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Old 01-20-2016, 08:39 PM
 
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An alternative would be the northern route along the Transcanada from Ontario to Vancouver.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:16 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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If you are going through Bend Oregon and doing photography, stop at Smith Rocks State Park, in Terrebonne, just north of Bend and on your way to Portland.

Also, stop for a couple of minutes at the Peter Skein Ogden rest area north of Terrebonne. 5-10 minutes would be all you would need for some stunning photos of the Crooked River Gorge. Don't let your dog off the leash, the canyon goes straight down for about 600 feet.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Saginaw, MI
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Also, a slight update. Seems there's a complication/long delay with obtaining my dual citizenship and officially being able to live in Vancouver. Likely the end of this trip will be Portland if I can find a place to rent.
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Old 01-21-2016, 01:41 AM
 
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Ah, well head over to the Portland forum to understand the availability of apartments...

Spend your time in the SW and coast to avoid closures due to snow. Also pack very warm camping supplies. The last time I camped at the SOUTH rim was in March. I used our smallest tent for three of us (less room to heat up), two pads each, sleeping bags, down comforter, and winter hats--and we were finally warm!

But it's a great time to do the SW and California. Hopefully the flowers will be blooming in the warmer areas, there will be less people and it will be easier to find camping sites in California.

How about Big Sur? Yosemite will still be open and without crowds. I liked the vineyard, St. Suprey.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Austin
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After Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite and the Bay Area, I'd go north through Napa/Sonoma, take your pick of a gazillion wineries, but I found Mondavi to be really simple to get in and out of.
We go to wine regions almost every year. I suggest you stay out of Napa as it has become very very crowded and very expensive. Sonoma is a much better choice, and Pasa Robles is even better than Sonoma.
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:47 AM
 
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How long did the immigration procedure take?
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