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KungZombie
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:33 pm    Post subject: Sweet Summertime Reply with quote

A couple of friends and I were discussing our plans for summer, and I fielded the idea that I'd like to take a trip around the US and Canada over the course of a month or so this summer in my car. They thought it was a cool idea, so I gave it a bit more thought. Since I live in Arizona, I'd probably want to head north from here up the coast (through the bay area, ideally), then head east from Oregon/Washington. My family has a cabin in Montana, so I'd probably swing through there to spend a night or two. Then I'd like to head for Canada (especially Quebec!), over to New York, down through DC along *that* coast to Florida (yay beaches and hippies Wink) before heading back home via Texas etc.

But you folks are from all over the country, and probably know it better than I do. Anything (near your hometown, places you've been, whatever) that you'd recommend? Doesn't have to be near the route I planned; that's just a brainstorm of an idea, nothing's set in stone.

So let me know where you think I should go! Can be general (visit Chicago too!) or specific (there's this great restaurant in San Francisco on the corner of...), I'm open to anything. Smile

Also, I imagine the major expense involved with this trip will be hotel fees. Food I can handle (heck, if I'm gonna be in college next year I gotta get used to eating cheap Wink) and gas shouldn't be a problem. So I guess I'm asking for anyone who's open to the idea of providing me a place to crash, should I be heading through their fine hometown, to send an email or drop me a line on AIM or YIM. Kids, ask your parents if the often-weird highschool grad from your lego forums can come visit! Wink Husbands, ask your wives, because you and I both know it'd be her call anyway! Wink I'm not asking for committments or anything, so don't feel pressed to make a decision now. If you're unsure, drop me a line! Get to know me a little better. Smile

And don't forget to share your touring ideas! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Visit the House Of Blues in Chicago.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live up in BC, abbotsford, a couple kool places to go would be up towords science world, thats a neat place, Oh and if you come up through washington to BC, go to the mission raceway, theres drag racing, alchohol cars and tons of fast, LOUD cars!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kungmeister, you've so got mail.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait Collin has a house? er.. I mean ::D: Drop by schenectday any time ya want ( as long as my parents are out)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say Boston, and track down Massachusetts favorite vampire- Le Counte de Blockula.

Seriously, Boston is an amazing place. Fenway, the Fleet Center (or whatever its called now) or travel a bit out of the city to Foxboro and see Gillete Stadium.
Boston also has great stores, resaurants, The Meseum Of Science, an aquarium, Legal Sea Foods, Chowdah.

I <3 Boston
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an apartment in western New York by Rochester. I don't know why on Earth you'd want to come anywhere near here though.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure what is in Canada north of the Dakota's and Minnesotta, but you may want to drop back down into the states and see some of the following on your path...must of which are free I believe.

Devil's Tower in Wyoming...if you have see Close Encounters of the Third Kind...this is the tower.

Mt. Rushmore in one of the Dakotas (can't remember if it's North or South)

The Badlands in the Dakotas

Mall of America in Minnesotta.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you go through Michigan be sure to stop by Grand Rapids to see Leonardo da Vinci's horse, don't have any place for you to crash though. Smile



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to spend some time in DC, the Smithsonian air and space museum is cool (and free).

The trip sounds fun Very Happy , my parents did that when I was 10. We drove an old crapbucket station wagon that broke down a lot.

One idea to save money is to camp, a camping spot is some where around 10-15 per night I think, a lot better then 45-100 for a hotel. And you can cook at a camp ground as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fez wrote:
Visit the House Of Blues in Chicago.

I'll certainly keep that in mind, but I'm more interested in landmarks and history, not commercialism. Wink

Quazi_Evil wrote:
I live up in BC, abbotsford, a couple kool places to go would be up towords science world, thats a neat place, Oh and if you come up through washington to BC, go to the mission raceway, theres drag racing, alchohol cars and tons of fast, LOUD cars!!!

I don't know if I'll be making it up to BC (on this trip, anyway!). My plans as they are now have me heading East towards Montana. I want to go up through Yellowstone, actually, but I've been there a few times already and I've never driven up the coast. All depends on room/board arrangements. Thanks for the ideas, though! When I do get up to BC (maybe on some other trip to Alaska, who knows?) I'll know a few places to stop! Smile

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Kungmeister, you've so got mail.

Thanks a bunch, Col! Very Happy

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I say Boston, and track down Massachusetts favorite vampire- Le Counte de Blockula.

Seriously, Boston is an amazing place. Fenway, the Fleet Center (or whatever its called now) or travel a bit out of the city to Foxboro and see Gillete Stadium.
Boston also has great stores, resaurants, The Meseum Of Science, an aquarium, Legal Sea Foods, Chowdah.

