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    Fantastic picture Gurt!!!

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    That is a great pic, Gurt.

    As for NOLA, I've never been, but I have a feeling I'd spend my time searching out local dives to listen to some tunes. Does make me miss El Chapultepec in Denver. GREAT place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthoven View Post
    As for NOLA, I've never been, but I have a feeling I'd spend my time searching out local dives to listen to some tunes.
    Ditto....and Tipitina's is on my bucket list. Sounds/Looks like a fantastic place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyeagle View Post
    Ditto....and Tipitina's is on my bucket list. Sounds/Looks like a fantastic place.
    The 'Pec has a capacity of about 50 people, and Ella used to park out back to listen to the music. Cash-only bar. My type of place. Gimme that local flavor when travelling. And as for NOLA, cajun food (minus seafood) is awesome. Love that sort of spice.
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    The Nola part I'm not concerned about. We've visited while she has been in school, and we spent some time there during jazz fest a while back. That is a fantastic week to see Nola. Late April/early May, so the weather is beautiful, and there are fewer drunks from Iowa than Mardi Gras or Halloween. The music goes from great to great plus.

    But the Panama Beach part of this is less obvious. Hanging out at the beach with family will be a nice break for all of us, but I'm counting on a tip from you guys on something cool, preferably off the beaten path a little.

    Maybe we just stop in at Kiln and find someone who can explain what the ******* BF was doing throwing that ball on Jan 24, 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burd View Post
    The Nola part I'm not concerned about. We've visited while she has been in school, and we spent some time there during jazz fest a while back. That is a fantastic week to see Nola. Late April/early May, so the weather is beautiful, and there are fewer drunks from Iowa than Mardi Gras or Halloween. The music goes from great to great plus.

    But the Panama Beach part of this is less obvious. Hanging out at the beach with family will be a nice break for all of us, but I'm counting on a tip from you guys on something cool, preferably off the beaten path a little.

    Maybe we just stop in at Kiln and find someone who can explain what the ******* BF was doing throwing that ball on Jan 24, 2010.
    I have mentioned this on GPL, but talk to a local bartender, get some tips on where to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nappyvalley View Post
    Going to Hawaii for my first time in mid-March. Realized this will be during the conference tournaments. Wonder if they get Big Ten Network in Hawaii? Heh, heh.

    Then Florida in May which is an annual thing. Have a bunch of family there including 2 brothers, we always get them and a bunch of aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. around Florida and PA (and me in VA) together and stay at the beach for a week
    Done the first trip now, and I have concluded that Hawaii doesn't suck.

    Time for Clearwater Beach in < 2 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    After two years in a row trekking to Isle Royale, I'm thinking about doing a swing out to some of the western National Parks later this year. The first debate is, which ones? Realistically, I think I could do a maximum of 3 in a single trip, depending. Obviously, there are some that can be logically grouped together. For instance, Canyonlands & Arches (and possibly Capitol Reef?), or Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Anyone have any advice?

    I'd be looking to do at least some hike-to camping, as I have the gear and I'm not keen on holing up in hotels for an entire trip.
    I've hiked and camped all of the national parks in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as a handful in California. If you want some tips or trip itineraries, just shoot me a message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cF[Authentic] View Post
    I've hiked and camped all of the national parks in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as a handful in California. If you want some tips or trip itineraries, just shoot me a message.
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    My girlfriend and I are heading to Iceland next summer. Really looking forward to that one. I love the process of planning a big trip, finding some hidden gems, getting off the beaten path, etc... so I think it will be a great trip with some incredible views.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cF[Authentic] View Post
    My girlfriend and I are heading to Iceland next summer. Really looking forward to that one. I love the process of planning a big trip, finding some hidden gems, getting off the beaten path, etc... so I think it will be a great trip with some incredible views.
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    So I just got back from a fantastic trip to Portugal. I went there because of a recommendation from someone on here. I have to say maybe my best vacation ever. People were really friendly, very low crime and so felt real safe, very inexpensive, overall great trip.
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    Thinking about doing a 4-day/3-night trip to Boston at the end of July... Airfare is dirt cheap through Southwest at the moment... Gonna try for a White Sox/Red Sox game and then spend a day at Six Flags New England...
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    Rough itinerary for October:

    7th: Arrive LAS, get car, drive to UT
    8th: Zion (probably shuttle up to the Grotto and day-hike to Angel's Landing)
    9th: Zion (possibly overnight hike Kolob Canyons)
    10th: Zion / Drive to Bryce
    11th: Bryce Canyon (Hike/Camp the Under-The-Rim Trail)
    12th: Bryce Canyon (Hike/Camp the Under-The-Rim Trail)
    13th: Drive to Grand Canyon (North Rim)
    14th: Grand Canyon
    15th: Grand Canyon
    16th: Drive back to LAS, try to lose as little at blackjack as possible (hotel TBD, but it's going to be one of the classier ones)
    17th: Red-eye flight back to DTW

    My only concern is that if I don't plan to ride a mule down into Grand Canyon, I might be spending too much time there? Would I be better off taking an extra day at Zion or Bryce?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    Rough itinerary for October:

