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Dave B wrote:Also, it's shady and a bit dishonest, but pulling into camp grounds after dark and leaving before 7 am can usually be done without having to pay. This is especially helpful in CA where campgrounds sometimes charge $15-20 per night...
Most campgrounds probably won't notice an extra tenter even if you're not stealthy about it. You can always claim you were going to pay in the morning, and many campgrounds tell you to do just that if you arrive late.
That said, I'm not one to try to cheat small businesses, and definitely not one to cheat the underfunded USFS or NPS. Nor am I accusing you (Dave) of this.
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise! -- Alexander Pope
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You know, life will never be the same after your two month odyssey. Make sure you have all your "real life" ducks in a row before hitting the road, cause the first three weeks back in civilization will be a total let-down. As it should be...
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1. The JMT as previously mentioned is out of this world and is the best way to get a good sense of the magic of the Sierras. Two weeks on the trail is plenty.
2. Hit up Yosemite, the Valley if you've never been, then the Tuolumne high country around Cathedral Lakes especially.
3. Eastern Sierras from Bishop to Lone Pine. If you want some fantastic peaks and are up for a solid scramble, Russell and Middle Palisade are the way to go, highly recommended.
4. Def visit the Cascade volanos, at least for the views and throw in Mt Baker while you're on the tour.
5. For a change of scenery from the big mountains Redwood NP and Olympic NP are both beautiful areas, more mellow hiking/running terrain.
6. For the Rocky Mt States there are countless options but a few areas that come to mind are; Wind Rivers/Tetons, Glacier NP, San Juan Mt of CO.
Here's a link to my trip if you want some ideas on places and dirt bagging it for two months Only thing I'd strongly encourage is to keep the itinerary flexible, stay where you are really feeling it, cut short other sections, and just go with the flow. Have a blast, it was an amazing experience and don't regret a minute of it.
PS I know of many 'free' and legal camping methods for lots of the Western US if you're interested. Feel free to shoot me a PM and I'll try to give specifics depending on where you're trying to go.
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thebeave7 wrote:Only thing I'd strongly encourage is to keep the itinerary flexible, stay where you are really feeling it, cut short other sections, and just go with the flow.
Ah... the carefree days of youth. Have a loose plan, but allow plenty of time for spontaneous, unforseen adventure & people to come your way. You'll have the rest of your life to chase a schedule.
Summer of 84. 10,000 miles in 3 months. Everywhere from Baja to Jackson Hole. Part of the adventure was waking up not knowing just where you'd end up that night. Enjoy the ride, not just the destination!
The higher areas are seasonly closed like Colorado. There is an effort to get a lot of the passes open by Memorial Day. However, if its been a snowy winter, some passes wont open until closer to July 1. You wouldnt want to miss Tioga Pass in Yosemite, Mt. Lassen, or Paradise Valley in Rainer because you visited them too early. I'd recommend starting south in Joshua Tree and Death Valley before they got unbearably hot, working you way to the more mountainous north later.
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Paul and Audrey are great humans, and know the area very well.
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