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Old 03-18-2013   #11
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California, Hood River, Idaho, Mexico and BC should all be on the table. Do some research and figure out what works best. I did a vacation like this in the middle of a move and just parked all my belongs in a storage unit for cheap. I had some shelves and anything I wanted to access was easily available with less camping/roadworthy items packed away in the back. Then I traveled in the local area with a "homebase" near the storage unit. Way cheaper than rent, and since my car living arrangement was comfy I never felt the need for anything more.

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Old 03-18-2013   #12
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The Ark would be fine most years but avoid CO in general this summer, go somewhere like McCall Idaho, BC, Hood River, etc. Look at who will have water then go there.

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Old 03-18-2013   #13
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Bellingham. BC right out your back door. Mt baker. Ridiculous amount of biking...Galbraith,Whistler,Squamish. Right on the coast...San Juan islands. I love Colorado but there's so much more out there.
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Old 03-18-2013   #14
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#1 check snow pack

#2 drive to area with the greatest snowpack

#3 go kayaking

#4 set up tent

#5 make peanut butter and jelly sandwich

#6 repeat
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Old 03-18-2013   #15
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Central Idaho would normally be a good call and their are the dam releases to feed the Payette and elsewhere, but I don't our snowpack is great. We are 10 to 30% behind last year. Still lots of fun to be had and the weather ( unless everything is burning) is pretty awesome most of the time.
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Old 03-18-2013   #16
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Salida/Buena Vista "everything"
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Old 03-18-2013   #17
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It is criminal to suggest he live in Salida/BV with the snowpack that the ark drainage has right now.

The PNW - specifically Washington - has a strong snow pack. Go there till the water is gone then head north to BC. Go to Cali if their snowpack improves. CO is not the place to be this year.
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Old 03-18-2013   #18
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If I were looking for a summer rental near outdoor fun I'd want it to be somewhere cool, for like the rest of the time. Salida/BV is a cool area, is Idaho cool? Jackson area was OK but too touristy. Bozeman looked fun just passing through. BC and No Cal could be good.
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Old 03-18-2013   #20
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I can't believe some have suggested BV/Salida is the tits. It's criminal to suggest based on the number of tourists and gapers alone, never mind the snowpack. They're cool towns but Carbondale offers way more options for boating: Crystal, Yule Creek, Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Lime Creek, Colorado... and that's all within about a 45 minute radius.

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