Hello everyone, newbie to the forum. I have used the site for some planning ideas but this is my first post and am looking for a little feedback, questions, concerns, etc.
My sister just had a baby and lives in Edmonton, AB. My family (wife, 13 yr old girl, 8 yr old boy) drove to Canmore, AB for her wedding last summer and had an amazing time going across the Dakotas to Yellowstone and up through Montana. Took a direct line home.
So we are tempting fate again.
Leaving Friday, July 1 from Windsor, Ontario (essentially Detroit, Mi).
Day 1: Detroit to Fargo, ND
Day 2: Fargo to Medicine Hat, AB.
Day 3: Dinosaur Provincial Park for hike and excavation activities, then on to Edmonton (staying with sister)
Day 4: Edmonton (visiting)
Day 5: Edmonton to Whistler via Jasper. Mountainous drive most of the way.
Day 6: ferry (1.5 hrs) from Vancouver to the island, drive to Tofino. First time seeing the Pacific Ocean for all of us.
Day 7: drive to Victoria.
Day 8: ferry (3.5 hrs) from Sidney to Washington state, drive to North Cascades (Marlemount, Wa).
Day 9: big hike to Cascade Pass and possibly Sahale Arm. Drive to Seattle afterwards.
Day 10: morning in Seattle (market), drive to Rainier. Stay in Ashford.
Day 11: Ashford to Cannon Beach, Or.
Day 12: Cannon Beach (downtime)
Day 13: Cannon Beach to Portland. Spend day in city (OMSI, coffee shops, etc). Staying at B&B in country.
Day 14: begin journey home... no plans on where to stop/stay. Likely passing through Boise, Salt Lake and around Denver.
Its going to be busy, but I've also made sure to allow for ample time to do whatever we want and flex driving times (morning or afternoon) depending on our mood and what we want to do.
The long drive days are limited to the front and back ends of the trip, and the one day to Whistler.
We also have 1 bonus day that we can use to add at the back end of the trip if we want to stay an extra day somewhere, or not have as long driving days. We could be back home by Saturday the 16th or Sunday the 17th.
We went out last year in a Jeep Wrangler and the kids were great. Now I have a more comfortable ride (Subaru Outback) and have a cargo box for all the stuff. We are only planning to camp one night (in the Cascades) but may opt to do some more on the way out or home. But it can be a hassle with tent setup just for one night. That, and lack of comforts like nice showers, etc.
There will be plenty of hiking, site seeing, and general low cost activities.
Round trip is mapped at approx 11000kms (6800mi).
Any thoughts or suggestions?