Question for everybody! My husband and I, our labrador-rottweiler mix Maggie, and our newborn Noah, are heading off on the craziest road trip ever! We'll be heading out of Montreal and across Canada at the end of September (which'll be pretty much a straight run without sightseeing, because of the weather), then down thru Washington and Oregon and Northern California to San Francisco or thereabouts, over to Las Vegas to visit the little one's godparents, back to southern California for a week or so, then across the southern US thru Texas and Louisiana to Florida, then up the east coast and back home again. We figure on six hours a day of driving because of the dog/newborn situation, and the fact that we don't want to ONLY drive. We'd like to be able to stop and smell the roses along the way...By our calculations, we have 24 days of driving, with about a month of downtime (we have eight or nine weeks to do the whole thing). We're too poor to get motel rooms every nite, so are planning to mostly do some boondocking, and camping when we find somewhere we'd like to stick around for a few days...What I need from everybody on here (as many responses as y'all are willing to give, thank you!) is
a) safe and legal places (besides walmart) to park overnight. preferably sneaky beachfront :o) we're ocean-aholics.
b) anywhere cool we can bring our dog for hiking (as far as i know, she's not allowed in any national parks...are state parks okay?)
c) scenic drives along the way, and stuff we shouldn't miss.
d) free camping places if possible
e) anybody know if the rumored Ewok village in northern California really exists? just curious...
f) anything we ought to know.
there were eight million things i meant to write about, but they've all flown right out of my head....