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  1. Oh my! I wonder what they're going to do...

    Oh my!

    I wonder what they're going to do with all the "Whitney Lottery" winners whose permits will expire? I'd be really bummed if I'd "won" a slot in the February draw and wasn't allowed to...
  2. Going to take a small exception to Donna's post. ...

    Going to take a small exception to Donna's post. National Park hotels (with a few exceptions like The Ahwanee in Yosemite, Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Tetons, and Furnace Creek Inn in Death Valley)...
  3. As noted above, one of the questions you'll need...

    As noted above, one of the questions you'll need to ask yourself is what type of lodging (at what price point).

    As you are traveling as a party of 6, including a 1-year-old, you may need two...
  4. Likely too late, but your description of the trip...

    Likely too late, but your description of the trip reminded me I'm re-reading an almost 40-year-old book by a guy who did a similar trip, but stayed to the smaller roads: "Blue Highways" by William...
  5. In 2015 my wife and I did a Southeast roadtrip;...

    In 2015 my wife and I did a Southeast roadtrip; flying into New Orleans and back out of Atlanta... so I can give you my thoughts on Louisiana but not much else from that trip.

    We spent a few...
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    Take your pick

    California has something like 30-40 parks that contain redwoods; many with RV facilities. Suggest you peruse the link below and associated pages of the CA State Park website to see which ones look...
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    Are you a hiker?

    I suspect you may want to spend more time in Arches than Canyonlands. Some really good hikes there. Canyonlands will tend to be more of a 'drive to outlook, ooh and ah, shoot photos, and move on'...
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    Monument Valley can be done in a few ways: 1)...

    Monument Valley can be done in a few ways:

    1) Just viewing it from the visitor center.
    2) Driving on a self-drive dirt road (constrained, and will almost certainly violate your rental contract)...
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    Rick: No offense was taken, so no apology is...

    Rick: No offense was taken, so no apology is needed... but thanks!

    I do lament the constrained spontaneity of an uber-planning approach, and in spite of the level of detail I get to a lot...
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    Guilty as charged

    Well, maybe I made it sound a little worse than it was in some ways, and a little better than it was in others.

    Here's a fuller view of (the first part of) the Dublin trip 15-minute timing......
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    Great minds think alike

    Sounds like you are capturing the same stuff I am. Here's how I get to 31 tabs:

    One tab for each 'transit day'; broken into legs (e.g. Lake Havasu to Oatman, Oatman to Hackberry, Hackberry to...
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    Thanks; great input! A couple thoughts/input...

    Thanks; great input! A couple thoughts/input for those looking at this thread...

    We're not doing the balloon fiesta this trip, but you are right, traffic is a mess getting into the site in the...
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    Thanks! Note: that last link appears to be a...

    Thanks! Note: that last link appears to be a repeat of Ash Fork->Needles.

    -->Thanks for the note, I have edited the link to be the correct one.
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    We love Fred

    Thanks for the tips!

    Yeah, Casa del Desierto (The 'Harvey House'* in Barstow) is on the list (plan to hit it in the morning on the way out), as is El Garces in Needles later that same day. MAY...
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    Second half

    Day 11: Tucumcari to Santa Fe. Backtrack on 66 to Albuquerque, then north to Santa Fe on older alignment of Route 66. Hit spots before Albuquerque we passed the prior day, including Montoya,...
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    Getting my kicks...

    ... on Route 66. Planning a trip along the western half(ish) of Route 66 for October. As I do, I've already booked the hotels (yeah, I know).

    Anyway (and for what it is worth); the current...
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    Update on Big Sur (and a side comment): It is...

    Update on Big Sur (and a side comment): It is being reported that Route 1 (see note below) will be re-opened this week (on Friday). So that is now again an option.

    The side comment; I was...
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    Get your kicks, on Route 66?

    Well; being as you're a Corvette owner (as am I: 2005 C6 convertible/manual), one must suggest considering the Mother Road.

    I am putting together my own Route 66 itinerary from the Bay Area out as...
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    Caltrans website ( https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ )...

    Caltrans website ( https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ ) shows no closures on CA roads in Buck's route. Forecast shows no significant precipitation hitting The State of Jefferson for the next few days, so...
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    Most efficient route would likely be from Salt...

    Most efficient route would likely be from Salt Lake City, marginally better than Las Vegas.

    Best route from Las Vegas with minimum overnight stops would be:

    Day 1: drive from LV to Moab:...
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    Death Valley=>Reno=>Bend=> Seattle? (Disclaimer,...

    Death Valley=>Reno=>Bend=> Seattle? (Disclaimer, I like Bend; but then I like beer).
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    As of today, San Diego remains 'purple', the Bay...

    As of today, San Diego remains 'purple', the Bay Area has all moved to 'red' (indoor dining, limited capacity). Things change regularly, see this for current status. ...
  23. Sticky: Poll: Those few of us old enough (and local enough)...

    Those few of us old enough (and local enough) recall the original 'Firefall'. They used to light a fire of bark and other duff at the top Glacier Point above Camp Curry. A voice from the Camp would...
  24. Sticky: Poll: I hope I'm wrong, but this is looking like a dry...

    I hope I'm wrong, but this is looking like a dry year ( http://cdec4gov.water.ca.gov/reportapp/javareports?name=PLOT_ESI.pdf ) so I'll go with late April. 4/27/2021 at noon.
  25. One other app I use from time to time is...

    One other app I use from time to time is Opentable to make restaurant reservations, primarily to make sure I have a place to eat when I get to a stopping place.

    Selection is limited and tends...
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