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Old 06-04-2015, 08:54 PM   #1
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My wife and I are headed to Oregon from South Dakota this summer. We enjoy dry, no hook up camping and hiking. Any suggestions on things we should see and things to avoid?? Neither of us are big fans of large cities. We enjoy the outdoors.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:08 PM   #2
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Highway 97 is in your desires.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:44 PM   #3
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My wife and I are headed to Oregon from South Dakota this summer. We enjoy dry, no hook up camping and hiking. Any suggestions on things we should see and things to avoid?? Neither of us are big fans of large cities. We enjoy the outdoors.
If you have a little time, I would cross over on 90 through the Black hills and Gillette.. then hit south on 25 into Casper.. pick up 26 west through Dubois... play around in Southern Yellowstone but keep on 26 into Idaho Falls. From there I would probably go North on I15 up through Butte and pick up I90 that will take you through Lolo NF all the way into Spokane.

From there you can pick up South I82 until you it Hermiston and go west on I84 from there.

TONS of dry camping opportunities.. beautiful countryside... ample opportunities to hit some side trips. One of my most favorite drives.

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Prineville (we call it Pruneville) and Bend and LaPine are also decent places to visit....oh, and Sisters,just west of Bend. Central Ore. is high dessert country, with lots to do...can get warm thou.....East side of Cascade Mts.....Also, you really need to see the Columbia River....I-84 is right next to it. Mt. Hood is aw-sum...if we'd had any snow last winter. For what you like to do, that would be my 2cents. Oh, on 97, they use red rock along the shoulders of the highway, and at the right time of day...preettty!
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:46 PM   #5
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LaPine are also decent places to visit
LaPine? Really?? lol a diner and a gas station. Although between Bend and LaPine is a nice stop off. Hit the Museum and Lava caves.

I will say this though.. the LaPine diner has an awesome (forget your cholesterol) biscuits and gravy with bacon breakfast for a song.
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LaPine? Really?? lol a diner and a gas station. Although between Bend and LaPine is a nice stop off. Hit the Museum and Lava caves.

I will say this though.. the LaPine diner has an awesome (forget your cholesterol) biscuits and gravy with bacon breakfast for a song.
Well, don;t care for big cities, like dry camping, hiking......if you break down in those areas, you get all 3 at once. As I'm heading back from Nashville, we're going into his (their) area to snoop around.... don't need bad info!
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Don't miss Lost Lake south of Bend. It's lost again. It drains into the lava formations every once in awhile. It's a very interesting phenomenon. The Lava Beds National Monument is cool, again just south of Bend. All of this is near Hwy 97. On your way through Gilchrist wave to my old high school. From there head up to Crater Lake as that is a must. The Rogue River gorge between there and Medford is neat. Then there is no coast like the Oregon coast.
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Don't blink going thru Gilchrist, as you'll most likely miss it. and as posted above, if you like water...CL and the coast is the place to be.
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lava beds natl monument is actually in nor cal but just barely. lava tubes with free helmets and flashlights last time I was there. captain jack and the modocs is one of the more interesting stories in history. oregon takes more pride in their state campgrounds than cali. humbug mountain was immaculate and boasts the highest peak on the coast, a good hike for sure.
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lava beds natl monument is actually in nor cal but just barely. lava tubes with free helmets and flashlights last time I was there. captain jack and the modocs is one of the more interesting stories in history. oregon takes more pride in their state campgrounds than cali. humbug mountain was immaculate and boasts the highest peak on the coast, a good hike for sure.

You are right. I was thinking of Lava Butte closer to Bend. Looking at the map they call it Lava Lands. I should know better as my dad had a pumice mining operation near Lava Beds in Tionesta, CA when I was born. That means a long time ago, back when pumice was used for building blocks.
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