Boston is most definitely part of the plan! I'd love to meet Mike (and all the rest of yous!), but that's his call, not mine. Smile I'll definitely look into as many of those places as I can while I'm in town!

BigDog wrote:
Not sure what is in Canada north of the Dakota's and Minnesotta, but you may want to drop back down into the states and see some of the following on your path...must of which are free I believe.

Devil's Tower in Wyoming...if you have see Close Encounters of the Third Kind...this is the tower.

Mt. Rushmore in one of the Dakotas (can't remember if it's North or South)

The Badlands in the Dakotas

Mall of America in Minnesotta.

Great ideas all of 'em! I'm actually gonna probly stay stateside until I get to Michigan, then visit a Great Lake or two before heading through the GTA and Ontario towards Quebec before heading southward again, so if I go from Montana to South Dakota to North Dakota to Minnesota, I should be able to catch 'em all. Smile

TheTennisBallKid wrote:
If you go through Michigan be sure to stop by Grand Rapids to see Leonardo da Vinci's horse, don't have any place for you to crash though. Smile

If this works out the way I expect it to, I'll probably be headed right past there, so a little detour would certainly be worthwhile! Even if it is just a couple o' giant horses. Wink

-SpaceManMort- wrote:
ou might want to spend some time in DC, the Smithsonian air and space museum is cool (and free).

Yeah, the Smithsonian (and all the other landmarks in DC) are definitely on my list.

Camping's a great suggestion, and not one I'm afraid to take, but if I can budget it I'd rather sleep indoors (while I'm in the north especially) because I'm a cold-blooded Arizonan -- anything below 40 is cooold! Wink

Daniel, thanks for the offer, but I don't know if I'll be making it to Rochester on this trip. Smile

Thank you all for your suggestions! Keep 'em coming! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I'm not Canadian, but maybe I can suggest some of my favourite places in the area? Razz

Since both Septemris, Sklar and Daz Hoo seem to be busy otherwise, I see it as my duty to recommend Québec to you! Montréal is closer to the Canadian border, but if you want to experience the truly french parts of Canada, you should find the time to go up and visit Québec City. It's really beautiful! The old parts of the town has that mediterranean feeling that I doubt you'd find anywhere else in North America. And Château Frontenac is.. simply amazing. http://www.museocapitale.qc.ca/034.htm
(Québec also have the best Lego sales I've ever experienced, but that can however not be guaranteed to happen while you're around! Very Happy )

Another Canadian thing you'd might like to experience is Black Creek Village, in the northern parts of Toronto. I've been there twice, and enjoyed it a lot! http://www.blackcreek.ca/

And if you swing by in Ottawa, you really need to visit the Museum of Civilization. I've been to a lot of museums, but this it one of my definite favourites! http://www.ottawaplus.ca/portal/profile.do?&profileID=40567

Hope you'll stop by in Canada!

/ Duchessa, canadian at heart (well, at least.. let's say... 35% of it Smile)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was definitely planning to visit Quebec as well! I've taken three years of French in high school, so I should be able to properly butcher the language. Wink

And only 35%, huh? Don't worry, I won't tell Septemris. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah... HA!

I found your thread!

Man, if you come by Québec, you are so definitely invited to stay at my place! I even offer to show you around if you'd like to, although I understand the trip of discovering the good stuff on your own. Wink

Like Duchessa (the 1/3 wild and 2/3 wise woman) said, Château Frontenac needs to be seen. Sklar could tell you more; he got the chance to sleep there last year.

You have Les Chutes Montmorency, Les Plaines D'Abraham, Le petit Champlain, La Rue St-Jean, Le carré d'Yiouville, etc. to see. And if you come by during July, it's a big summer festival here. During the month of August, there's another festival known as Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle France, where people dress up in the 15th century style for a week.

...And we would make you eat a "poutine" for shure!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frontenac is sweet. We stayed there in 1996.

Of course, I'm going to advise you to go to Santa Barbara and San Francisco.

Um, basically everything you want in Santa Barbara is on State St, or a block or two away from it. Specific: In the Paseo Nuevo mall on Canon Perdido and State, there's a mall called "Paseo Nuevo." There's a really good italian restaurant there called Pascucci. There's also a place called "Left At Albuquerque." Their barbeque taquitos are worth the entire stop at Santa Barbara. Oh man, next time I go up there I'm getting some.

If you want to stop in the Coachella valley, I'll have to ask you to refrain. It'll be summer. It'll be the valley. It won't be worth stopping at. Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Preliminary Itinerary!

