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Posted: 05/25/09 09:03am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A 'must see' is Mt. St. Helens and if you like the Ocean go to Ft. Stevens Park where the Columbia river enters the ocean and watch the power of the ocean from the mouth at the breakwater. Pretty impressive. Lake Tahoe is not too bad, either. Try to get there on a weekday not a weekend. Much less traffic. Mark Twain in his writings called Lake Tahoe "the fairest picture in the world".


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I have camped at Mt St Helens. Rustic, but very pretty. Visitor's Center is great with good movies of the eruption.

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I didn't see your intended schedule, but if you haven't already you may want to keep an eye on the Glacier NP Web site, specifically, keep an eye on the plowing status on Going to the Sun Road. It's still not open and looks like they have a way to go yet. Since GNP seems to be the highlight of your plans, it would be a bummer to get there and not be able to travel the full length of the road.

The report for 5/22-

Present Locations:
West Lakes Road Crew: Has completed the plowing from the Logan Pit area full width of the road surface up to the Loop, with a lane and half from the Loop area to the Weeping Wall. Crew cleared snow a lane and a half through Weeping Wall and are continuing cutting down lifts out of the Big Bend. Crew is experiencing 25-30 foot snow depths at the Big Bend. Weather temperatures were between 40-60 degrees with clear and sunny skies.
Hudson Bay Road Crew: They are encountering snow depths of 20 feet. Road surface is full width between Rising Sun to No Stump. Crew is continuing snow removal between No Stump Point and the East Tunnel. Weather temperatures were between 35-50 degrees with clear and sunny skies.


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I am going to strongly second (or third) the suggestion that you abandon the interstate and hit the two lane wherever/whenever possible.... if time allows of course. It looks like no matter how you go, you'll have a wonderful journey. Enjoy and take lots of pics!

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Your dually will be fine on the Going-to-the Sun road in Glacier. HOWEVER, there is a very strict length restriction. They may make you take your camper off your truck to make the permissable length. Happened to us with our extended cab long box dually. The truck width wasn't an issue. The length with the camper on was. We took it off and left it in our campsite. Beautiful place.


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Great suggestions so far fellow TCers. We've redone the path to Route 2 across the country after International Falls. Joe already had Roosevelt national Park to add and the petroglyphs are a must see.

There is no time restriction other than two people in a small TC for weeks.

Will keep an eye on the Going to The Sun snow situation. We're going to Glacier regardless but it would be a bonus to get up the road in one of the Jammer buses. Think that would be a bit more relaxing to let someone else drive who is used to the drop offs.

We'll start our blog up again when we hit the road. Got an air card so it will be easier to post as we go. http://otrafrommaine.blogspot.com. Thanks for all the PMs and emails on house offering water/power and overnight stays. Might just take them up!

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It I remember correctly, the road you take from Bend, OR to Boise with take you past LaGrange and up a GRADE to Caldwell. THAT grade is a real grade but the views to the west from the top will astound you. If it is not the same road, ignore all I typed! [emoticon]

Have a great trip. You'll be amazed at what is "out west". You can also find many free maps and travel info on sites that most states have on the net. Utah, Oregon, Minnesota, etc all have them.
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TwoMaineiacs....Good idea to let others drive on the Going to the Sun Road. They will not let you on the that road with the camper and there is an 8 ft wide restriction. I drove our dully on it a few years back and did not get to see much and wish I had taken a ride in one of those old tour bases. The road was closed last year when we were there this time in May. Hope the construction is done. Sorry we will miss you in Maine, we are headed to Long Island off Portland this year. Ed


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From Glacier Take Us 93 to hwy 200 to Sandpoint, Idaho then to Ceur d'Alene, Idaho, with a stop at the Nat'l Bison range. If your intrested St. Ignatious Catholic church has great frescos on the ceiling from the 1800's


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You could easily spend a week in the UP alone. So many beutiful places up there few humans. Hit Taquamonon falls SP, Oswalds Bear ranch, the Mighty Mac Bridge, Pictured rocks, Fahyett SP, the Big spring. There are numerous NF campgrounds. Take 2 along lake Superior and watch for Bald Eagles there everywhere. As was suggested don't miss the Black Hills of SD. A most amazing place more wildlife than anywhere I,ve been including Alaska. Wish I could tag along. We are going to the UP some time in June. Happy trails.

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