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Posted: 07/03/15 07:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You are going to want to grab a cup of coffee for this one as it is a bit long, hope you enjoy

I have been flying out of town quite a bit and it was wearing on me. I decided to go "old school" pack up the camper and bring the family with me on a 6 week business trip/ Tour of Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest! This was (so far) the trip of a lifetime

Must do mods before our departure:
figure out how to bring our raft along

found a lopro skybox on craigslist
check, was also able to fit some backpacks, lifejackets, and the outdoor shower enclosure in the box
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Figure out how to reduce the excessive sway of more weight on the roof

Yes! I was crazy enough to drill through the hardest steel on the planet with a cordless dewalt drill!
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thank you Torklift for providing the drill bits. I used all 4!
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Installed Torklift lower stable loads to compliment my Uppers
Check: (and yes an instant change was felt to the rig)
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I also installed a front hitch receiver to mount 1 bike. I was able to free up a bike in the rear so I did not have to remove the pedals and eliminated the bikes banging together

Our first stop was Manteca, Ca
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any money I made this week was quickly spent at the bass pro shop right next door
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I always seem to get lucky with last minute Yosemite valley reservations, so that is where we headed; North Pines
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we were greeted with lighting, thunder and hail
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My bro drove up from San Diego to meet us and we fit 2 trucks and campers right in
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Wolf Creek 850 and Lance 845
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It poured pretty hard but quickly left so we hit the bike trails [emoticon]
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we blew up the rafts and enjoyed the rain
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The next 2 days we hit the water
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We also ended up having to move campsites due to the difficulty in getting reservations at the last minute: again we both just barely fit
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I removed the camper off my truck loaded the bike on the front rack. I parked the truck at Sentinel Beach and road the bike back to North Pines campground where we would launch the rafts and float for a couple hours
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water shots
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such a great float with views of Yosemite falls all along the way
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Party train!
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My bros 3 year old Princess
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Brett floating solo
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The mandatory rig and el cap shot [emoticon]
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My next week of business was in Reno, NV, so we headed over the sierras via HWY 120 to the 395. From Reno we headed up HWY 431 to Lake Tahoe to the west shore.

Setting up camp for the weekend @ Meeks Bay Campground
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is there an official color called "Tahoe blue"? If not there should be
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the kids couldn't believe their eyes
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I am sure glad we made room for the raft!
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There is a pretty nice beach along this side of the lake
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there is also a nice MTN Bike trail across from the campground
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We reluctantly left Tahoe and hit hwy 50 stopping at Sand Flat campground
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a few of the sites are right on the river [emoticon]
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the kids went for a float
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and so did dad
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nice spot for the hammocks
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unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end, and I had to work in Salinas, Ca and South of San Fran for the week. Fortunately we were on the road, the kids were loving it there was no sign of home sickness so we headed further North,
through San Fran
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and over the golden gate
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since we were zigzagging all over Northern California we decided to stay true to our route and head Northeast to Lassen National Park

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sulphur works
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some of the views
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the kids found the only snow pack left in the sierras [emoticon]
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Emerald Lake
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Of course we have Brett throwing rocks and Brenna admiring the flowers
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we set out for Bumpass Hell
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This is about as close as our family got for 6 weeks living in a truck camper and hotels [emoticon]
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this is about the spot were we smelled an odor that we thought was our full black tank sitting for a week with no chemical in 100+ degree heat
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there was something however that just kept luring us in
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From Lassen we headed up HWY 44 to HWY 89

To HWY 15: Modoc Volcanic Scenic Hwy clicky

This Road is perfect for a truck camper and one of my favorite areas of this trip!
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View of Shasta
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I thought our route was going to be cut short when we came across this
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thanks to the dry rot the log didn't weight all that much
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I asked for directions how to get to medicine lake but didn't get that great of advice
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this guy didn't know which way to go either
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and this gal was nice enough to make room for our high rig: we ended up taking hwy 15 to Usfs 44 N 50
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and finally found Medicine lake and had lunch. We should have stayed here as there are several campgrounds and is amazingly serene.
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beach at medicine lake
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We continued on Usfs 43 N 53, which end up in Lava Beds National Monument: This place is a MUST VISIT [emoticon]
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From Lava Beds we headed Northwest to Crater Lake NP: for one very long day.

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amazing views of the lake
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Where next you ask? Will this trip ever end? Nope
We continued North to Newberry Crater National Monument for some more lessons in Volcanoes

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we camped at cinder hill cp
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water felt like hot springs after tahoe
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some nice MTN bike trails around
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views aren't bad either
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Obsidian Flow is cool place to check out
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we headed over to Deschutes River trail to do a little biking and see the class 6 rapids!

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Nice Lunch site right off the hwy
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From Bend, OR we Headed to Portland for the Week

Our friends live on Lake Oswego and we headed out for some boating
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this place is a dream
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Family Sturgeon: since there is zero water in so cal, our epic trip was filled with as much water play as possible.
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enough play! A guy has to work right? From Portland, we headed to Seattle, and Seattle to Spokane! At times I feel I missed my calling and should have been a truck driver, but a traveling salesman will do I guess. we must have brought the heat with us because as soon as we got to Spokane it was well over 100 degrees. We have a lot of family in Spokane and so we headed to our aunt's river house up near Newport, WA on the Pend Oreille River.


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pretty nice backyard eh?
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the only place to be during a heat wave
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From Spokane we finally started to head south to Salt Lake city

Montana on the way
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campsite for the night: finally something free!
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surprised to see some local blooms [emoticon]
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and some fellow TC's
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With the heat wave continuing we decided to try a different kind of camping: a place called Cherry Hill
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pretty nice rv park with a Water Park!
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After Salt lake I had work in Vegas, so we headed toward home, worked in Vegas then tried to beat the 4th of July traffic. We just barely made it [emoticon] Hope you enjoyed the tour, and sorry for the long report but this trip was a blast and an amazing work/play adventure....

* This post was edited 07/03/15 07:48pm by anutami *


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Posted: 07/03/15 08:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted: 07/03/15 08:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great trip. Thanks.

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Posted: 07/03/15 08:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A really long trip----
Great trip! Great pictures! What an experience for the kids[emoticon] Start a blog and let the rest of us tag along on your trips[emoticon]

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Looks like you guys had a great trip,great photos.Thank you for posting

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Great Trip, luv the Water, it's looking good right about now, Seattle 91F =/=
I know, I know, everyone else is 'hotter" but it's hot for us.

and the water is looking good.. heheh
fun..


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Epic, indeed!

Thank you for posting!


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Posted: 07/03/15 10:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice! Very nice!

Gosh, bet your kids had a blast in those old lava tubes. What a great trip!

Well done. Great photos and good reporting!


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I did a six week five thousand mile trip with my wife and our two three year olds. Best experience of my life.

Planning a repeat next summer, but different route.

Thanks for sharing!


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That's one great family adventure


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