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Vacation Travel Plans, Suggestions, Advice



  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    In my junior year in college, back when humans dwelled in caves, four of us drove from Madison to Acapulco and back during winter break. Today, sad to say, the only vehicle I'd consider driving in Mexico would be a tank with extra armor plating. And, I'd want to be in a convoy.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,985
    The only time I drove down there I was in a rental Neon in northern Baja. Almost got stuck in deep sand taking a shortcut across a dry lake bed.

    You can get anywhere down there on a bus or cab, for cheap. We'd rarely wait more than 10 or 15 minutes to catch a bus to the next town.
  • where we are this weekend. Too bad you can't see the tall can of Modelo in his hand behind my back. Guess he was going for the full "real Elvis" (the later years) experience.

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  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    Additional reasons for considering Vancouver, WA is knowing how much you snowboard. Mt. Hood's Timberline, Hood Meadows, & Ski Bowl are just across the creek & up the hill. In other months the Columbia is great for boating. East Vancouver residence is close to the Glen Jackson Bridge leading to the airport. I know you like to pay taxes, but they can be considerably more in OR. The moderate climate includes showers, but rain you don't have to shovel. :)
  • Modelo?

    I'm guessing that isn't Memphis? lol...

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,985
    Looks like the Viva Las Vegas outfit.

    How's the damp in Vancouver? We've only driven through there a few times but never really explored the city. My wife had trouble the summer she lived on Vashon Island and keeps steering me away from coastal WA and OR.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    If your wife doesn't like the damp of Vashon, she won't like Vancouver. My wife is from New Mexico and lived in eastern Washington for several years. She is having a tough time living in western WA right now. :)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    edited September 2010
    I think the Palouse region has fairly ideal weather, and isn't a bad place if one is nearing or at retirement. Not as dusty and gang-infested as the Columbia Basin (although not all of it is bad), slightly milder weather too, cheap housing, 4 actual seasons - not 10 months of mist and fog + 2 months of what is admittedly the best summer weather in the country, and even some decent roads. I'll be heading over there in about a month to visit people, should be a nice drive.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I'm heading to the Palouse next weekend. Go Cougs. :)

    Not sure if most would describe that region as having ideal weather though. Some don't like the cold and snow. ;)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    2 months of occasional snow or 6 months of 51F and light rain. Pick your poison :shades:
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Hmmm, 2 months? More like October through March when I was there. I loved the snow though. And not much can beat the spring.
  • You can't beat Colorado front range weather, or central coast in California--neither exhibits extremes.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    OK, maybe three months. I remember in my youth anyway the snow would come and go. And a key difference is 3" of snow there doesn't create armageddon like it does west of the mountains. I spent part of my childhood on the other side, and I do miss the fun winters, and lack of rain. I like the scenery too.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    The weather in the west-of-the-mountains Pacific Northwest has no extremes either - other than constant rainfall most of the year. Like the idea of 30-40 consecutive days of measurable rain? Happens almost every winter.
  • that sounds extreme to me!

    Maybe that's what I was trying to say---that the weather on the Central CAL coast or the Colorado Front Range is constantly "variable". No one condition just digs in and stays there day after day after day. :(
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    Longterm variability is fun - like an actual difference in seasons. But warm one day and snowing the would be annoying. I just like the idea of less rain...easier to keep my car clean :shades:
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,664
    edited September 2010
    Highly over-rated, especially the "season" called winter. Oh, it's nice when you're skiiing and all that, but living in it in Vermont? No thanks. And having a fire hose turned on your windows in Seattle for 3 months is another season I can do without.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    I could do without winter and not mind it even one little bit.

    I do like looking at snow but am far too old to be shoveling it, thanks.

    I lived in Tallahassee for a year. That agreed pretty well with me - though Florida rain is like no other. If we get an inch in a day that's rainly. In Florida an inch of rain is partly cloudy.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    There are a lots of enjoyable places for vacationing, including most of the places mentioned in this discussion. The number of wonderful choices for putting down roots is far more limited. Much depends on where family and friends are located. These trump climate for me.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Family and friends keep me here in Jersey. I'm within a couple of hours of everybody.

    Other things enter into it. With my health I can't live too far away from really good medical facilities which rules out, say, the Outer Banks where the only hospital has 19 beds and the good places are three hours away.

    I'm not to where I have to pay in advance for a three minute egg or anything but I'm higher maintenance than most.
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