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Old 06-14-2021, 09:03 PM   #801
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nice mini-trip report mrbb.
as for the toilet sign, it's primarily directed at foreign visitors who are used to squat toilets and aren't used to using western style sitting toilets.
it's less of a 'distressing message for society today' and more about international relations.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:07 PM   #802
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a month ago it was 30 degrees during the days high in montana.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:11 PM   #803
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ah yes...the spring montana 50 degree swing
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:13 PM   #804
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50 years ago before they had flight restrictions on altitude at the grand canyon i flew in it.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:24 PM   #805
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before that they had just moved the london bridge. you know the one that was falling down to lake havasu. i wanted to fly under it. found out when i got there it had only about 30 feet of clearance before i would swim. scary flight for a guy with a learners permit.
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Old 06-15-2021, 01:41 AM   #806
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nice pics, Mrbaseball
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Old 06-15-2021, 06:38 PM   #807
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Great pics, Mr. Baseball. Someday I hope to get to Arches.

I think the pent up demand will be a killer this summer.

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Old 06-15-2021, 06:49 PM   #808
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doesnt pay to go anyplace this summer that tourists go to.

when they ask me what is a good place to go next i tell them the southern coast of oregon and they head there.
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Old 06-15-2021, 06:57 PM   #809
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Old 06-15-2021, 07:09 PM   #810
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Moab is great. I always eat and drink at that Mexican joint on the main strip. Been to Arches a couple times and got stuck in Canyonlands once.
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Old 06-15-2021, 07:12 PM   #811
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Never been to Estes or Rocky Mountain but might go climbing there in the winter sometime. I recommend driving through Twin Lakes and Aspen if you haven't gone that way before.
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Old 06-15-2021, 07:12 PM   #812
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The contrast between LA and the rest of the US is wild. It seems the entire country has more or less moved on, at least where I visited.

If you are walking alone outside without a mask in this city, someone is going to walk by and give you a nasty look. Some days, you may even get yelled at for it. Holy ****, I'm 100 feet from everything and 70% of this state is supposedly vaccinated.

The weirdest is when someone walks by you, without a mask, then they stop, put it on, and think the mask can hide the filthy look they are giving you.
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Old 06-15-2021, 08:11 PM   #813
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doesnt pay to go anyplace this summer that tourists go to.

when they ask me what is a good place to go next i tell them the southern coast of oregon and they head there.
Yeah, I thought I may be going early enough to beat the rush. But I am still glad I went and enjoyed it a lot. I do think it will get even more crowded throughout the summer. But I have already decided to put off my trip up to Mackinac Island I was planning because I don't want to deal with a mob scene up there. Probably done with summer travel other than some non touristy places in Wisconsin. Maybe try to do something in the fall when kids are back in school.
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Old 06-15-2021, 08:56 PM   #814
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spouse and i almost always make travel plans in mid- to late-september when school is back in session. the summer heat is usually less intense and the crowd numbers are typically much less. one of the benefits of not having kids of our own.
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Old 06-15-2021, 11:26 PM   #815
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skip mackinac for sure. go to the pentwater area and around there. nice spots. and go find some petoski stones.
can camp at sleeping bear dunes on the lake.
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Old 06-16-2021, 10:15 AM   #816
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Just a suggestion. Big Bend National Park is fabulous. No one, it seems, goes there.

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Old 06-16-2021, 10:31 AM   #817
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Estes is always packed during the summer, but it may be worse now that we're opening up again. Not going up there to check, don't want to deal.

If you go up to N WI, mrb, let me know if you end up in Superior. No reason to go there for tourism, but I can turn you on to a couple places if you happen to be there.
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Old 06-16-2021, 10:45 AM   #818
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Estes is always packed during the summer, but it may be worse now that we're opening up again. Not going up there to check, don't want to deal.

If you go up to N WI, mrb, let me know if you end up in Superior. No reason to go there for tourism, but I can turn you on to a couple places if you happen to be there.
My Wisconsin trips (if I make them?) will just be southern Wis and up along Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Green Bay.
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Old 06-16-2021, 01:25 PM   #819
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first newborn fawn arrived in my front yard on june 15th for me to see. a little late but around the right time frame.
its fun to watch it drink from mom and then jump around and try out its legs.

i leave very high grass around for them to hide in from the coyotes which always get a few each year. but i have many deer and nature needs to balance.

also have a few coyote pups that are on the property each year. this year it looks like just two made it so far.
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Old 06-16-2021, 01:42 PM   #820
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I always see a lot of deer wandering around the forest preserves right near my house. But when I was out west I was surprised to see so many big assed elk wandering around Estes Park. There were about 5 of them grazing on the fairway of the golf course and then there was one munching on a bush right outside my motel room. But as we were checking into our motel in Grand Lake a fairly large bear scooted between the motel office and the car I just got out of. Those were my only wild animal sightiings on the trip other than a few lizards and little chipmunk looking things.
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Old 06-16-2021, 04:01 PM   #821
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It's packed too, but reservations are possible only a week or two in advance. If you can hike and camp in back-country desert, you can usually go in any time.
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Old 06-16-2021, 04:24 PM   #822
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Saw an elk at Grand Canyon. Never saw one before, and it definitely wasn't something I'd want to take a closer look at.
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Old 06-17-2021, 01:45 AM   #823
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occasionally get a small herd of elk at my place. they dont stay long though.
couple days ago a black bear was in the back yard looking for food or something.
there is always something around the house. usually wild turkeys.
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Old 06-17-2021, 11:08 PM   #824
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couple days ago a black bear was in the back yard looking for food or something.
That was Me. I dug up that stash of gold you have in the back yard. Iíll require it when I travel to Sicily later this year.
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unfortunately you will be swimming it over.
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