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RE: Utah?Next trip plan good distraction! Ideas needed :)

thanks everyone! great tips to save for this summer,,,,,,or when we can go!
jukes 04/09/20 07:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah?Next trip plan good distraction! Ideas needed :)

thanks everyone. Yep, hope we get to travel! As for Alaska, one of the issues is we may end up with a cruise credit rather than refund. so we'd have to take the cruise next year, so would just go to Alaska then.... So far we've had a refund for the RV and the Vancouver hotel.... just waiting to see what happens with the cruise and flights..... It's the heat that has put us off going to Zion etc. and the crowds... I wonder if they'll be quieter this summer,.. hard to guess..problem is with kids, we can only go in the holidays.. I'd go now if we could... kids are home. The other NP we would consider is Olympic and exploring up that way. We've only been as far up as Portland, we were going to head home via Crater Lake and Lassen but the temps were 100+ and the Excursion A/C wasn't working, so we headed back to the coast to avoid cooking ourselves in the truck ha ha .
jukes 04/07/20 03:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah?Next trip plan good distraction! Ideas needed :)

Three must sees: Arches, Zion and Bryce....maybe Canyonlands. You need reservations FAR in advance for any of them. Ok thanks. I could see if they are taking reservations for this summer still..: is it hard to get them Last minute?
jukes 04/07/20 02:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Utah?Next trip plan good distraction! Ideas needed :)

We live in Santa Cruz, CA.. family of 5 (boys ages 7,14,16). Have/had an Alaska trip booked for July, likely to not happen (included a cruise, rental Rv).... so... thinking if it’s safe to go away this summer I’d rather travel in our TT. We’d love to see Zion NP and the NP’s in the Utah area. What would be a realistic loop route from where we are, to say, Moab, or that general area? (The husband/boys like mountain biking).. even as far as Colorado? So much to see out that way, trying to narrow down to see the highlights and drive a loop if poss. We have been along the route through Las Vegas, Grand Canyon before (when relocating from NC), so prefer a diff route. Also, are some of the NP’s less hot in the summer, maybe at elevation? Likely this would be sometime between June-mid Aug. We’d could go for about 2-3wks. Can drive some longer 8hr days but then prefer shorter days.
jukes 04/07/20 01:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Death Valley questions

Thanks everyone. Really useful tips on where to stay. Much appreciated. Just returned from Pinnacles where we went instead, it was quiet, beautiful and we felt more isolated there than here at home.... MODERATOR'S EDIT: Per the site Admin's request, I am closing all COVID-19 threads and directing future comments to one thread in Around the Campfire: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS
jukes 03/21/20 03:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Death Valley questions

Ok thanks for the pinnacles tips. Thankfully we can be fully self contained so can live without the toilets... :) I will bear in mind the restaurants you suggest. Yes they all need our support at the moment....
jukes 03/19/20 01:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Death Valley questions

Thanks everyone. We held off a few days and decided to go to pinnacles instead which is closer and open. But I will save these tips for when we do go :)
jukes 03/19/20 11:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Death Valley questions

Hi, Thinking to head to Death Valley Np tomorrow. Any suggestions about the least crowded rv campground there in the park? 30’ TT. We can be fully self contained. Some people have suggested we don’t go.?? But I feel our contact with people can be limited. Also, any other parks to visit and stay in on route from Santa Cruz, or near Death Valley? Thx
jukes 03/16/20 08:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yosemite in Winter

the campgrounds inside the park are cheap, have flush toilets, and I could see Half Dome from my bed when I woke up in the morning and when I went to bed at night. Ok perfect. Which campground did you stay in there? We just camped inside Joshua Tree NP & it was really cold at night but super quiet and amazing. Much. Prefer that than the crowds for sure.
jukes 01/23/20 08:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yosemite in Winter

profdant here has an excellent trip report about camping in the winter in Yosemite. And yes, they did get snowed in. Yosemite is absolutely amazing! And going when it's less crowded is definitely the thing to do. Do be aware, when you are checking distances to the park, mapping software will tell you the distance to the entrance. It is a full one hour drive from the entrance to the place you want to see, Yosemite Valley. That means that the nearest campgrounds outside the park are an hour and a half or two hours away. Oh good tip! Hmm maybe I’ll see about staying inside the park!
jukes 01/23/20 08:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yosemite in Winter

