Trip out west without the boat

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Trip out west without the boat

Post by ris » Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:51 am

We are doing National Parks this year as Canada is closed to boating. We are headed for Big Bend NP on Friday from Florida. We will take 4 days to get there and will stay 8 nights. Then on to Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns. If you are near where we will be or along our route let me know and maybe we can meet up. We enjoy meeting up with Mac Owners.

Richard

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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by NiceAft » Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:23 am

Have a great trip; don't forget to write :D

P.S. I had to figure out that NP means National Park :?
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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by Tomfoolery » Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:54 am

Sounds like a nice trip. We got a Sprinter-based Class B RV for travel to FL and TX to visit family, and it can easily tow the boat. BOAT uses a Sprinter for towing, in fact. I just gotta convince the admiral to make a trip out west, with the boat. :wink:
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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by Todd » Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:34 pm

Enjoy your trip. If you end up in Albuquerque would enjoy meeting you.
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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by Russ » Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:33 am

We are an hour from Yellowstone park. If you put it on your list, would love to meet up.
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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by Herschel » Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:15 pm

Sounds like a nice trip. We have been considering heading west with our travel trailer this summer. Just got a new tow vehicle from the Truck Ferry for being a good Mac owner. 8) Can't resist throwing in a pic. :wink:
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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by Jimmyt » Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:31 pm

Herschel wrote:
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:15 pm
Sounds like a nice trip. We have been considering heading west with our travel trailer this summer. Just got a new tow vehicle from the Truck Ferry for being a good Mac owner. 8) Can't resist throwing in a pic. :wink:
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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by Tomfoolery » Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:36 pm

Looks kinda nekkid without a boat or travel trailer behind it hint hint. :wink:
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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by Herschel » Mon Mar 22, 2021 12:26 pm

Jimmyt wrote:
Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:31 pm
Herschel wrote:
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:15 pm
Sounds like a nice trip. We have been considering heading west with our travel trailer this summer. Just got a new tow vehicle from the Truck Ferry for being a good Mac owner. 8) Can't resist throwing in a pic. :wink:
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Beautiful Truck Herschel!
Thanks guys. Mostly this is what will be behind it since I keep my Mac in a marina slip all year. This shot was taken in South Dakota in 2018.
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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by ris » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:26 pm

Not a lot of cell connection in the places I’ve been in since we left Milton Florida in mid March. We have been to big bend national park, Davis Mountains State Park Texas, Guadalupe Mountains national Park, Carlsbad Caverns national Park, White Sands national Park. We then took four days off from desert life and went up in the Gila national forest to the Cliff Dewellings national monument. Was nice being at 6200 feet in the ponderosa Pines for four days.. For a guy that lived at 68 feet above sea level for most of his life, hiking is a breathing chore instead of a muscle chore above 6000 feet. We arrive at Joshua tree national Park in Southeast California tomorrow. We have eight days in Joshua than five days to get to pinnacles national park in California a 4 Hour Drive from Joshua tree. Might just go up to death Valley for three of those days not sure yet. If we come near any of you McGregor folks just let me know and maybe we can meet up. Russ not sure when we will be at Yellowstone probably August early September at the latest will keep you updated would love to meet up.

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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by Be Free » Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:32 am

It sounds like you are having a great time. I like the part about having no cell coverage. That means you are seeing the really nice places. Other than White Sands I've been to all the places you've mentioned. I envy you.

Around here we call 68' "the mountains". :wink:
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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by Tomfoolery » Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:35 am

Be Free wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:32 am
Around here we call 68' "the mountains". :wink:
That's funny. Having grown up in hilly Connecticut, I always got a kick out of friends in Vermont calling us "flatlanders". :D
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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by C Buchs » Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:11 am

I live at about 80' above sea level. I can drive 3 miles and be over 500'. That's just a small hill to me.

I can drive an hour and a half to Timberline Lodge at 6000' and take a ski lift to 8500 feet. That's a mountain to me.

It's funny what people from different areas call a mountain.

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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by GonePostal » Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:05 am

Lets see some pics! I did pretty much the same trip as a kid with my parents on vacation, minus a boat. Fun times. I especially liked Carlsbad Caverns. Driving across Texas takes forrrreevvveeerrrr haha as Im sure you noticed.

And yes, mountains are in the eye of the beholder I guess haha I lived in Colorado for 20 years, and now that Im back in Texas I live at the base of a "mountain." ( Its a hill about 150 ft tall) :|
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Re: Trip out west without the boat

Post by ris » Thu May 13, 2021 7:53 pm

Just checking in after Joshua Tree NP went back east to Lake Mead for four days then over the Death Valley NP, then Pinnacles NP, then Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP. We are presently on Pine Flat Lake at Island park campground near Sanger Ca. We are going to Mariposa to be near Yosemite NP on Sunday. Having a real nice time.
On 22 May we will be in Lassens volcanic Park for seven days and then head over to the coast to the redwoods NP.
We have picks on my wife’s blog ( thejillkristy.wordpress.com ) click on a picture and more pics from that day will come up.
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