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Old 07-26-2012, 01:51 PM   #29
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Thank you Bob,Rob & Linda. This is not the place to post any religious issues. I love Zion NP. Plan for heat any where in Utah during August. Its a beautiful state, with many wonderful parks and sites. I will put the KOA in Salt Lake City on my list of places to stay while traveling. Passing on bits of info is what this site is all about.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:10 PM   #30
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Mike what route from BC do you plan to take? In mid July last year I went down the coast and then went across on Highway 20 through southern end of Oregon and Idaho.... beyond Bend Oregon it was a long hot drive.... found the drive home via Wyoming, Montana, Northern Idaho and Washington had a lot more camping options and it was a fair bit more comfortable weather wise.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:25 PM   #31
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Hi Carol,

Option 1: follow 5 then 84 south-south east via Portland/Yakima/Pendleton/Twin Falls..etc..

Option 2: Via Creston/Sandpoint Idaho then follow 95 and pick up 20 at Boise.

I like the idea of traveling to Creston then into Idaho. We stayed once at a really nice and unassuming place in Creston called Scotty's. It was truly peaceful and shady. AND right across the street from Kokanee Brewing. :-)
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Creston area is indeed nice. If you go that way there is a nice state park I stayed at not far from Coeur de Alene called Heyburn - think its actually in Plummer Idaho. - A little bit off 95 but worth it.

I seem to recall that the section from where 95 picks up 20 and on to Pocatello Idaho was a long hot one.... I drove a lot further that day than intended as I dont recall a great many points of interest along the way unless you deviate over to the Craters of the Moon area. Dont mean to offend anyone from that area! Thats just how it seemed at the time - having done little research of the area prior to going through it. If your going home via 15 I found a quick stop kind of place vs a rest stop that turned out to be not bad at all - it was part of the Fort Hill casino complex just a few miles out of Pacatello - it was very new and clean and cheap as I recall - not a long stay kind of place but good for an overnight on the move type of stop.

If for some reason you find yourself on the 90 (12) through Montana there is a quirky little campground called Ekstoms Stage Station in Clinton (Rock Creek) about 20 miles east of Missoula off the I90 - it has an interesting history - there was big cougar on the road way in when I was there - not that it would scare a boy from BC though :-) Another interesting side trip off the I90 is down the 1 to a town called Philpsburg Montana - lots of history with a number of ghost towns to explore in the area around the old town.

Have a fun safe trip.
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I also recommend Kodachrome Basin, with a side trip to Grosvener Arch about 15 miles south of the park on Cottonwood Drive, a good gravel road.

Another park worth a visit is Goblin Valley near Hanksville, UT.
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Kodachrome Basin is indeed wonderful. I wonder how many years it's going to be before someone asks "What's that named after???"
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:50 PM   #35
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Thanks for the tips Carol and the others. I really appreciate the information and the shared experiences.

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Kodachrome Basin is indeed wonderful. I wonder how many years it's going to be before someone asks "What's that named after???"
I think it's a given....only the youngest here born in the digital age may not know.

For those interested: Kodachrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Or those into their parents retro music might think it was named in honor of Paul Simon's hit
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:12 PM   #37
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FYI... even though you can't get Kodachrome processed to give you a colour slide, you CAN get it processed to give you a black and white slide.

But we digress...
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FYI... even though you can't get Kodachrome processed to give you a colour slide, you CAN get it processed to give you a black and white slide. But we digress...
You use to be able to. It stopped being possible when kodak stopped selling/making? the chemicals to do it. ......... just showing my age
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One of most beautiful sights I've ever seen are the wild flowers at Cedar Breaks National Monument, which is kind of between Bryce and Zion. If you are there in the summer, stop in, cool off and enjoy the wildflowers.

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You use to be able to. It stopped being possible when kodak stopped selling/making? the chemicals to do it. ......... just showing my age
You can't get color processing but you CAN get b/w processing.
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Cool Another caution

I understand there are numerous caves along I-15 in Utah, near and not so near to the interstate. Be very careful if you decide to explore. There is a story of a young man who got himself wedged into a tight spot in a cave, and as far as I know his remains are still there.

Utah Caves

Man Trapped in Utah Cave Had Limited Time, Doctors Say - ABC News

I don't know the snake situation in Utah, but if it is anything like eastern Washington, be aware. Don't be scared, just take some precautions.

Don't Tread on Me! (Rattlesnakes) - About Wild About Utah - A Production of Utah Public Radio/KUSU/KUSR, Stokes Nature Center and Bridgerland Audubon Society
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Cool The BC route

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Hi Carol,
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Option 2: Via Creston/Sandpoint Idaho then follow 95 and pick up 20 at Boise.

I like the idea of traveling to Creston then into Idaho. We stayed once at a really nice and unassuming place in Creston called Scotty's. It was truly peaceful and shady. AND right across the street from Kokanee Brewing. :-)
Have you ever taken this route pulling a trailer?

On Crowsnest Highway 3, there are two 5000 ft (1500 meter) passes between Christina Lake and Creston, Paulson and Kooteney. Going up Kootenay, we made all of 30 mph (50 kph).
We didn't see much going up Paulson, because we were in cloud. There also has been a lot of rain in that area. You may want to check road conditions.
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