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Posted: June 10 2018 at 6:55pm | IP Logged Quote LAH

Headed to Rouge River, Oregon this week. I'll be traveling
from West Virginia to Indianapolis & up I-74 to I-80 at
Davenport. From there to Winnemucca, Nevada & on to Rt. 95
& pick up Rt. 140 which will take me to just outside of
town.

Any suggestions for must see stuff along the way? Thanks
guys.

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No help from me... I've never been there before.

I could help with Gatlinburg or Sevierville.....

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Lynn

The first thing that popped into my mind is how you'll likely be in the vicinity of some mighty fine prairie dog towns. But that would involve a rifle or two and lots of ammo etc......

Seriously, I'm sure someone will offer some other good suggestions. Drive careful and enjoy the trip!

Randy

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Has Barbara ever seen "Ole's" here in Paxton before?
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Rex wrote:
Has Barbara ever seen "Ole's" here in Paxton
before?


No. This will be her first time in western Nebraska.

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doghawg wrote:
Lynn

The first thing that popped into my mind is how you'll
likely be in the vicinity of some mighty fine prairie dog
towns. But that would involve a rifle or two and lots of
ammo etc......

Seriously, I'm sure someone will offer some other good
suggestions. Drive careful and enjoy the trip!

Randy


Love shooting dogs & jacks but this trip will have no
shooting.

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Weather is warming up again, but it's been snowing at 4,000' and above in Washington. Don't know if that extended into southern Oregon or not. Yes, we had a few inches of snow yesterday morning, on our mountain passes, in June. Sigh...

How about Crater Lake? Very cool and not far from Rogue River.

Steens Mountain northwest of Winnemucca is beautiful. There's a loop drive that goes up from the desert floor into beautiful alpine country. I'm not sure if that road is open yet, it gets clobbered with snow, but if not yet, it should be soon.

Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge is in the middle of nowhere, but you might see some antelope and/or bighorn sheep there. Miles off the beaten path from anywhere. I kinda like country like that.

Once you get to Rogue River, consider floating it with a fishing guide. The steelhead run there is impressive! A drift boat is the way to go.

You'll also be close to the famous Oregon Coast, which is breathtakingly beautiful. There will be tourists, but it's worth it to me. At Reedsport you can find a herd of elk, the big bodied Roosevelt elk, that hang out in a big meadow and can be watched at most times of the day.

Ya, you've got some neat stuff between Winnemucca and the Oregon coast. Everything from desert to mountains to temperate rain forests and the ocean itself. ENJOY! My wife and I like to prowl around that southern Oregon area and have done so many times. Some beautiful stuff in Northern California as well. Consider driving south to see Mount Shasta - it rises to a height of over 14,000' and has permanent glaciers on it! What makes it so dramatic is that it stands there all by itself, and rises right up out of the plain, towering 10,000' over the nearby forests & plains.

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Oregon Coast:


Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge:


Northern California Coast:


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Wow! Where to begin? I've traveled many of those routes many times and there are quite a few things to see. I would stop at one or two of the towns in Nebraska along the Platte River - most excellent fishing and just an amazing place. I liked Kearney, NE. Last time I was there, it had a good mix of reasonably priced hotels and restaurants. It also has a Cabela's for last minute Items. Also, North Platte, NE has some great stuff. Here are links to the visitor sites for those two towns:

Kearney, NE Visitor Site

North Platte, NE Visitor Site

Into Wyoming, Medicine Bow National Forest provides excellent hiking opportunities, while as you move west, there are multiple opportunities to view pronghorn along the prairie. Flaming Gorge recreation area in western WY is popular for water sports, fishing, and camping.

A few words of warning, however. Watch for pronghorn along the highway during periods of animal movement. This is especially true of entrance and exit ramps, where they like to congregate and can run out into the road without warning. Also, some of the towns in west WY can be a bit rough around the edges, particularly Rock Springs. This is attributed to transient oil workers in that area. I have personally never had any problems, but I also tend not to hang around bars and restaurants later at night.

Entering Utah on I-80, check out the Pony Express trail. Actually, I think you can do that in Wyoming as well, I just never have. There is a monument in east Salt Lake at the mouth of Immigration Canyon, as well as some more locally significant monuments. If you want to take a detour up I-84, you can get to Devil's Slide, a natural rock formation from differential erosion. Also out of the way up a bit north is the Golden Spike monument where the East and West portions of the transcontinental railroad met.

There are a lot of things to do and see in Salt Lake if you have never been. I recommend visiting Temple Square in downtown. Not sure what vehicle you are taking, but there is underground parking in the area, or you can use public transportation. Also, if you have the time, visit Antelope Island on the Salt Lake. There are pronghorn (big surprise) but also herds of Bison - very cool. There are driving loops and walking trails, as well as a historical interpretive farm from the 1800's.

Hiking trails are legion in Utah, especially along the front of the valley. I-80 will take you past the Great Salt Lake (on the south end, where there are mostly brine shrimp farms) and onto the Bonneville flats. Remember, once you get past Lake Point, there is limited fuel or water stops. Make sure you are topped up on both, since the next real spot for either is Wendover NV.

Do not, for any reason, stop in West Valley City, located between Salt Lake proper and the airport. I cannot say how it is now, but when I lived in Utah it was a center of gang and drug activity. They may have cleaned up, but I won't take the chance for myself and would not recommend others.

Well, that's my 5 minute brainstorm on things to do. Hope this gave you some ideas. Let me know if you want details on anything.

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Posted: June 22 2018 at 7:00am | IP Logged Quote LAH

Some highlights so far. The boyhood home & grave of the
31st President Hubert Hoover, Pioneer Village, dinner
with Rex, California trail display, Bonneville Salt
Flats, Crater Lake & a Rogue River jet boat ride. Plus
many other things along the way.

I missed a few things in Salt Lake because of a
convention & no place to stay. I also missed our own
Don McDowell.

Its all been fun but some of the best was the drive
across I-80 & Rt. 140.

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Safe and enjoyable travels my friend!

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Glad to hear you had a safe trip.

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KinleyWater wrote:
Glad to hear you had a safe trip.


I'm still out here & will be for about 2 more weeks. In
Oregon now at Rogue River.

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In that case, glad to read you've had an enjoyable trip thus far. Stay safe, and have fun.

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Spent some time in Missoula, Montana looking at my old
house & on to Butte to view the pit. We've seen
Rushmore & Chief Crazy Horse. Graves of Wild Bill &
Clamity Jane. Today we are in Hutchinson, Kansas for a
short stay.

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Home now ready to go again.

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So, now I can say I'm glad to hear you had a safe trip???

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From Winnemucca on 95 is some of the most desolate country in Oregon. At burns junction there is a little cafe, that used to serve the biggest hamburger, You ordered one and two plates.

On up towards Burns, at Crane, there is a one pump gas station, restaurant, saloon and post office, all in the same building, that had the best biscuits and gravy.

As you head West from Burns, you will get to Glass Butte, a five cubic mile deposit of obsidian. We used to camp there and pick up rock for knife blades and arrow points.

https://www.allbendoregon.com/nature/glass_obsidian_buttes.p hp
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Never been to Burns, Crane, New Princeton or the Jordan
Valley but it looks like my kind of place.

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