Help Please - Road Trip and shooing in 2006

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I'm hoping to join some friends, fly into San Diego and then drive to Montana to do some shooting.

I'm familiar with some parts of the possible routes as after seeing the same friends 2 years ago, I went off on my own and drove out toward Pheonix, up onto I10 (I think - sorry doing this without the benefit of my maps) then from Flagstaff out to Monument Valley and both the south and north rims of the Grand Canyon before heading back via Las Vegas and LA. Obviously I could take a similar outgoing route and then up via salt lake and on towards Montana.

Now I dont know if this years trip will come off, and I'm aware of the great distances and the fact that you can drive like a madman all day and night and claim to have see things like they did on the National Lampoons vacation, but if time permits, Id like to pull in some quality visits. There is no rout at present but Im thinking of the quickest possible route to Montana lierally straight up throught he Mohave Desert, via Salt lake and on up north. Then for the the return trip across Idaho, onto Portland, Oregon to call in and see friends there and then back south via (I think) route 5 and then the coast road.

So that is roughly a possible plan, what I hope to gain from you guys is guidance on any must see places or the best gun shops that I might be able to encounter along the way or see if we head in these general directions.

Any suggestion for a route would be helpful San Diego, Ca >>>>> Hardin, Mt >>>>> Portland, Or >>>> San Diego.


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Thanks for your help guys!
 



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The top two tourist destinations in Oregon are an Indian Casino and an outlet mall.

Sounds like you'll be coming down I-84 in Oregon. There's a pretty decent Native American museum/cultural center in Ontario, Oregon.

We have lots of waterfalls. There's a scenic road that hits most of them just east of Portland. Stop for a bit at the Fish ladder and hatchery at Bonneville Dam. Most of the "good" stuff to see in Oregon is off the main drags and usually past the trailhead.

There's Crater Lake National Park in the south Central Cascades. If yuo take Pacific Coast highway US 101 in Oregon, you'll run into a series of towns. You'll see cheese factories, waterfronts full of boutique, antique, clothing, and salt water taffy stores with a bunch of seafood restraunts. There are few places you can drive fast on the coast highway. Lots of curves and turns.

Oregon has lots of micro brewries and wineries.
 

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You would not have to make too much of a detour if you wanted to visit the high country of Yosemite National Park through the Tioga Pass entrance from Lee Vining. Just drive up I-15 and cut over to the 396 north, and after your visit, head on up through Nevada to Salt Lake. Of course, Yosemite Valley would be way out of your way because you would have to wind downhill westward for a couple hours.
 

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How much time do you have to see Montana, what are you shooting and the general area???

It all depends on what you like to see and the amount of time you have, Hardin Mt the Custer battle field is cool if your a history buff, not being from the US spending some time on the Res's is worth a trip, head south of Hardin and go up to yellow tail dam/fort smith and rent a boat for the day, best kept secret in MT.


There is a lot to see, It just takes a little time to get there. Cody WY has a pretty good gun museum, you have the bighorn mountains to travel through or you can exit MT throught the Bear Tooth mountains by Red Lodge and sneek in the north gate of yellowstone and go out near the Tetons on your way back.
 

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Gentlemen,

Thanks for the replies, they are much appreicated.

I should be in Montanna for about two weeks, basically I expect the shooting to be Prarie Dogs and Varmints, however in addition to that, some of this depends on what is in season and what I can get tags for.

At least this time round purchasing a hunting licence should be less hassle, the UK and the US have very different systems for keeping people safe with guns. You guys have a 2nd amendment right and then if you want to hunt do the state approved hunter education, we have a process whereby it takes maybe 3-9 months to obtain a licence, if you are a target shooter at a club you have to do 3 months probation and an approved safety training before you are permitted to become a full member, any problems with you and safety and the club can extend that period indefinitely until they are happy with you or if not, terminate your membership! If you only want to hunt they used to let people have a licence immediately but now they are less likely to do that and are beginning to insist on some kind of pre-requisite safety training. Purchasing a hunting licence in the USA and tags or stamps is not easy without the pre-requisite of a hunter safety certificate, fortuantely Ive resolved that now and understand you can present an old licence or sign an affadavit in any state confirming you have had a licence before


In addition to the above, since they banned all pistols here in 97, I will be shooting a shed load of ammo through pistols just for the fun of it. I did not turn in all my pistols for destruction, I exported a couple and have one with friends in Florida and the other in California.

Cavey, I would really appreciate it if you could put some road numbers or town names to the narrative you have supplied please so I know where to look.

Thanks you all
 

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English,

This may already be part of your plan, but I know you're acquainted with AmmoE... at least via this site. He's up around those parts, and if you haven't already, you could drop him a line.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Speckmisser @ Jul 31 2006, 07:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
English,

This may already be part of your plan, but I know you're acquainted with AmmoE... at least via this site. He's up around those parts, and if you haven't already, you could drop him a line.[/b]
Thank you for your kind thoughts
how could you pin down my host and hotelier in nothing more than a moment
shock horror!

Yes I'll be meeting up with him and Im looking forward to it I had a blast with him last time we met but that was in California.

If there is anything you could add to the list of must see or must do then that would also be appreciated!

In any event many thanks for your kind thoughts!
 

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English I just sent you an email let me know if it helps or if it did not go through


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Sorta figured that was the case.

I haven't had the opportunity to go visit the Big Sky yet, as I've been waiting an invite (preferably during elk season) from our mutual amigo. With that in mind, I don't have a lot of advice to offer, although if you slide through the SF Bay Area on your return trip, I'd be more than happy to show you to a drink and/or dinner.
 

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you really should try to get in a Piggy hunt down on the central Ca coast .... otherwise known as ..... Hog Central
 

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Install and play around with Google Earth. You'll find all kinds of things to see/do along the route you finally choose.
 

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Guys,

many thanks for the helpful replies, they are much appreciated.

Any more ideas would also be welcome,

Thanks.

English
 

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Any ideas on the dates for your trip? (if you posted them already and I missed them, sorry)

Let me know.

Eric A. Mayer
 


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