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Old 08-22-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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Hello,
I'm planning a trip through these three states to get an idea of where we might want to relocate our family. I created a thread in the Wyoming forum, but haven't gotten feedback yet on places outside of WY (go figure). The rules prohibit posting in multiple forums, but I still would like to get the feedback. So please head over to the WY thread when you get the chance and let me know what you think. Thank you for your time!

Planning WY, MT, ID trip

P.S. - Mods, if this is out of line, I understand if you remove it. I just didn't know of another way to get feedback for all 3 states simultaneously.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:30 PM
 
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Hm... I've had a lot of feedback in the WY and ID forums, but nothing here. I guess my routes through western MT are good and my stops meet with approval for Montana?

Updated route:
WY, MT, ID trip

Won't be taking an RV this time around, and the trip may be moved to late August / early September.

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Old 08-28-2012, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I am suprised that nobody has chimed in. Rez has an opinion on everything and is usually spot on, Clark Fork is up in that area. Anything wrong with this trip?

I really can't help, the only routes I've taken in Western Mt is over Skalkaho or straight west on I90. Pulled 35 ft trailers over I-90 in both directions and it was never a problem, winter or summer.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:53 PM
 
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Thanks for trying to help EH. I needed gut much of the Montana portion and focus on Northern Idaho and Wyoming. I still intend to drive through northwest Montana and see Flathead and Glacier National Park. I guess we'll have to see the rest of Montana some other time.

Based on feedback from those in attendance at tonight's family meeting (kids were in bed), I think we're looking at splitting this thing up. There's so much to see and do, and combining that with competing agendas (recon, vacation, sightseeing), I think we've identified a need to separate the kids from the adults based on locations and agendas.

For your amusement, I present the following two trips, carved from the overly-ambitious original trip:

Family Road Trip
Date: Early May
Duration: 10 - 12 days
Route: Google Map
Focus: Mount Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Sheridan, Cody, Yellowstone, Lander

Couples Trip
Date: Summer
Duration: 7 days
Route: Google Map
Focus: Priest Lake, Sandpoint, Clark Fork, Glacier National Park, Bonner's Ferry

This cuts out a large portion of the Montana and East Idaho regions I had intended to see, but they will still be there when we move to the area!

Does this make more sense? Is it more realistic?
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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That sounds a lot better. You have a lot of things to see and do. I could name 50 things that are "Must See" just in Sheridan and the surrounding area, but when you are limited on time and on a schedule, it's tough to say this is better than that.
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Old 08-29-2012, 02:23 PM
 
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That sounds a lot better. You have a lot of things to see and do. I could name 50 things that are "Must See" just in Sheridan and the surrounding area, but when you are limited on time and on a schedule, it's tough to say this is better than that.
Yeah, I know we're going to miss out on a lot of things. But the kids are young, and if we wind up moving to WY then we'll have plenty of time to see the state, and it will be a lot easier.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Hello,
I'm planning a trip through these three states to get an idea of where we might want to relocate our family. I created a thread in the Wyoming forum, but haven't gotten feedback yet on places outside of WY (go figure). The rules prohibit posting in multiple forums, but I still would like to get the feedback. So please head over to the WY thread when you get the chance and let me know what you think. Thank you for your time!

Planning WY, MT, ID trip

P.S. - Mods, if this is out of line, I understand if you remove it. I just didn't know of another way to get feedback for all 3 states simultaneously.
Here's my "take" on what you have posted...................................

Forget about seeing and spending any time in any of the tourist attractions ....................

Concentrate your time & route in those areas that have most of the attributes you are looking for with regard to "where you want to live.

..........After you move up to this part of the country, you can then visit & see the many, many tourist attractions, scenic locations and educational locations.............Priority number One is to narrow down "where you want to live and raise your family".........

Just my Humble opinion.

Due to type of job I had for almost 40 years, I had the good fortune to travel through many, many of our western states in every month of the year. Probably 66% of my time was spent in: MT; ID; CO; UT & WY.
The remaining 34% of my time was spent traveling to AK; WA; OR; CA; AZ; NM; TX; & NV.
I have stayed in virtually any town, of any size, that was located within 50 miles from:....a/ the officies of any major "engineering & construction" firm;...b/ a mining or milling operation;...c/ a Timber processing facility;...d/ a chemical or petro-chemical facility;...e/ an underground missel silo;...or f/... a dam or hydro operation..............Thus, I was blessed in that I got to know an awful lot about the first five states mentioned above, and thus had a very easy time when my wife and I decided where we wanted to retire.

Just something to think about when your planning your trip.

.....BTW: I made many trips to: Georgewest, TX (uranium); Karnes City, TX (uranium); Dallas (engr officies); Corpus Christie (engineering officies).......................Had a lot of good times in the state of TX>

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Old 09-03-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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Here's my "take" on what you have posted...................................

Forget about seeing and spending any time in any of the tourist attractions ....................

Concentrate your time & route in those areas that have most of the attributes you are looking for with regard to "where you want to live.

..........After you move up to this part of the country, you can then visit & see the many, many tourist attractions, scenic locations and educational locations.............Priority number One is to narrow down "where you want to live and raise your family".........

Just my Humble opinion.
Since I'm on here, shopping for opinions from strangers, it is very much appreciated. Your suggestion is clearly out of step (isn't that what the politicians say these days?) with our plans, but that doesn't make it less logical. I will definitely need to weight the ramifications of your suggestion. Thank you.

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Due to type of job I had for almost 40 years, I had the good fortune to travel through many, many of our western states in every month of the year. Probably 66% of my time was spent in: MT; ID; CO; UT & WY.
The remaining 34% of my time was spent traveling to AK; WA; OR; CA; AZ; NM; TX; & NV.
I have stayed in virtually any town, of any size, that was located within 50 miles from:....a/ the officies of any major "engineering & construction" firm;...b/ a mining or milling operation;...c/ a Timber processing facility;...d/ a chemical or petro-chemical facility;...e/ an underground missel silo;...or f/... a dam or hydro operation..............Thus, I was blessed in that I got to know an awful lot about the first five states mentioned above, and thus had a very easy time when my wife and I decided where we wanted to retire.

Just something to think about when your planning your trip.

.....BTW: I made many trips to: Georgewest, TX (uranium); Karnes City, TX (uranium); Dallas (engr officies); Corpus Christie (engineering officies).......................Had a lot of good times in the state of TX>
I'm envious of the experiences you've had, to see and live in all those places and learn the real communities behind the tourist areas. I'm a native Texan, born and bred, and I love so much about this state. But I'm ready to move someplace different, where the locals have similar values and beliefs, but have a totally different way of life. I'm challenging the comfort zones of everyone I hold close to my heart, and I need to make sure I'm making the right choice before I commit to it. But in the end, if we're not on this planet to live and experience new things, why are we here at all?
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