Is access into Yosemite valley pretty straightforward if there’s not a storm? We have a 4 wheel drive Excursion so could Stay outside the park and drive in.. We’ve lived in Santa Cruz (aptos) 2 years, its lovely! Just visited Joshua tree, amazing!!!
jukes 01/23/20 04:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yosemite in Winter

Hi, yes we are thinking February! I think we defiantly want Yosemite, so perhaps best to stay just outside with hook ups!
jukes 01/23/20 03:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yosemite in Winter

I should have mentioned, at the south end of Kings Canyon National Park, the is a river with a nice campground. You'll probably have it all to yourself. We stayed there for 3 days boondocking. The Ranger came in, said hello and went home for the day, since it was only my wife and I there. He said we could camp anywhere we wanted, so we got as close to the river as possible. It's right off the 198, I believe. Hi thank you. How close would this be to Yosemite? We are thinking a short 3 night weekend in Feb.. we are in Santa Cruz.
jukes 01/23/20 03:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Yosemite in Winter

Hi! Has anyone stayed in Yosemite in the winter? We have a travel trailer so can prepare for the cold! I think it’s possible to stay in the valley with no hookups or outside the park and drive or bus in. Suggestions on an RV park outside? Many thanks..
jukes 01/23/20 02:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Alaska RV trip loop routes/planning resources

Hi, thanks for this itinerary suggestion. So my husband REALLY wants to do some fishing... not from a boat, but from shore. river, ocean, lakes, anything. That's why we were thinking Cooper Landing... and from there could check out Seward too. After being on the cruise we are happy to be away from the crowds for a bit, just enjoying fishing, nature, RV camping.. So, an alternative could be to skip that and head straight up as you suggest. WE looked at getting an Air b+B or hotel and car hire in Seward but it works out a lot more costly than getting the RV and staying in that, even (getting all 5 of us up to Anchorage to get RV seems so expensive!!) but we could have say 2 nights in Seward in a rental apartment and then go get the RV and head north. would we need a car in Seward, is there fishing accessible without a car, or husband could go with a guide that day on the river. Is the fishing good elsewhere? Campgrounds actually on a river perhaps? our 8 year old enjoys this too. See the Salmon which should be running at this time.
jukes 10/02/19 10:07am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska RV trip loop routes/planning resources

Take the State Ferry from Bellingham. It is a whole different trip than a cruise ship. You can rent a state room. There are good restaurants. You get to stop in places like Wrangell and Petersburg. The ship is full of Alaskans. No formal night, no Broadway shows, no crowds from Los Angeles. I have taken the ferry twice and a crusie ship once. already booked the cruise part, although this sounds interesting...
jukes 10/01/19 08:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska RV trip loop routes/planning resources

Hi thanks. I think we will somehow get the RV from Anchorage the day we arrive in Seward. Perhaps sending my husband up to get it and then bring it down to us, we like the look of Cooper Landing as an area to spend the first few nights. bit of a pain having to waste a day getting the RV but the alternative is a rental cabin and one way car hire which costs a lot more.. then we plan to head up to Denali NP, then need to figure out the rest... Fairbanks area?? then Valdez? then drop RV in Anchorage and fly home... should have about 2 weeks for the RV part..
jukes 10/01/19 08:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska RV trip loop routes/planning resources

thanks everyone! okay, so we did something unexpected and booked a cruise from Vancouver to Seward for the first week of the trip!! it actually didn't cost too much more than renting an RV/or hotel costs/food/gas etc for that week... we have airmiles for the diff one way flights.. Then we need to figure out spending a few days in Seward area for the shore fishing and getting an RV from Anchorage.. and continue on up from there! May send my husband on a shuttle bus up to anchorage to get the RV and bring it down to us in Seward so we can stay it in there somewhere and then head off... shuttles for all 5 of us etc or one way car hire is expensive. never saw myself as doing a cruise, but it's actually kind of exciting!
jukes 09/30/19 02:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska RV trip loop routes/planning resources

