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Old 02-07-2012, 04:05 PM   #41
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Corn, cows and Husker football. Go Big Red!
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:26 AM   #42
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WA - more than rain & apples

This has been fun to read. Though it is against an unwritten rule for Washingtonians to encourage others to visit, it is also the only state that has had to close it's state tourism office, so given what a fine group FGRvers are, I offer encouragement to come camp here.

There are many options: 2 gorgeous mountain ranges - the Cascades, with more than one active volcano & the the breathtaking North Cascade Highway; the Olympics, with one of only two temperate rainforests in the world & both sandy & rugged beaches, all part of the Olympic National Park; east of the Cascades (the dry side) - desert plateaus & sagelands full of spring wildflowers; sand dunes; and the great coulees; to the south we share the spectacular Columbia Gorge with Oregon. Ah,
the San Juan Islands (I too best not go on about them). The usual outdoor activities: boating, fishing (both fresh & salt water), hiking, wild life viewing, bird & whale watching, even ice craves to explore. Mt Rainer National Park, celebrated 113 yr. as a park last week. Want culture & history? Seattle has a wealth of museums, cultural opportunities, & Pike Place Market; Tacoma, a world renown glass museum & fabulous history museum, Port Townsend, one of only 3 Victorian seaports on the National Historic Register. For summer travelers, there are Farmers Markets all over the state & 'roads less traveled' for out-of-the-way camping away from the crowds.

Below: sunset at Rialto Beach, Olympic Nat. Pk;
Mt Rainier; wildflowers at Beezley Hills/Moses Coulee Preserver, canoeing in the Columbia Wildlife Preserve, eastern WA.
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:20 AM   #43
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Hi: All...Aside from the fact we are the north shore of the Great Lakes Ontario has DEBT!!! Lots and lots of it so come on up north and help us out of it.
You can also enjoy the fresh air and empty highways while you're here.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:53 AM   #44
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Hi: All...Aside from the fact we are the north shore of the Great Lakes Ontario has DEBT!!! Lots and lots of it so come on up north and help us out of it.
You can also enjoy the fresh air and empty highways while you're here.
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
i've done a lot of camping in my sailboat in the north chanel of lake huron. lots for folks to see up there. just get your passport to make life easier comming home.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:20 PM   #45
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Keep Washington Green. Bring Money.

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Old 03-06-2012, 03:19 PM   #46
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The magic of Ranier is that it's always there but mostly invisible due to clouds but when it appears one always feels blessed.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:53 PM   #47
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Minnesota over 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota also has 257,948,673,485 mosquitos that live in those 10,000 lakes - I know because I used to canoe there often.............
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:13 PM   #48
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Ontario is 693 km (431 mi) wide and 1,730 km (1,075 mi) long yet only has 12.5 million people; most in southern south Ontario.
You can find cactus growing in the south and polar bears in the north.
My with likes to say "We live in gods country" at the base of the Bruce Peninsula and this is still only southern Ontario.
Our postage stamp in heaven.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:23 AM   #49
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Lots of beauty to be found everywhere across this great continent.

While I just love the rugged beauty of our Rocky Mountains, the red rock of Southern Utah is great, the mountains and sea of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon are beautiful too. All of my camping has been in Western Canada, and the North West US, and heck, a guy could spend the rest of his life exploring there, and never see it all, but upon retirement I look forward to seeing all the other grand places you all have listed in your respective provinces/states.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:29 AM   #50
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I'm originally from Washington and it is a truly horrible horrible place, no one should ever go there. LOL! For your protection I'm taking down the names and numbers of all those people who are trying to say otherwise. Shhhhhhhhh!

Since no one else will probably speak up and claim it I have been living in Nevada for the past 15 years. We have worthy tourist destinations in Pyramid Lake, 1/2 of Lake Tahoe and Virginia City up north. In the middle of the state we have a whole lot of hills, sand, snakes, scorpions, ghost towns, and bordello's. Not much to see in the South besides the big dam, disappearing Lake Mead, and let me think, oh yeah Las Vegas. Please come to Las Vegas and bring lots of money, you might go home wealthy hehehehehahahaha!
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:20 AM   #51
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Nobody has mentioned that Michigan has more lighthouses and more golf courses than any other state. The U.P. (Mi talk for upper peninsula) has the Porcupine Mountains (called the Porkies here) and I have "heard" that Mi has more lakes than Minnesota. Have not verified that.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:39 AM   #52
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Vermont is picture post card New England. Lots of state parks, less than $20/night. Memorial day to Labor day for the most part. The "tourist" routes are route 100 north to south and routes 4 and 9 east to west. The Lake Champlain valley is on the western side of the state and the Connecticut River valley on the east. The Green Mountains run north to south between them. At the top of the state is the Northeast Kingdom. My suggestion, skip Ben and Jerry's, buy a Delorme Vermont Atlas and Gazetteer and explore the back roads. If you like rolling hills dotted with cows come sooner rather than later. There are less than a thousand farms left in the state.

