. Lincoln Home NHS is definitely worth your time, as is the Lincoln Library. If you're going to Acadia from Niagara Falls, head east through the Adirondacks and the White Mountains (maybe take the Kancamagus Highway or US 302 through Crawford Notch). We're not big fans of big cities, esp. when towing. To visit Boston, we stayed at Shawme-Crowell State Forest not far from the Cape Cod Canal. (Scusset Beach State Reservation was closed at the time). Took the train into Boston. Also could visit the Cape. Took a day trip on the ferry to Martha's Vineyard. Rented some cruiser bicycles to tour the beaches. Newport RI has some amazing "cottages" (OK, mansions) right along the coast. The Cliff Walk allows you to walk along the amazing shoreline and look up at these amazing homes. Mystic Seaport, CT is an interesting place to stop and get a primer on seafaring in the 18th and 19th centuries. Great for mountain dwellers like us. Lots of historic vessels. Of all the big east coast cities to visit, Washington D.C. is #1 on our list. If you have the time and haven't been there, go! Plan on several days and just pick a few museums and monuments to visit. You can't see it all even with lots of days to do it. Other places to consider: Williamsburg, VA Steamtown NHS near Scranton, PA Monicello (what an amazing diversity of interests Jefferson had) Gettyburg, PA Since you "only" have a month, I'd make a beeline across the central part of the country out and back to concentrate on the sites in the east (although Springfield, IL is definitely a must do). The last time we went out, we rode Amtrak and took our tent and sleeping bags. Two days of train travel each direction then rented a car for a month. Still rushed (did spend five full days in D.C.).
4runnerguy 08/26/19 09:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Diesel fuel stop on I25 between Cheyenne Wy. Casper Wy.

HiAll, need a fuel stop with access for 30 foot 5th wheel trailer. Thanks 2007Jim. Why - it's only 180 miles? What kind of mileage are you getting? Fuel at FJ in Cheyenne and if needed top it off in CasperKind of what I was thinking. I'd think the only reason to stop between Cheyenne and Casper is my bladder fills before my fuel tank empties. ;)
4runnerguy 08/13/19 09:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yet another great mapping resource -- NFS topo PDFs

Ken, if you want to capture a topo using that Peakbagger app, I think you can take a screen shot and then save the image as a PDF.Oh yeah, I can do that. But downloading the whole quad is what I liked. With the Peakbagger site I listed above, I go to the map of the place we are heading and get the topo. Then even if I lose connectivity (common in the mountains) I can still refer to it while on the trail as long as I haven't closed that tab. The PDF come in handy at home. It's gotten to the point that I rarely take a paper copy into the backcountry anymore. Of course I can't do the backpacking thing anymore (shoulder injury and all :( ) so I'm not out multiple days.
4runnerguy 08/09/19 12:10pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Yet another great mapping resource -- NFS topo PDFs

Thanks for the link. Haven't seen it before. I often use Peakbagger to get to a continuous topo map of the U.S. Just search for a name of a nearby peak (top right) or just use their random peak and click on it. When you get to a peak page, go to the lower right where you'll see a "Dynamic Map". Below that map click on the full screen link. You can then move the map to anywhere in the U.S., even places where there aren't any "peaks" and zoom in. Upper right is a drop down menu allowing one to shift between several topo options plus a satellite view. No ability to download the individual topos, but a handy reference.
4runnerguy 08/08/19 11:00am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

We always go to FL over the holidays to visit my parents. We always stop in TN and GA, so not looking forward to going east in November, just to go that way again in Dec.How about heading south and west? Springfield IL the first night. (200 miles, 4 hours) See the Lincoln Museum, etc. if you haven't already. Eureka Springs, AR. (400 miles, <7 hours). A very romantic little town with lots to see and do. Great restaurants, too. Did I mention that it is romantic? On to Hot Springs AR or somewhere around Lake Ouachita (200 miles, 4 hours). If history is an indication, the leaves in northern Arkansas should be near their peak in early November. Austin and/or San Antonio, TX (500-600 miles, 8-10 hours) Austin is the hip, younger city with lots of nightlife, music, etc. San Antonio is more historic. There are several other missions besides the Alamo and all are worth spending time at. The River Walk is quite romantic also. Big Bend NP (450-500 miles, 7-8 hours). November is an ideal time to visit Big Bend. While we go to Utah quite frequently, Big Bend really surprised DW with its beauty. Leaving Big Bend, head north to Carlsbad Caverns (240 miles, 4 hours). Been in lots of caves, and as they say, there's only one Carlsbad Caverns. Then off to Palo Duro Canyon out of Amarillo (300 miles, 5 hours). At that point, you're around 1000 miles from home. Pick the fastest route, drive it in two days and parks your rig. If that seems like too much driving, cut the trip off at San Antonio and head east toward New Orleans. Maybe stop and see NASA Space Center near Houston. From NO, head north on the River Road through Vicksburg, Memphis, etc. I've listed lots of ideas here so pick and choose which appeal to you most. For me, Eureka Springs and San Antonio would be highest on my list for romance. Big Bend and Carlsbad for wonderful outdoor experiences unlike anything around Chicago.
4runnerguy 08/07/19 09:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nevada Hwy 50

Enjoy. It's our preferred route when heading to CA. Not really that lonely as there is a fair amount of traffic for being in the middle of no where. Just a long ways between towns. There are fuel stations at all the towns along the way. But not many 24 hour stations.
4runnerguy 08/07/19 07:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Dry camping on the way from page to Las Vegas

Now we would like to spend the next days in some forrest or what else there is on the way from page to LA. Your title says Las Vegas but in your text you say LA. Makes a difference as to recommendations!
4runnerguy 07/20/19 02:15pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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