2013: Mountains & Summer Monsoons Trip Summary

Trip Theme: Mountains and Monsoons

Total Miles4,880 miles

Number of Nights: 40

Average Camping Fee: 31.22 (the $82/night Bend place really blew our average out of the water! Without that place, we’d have been at $26)

Average MPG: Oops. Didn't trap, but I recall that it was nice and high because we took 2-laners and drove 55mph or less most of the time.

Number of States: 8, none new

Weird Coincidences: Seeing the same fellow travelers in a totally different place. Happened three separate times. We saw one gal in THREE separate places. Guess we were doing the tourist thing in high season....

Favorite New Parks: We'd definitely go back to the Idaho state parks (Massacre Rocks, Bruneau Dunes) in cooler weather. It'd be particularly fun to go to Bruneau Dunes when they have their astronomy nights. Discovered Teton National Forest campgrounds--MUCH better than the heavily trafficked NP CGs. Most of the other parks were nice, but not ones to write home about. Now, that park in Molas Lake outside of Silverton that we saw, but didn't stay in--that looks like a good place to go back to (and also Ouray--heck that whole corner of Colorado we love).

RV Maintenance: Not a darn thing. Rocksie ran like a champ.

Close Calls: railroad arm in Idaho; lightning/hail/flooding in Flagstaff

Biggest Disappointments: Missing my Geocaching travel bug BY A DAY in Arizona (after watching it for YEARS) and not being able to go to Ojo Caliente because of mudslides (those monsoons....). Also, not finding a good spot for the 2014 View/Navion National Rally.

Best Surprises: Elk jam in NorCal, dog-friendly ski lift in Telluride, free tix to the closing night of the Jackson Hole music festival

Best Museum: Toss up between the very cool Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff and the Idaho Potato Museum ("taters for outta staters").

Bago's Swimming Holes:
  1. Cattail Cove: Colorado River
  2. Durango: Animas River
  3. NM: El Vado Lake
  4. Outside Taos: Rio Grande
  5. Leadville, CO: Turquoise Lake
  6. Dillon, CO Reservoir
  7. Steamboat Lake
  8. Flaming Gorge Lake
  9. Atherton Lake near Grand Teton NP
  10. Jackson: Snake River
  11. Unity Lake Oregon
  12. Pond in Bend, Oregon
  13. Pacific Ocean in Oregon (MANY times)

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