Some at-best-quasi-organized thoughts: - I've taken visitors on both the 26 Glacier Cruise out of Whittier and the Kenai Fjords tour out of Seward. Can almost guarantee no seasickness on the 26 Glacier Cruise (fully heave compensated catamaran) and it's unlikely on the Kenai Fjords trip (big vessel, displacement hull, etc). - I've taken visitors and myself on numerous saltwater fishing trips on both charter vessels and my own: My guess is that with the right medications (either OTC stuff or prescription stuff) one can entirely avoid true "chumming" seasickness..but if one is prone to being seasick, certain trips might not be enjoyable even so....but that's the nature of the beast....gotta go where the fishies are. - Seward, Whittier, and Homer (possibly Kenai and Cooper Landing) get pretty unpleasantly full of either visitors or summer Alaskans during the ...summer. There were two instances this summer when (at Seward) I could not have launched my boat if I did not have a seasonal rental place to take the truck and trailer back to....all the public and street parking were full. - If I was to visit Seward, Homer, or Valdez for several days during tourist season, I'd plan a long way ahead and do an AirBnB, VBRO, etc for a house...and avoid the hassle of RV'ng there; not sure how that logistically works out if one's brought an RV up from the L48. - Can't really speak for anywhere except Seward (may be the case elsewhere, but I've not looked in to it) but there are quite a few options of parking an RV outside of "town"; i.e. paid places that range from a spot of ground to electrical only to water and electric (not many "full hookups") .... but even "outside of town" these tend to fill up pretty fast. - One should go to great lengths to avoid Seward in or around the 4th of July or during the Silver Salmon derby <<< don't ask me how I know that one. - Can't help you with the activities that satisfy the whole family...my wife and I tend to end up doing stuff the adult children enjoy and the grandkids tolerate or vice-versa. - For the places that any tourist will visit, Alaska is not a remote, untamed wilderness. That being said, one must be prepared to "rough it" to one degree or the other. Roughing it might mean that one only drinks King Street (a local brewery) beer on a sightseeing cruise (one Texan loudly complained that the boat didn't stock St. Arnolds...:E) or it might mean being prepared to deal with rain and fog...or cooler temperatures..or getting up early to catch the boat or bus...or having to have more than just Nike's for footgear..or, or, or. - In most spots that one will visit as a tourist, the bugs aren't as bad as legend has it. Nothing that a little bug dope or breeze won't cure. Off the beaten path is an entirely different story and lives up to every bit of the legend....Alaska law requires that private pilots carry mosquito headnets as part of their summer survival gear; once you're out away from civilization during summer, that requirement makes a lot of sense. Thanks so much for this, Yes! my worry is being in overcrowded, over touristy areas, and i think our plan to find an air bnb/cabin just outside Seward, Homer would be better, and we'd then have a car for easier exploring and traveling. then get the RV for when we head north. also we'd need fishing suitable for an 8 year old, so not the combat style i read about ha ha. i like the idea of the glaciers boat trip outside of Whittier, which i guess we can do as a day trip from the Seward area. we won't risk anything with a chance of sea sickness, last boat i went on like that i spent the whole time laying down waiting for it to end and didn't see anything! i know it's hard to experience the wild, remote, quiet alaska, my husband would love that, but we can find some less touristy locations perhaps. we are originally from England, so a bit of rain and clouds is okay, rather that than scorching heat. really we just want to take in the natural beauty, unique to Alaska, do some simple fishing, meet some locals, soak it in., see the wildlife.
jukes 09/23/19 12:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska RV trip loop routes/planning resources

^And what PA12 said. We were in awe of the ruggedness and tried to take full advantage of taking that in vs most “tourist” activities. Hi, you mention we could chat more about the trip, that would be wonderful,. it's kind of mind boggling trying to piece together a trip that keeps the whole family happy!
jukes 09/21/19 01:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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