So far I've only got the progression of states (and provinces!). If anyone lives in any one of these states/provinces and wouldn't mind giving me a bed/couch/floor to crash on for a night, or if you just wanna meet somewhere to say "hi", please give me an IM (iarekungfused) or an email (kungfused@gmail.com)!

Arizona (and we're off!)
California
Oregon
Washington
Montana
Idaho
Wyoming
South Dakota
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Michigan
Ontario
Quebec (thanks Septemris! Very Happy) (back to Montreal then down to)
New Hampshire
Massachusetts
New York
Pennsylvania
Washington, DC
Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
Georgia
Florida
Alabama
Mississippi
Louisiana
Texas (thanks Collin! Very Happy)
New Mexico
Arizona (home sweet home again!)

Right now, it looks to be about a 5-week trip, and I'm planning to leave after graduation in May. That'll get me home probly just before the 4th of July! Very Happy

PS: You fine folks from Quebec, please excuse my lack of accents aigu in my typing. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KungFused wrote:

PS: You fine folks from Quebec, please excuse my lack of accents aigu in my typing. Wink


Shocked Don't you know that they twist your arm if you write Montreal instead of Montréal, or Quebec instead of Québec? Beware!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heehee, so I've heard! That was the reason for my disclaimer!

But you'll keep Septemris from beating me up, right? Right?? ...Duchessa? Help!
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You like museums, eh?

Seattle has the Seattle Art Museum (brilliant! get your picture taken with the 48 foot tall hammering man!), Museum of History and Industry, Experience Music Project, and the Pike Place Market. Take a ride on the Ducks. If you're lucky, we may have a running monarail again.

On the way north, you've got Mount St. Helens who will probably burp for you, Fort Nisqually in Olympia/Tacoma, and if you like tall ships, on your way north you should totally check out the Lady Washington, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame. $40 for a 3 hour ride! We've even got the Bill of Rights with her right now, so it may even be a battle-sail. It's also the Tall Ship Challenge with ships from all over the world racing to this area for the Tall Ship Festival.
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That is gonna cost alllllloooooot of money Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been doing some expense calculations, and I've come to one of two conclusions:

1) I need more of you wonderful folks to open your homes (porches? Sheds? Yards?) to me so I can save on lodging (even camping every night in "preapproved" camp ground will cost a truckload); or

2) I need to shorten my route to cut back on fuel costs and lodging and food and everything.

I want to avoid option 2 if at all possible, because most of the stuff I want to see is on the east side of the continent (as are half of my current (total: 2) lodging offers *waves at Septemris*). So please, anyone that is even thinking about entertaining the idea, drop me a line. Get to know me better before you decide against it for sure, eh? Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Septemris and Duchessa are right when it comes to Québec : it's a wonderful tourist attraction in the summer... Wink Razz

But you can't say you know the province of Québec if you haven't visited Montréal, where the real action is. Plus, in the summer, there's always something to do here, because festivals and special events follow each other closely : F1 Grand Prix, Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Canada Day, Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs Festival, The Fireworks Competition at La Ronde (we get a big firework every Wednesday and Saturday for weeks), Les Francofolies, etc.

As for places to visit here, here are a few suggestions :
La Ronde
The Old Port of Montréal (always something interesting happening there)
The Montréal Biodôme
The Botanical Garden
The Insectarium
The Olympic Park (includes the Montréal Olympic Stadium with the highest inclined tower on this side of the Atlantic)
Saint-Joseph's Oratory

As for crashing in our living room, I'll have to ask my wife about it. Hope you like animals, because we have a dog and two cats...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KungFused - I'm in Iowa right on the boarder of Wisconsin and Illionis...but I don't think you are coming near. If you do think you are coming by let me know and I can talk to the wife about a place to stay.
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Fez wrote:
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THANK YOU boose1138@verizon.net, YOU ARE AN IDIOT.


Read his sig, that's my e-mail he's flaming.

so immature this kid.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deathstickguy, you should PM Denise about that. She should be able to take care of it. Smile

Monsieur Hoo and BigDog, you should both have pm's shortly. Very Happy
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Montréal really does have a lot of stuff to see and do.
It's the big city life where you can have all you want if you have the money.

Too many LEGO hunters though! My hunting territory in Québec is much more accessible! Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you're in Québec City, Septemris? Because Québec City and Montréal are both in the province of Québec. Just trying to work out who's where and whatnot. Smile
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Yeah, Septemris lives in Québec city. It's about a two and a half hour drive east of Montréal. It isn't a big detour, and IMHO, it's really worth it (especially if Septemris offers you a place to stay).
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That is, if you still want to visit a traitor. Wink
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Septemris wrote:
That is, if you still want to visit a traitor. Wink

Of course I do! Smile I was just trying to make sure I wouldn't have to try to visit both you and Daz in the same city!
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