    7th: Arrive LAS, get car, drive to UT
    8th: Zion (probably shuttle up to the Grotto and day-hike to Angel's Landing)
    9th: Zion (possibly overnight hike Kolob Canyons)
    10th: Zion / Drive to Bryce
    11th: Bryce Canyon (Hike/Camp the Under-The-Rim Trail)
    12th: Bryce Canyon (Hike/Camp the Under-The-Rim Trail)
    13th: Drive to Grand Canyon (North Rim)
    14th: Grand Canyon
    15th: Grand Canyon
    16th: Drive back to LAS, try to lose as little at blackjack as possible (hotel TBD, but it's going to be one of the classier ones)
    17th: Red-eye flight back to DTW

    My only concern is that if I don't plan to ride a mule down into Grand Canyon, I might be spending too much time there? Would I be better off taking an extra day at Zion or Bryce?
    I'll be getting back to you soon with some routes, unfortunately work has been ridiculous lately. Quick suggestion... do an extra day at Zion and one fewer days and Bryce. You can do Bryce in a day easily.

    Also, you'll be able to do some day hikes in Grand Canyon, although they're going to be pretty long and it's all going to either be mostly uphill or mostly downhill, which can be brutal after a week of other hikes. With the drive from Bryce to the north rim only being 3 hours, you could backpack into the canyon, spend two nights and then come back out on the 16th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    Rough itinerary for October:

    7th: Arrive LAS, get car, drive to UT
    8th: Zion (probably shuttle up to the Grotto and day-hike to Angel's Landing)
    9th: Zion (possibly overnight hike Kolob Canyons)
    10th: Zion / Drive to Bryce
    11th: Bryce Canyon (Hike/Camp the Under-The-Rim Trail)
    12th: Bryce Canyon (Hike/Camp the Under-The-Rim Trail)
    13th: Drive to Grand Canyon (North Rim)
    14th: Grand Canyon
    15th: Grand Canyon
    16th: Drive back to LAS, try to lose as little at blackjack as possible (hotel TBD, but it's going to be one of the classier ones)
    17th: Red-eye flight back to DTW

    My only concern is that if I don't plan to ride a mule down into Grand Canyon, I might be spending too much time there? Would I be better off taking an extra day at Zion or Bryce?
    That is some fabulous country. I know those sites are pretty tightly grouped and you only have so much time, but Arches would be really nice. Different from the canyon country you will be seeing. But again, time is precious, and you have to save something for next time.

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    That is some fabulous country. I know those sites are pretty tightly grouped and you only have so much time, but Arches would be really nice. Different from the canyon country you will be seeing. But again, time is precious, and you have to save something for next time.

    While the rest of us slog through the glut and suck of our dreary lives.
    Arches could be paired nicely with a backpacking trip to Canyonlands. With three different sections of the park (Island in the Sky, Needles and The Maze) you can see so many different rock formations that are incredible. I thoroughly enjoy backpacking in, setting up shop at one site for 3-4 nights and then just doing day hikes throughout the park. Lots of walking but definitely worth it.

    Zion is a bit similar in that it's essentially two different parks in one. You have the Narrows area and then the Rim Trail. Two completely different viewpoints and experiences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cF[Authentic] View Post
    Arches could be paired nicely with a backpacking trip to Canyonlands. With three different sections of the park (Island in the Sky, Needles and The Maze) you can see so many different rock formations that are incredible. I thoroughly enjoy backpacking in, setting up shop at one site for 3-4 nights and then just doing day hikes throughout the park. Lots of walking but definitely worth it.

    Zion is a bit similar in that it's essentially two different parks in one. You have the Narrows area and then the Rim Trail. Two completely different viewpoints and experiences.
    I prefer zion to the others honestly. Rather than the kolob canyons, I'd think about doing observation point and then back packing for a night on the rim. Also the narrows is great.
    There are also some nice state parks between las vegas and Zion which are nice for a two or three hour jaunt.
    you might also consider giving yourself a day off in there after some strenuous days before doing Grand canyon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    Rough itinerary for October:

    7th: Arrive LAS, get car, drive to UT
    8th: Zion (probably shuttle up to the Grotto and day-hike to Angel's Landing)
    9th: Zion (possibly overnight hike Kolob Canyons)
    10th: Zion / Drive to Bryce
    11th: Bryce Canyon (Hike/Camp the Under-The-Rim Trail)
    12th: Bryce Canyon (Hike/Camp the Under-The-Rim Trail)
    13th: Drive to Grand Canyon (North Rim)
    14th: Grand Canyon
    15th: Grand Canyon
    16th: Drive back to LAS, try to lose as little at blackjack as possible (hotel TBD, but it's going to be one of the classier ones)
    17th: Red-eye flight back to DTW

    My only concern is that if I don't plan to ride a mule down into Grand Canyon, I might be spending too much time there? Would I be better off taking an extra day at Zion or Bryce?
    great time of the year to go. still warm but not pizza oven hot. sounds like a plan.
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    Never been to North Rim, but I didn't think there were mule rides available there? 14 mi to Phantom Ranch would make for two very sore asses!

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