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Old 05-10-2011
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Hi All,

We are looking for a summer destination. In the past, we did the drive, drive, drive, drive thing. We got the BB, in part, to force us to drop anchor and stay in one spot for a while. So, here is a description of an ideal location. Does it exist, even in the summer?

Temp: Less than 65 degrees at night, no more than 85 degrees in the day

Much Flora and fauna: We love waking to the sound of songbirds, and the smell of pine.

Big-rig friendly: We are 40ft long, and have a toad.

Activities: Hiking, geocaching, light off-roading and beginner's fishing

Occasional internet, phone access

No biting insect scourges, like black flies

Length of stay: 7 days to 2 months

Within 1800 miles of Cincinnati, OH

Hookups? Not sure yet. If we can go without the A/C, will electrical needs exceed 20A? We have a 3-way fridge, LP cooktop. And we are used to utilizing the local facilities.

We have a couple of ideas, but finding all of the above in one place has us stumped.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!

MnM
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Sounds like Flagstaff may be a good place to start? Also I'd think Colorado and Utah would have some good places too. Seems to me you'd want to look at places by altitude? High enough to get away from all the insects but low enough to maintain your "low" temp requirements?
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I am not sure a perfect place exist, or if it would be all you wanted it to be. One thing for sure, you would not have all the interesting stories to tell.
But you might consider Oklahoma in the early summer or fall. Lots of lakes plenty of campsites, fishing, trails, wildlife and wide variety of vegetation.
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Here's some AZ info. These are 3 popular cities with tall pines, beautiful areas, no bugs, no humidity, and many things to do;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagstaff,_Arizona
Flagstaff - elevation 6910
May68.0 °F34.0 °FJune79.0 °F41.0 °FJuly82.0 °F50.0 °FAugust80.0 °F49.0 °F

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payson,_AZ
Payson - elevataion 4921
May80.0 °F42.0 °FJune90.0 °F50.0 °FJuly93.0 °F58.0 °FAugust91.0 °F58.0 °F

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prescott,_Arizona
Prescott - elevation 5368
May74.0 °F43.0 °FJune85.0 °F51.0 °FJuly88.0 °F58.0 °FAugust86.0 °F57.0 °F
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That's Paso Robles Ca in a nutshell, except you'd have to add 500 miles to your trip. Stay at the Wine Country RV Resort. Whenever I make it as far as Williams Az, I'm always compelled to add the extra leg to get into California. California has too much to offer to not make the journey.
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So, here is a description of an ideal location. Does it exist, even in the summer?


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We got the BB, in part, to force us to drop anchor and stay in one spot for a while.

MnM


Mike, My wife keeps reminding me we bought a BB so we didn't have to stop and drop anchor.

Colorado sounds like the place to be.

Summers are nice out there, lots to do many state and federal campgrounds.

If your up for a real Rocky Mountain High ??

Drive trough Rocky Mountain National Park up to Alpine Village 12,000+ feet. It's about as high as you can get in a Bird and still be on paved road.

I installed an oxygen Generator in the coach for that trip. It pumps O2 into the front area at 5 liters per min. I did that for my elderly inlaws, they are from the Netherlands and live below sea level. It came in quite handy, they would get a bit tired and I would just plug them into the O2 and in a few min they were ready for more.
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The mountains west of Denver come pretty close... I've stayed at Idaho Falls, Colorado where the weather was generally pleasant. Golden, a little lower, is warmer, but comes close.

There's also the Rocky Mountains in Western Montana (Yellowstone N.P. and beyond) along with the Idaho panhandle. The lower elevations are quite warm, so you'd need to get up high to get the cool nights.

Of course, your description is EXACTLY why I live in Northern California (despite the enormous cost of living here). Naturally, that's a little further than your 1800 mile limit... But I can suggest:

Ft. Bragg, CA ... coastal mountains offer many hiking opportunities. Mendocino is just to the south. Over the coast range is an easy drive to the center of California's wine country (with <sometimes expensive> world class restaurants, wine tasting and winery tours, and other activities).

Further inland, the Sierras offer a multitude of opportunities. Graeagle, CA, (about 80 miles north of Truckee, CA) is in a beautiful valley on the middle fork of the Feather River (the "lakes basin area"). Warm days and cool nights. If you're interested in hikes, take a look at Feather River Adventure Trails (4th Edition is current) by Tom DeMund. It lists 101 hikes all within a 1-hour drive from Graeagle.
http://www.amazon.com/Feather-River-.../dp/0967974038

Of course, the Sierras offer many other opportunities, keeping in mind that the further north the more pleasant the weather.

Naturally, there is also the Oregon and Washington coast. Long Beach, Washington (north of Astoria Oregon) offers great weather, many hiking and similar opportunities, and moderate prices for accommodations. (I stayed in an RV park tucked in behind an older (but nicely restored) motel.) It was an easy walk to the beach.

It's the 1800 miles that puts you out of striking range for many of the nicest areas.
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