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Old 03-13-2016, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default Road Trip 2016

Well Mrs. Toner and I have tentatively decided to do a road trip this year for the family vacation this summer. I think we'll start with the ice fields parkway tour from Jasper to Banff http://www.jasper.travel/things-to-d...FZeEaQodjysI7g and the head down through BC and continue along the Pacific Coast Highway through Washington, Oregon and California. We did a Pacific Coast trip about 22 years ago and had some good memories to repeat (eg camping in Redwoods) but we'd like to make some new stops along the way such as San Francisco.

Feel free to throw out ideas for sights along the way and suggestions for a route back. I'm debating whether LA or San Diago as our southernmost point and considering cutting across to see the Grand Canyon before making our way back up.

Any road trip hints to make it better. We're lookin at three weeks at the end of July/early August with a combo of some tenting & some hotels.

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Yosemite comes to mind. that is a magical place.

Grand Canyon is grand, and Sedona is just a short drive from Flagstaff, another magical place.
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I second Yosemite. And the San Diego Zoo is well worth the trip.
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Well, if you're going to the Grand Canyon, might as well go to the Hoover Dam.
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And so it begins...
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Big Sur is a must of course. And then I'd add a stop at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Aside from the aquarium itself, which is supposed to be very good, they also do a lot of important rescue, rehab and research work. That might be something good for the girls to see.

For a bit of history and, depending on how far south and inland you want to go, think about stopping at Needles, CA. It's where Rte. 66 enters CA. If you've ever watched the original Grapes of Wrath movie (Henry Fonda), that's where he and his family entered CA, along with all the real Dust Bowl migrants in the 1930's. They all thought CA was the land of milk & honey and then they made it to Needles only to find that the fabled land was quite a ways north. Of course, it's all touristy now, but it still gives a different perspective of CA then you get from the seaside, the Valleys, and NoCal.
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There have been multiple wild fires in the Big Sur area and until yesterday, many of those areas have been under a mandatory evacuation. So, after hitting Monterey, it might be best to shoot over to the Central Valley and fly down I-5 to the L.A. area. If you're super lucky, you might get to see a coyote trotting along the hundreds of miles of scenic scrub grass! You might want to consider saving that part of the trip for some night driving - it makes getting through Los Angeles easier as well.

Enjoy your trip!
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I was not aware Renée became a coffee drinker at GIrl Guide camp



Left Lethbridge and headed for the Ciutts/Sweetwater border crossing. It was in the news a couple days ago because some Canadian teens wandered into the US near hear looking for Pokemon and got arrested for illegal entry into the US. Smooth crossing for us...



Rough plan is to make a beeline down to California and then leisurely drive back up the Pacific coast highway. We'd visited Yellowstone previously about 10 years ago so it was sadly cut from this years route.

Scenes of Montana







DVDs help to entertain the girls


Picking up lunch at a grocery store - always fun to see the different things you have.





Bug killing so far



We did a family road trip to Utah about 10 years ago when Tracy attended CKU - Creative Keepsakes scrap booking University. One of my favourite pics was Renée and I outside the Idaho potato museum. She was 3 and looked completely bored in the pic (though how you can be bored seeing the worlds biggest potato chip or seeing one signed by Dan Quayle is beyond me). I don't have the original on my phone but we recreated it here...



Everyone was suitably excited today. Apparently the girls have a favourite YouTuber they watch who also visited here

Made it to the outskirts of Ogden and am calling it a night

Some snooping around here tomorrow AM then back on the road...
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I love a good vacation! Thanks for sharing, Toner!
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A little shopping in Ogden before heading down past Salt Lake City





I guess they sell these to a lot of Canadians pass through this one town



We cut across the north west corner of Arizona







We're melting!



Weird looking trees down here


Arrived in Vega$ - got a room at the Orleans for $42 for the night





Checking out the strip














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What the heck?! Our hotel room keeps getting Pokemon coming into it

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Is the rocking chair pic in front of a cracker barrel restaurant?! I love and miss Cracker Barrel!!! Lol
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Yes - first time we've been to one.
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Your wife is looking really great! She has lost a lot of weight, and is looking much younger!! Great work!

Love the trip so far!! TY!!
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My goodness, yes she has! Mrs Toner is looking HOT!
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Toner! You've single-handedly imported Canadian, foreign, Pokemon's into U.S. territory!!! Didn't they do an agricultural inspection before you crossed the border??

You'd better start watching in the rear view mirror for some big, black SUV's. And don't forget to check overhead for the black helicopters.

They'll be coming for you...
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They mostly seemed concerned about Kinder Eggs instead of Pokemon - bringing them back to Canada may be the difficult thing...

Snooped a bit around Vegas and just arrived across the street from Disney - will unwind from California/LA traffic for a bit then get some supper...
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Breakfast stop recommendation of a friend


Playing the slots


Should have cashed out those penny slots at $12


Britney puts out and we leave the casino ahead


Getting prepped


Yikes! Run!




Container Park mall as per Zombie store owner recommendation


Sleepy co-pilot


Alien jerky?




LA shopping


Visiting the house of the mouse Tuesday...
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Yes - first time we've been to one.
Your first Cracker Barrel. Congratulations!

It's like the first time I went to Tim Hortons.
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Your wife and your children are beautiful. You're looking healthy and happy too!

I wish I had your talent for travelogues.
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Yes indeed , the family is looking great. Amazing how the girls have grown in a year and Tracey is looking great! Oh you are too Toner, ya know I love those strappy sandals you have on at that Bear restaurant ! FEET ! Looking forward to more updates...
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Getting checked out by security



Cause it's a tradition



On Main Street USA



First ride is an old favourite


Souvenirs bought by my girls


Let's stay like this forever


Ice cream break



More Disney






Emily faces her fears at Splash Mountain






Everyone is soaked. I had one dry shoe, which only served to highlight the other was wet...


Hippo's and Disney have a special meaning for mom towards her girls



Walt Disney's family had a private apartment over the Disneyland firehall - they keep a light burning in it's window as a memory to him



Soaring' California is now Soarin' Around the World - an old favourite is now a new favourite





He he he...


That"s all for tonight...


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Yes indeed , the family is looking great. Amazing how the girls have grown in a year and Tracey is looking great! Oh you are too Toner, ya know I love those strappy sandals you have on at that Bear restaurant ! FEET ! Looking forward to more updates...
I was thinking one of today's pics would make you happy
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Lots of Star Wars at Disney - loved this girls outfit



It's the 60th anniversary of the park this year



Ready for another day


Teacups first


Hot day again








Emily would like to work at the haunted mansion one day




Entrance to the secret Club 33, which has a seven year waiting list






Break at the hotel


Back in the evening when it's cooler and less crowded




Carousel at night








Sleeping Beauty's Castle at night
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Pretty easy to see what she's thinking: "Oh yeah... a couple more years and this will be a real steering wheel...".


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