This forum is for general topics. Keep all posts, images, etc safe for those who read the forum at work. Post only that content that you'd want your mama to read. Violators will be banned.
User avatar
By cornholio
#604116
[report]Time for our yearly family roadtrip. When I suggested earlier in the year that we go on a long-ass roadtrip, no one blinked an eye. And no one asked for a lot details either. All we know is that we’re getting the fuck out of town for two weeks and drive several hundred miles to our loosely targeted destinations. We like getting out of town, but this will be the first time that we won’t be spending most of our nights in hotel rooms. As the date got closer, we quickly realized that we don’t have any camping gear. One smelly sleeping bag and an old moldy 2-person tent was all we had. So off to Wallyworld to buy a big-ass tent, some cots, chairs, sleeping bags, stove, lantern, etc. And the excitement and apprehension started building. We haven’t really camped out as a family and I’m not sure how they’ll be able to handle several nights of no running water or wifi.
A few weeks back, I posted up some googled T&A and shamelessly begged for fishing help. I got a shit-ton of info and I had wild dreams of fishing most of the waters suggested. Planned and mapped out as much as I could, optimizing fishing time as much as possible with the family kinda going along with the plan. But deep down inside, I knew that the real boss in the family will ultimately decide what we do. I knew that my carefully mapped out plans were mere suggestions.

Set-up all the newly-bought camping gear in the backyard and did a dry run prior to the trip. Everything looked good.

So off we went on a Sunday morning. Blasted through CA and NV. Didn’t see much:
Image

Image


10+ hours later, we found ourselves in scenic Idaho.
Image

Image


Checked into a hotel that night and enjoyed what would be the last night of sleeping in comfy beds, running water and free wifi.

Did some sightseeing through the Sawtooth byway the next day.
Image

Image

Checked out a hatchery along the way and watched the locals pluck out some big ass salmons out of a small stream, several hundred miles from the ocean.
Image

Image


Passed some good looking water with thermal features. The kids did that they do best while I flailed away and got skunked. That would be the only time I get to wet a line in ID. So much for my well laid plans.
Image

Image

Image


Then made our way to an area with cool volcanic features and started camp life.
Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image


Did some sightseeing and xploring:
Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image


Then started heading east. Passed by an old nuclear power plant:
Image

Image

Image

Made a stop at the ‘tater museum:
Image

Image

Image

Kept heading east and made our way here:
Image

The next few days were all about camp life, touristy shit, and a little bit of fishing. It went something like this:

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Spent some time in town on the 4th. Got to watch a parade, eat some ice cream, watch a movie, shop, people watch….city life stuff:
Image

Image

Image

Image

Ended up cutting the trip short by 4 days so one more day of sightseeing and a bit of fishing:
Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

What an awesome time. Stunningly gorgeous country out there. Thanks again to all who generously offered some kick ass fishing info. I got to use about 0.01% of it. Methinks I’ll be back but with a lot more fishing in the cards.
Logged about 2500+ total miles on the truck so we definitely extended our roadtrip range this time around.
The scenery and fishing was good and all but the highlight of the trip was the camping. Had an awesome time hanging out at the camp and for several days we forgot about tablets, emails, texts, etc. Just hanging out in the great outdoors was what we needed to escape the daily grind.

Back home after 9 days on the road and had a few days to get settled back in to our normal routines. Wife shopped, the kids are again glued to their tablets, and I snuck out to fish the local waterways for a couple of days:

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Not a bad two weeks away from work.

Laters.[/report]
User avatar
By foureyedgeek
#604117
cornholio wrote:[report]Not a bad two weeks away from work.[/report]
I'd say not. Thanks for sharing!
User avatar
By Da Ax
#604123
Stellar...just stellar...
User avatar
By Spicytuna
#604132
Good shit buddy. I know there was going to be pictures of Buffalo getting it on before I even opened the thread.

You guys slayed em Sunday, I am jealous as I have not been out as much this summer as should have.
By chadroc
#604139
really great report. what a nice job to go on such a sick vacation with your family, thats beautiful. glad to see your kids playing board games, thats the good shit right there. camp life for ever.
User avatar
By dolomieu
#604141
sometimes I lose faith in the direction of this country...and then I read this and I realized there is still plenty of hope.

Very, very nice!!!
User avatar
By kish
#604143
Top notch shit! Lucky kids.

P.S. Happy potato week.
User avatar
By Redchaser
#604145
Man that was nice, and that's some fat LMB you've got on the local.
User avatar
By The Wandering Blues
#604148
When you Central Valley boys get away, you do it right. Wish I had it all to do over again. Cherish the family road trips.
User avatar
By root wad
#604150
WB, I'm with you on the getting to do it over again. A good bit of Americana right there, the best part of it.

Topical Bump

Rust Belt 2019

Day -1: (Wednesday). Peebs and Fatman showed u[…]

Thumbing Through Some SBSs

Red-Assed Green Peter Bumble https://live.st[…]

whatcha tying?

now there's a pretty thing

Subsribe to The Drake Magazine