Quite frankly, Vermont is just a nice place to be . Raz
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:08 PM   #53
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Michigan also has some islands with their own post offices. Mackinac, Drummond, Beaver, Harsens. If more I don't know about them.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:13 PM   #54
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We share many of the natural amenities--lakes, rivers, dunes, hunting, water skiing, birding, fishing, paddling, forests, trails--with our neighbors MI and MN.....except a border with Canada....contrary to what many people think

Central and Northern WI (my favorite along with MI's U.P.) offers much for the "a-typical foodie". Good portions, value, stick to your ribs comfort food is easiest to find and traditional WI.

Drinks--Beer, beer and more beer. Tours and tasting. hand muddled old fashioneds. The bloody Mary's here made a convert out of me ---I hate tomato juice. Hot buttered rum and Tom & Jerry's are found around the holidays....and, yes, hand made (no premix bottle of blah). Finally, Moscow Mules served in copper mugs. Hmmm? I'm getting thirsty

We do Friday night fish fry here....often standing room only at the best kept secret spots. Ask a local where to go. It's often a supper club (yes, we still have them) or a bar/restaurant. Bar/restaurants are more restaurant than bar before 9 or 10 pm so no worries about dining with kids there.

Other foods: cheese curds. fresh (visit a dairy on your trip and you can get them squeaky fresh and still a little warm) or try them hand battered and deep fried at any number of the fairs, music festivals, food festivals and carnivals we have here. Camping is a popular part of the music festivals too! Oh yeah. We have cheese here too! Tons of it! So there are cows everywhere. Lol!

We have a lot of German in our blood here so brats n kraut are common. You'll occasionally find other German inspired foods too- Wiener schnitzel, German potato salad, beets, etc

We're the home of Frank Lloyd Wright (further south near our capital Madison). Madison is a typical foodie locale. House on the Rock is also in

Harley Davidson calls WI home (Milwaukee to the south and Tomahawk to the north). Organized rides are common.

Our roads are beautiful and in great condition and our water is clean and accessible to the public ....as a civil engineer I'm happy for the investment our state has made in these areas :-)

Bowling, curling, horseback riding, and horse camping are popular in my area. Wausau also hosts international national kayak races.

Door County (peninsula on Lake MI known for wine tasting and cherries) and the Apostle Islands come to mind for great natural beauty.

Skiing (not Colorado style but decent), x country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ATVing easily accessible.

Whew! I figured I'd leave a just few sentences tops! This was a good exercise in why I love the Midwest. Come visit us.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:19 PM   #55
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Oh. And how can I forget the water park capital of the world? WI Dells ---water slides, go carts, hotels, fudge, magic shows, water ski shows, river tours, etc. Did I mention fudge??? You could probably find 4 million tshirts with clever sayings too :-)

Indian casinos are all over too if you like that.

Ok...I think I'm finally done
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:50 PM   #56
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Ya But........ On the CA short list, we have Redwoods, Yosemite, 840+ miles of coastline, Snowboarding & Surfing on the same day, San Francisco, Earthquakes and best of all, California Girls. And our last Hurricane was in 1935

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Old 11-25-2012, 03:27 PM   #57
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While I'll agree that California has much to offer, including Mono Lake & Bodie Ghost town just a few miles from Yosemite, they sure put a high value on their campsites at campgrounds such as Burney Falls - $35.00 and no hookups!
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:01 PM   #58
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We ave pigs, corn and Ashton Kutcher's mother. Ha, Ha. Top that last one.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:55 PM   #59
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Michigan has the world's only floating post office. In the Detroit river. It meets ships passing through on their way to or from somewhere.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:43 PM   #60
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Washington on the left coast is called the EVERGREEN STATE. We have Mt.Rainer, Mt.St Helens, Ocean beaches, the southern part of the State boarders Oregon where you can go buy tax free except for Motor Vehicles and RV's. We also boarder Idaho and to the North BC Canada and Escape Trailer Industries. We have high taxes and to many people along the I-5 Corridor. We have Green Trees on the West side and high desert on the East side. We have rivers,lakes,wine,beer. We have cheap booze until you pay for it and the State gets their high taxes. We are sometimes called the Pacific Norwet.
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